Located in the South of Luxembourg, along the French border, the Rout Lëns project proposes the reconversion of a 11 hectares brownfield site into a CO2 neutral district.
For over a century, the southern region has ensured the prosperity of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg with mining and the steel industry. Today, the region again plays a key role in the country's economy. In addition to the highly specialized steel industry, many innovative firms characterize the region. In Esch-sur-Alzette, second city of Luxembourg, the University stand alongside several research and innovation centers, a hotspot for innovation with the ambition to become the hotspot for innovation in Luxembourg. Besides the economic and cultural roles of these former brownfields, they also offer an opportunity to reinvest a place and develop new neighbourhoods, to meet the important need of new housing in the whole country.
In Esch-sur-Alzette, Rout Lëns will welcome 3.000 inhabitants as an extension of the urban center. Offering all functions needed for a harmonious life (school, nursery, local and bio shops, restaurants and bars, cultural spots, green areas,…), the project’s development keeps the well-being and the social dimensions in its heart.
Through Rout Lëns, IKO wants to shape the first CO2 neutral mixed neighbourhood in this city, a new district as a living laboratory, meeting the objectives of the third industrial revolution in a former brownfield and thus joining the government impulse. Implementing a neighbourhood components with the 3 pillars of the sustainable development (economic, ecologic and social), but also using the latest innovations and technologies in the building environment, the smart mobility, and on a bigger scale, a smart district for a future smart city. Nevertheless, the identification of possible ways of reducing water consumption without lowering the inhabitants comfort will also be one of the main topics in our reflection.
Our goal is to offer a place where you can live, learn, work, shop and entertain yourself in a human well-being centric development where nature finds its way back to the urban environment and in our daily life, and where the memory of our industrial past is highlighted through innovation.
Categories of application
Affordable and clean energy, Sustainable cities and communities, Responsible consumption and production
Sector of application
Clean energy production, Energy distribution & management, Urban and inter-urban mobility, Communities infrastructures, Building and shelters, Circular economy of solid wastes