u03 - z33 street, hasselt, belgium, 2013
Hasselt is a contemporary city within a medieval structure.
The urban structure of the historical centre of Hasselt has preserved its physiognomy since the Middle Ages: a round plan surrounded a circulatory ring, first a canal, then a boulevard, and nowadays a road.
The nature of the town was initially more rarefied: buildings were built as street facades, defining an inner core of gardens, orchards and a constellation of public squares, which had a representative political role.
Through time urban islands became more dense, reducing the green spaces significantly.
Presently, there is a fine pattern of small private gardens, which follow the structure of the medieval plot, and three major gardens, which have preserved a representative scale.
Some core elements of the urban islands have been transformed through time into school courtyards or parking places, which reveal the potential of an urban development.
Passages, galleries, covered pathways act as a further layer of complexity in this urban scene of medieval streets, squares and gardens.
The street is a continuous stone carpet, which defines the realms and patterns of use.