“Brussels is going Brussels again! The new terrace awnings are based on the original design and are real gems. A result of great craftsmanship. For me, they symbolise the enormous city centre metamorphosis that we are currently undertaking. Public authorities and private parties are working together on this. Making the central avenues car-free has been a real game changer and now, step by step, we are addressing the buildings and public spaces in the wider surroundings,” concludes Pascal Smet.
"We notice it over and over. if you make a place car-free, there is much more space to look at the facades. And in the pedestrian area, there are a lot of beautiful buildings to admire. The works on this area went together with a campaign by the City encouraging owners to upgrade their facades, because there were a lot of urban development infringements. And although we are not quite there yet, things are definitely moving in the right direction!", Ans Persoons, Alderwoman of Town Planning and Public Spaces.
The new awnings of “Le Grand Café” are the result of a very close collaboration between owner Pubstone, the architectural firm Architectures Parallèles, experts and the Brussels public service for urbanism and heritage urban.brussels, which has supervised the entire process from beginning to end. The Brussels authorities have also co-financed the very important preliminary history study and the renovation itself.
This important study revealed that the original structure from 1947 was still partially present, hidden by wooden panels. Also the green colour of the original metal structure became visible.
The original lettering was discovered in the archives. There were glass signs with the writings “Stella Artois” and “Monico Bourse”, the former name of the café. These signs and their lettering have been meticulously reproduced. The Brussels-Capital Region covered a significant part of the reproduction costs of the original elements. In total, it has financed € 178,583.65.