The Kirchberg neighbourhood in the north-eastern part of Luxembourg City started to develop in the 1960s when the first European institutions were located here. The development really took off in the 1980s as Luxembourg’s financial sector started to grow. Today, the area hosts several EU institutions, for example the Court of Justice, the Court of Auditors, parts of the European Commission, the Secretariat of the European Parliament and the European Investment Bank, as well as numerous companies and a major shopping centre.

From business district to a neighbourhood for life

Kirchberg was originally dominated by large business buildings and was sometimes perceived – as is the case with many pure business districts – as rather cold and impersonal. It is now being transformed into a sustainable, welcoming neighbourhood where people can live, work, shop and relax. The City of Luxembourg is assessing the ratio between housing and offices, and the current number of around 6,000 inhabitants is eventually expected to grow to 25,000.

Several buildings based on the cradle-to-cradle concept are under construction.

Several buildings based on the cradle-to-cradle concept are under construction. An firm of architects has also been mandated to rethink public spaces in order to make them more welcoming, and opportunities for urban farming are being considered.

Fluid mobility, free of charge

With 40,000 people coming to work in Kirchberg every day, congested roads and traffic jams are a challenge. In order to improve the situation, massive investments in public transport have been made over the past few years. These include a brand new tram line linking Kirchberg with the city centre, a new railway station connected with the tram line by cable car and a new multimodal transport hub where people can easily leave their car and continue their trip by bus or tram.

However, innovation does not stop here. On 1 March 2020, Luxembourg became the first country in the world to make all public transport on its territory completely free of charge. A radical measure to make it easier for everyone to use public transport, regardless of whether they do so every day or only occasionally.

Join the Cleantech Forum study visit

Participants at the 2020 Cleantech Forum Europe, which will be hosted in Luxembourg from 18-20 May, will have the opportunity to discover the Kirchberg neighbourhood during a study visit organised by Luxinnovation and its partners. The visit will introduce the plans and concepts for the sustainable future of the neighbourhood, showcase the cradle-to-cradle buildings under construction and highlight the area’s innovative public transport solutions.