The Wolfsputten nature area is located north of the centre of Dilbeek, less than one kilometre from the Brussels ring road (R0)and between the Ninoofsesteenweg in the south and the Brussels-Aalst railway line in the north. The area is a former sandstone quarry and has a surface area of 90 ha. It offers a rich variety of biotopes from forests to grasslands, rugged areas and fields in all sorts of degrees of humidity and eutrophication. The limestone springs in the south of the area provide very unique flora in the central valley.
To protect these rare biotopes, a house style with a typical ‘Wolfsputten’ identity has been developed for the various entrances to the area. On the one hand, these interventions ensure more coherence and a higher experience value, on the other hand, they make the area accessible only to pedestrians and maintenance vehicles. In order to enhance the experience of the limestone sources, the design focuses on a special staging of the site. For example, a whimsical path structure between the existing trees, stream and steep embankments will lead visitors along the various limestone sources. A special experience is created by changing the materialization of the crossings with the stream, with a subtle reference to the limestone sources. An attractive viewing platform has been integrated near an inaccessible limestone source. From this platform, visitors can, as it were, float above the spring and experience this beautifully preserved piece of landscape. The range of materials is deliberately limited and sober in order to emphasize the coherence of the interventions.
The deck and the viewing platform have been completed in phase one. In the next phase, the realisation of the entrances, the remaining paths and two ponds is scheduled.