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By LUCA Team
Maybe your holiday plans got turned upside down? Perhaps you will be leaving less far or for a shorter time than planned?
LUCA invites you to (re-) discover the Greater Region with some of its architectural destinations we often pass by without taking care. So, let’s give ourselves a little more time to explore some unsuspected and yet so close heritages. Whether you have half a day or more, the time for a round trip or a stopover, here are our “trip-tips”!
Maison Jean Prouvé, Nancy The House of Jean Prouvé is an icon of the 20th century for architecture and design lovers. Completed in 1954, this emblematic building located on the heights of the city. Placed on a sloping ground that was considered inaccessible, it illustrates the ingenuity of Jean Prouvé’s constructive principles: simplicity of design, lightness of materials, speed of assembly from prefabricated elements. The house can be visited by guided tours taking place on Saturdays.
4-6 rue Augustin Hacquart, F-54000 Nancy – www.musee-des-beaux-arts.nancy.fr
Park U4 – Jardin des Traces, Uckange Located on the site of the former ironworks, the “Jardin des Traces” is a fine example of the redevelopment of industrial wasteland. It is a place to walk but also a place of discovery, culture and memory in the footsteps of Lorraine’s iron and steel past. Inaugurated in 2012 the “Jardin des Traces” is composed of three sets referring to three traces of the industrial past.
Route de Metz, F-57270 Uckange – www.jardindestraces.fr
Cantzheim winery by architect Max Dudler Discover the Cantzheim winery, just a stone’s throw away from the Luxembourg border. Situated between a branch of the river Saar and a vineyard, the baroque manor house was renovated and furnished upon plans of the Swiss architect Max Dudler and extended by two separate buildings. The ensemble comprises as a guest house, wine shop, event location and private apartment. The green spaces were designed by Bernhard Korte.
The remise has a monolithic appearance: walls and roof are made of stamped concrete. A counterpoint (formed by the filigree gallery of steel and glass) on the other side of the manor house, takes up the vertical structure of the vines.
Winery Cantzheim, Weinstrasse 4, 54441 Kanzem, Germany – www.weingut-cantzheim.de
Documentation and Interpretation Center Vogelsang With its 100 hectares, the former Nazi “Ordensburg” Vogelsang in the Eifel region is the largest preserved National Socialist building ensembles in Germany.
This gigantic complex of 50.000 square meters was designed by Cologne’s architect Clemens Klotz. It was built between 1933 and 1935 in the style of a medieval castle on a spectacular spot overlooking the artificial Lake Urft in the Eifel Hills. Between 1936 and 1939, the complex served as a training centre for the future NSDAP elite. After World War II, the terrain was off-limits for 60 years because it served as a British and later a Belgian military base and training ground.
Open to the public since 2009, it has recently been transformed by Mola + Winkelmüller Architects. Nowadays it is serving as a documentation and interpretation centre open to visitors. It plays an important role as a centre for political education and a warning for future generations.
Vogelsang International Place, D-53937 Schleiden – www.vogelsang-ip.de
Tour du Millénaire Standing on the Croix-Scaille plateau, this spectacular 60 m high belvedere in the shape of an hourglass marks the highest point in the province and the 5th in Belgium. Inspired by history (four towers have existed on this summit at various times), this creation makes possible to discover for free a fabulous landscape over more than 30 km around thanks to an orientation table and a telescope.
Rue de la Scierie, B-5575 Gedinne – www.actutourisme-gedinne.be
Abbaye de Villers-la-Ville Since 2012, several gardens have been laid out in the ruins of the Abbey. Two of these gardens, the Medieval-inspired Simples Garden and the Monks’ Garden, display medicinal plants from yesterday and today. There are also two ornamental gardens: the Garden of Pharmacy and the Garden of the Abbot. The 5th Abbey Garden touches the senses. This Garden of Scents follows the path that leads to the Saint-Bernard Chapel and hosts a meditative path. The Abbey hosts a multitude of events and guided tours all year round on various themes.
Rue de l’Abbaye, 55 B-1495 Villers-la-Ville – www.villers.be