The graffiti on the outside of the new Circular Innovation Hub in Wiltz ( Photo: Ville de Wiltz)
Luxembourg's "Fonds du Logement" (housing fund) together with the commune of Wiltz inaugurated the new Circular Innovation Hub on Monday.
The government in 2015 had already dubbed Wiltz Luxembourg’s first "circular economy hotspot”, so it seems only natural that the regional capital of the Ardennes is now home to the Circular Innovation Hub.
The aim of the hub is to facilitate exchange on the circular economy through a mainly digital exhibit that is supposed to inform and update people on the various projects currently being developed and implemented in the territory surrounding Wiltz.
One of those projects, and admittedly the most ambitious one, is for a new quarter called "Wunne mat der Wooltz”. Developed by the housing fund, the new residential area when completed will include around 1,000 new housing units, leisure and work spaces, etc.
It goes without saying that circular economy principles were also used for the redevelopment of the premises of the Hub, therefore only essential renovations were made and the interior design includes only furniture created or refurbished at the Centre d’Initiative et de Gestion Régionale (Regional Initiative and Management Center, or CIGR) in Wiltz.
The graffiti on the outside of Wiltz’s former municipal workshop, in which the Hub is temporarily based, has been created by Luxembourg artist Yves-Larent Grosbusch.
However, the exhibit is set to move into the administrative building of the former leather factory "Ideal" once the restoration works by the housing fund are done.
The hub was inaugurated in the presence of housing minister Henri Kox and energy and spatial planning minister Claude Turmes (both Déi Gréng).