Kanaal – VERVOORDT r.e.

site Stokerijstraat, 2110 Wijnegem, BE
client VERVOORDT r.e., Stokerijstraat 15, 2110, BE
architect BOGDAN & VAN BROECK
team T. Boogaerts, L. Bown, K. Burssens, M. Czvek, Z. Nelessen, T. Rigby, M. Steel Lebre, D. Stefanescu, L. Stellamans, A. Sümeghy, P. Thibaut, C. Truwant, M. Van Rossen, M. Valério
structure Studieburo Mouton
techniques. Botec
landscaping Michel Desvigne
masterplan Jens Aerts
architects other zones Coussée & Goris Architecten, Stéphane Beel Architecten
photography Koen Van Damme, Viktor Bentley
surface 20.958 m² gross
budget confidential
timing design 2008 | completion 2011-2015
status completed
website www.kanaal.be
facebook http://goo.gl/3Pj6s5
project code 0003KAN

CONVERSION OF A FORMER BREWERY AND MALTERY ALONG THE ALBERT CANAL NEAR ANTWERP INTO A MIXED-USE PROJECT | DIRECT COMMISSION BY THE CLIENT

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A very large cluster of partially empty but highly valuable industrial structures is transformed into a mixed-use project of more than 40 000 m². Along a program of workshops, offices, underground car park and showrooms for Axel Vervoordt, the majority of the site is reallocated to housing. The project is designed by: Jens Aerts (masterplan), BOGDAN & VAN BROECK, Stéphane Beel and Coussée & Goris (architecture) and Michel Desvigne (landscaping).

BOGDAN & VAN BROECK are responsible for the construction of 11 000 m² of workshops and underground car park, 8000 m² of apartments, and for the conversion of 1000 m² of industrial space. The proposal is structured as a sequence of outdoor rooms – “rooms with a view”- articulated through a scenic plateau which connects to the canal. A new housing typology was developed by stacking individual duplexes in 3 dimensions. The morphologies of these duplexes result from the integration of qualities and constraints such as sunlight, privacy, view, the inclusion of winter gardens and the desire to provide each apartment with three facades. The project combines a high density with a unique quality of life and an individual character for each residence.