Nieuw Zuid is a private project in the public interest that includes about 2000 new residences, schools, day-care centres, a sports centre, a service centre and a large park, to respond to the expected population growth in the Sinjoor city in the coming 15 years. The master plan for the sustainable residential area that connects with the city centre and looks out over the Scheldt was designed in 2011 by the Milanese Studio Associato Secchi-Viganò.
The development of Nieuw Zuid is strongly influenced by the European climate objectives and the commitment of the Antwerp city council to be CO2-neutral in 2050. Underground parking facilities, noise and air quality measures, collective energy facilities, and sustainable water management are only a few of the distinctive features of the site.
In addition to the 2000 residences, the programme provides 20,000 to 40,000 m² of local facilities (including two schools), 40,000 to 70,000 m² of supralocal facilities and/or offices, approximately 20,000 m² of supporting neighbourhood commercial services, a park of approximately 15 hectares on Konijnenwei, 5 hectares of neighbourhood greenery and a green park strip on the quays near Nieuw Zuid. Bureau Bas Smets has developed the layout of the public area for the first phase.
Impressive residential building activity
In the spring of 2010 the private developer ‘Triple Living’ became owner of a large part of the Nieuw Zuid site. Interbuild is taking a large share in the building projects to be completed. The Contracting Client is Stadsontwikkeling Antwerpen Zuid [Antwerp South Urban Development]. ‘Kaai Nieuw Zuid’ on Van der Sweepstraat/Ledeganckkaai is one of the first complexes to be completed. The building, designed by the Poponcini & Lootens architectural firm in collaboration with Kempe Thill (Rotterdam), contains 15,177 m², comprising 71 flats, 6 spacious penthouses, 5 commercial spaces and 2 underground levels (3953 m²).
At Ledeganckkaai 1-5, Interbuild will build ‘Campus Nieuw Zuid’, which comprises 24 studios, 123 student rooms and an underground bicycle shelter. This project is also one of the first ‘Nieuw Zuid’ creations to be completed.
‘Zuidertuin’ is a design from Robberecht & Daem Architects (Ghent) scheduled for Edith Kielstraat. It provides 36 flats, 9 penthouses, 4 maisonettes, 2 commercial spaces and 35 bicycle shelters, or a total of 12,644 m².
Also on Edith Kielstraat, construction of the ‘Zuiderpromenade’, a design from Poponcini & Lootens that totals 5161 m², begins in April 2015. It includes 3 commercial spaces and 29 flats on 6 above-ground floors.
Forward-looking interpretation of a typical Belgian residence
Stadsontwikkeling Antwerpen Zuid held an architectural competition for the residential towers that will be distributed over the new sustainable Antwerp residential area ‘Nieuw Zuid’ to be developed. In July 2014 the draft design for the ‘Striga 1’ residential tower submitted by KCAP Architects & Planners (Rotterdam) in collaboration with evr-Architecten (Ghent) was proclaimed the winner.
‘Striga 1’ will stand 80 m above the site and provide 15,000 m² of usable floor space. The base includes 4 floors, above which will rise the 26 floors of the residential tower. The design provides a highly varied residential offering directed toward young families as well as seniors, two-income households, singles and singles living together. The residential tower is to be surrounded by a large park. The facade has been developed so that there are private outdoor spaces as well as communal outdoor gardens.
evr-Architecten considered in particular sustainability, which is stressed by, among other things, the application of green roofs, solar panels and integrated techniques for the recovery of grey water. Thorough studies of the airflow around the building and the insulation ensure that the tower is energy-efficient.
Vertical city living
The Brussels architectural firm BRUT architecture and urban design, in collaboration with the Danish C.F. Møller architects, has won the architectural competition for one of the high-rise developments in the ‘Nieuw Zuid’ neighbourhood Antwerp urban development, located along the Scheldt and to the south of the historic centre.
As a design firm, BRUT is firmly convinced of the important added value that the combination of well-considered architecture, urban planning vision and social relevance brings to a project. For this project, they therefore joined forces with the experienced architects of C.F. Møller, one of the oldest, largest and most innovative architectural firms in Scandinavia. In their draft design they redefined the residential tower as a stacked community. Therefore the tower provides a wide variety of housing types to address very diverse residents. There are small flats for young people, lofts for young two-income couples, large family residences, flats adapted for older people, and more innovative duplex residences.
The master plan for Nieuw Zuid determined the contour and height of the tower. By dealing efficiently with the available space, more room was left within the same volume for the individual living areas, and an additional communal aspect could moreover be incorporated, with space for meetings and community activities. The tower has 24 floors and 15,000 m² of floor space distributed over 150 residences, offices, commercial spaces and communal areas. The designers also added outdoor spaces in the form of balconies, winter gardens and roof terraces.
The high-rise is distinguished by a pattern of levels that is draped around the volume like a veil. This light structure makes the distribution and grouping of the various housing types visible. Within each level, flats are grouped in a collective entity that connects to the terrace areas. The residences are consistently grouped like vertical mini-communities. On the end elevations, glass winter gardens have been designed to serve as green outdoor living areas that can be closed off. The draft design also proposes various communal areas, a bicycle repair area, and a common laundry room at the foot of the tower. A shared double-height space for the residents connects to the roof garden atop the low-rise portion, while a green triplex tower room guarantees spectacular panoramas over Antwerp and the Scheldt.