KCAP wins Antwerp mandate
Rotterdam based KCAP Architects & Planners, in cooperation with evr-Architecten, have been selected for ‘Tower Striga 1’ in Antwerp. The selection commission including the client Triple Living and representatives of the municipal urban planning departments chose the team for the design of one of three residential towers for the Antwerp Nieuw Zuid project. This new residential area will be developed along the Schelde in the south of Antwerp, based on a master-plan by Studio Associates Secchi-Viganò.
The winning scheme is a diverse residential tower with integrated offices and commercial functions. With its exceptional location at the park, it rises to 80 meters high, and will constitute a new icon within Antwerp Nieuw Zuid. The 15,000 m2 building consists of a four-storey base and a 26-level tower, together forming a single ensemble.
The concept is characterized by a wide variety of housing typologies for different target groups: young families, seniors, co-housers, singles and working couples. Given the particular location of the tower facing the park a large number of residential units are located at ground level. The facade provides space for individual use and setbacks in the grid are used as collective green gardens for the residents. The plinth houses a double height passage, lobbies for the offices and residences and a ground-based active residential program.
Han van den Born, a partner atKCAP, explains: “The concept interprets the qualities of the typical Belgian house. The apartments are compact, efficiently organized and surrounded by a flexible structure, which is designed as a double height grid. The buyer has the opportunity to choose from a range of personalised features such as balconies, conservatories, small storages or green elements. The constructive structure of the tower with a central core offers maximum flexibility for the distribution of the various typologies, the number of units per floor and allows for future adjustments. With the wide variety of apartments in this new urban environment the concept meets the lifestyles of our time”.
It will be recalled that KCAP were involved in drawing up the first master plan for the ‘Neo’ project on the Heysel plateau in Brussels.