Revitalisation of old social housing neighbourhood in Belgium by innovative and sustainable architecture.
This urban development scheme revitalises the ‘De NiewveStad’ in Ostend with 500 new homes consisting of a variety of low and tall houses and high-rises, a new spacious green park and a reopened creek. This will improve quality of life and create new shared spaces for the tenants and the surrounding neighbourhoods and give this new ‘city in the city’ a strong and attractive identity and attract new visitors to the neighbourhood.
The sense of community is enhanced by collecting compact houses around 3 distinct forecourts. The entrances of the houses are situated, along with playgrounds, neighbourhood functions on the ground floor and a compact car access and parking system. A new bicycle and walking connection to the city centre is established in the park and along with the re-opened creek this new area offers sustainable water management, recreational qualities and a new vibrant neighbourhood with stronger bonds between neighbours, the surrounding city and city and nature.
Client: De OostendseHaard, De GelukkigeHaard
Size: 54,000 m², 500 1- & 2-bedroom units, common spaces, collective amenities, commercial spaces, 4,8 ha site and 3,4 ha park
Address: Oostende, Belgium
Architect: C.F. Møller Architects in collaboration with BRUT
Landscape: C.F. Møller Landscape
Prizes: 1st prize in architectural competition, 2018