Westkaai

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Diener & Diener Architekten

“Magnificent residential towers in the old port of Antwerp”

In 2003 Project² won the Kattendijkdok-Westkaai competition to create 6 residential towers devised by the city in the Eilandje district of the old port of Antwerp.

Project² was to realise this first large-scale – and therefore symbolic – project in this neighbourhood. As project developers, it is our delicate task to sublimate the beauty, soul and character of this deserted port district in a respectful, sensitive transformation into a contemporary urban neighbourhood where living, working and going out become a unique experience. Developed with respect, a sense of responsibility, regard for the site’s uniqueness and attention for quality architecture that can stand the test of time, this project can conquer a place in the city’s collective memory.

The first two towers were designed by Swiss architects’ firm Diener & Diener and the gardens and public spaces between the buildings were created by French landscape architect Michel Desvigne. When they were transferred to the city free of charge, they became a cornerstone between the city and the port. These first two buildings gave the entire neighbourhood an incredible boost and created a wave of renovations and small-scale development that resulted in new homes, offices, pubs, sports clubs and restaurants. The construction of the third tower, designed by British architect David Chipperfield, was initiated in September 2012.

• Execution period :   2003-2014

• Architect : Diener & Diener Architekten (Switzerland)

• Landscape architect :   Michel Desvigne (France)

• Project value :   150.000.000 EUR

• Construction area :    14.000 m²

• Programme :   120 apartments