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Preparatory workshop— housing development plan in Kapellen

The property developer Re-Vive is working on a plan for the development of a site in Kapellen. It is a brownfield site in a suburban landscape, surrounded by traditional housing estates and more exclusive residential areas. To arrive at a clear draft plan for the site, Architecture Workroom organised a workshop where external experts and designers in the field of housing, representatives of Kapellen local authority and the Re-Vive property development company together explored the possibilities for this site.

 

During this workshop, such experts/designers as Filip Canfyn (expert in housing and urban development), Michael Ryckewaert (lecturer in Urban Planning at the Erasmus College in Brussels and researcher at KULeuven) and Paul Vermeulen (hdspv architects) discussed the topic with political and administrative representatives of Kapellen local authority. Architecture Workroom carried out the preparatory study.

The results of the preparatory study and the conclusions reached in the workshop were collected in a report that formed part of the basis for the project definition in a short design competition in which 5 design firms were invited to present a draft design. 

Kapellen is characterised by a tension between the dominant housing – large sites and a higher price category – and changing housing demand influenced by an evolution in supra-local and regional demographics. The local authority expresses its concern about this, and would like to concentrate on a more varied and relevant range of housing. 

In addition to the stock of existing housing types, ranging from villas on individual plots on traditional estates to spacious blocks of flats in large, often little-used green grounds, there is the opportunity to create a range of housing with smaller than average floor-areas for Kapellen that are also more easily adapted to changing family make-up. 

This enables the local authority to create a generous network of public green areas into which the existing thoroughfares can be incorporated as structuring elements in the new housing district. At the same time, the development in this way also offers added value for the surrounding residential areas.

So by focusing on this range of alternative housing forms, a series of social added values can be achieved, and in this way socially sustainable housing environments can be created and the remaining open space safeguarded.

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Flanders, atelier, completed

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