Conix Architects to reform coastal Belgian community with 120,000 sq m project
In the context of the urban renewal policy of the city of Ostend, two competitions were launched by the Autonoom Gemeentebedrijf Stadsvernieuwing Oostende (AGSO) to select a private partner for the full reconversion and development of a new multifunctional city part on the maritime site Oosteroever. NV Oosteroever, in collaboration with Conix Architects, won both competitions.
With this prestigious project, the architects design the largest development in years on the Belgian coast with total surface above-ground area standing at 120,000 sq m, resulting in 1,200 apartments. This qualitative residential development will transform the eastern part of Ostend. Through the combination of the unique maritime location and daring architecture, the new, hypermodern waterfront city on Oosteroever will become the area to live, work and relax on a stone’s throw from the centre of Ostend.
In this area the soul of the harbour area will respectfully be preserved. In synergy with the different above-ground volumes, much attention will be paid to the creation of green areas, broad shopping esplanades of 10m in width in combination with high-end commercial spaces in central areas. Underground parking for the inhabitants will limit the number of vehicles on the site as much as possible.
The first tower will be developed as a major landmark in order to breathe new life into the site and to create a boost for the entire area. The aim of Conix Architects is to make a statement on this unique location and take a new step in the conversion of Oosteroever into a worthy city part. The water will no longer act as the edge of the city, but as the centre of the new dynamic area.