15,000 sq m tower with grid setbacks for external entertainment is competition winner
KCAP Architects & Planners in cooperation with evr-Architecten have won the architects’ selection 'Tower Striga 1' in Antwerp, Belgium. 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 project Antwerp Nieuw Zuid. This new residential area will be developed along the Schelde in the south of Antwerp, based on a masterplan 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 a height of 80m. The 15,000 sq m building consists of a four-storey base and a 26-level tower, both forming one ensemble.
The concept is characterised 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.
"The concept interprets the qualities of the typical Belgian house. The apartments are compact, efficiently organised 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 individualised features such as balconies, conservatories, small storages or green elements," says Han van den Born, partner of KCAP.
"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," Han van den Born continues.
The applied sustainability concept features technical elements such as sustainable materials, green roofs, solar panels and an integrated system for gray water recovery. Based on wind and insolation studies the design resulted in a compact, energy-efficient and -productive volume.