A few years ago, the city of Antwerp bought the site of the Military Hospital. The goal was to integrate the site as a residential area within the city. The site is now called 't Groen Kwartier and the 7.7 hectare area is a green, car-free residential area and workplace in the city centre. In total, around 400 families will live here.
In order to carry out the project, the city council opted for a collaboration with Vanhaerents Development nv and Matexi nv after a design competition.
The 19th century Antwerp Military Hospital was transformed by the two project developers into 't Groen Kwartier, a multifunctional site with lofts, apartments, social housing and commercial premises.
’t Groen Kwartier is a mix of hip lofts located in historic buildings, newly built apartments with large balconies and townhouses with gardens.
It has become a public space in Antwerp where children from all over the neighbourhood can play and where visitors can quietly enjoy a walk through the site.
Because the entire site is car-free, alternative mobility solutions have been deployed. For example, there is a Velo station where you can borrow a city bike and a Cambio (car sharing) site located near the site.
The development of 't Groen Kwartier respected the historical character of the site. For example, the pavilions of the Military Hospital have been re-designed as homes, the chapel has now been transformed into 'The Jane' restaurant run by top chef Sergio Herman, the monastery has become a hotel and the former boiler rooms are now a co-working space for start-ups.
Since its inception, property administrator Syncura has been managing this site, consisting of 10 Associations of co-owners (VME’s) with almost 300 apartments and 4 Associations of co-owners with around 400 parking spaces.
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