The new building replaces a complex of modernist building volumes that used to occupy the entire site and could not be adapted to today’s sustainability standards. As the Antwerp city centre has few public green zones, the transformation of the site from a merely private, mineral and infrastructural area into a public garden is a crucial requirement of the competition brief. Surrounded by fragments of public green, the parcel is key to the formation of a larger, coherent park. Another &mdashcontradictory&mdash demand was to maintain a more recent representational pavilion, whose position was an obstacle in between the fragments.
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Commissioned by ‘El Croquis’ publishers:
El Croquis 204 – XDGA 2005 – 2020
This monograph is dedicated to the work of Xaveer de Geyter Architects entre 2005 y 2020. This office founded by this Belgian architect in 1991.
20 projects and two essays are presented on this monograph.
Between Pragmatism and Invention. A Conversation with Xaveer de Geyter.
Political Animals. The Architecture of Xaveer De Geyter Architects.
Semi-hard cover -255 pages
24 x 34 cm -1,8 Kg