This project in the centre of Gent combines the qualities of urbanity and density with those of seclusion and tranquillity by updating the typology of the beguinage. The result is a complex that oscillates between public and private, open and closed, and large and small scale. The dwellings are grouped into two strips composed of fifteen blocks that each contain eight to ten dwellings. The area in between has been left as a large green outdoor space. Each dwelling has its own walled garden with a door opening on to the courtyard or a large roof terrace.
Program: 120 dwellings, day care
Client: Gentse Mij. voor Huisvesting
Support: Bureau Bouwkunde / Bureau Bouwtechniek
Status: design 1993, completed 1998