Mall next to Oudaen tower becomes integration center for (ex)detainees. The mall ‘Bijenkorf’ located next to the Antwerp police tower ‘Den Oudaan’ shall soon become a center for (ex)detainees. They will be able to stay, work and realize and sell their own creations there. The center stays accessible from multiple directions, and the public square in the center will be turned into a market area called ‘Vers uit de bak’ (fresh from the box) every week. At this market people will be able to buy fresh vegetables and fruit thanks to urban farming. Besides this, a tattoo shop, a daycare, workshop rooms and office space can be found in this building. Not only workshops will be held for the detainees but they will also be held by them. In this way they can reclaim their place in society, a real opportunity for a better future.
KBC tower turned into Trump Tower for American refugees. By the recent turbulent American political developments, you can assume that not everybody agrees with Donald Trump. Especially his late motions confirm this though political situation. Therefore, people can expect that there will be political refugees that are willing to leave America for another safe haven, because they cannot agree with the new created standard of living. This is highlighted in Antwerp. By “realizing” a Trump Tower we created a reaction and expectation from the passing-by. The tower is not only caring the Trump name but will also be plated with gold, this will create lots of attention and awareness by the people from Antwerp. The entry visitors will notice a subtle but critical difference, this is visible in the decoration of the building. (American) sleepovers will be able to choose from 3 different types of rooms. The building Also has an anti-hate training center, a self-defense center, a panoramic café with a beautiful sight across the city and an education center, besides this a free of charge (day) hospital is realized in the tower. Something that must not go unmentioned is every service in the tower is free of charge. On the ground floor, visitors can find food and clothing stores, a real decorating diamant shop and a store where people can buy fresh bottled air. Below this floor there will be a sleeping center. The combination of stores, an attractive facilities and beautiful apartment’s and its inhabitants together with the location make this an unique project.
The public living room because of the short come of attention for the ‘Hendrik Conscience square’, ‘In Your Face Architects’ are investigating a way to keep passing-by’s and visitor’s longer occupied on the square. They especially want to create awareness for the pleasant and architectural way of handling the cultural heritage throughout day and night. The square itself will be turned into the first public living room of Antwerp, were young and elderly can enjoy the view and warmth while having a nice beverage. A roof will be built above the square beginning from the ‘Wijngaardstraat’ till the ‘Wijngraadbrug’. The concrete construction has a skylight construction so sunlight will come through but rain will be blocked. Therefor it will be a perfect location to enjoy the sun or to take shelter for bad weather. Last but not least, the roof will get a heating system installed, so that visitors can enjoy a nice warm climate during cold (winter) days.