Collective housing

Co-housing project along the Albert Canal and park of Wijnegem, a stone's throw from the centre of Antwerp.


completed - 2023




2.540 m²




Evert Crols, Dirk Engelen, Sven Grooten, Nathalie Lambregts, Cristina Magro Baroni, Deborah Mortelmans, Evelien van de Riet


The Molenhoeve is located in the Stokerijstraat in Wijnegem, right next to the Albert Canal. On the left side of the plot, there's the protected Wijnegempark with the Jan Vlemincktoren. On the right side, we find the Kanaalsite of Axel Vervoordt. The Molenhoeve is located in the middle of the 'white' district of the Kasteellei and used to house the Royal Antwerp Rowing Club.

The stylistic features of the farmhouse refer to the architectural elements within the park and form the basis for the historical value of the site. Because of this historical value, it was decided to fully reallocate the existing building.

This co-housing project is the ideal reallocation for the site, with eight residential units in the farmhouse coupled to a new construction project with six dwellings, a communal underground car park and a communal pavilion in the garden. In addition to the buildings, there are two annexes for bicycle storage, an outdoor swimming pool and a wadi for infiltration of rainwater on the site.

Each residential unit, both in the existing and in the new building, has a terrace and private garden, which gradually merges into the communal gardens and community life. The entire site has footpaths surrounded by lush greenery and additional trees.

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