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Residential and hotel tower Nieuw Zuid Blok 6

Together with KCAP Architects&Planners and evr-Architecten, we are building a residential tower with office and commercial functions and a hotel on the Nieuw Zuid site in Antwerp.
  • Architect: KCAP Architects&Planners, evr-Architecten i.c.w. Bureau Bouwtechniek

  • Client: Stadsontwikkeling Antwerpen Zuid NV

  • Surface: 15.000 m²

  • Timing: 2014 - 2019

  • Status: Executed

  • Photographer: Sarah Blee

  • Advisors: Establis (stability), CES (EPB, techniques)

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At 80 metres, this tower rises like a new icon for Antwerp South, at a link location between Antwerp city centre and the river Scheldt.

The 15,000 m² building has a four-storey substructure and a 26-storey tower. The ensemble is characterised by a wide variety of housing typologies for different target groups: young families, the elderly, singles and working couples. Given the special location on the park, a large number of dwellings are at ground level.

The façades provide space for individual infill with terraces, gardens, winter gardens and/or garden sheds. The receding façade surfaces are designed as collective green gardens for the residents.
The plinth contains a double-height passage, lobbies for the offices and flats and an active ground-level residential programme.

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The new 24-storey residential tower containing 141 flats is to be the most ecological tower in all of Flanders. The insulation and ventilation techniques envisaged are so advanced that its energy consumption will be four times below the current building standard. Indeed, average energy consumption in the residential tower would be limited to 15 kWh per cubic metre.

The tower will be connected to the heat network of a thermal power plant. Initially, the heat will be produced using natural gas, then residual heat from nearby businesses. Eventually, the aim is to connect half of the city of Antwerp to this heat network.


We built a BIM model in collaboration with stability consultancy Establis. We were responsible for the discipline model Architecture.

The major challenge in this project was managing an extensive library of exterior joinery elements. As many as 406 unique joinery types were needed to build the various facades.

Through a thorough system of nested subcomponents and a well-thought-out and proven parameter structure, a detailed, comprehensive and complete statement of measurements was generated from the BIM model.

This project also prompted us to develop a number of Revit addins that automate the creation of large plan sets.

  • The gross area of the project was 27,921 m².
  • 34,837 elements were automatically measured in the BIM model.
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As executive architects, we help the designing architects with all technical and financial issues so that they can fully focus on the design. We also monitor the implementation and ensure that the objectives and plan are always crystal clear for all partners, so that together we can realise our dreams.

Meet the project team

From Team Architecture (private sector Antwerp, Limburg, Flemish Brabant and Brussels) (3)

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arch. Ilse Deckmyn

Project architect
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J Olien Van Bever

ir. arch. Jolien Van Bever

Project architect
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Thijs Verfaillie Large

ir. arch. Thijs Verfaillie

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From Team Computer Aided Design & BIM (3)


prof. ir. arch. Paulus Present

BIM manager
Technisch ontwerper
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Bart choice 719976

arch. Bart Van den Bossche

Technical designer
BIM modeller
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arch. ass. Katie Van der Borght

Technisch ontwerper
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