01-04-2015

Park Tower, Antwerp by Studio Farris

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The architects from Studio Farris, known to our readers for their conversion of an old barn into Lennik House, have designed Park Tower in Antwerp.



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Park Tower, Antwerp by Studio Farris The architects from Studio Farris, known to our readers for their conversion of an old barn into Lennik House, have designed Park Tower in Antwerp. This tower and landmark plays an important part in the redefining the urban plan of the Belgian city.



Park Tower by Belgian architecture firm, Studio Farris soars 78 metres into the air above the city of Antwerp, giving it a new landmark: a white building that marks the entry into the city centre.



Studio Farris leaves a single mark on the Antwerp skyline but with Park Tower it has come up with the idea for a new way of living the city, in keeping with the changing needs of the inhabitants, offering different kinds of housing mainly focusing on students, young couples and migrants as well as units with facilities to care for the elderly. This has turned the tower into a kind of showcase of our society, with a total of 360 units to accommodate 800 people.





And one of the great things about it is that each home has its own private terrace, where occupants can enjoy the delightful views over Antwerp, so Park Tower gives you the feeling of an independent home, without leaving a large footprint. The outside spaces have been designed with wind protection, which the architects developed with the Polytechnic of Eindhoven: randomly placed white glass panels that not only protect the interiors from direct sunlight without darkening the them but also give movement and shape to the pure white façade of the tower.





Another positive note – that we really like – are the underground parking spaces not only for 280 cars but a fantastic 800 bicycles, so one for each resident: a proactive approach to sustainable transport!





The Park Tower by Studio Farris is one of the candidates for the Architizer A+ Award, where until 3 April 2015, the general public can vote for their favourite project in the various competition categories.
 

(Christiane Bürklein)

design architect Studio Farris Architects
executive architect ELD partnership
structural engineering ELD engineering
technical engineering ELD engineering
location Antwerp, Belgium
year completed in 2014
lennik house on livegreenblog

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