NIEUW ZUID 2 Antwerp
In 1990 the design made by students from the Academy in Antwerp won the competition ‘Stad aan de Stroom’. Their proposal for ‘Nieuw Zuid’ included the extension of the damped South Docks as a metropolitan area. In 1992, Following his fproposal for the redevelopment of the docks with underground functions, Toyo Ito designed a sleek but intriguing master plan for ‘Nieuw Zuid’. Again a large urban gesture with parallel ribbons posted perpendicular on the Scheldt. Eventually in 2003 developers assigned Jo Crepain to make a financially attractive proposition. Reconciling metropolitan ideas, intriguing urban concepts and commercial interests is not an easy task for a master plan. The core of an interesting master plan lies in the combination of all three projects. The heart of ‘Nieuw Zuid 2’ is situated in a central activities park. This park is stretched between a tower of 100 metres and a hinge building, the egg of Crepain, between old and new South. It’s a multifunctional building with a hotel, cinema, offices and a care centre. Perpendicular to the Scheldt are closed building blocks with houses and apartments. A commercial building with offices is an excellent noise-barrier between the park and the highway.