Antwerp 't Groen Kwartier

  • 331 apartments
  • 67 homes
  • 2564 m² commercial space
  • 3349 m² catering industry
  • 5493 m² offices
  • 433 parking places
  • 72000 m² project surface


CLIENT(S): publiek-private ontwikkeling tussen Matexi, AG Vespa, CAAAP

Masterplan Beel & Achtergael Architects, Collectief Noord, 360 architecten, MZOZ
Architecture: Beel & Achtergael Architects, Collectief Noord, 360 architecten, MZOZ
Landscape architecture: Michel Desvignes Paysagistes

TOTAL COSTS (EXCL. VAT): 78.000.000 €
BVO in m²: 78.000 m²

2013 start development
2006 start realisation
2017 expected completion date


"'t Groen Kwartier" in Antwerp is a textbook example of successful inner-city redevelopment. The neighbourhood has been awarded several times. In 2016 the jury of the MIPIM awards nominated the project in the category urban renovation, in 2018 it received the RES award as 'Best Residential Development' and an honourable mention in the Gubbio Prize.

We transformed the historic site of the Military Hospital into a unique residential area with a car-free park. The neighbourhood consists of a mix of apartments, lofts, comfortable townhouses with gardens, commercial and socio-cultural spaces. The restaurant 'The Jane' by star chefs Nick Bril and Sergio Herman is located in the former chapel in the middle of the site. The fact that 't Groen Kwartier is alive is shown by the barbecues, petanque tournaments and neighbourhood parties organised by the residents. They even publish their own neighbourhood newspaper.

Buitenhal van het Groen Kwartier

For over 20 years now Matexi has focused on inner-city reconversion projects, redevelopment of both historical heritage buildings and former industrial sites and vacant, obsolete buildings. These transformation projects fit perfectly with today´s emphasis on dealing carefully with the available space.

´Brownfield´ is a term used for grounds that - due to the presence of soil pollution - are no longer suitable for use. Such industrial grounds often enjoy a good location, close to the urban centre. We clean them up, integrate them into the urban fabric and redevelop them into lively new residential neighbourhoods.

We strive for a sustainable future. To succeed in this we work from a long-term vision. We proceed from planet, people, profit: we start out from a duty to care for both the world (planet) and society (people). Profit is a result and a means, never an end in itself - although it is necessary so as to be able to continue practicing our profession.

We ´reprogramme´ existing buildings (whether they have been classified for preservation by the government or not) so that they meet contemporary standards, with full respect for their historical and architectural value. Such as an earlier barracks, an old hospital, a vacant office building, a former brewery.

Matexi encourages neighbourhoods where we can simultaneously live, shop, work, go to school and relax. So we reduce the use of autos and a neighbourhood remains alive long after school is over and offices have closed. Inner-city core reinforcement with sufficient neighbourhood amenities encourages not only the neighbourhood experience, it also brings the people who live there closer to one another.

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