Ghent Kouterdreef

  • 41 apartments
  • 5.360 m² commercial space
  • 4.550 m² offices
  • 84 parking places
  • 4.110 m² project surface


CLIENT(S): Matexi en KBC

Architecture: TVH 360 architecten, Crepain Binst Architecture, Buro II Archi+I
Landscape architecture: Wirtz of Denis Dujardin?

TOTAL COSTS (EXCL. VAT): 38.000.000 €
BVO in m²: 20.700 m²

2011 start development
2013 start realisation
2018 expected completion date


The Matexi project "Kouter" on the static Kouterdreef square in the middle of the historical centre of Ghent includes the development of luxury apartments, penthouses, urban villas and offices as well as a new and stylish pedestrian shopping street. This new shopping street connects the Kouter with the Kalandeberg and forms a whole with the nearby beautiful shopping streets Koestraat, Kortedagsteeg and Brabantdam. Matexi widened the existing Kouterdreef so that the showcases were given more light and provided them with the retail spaces that stylish brands would like them to be. Boutiques include River Woods, Tommy, CK underwear, Gant, Boggi, Juttu, Ralet. The arrival of foodmarket Cru and the trendy eatery Cuit reinforces Ghent's image as a city for foodies.

Kouterdreef is an inner-city reconversion project with refined architecture and landscape architecture and a good alternation between residences, banks, offices, restaurants and shops.

Straatbeeld vanaf de Kouter

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.

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.

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.

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