Central to the vibrant Park Spoor Noord are these renovated train repair hangars, which have been transformed into an event hall and offices. An extension with a neighbourhood sports hall is noticeable by a Kalwall roof, which spreads abundant diffused daylight in the sports hall. Other efficient, low-tech applications include solar boilers and rainwater recovery. For all the interventions, the design team strongly took into account the existing individuality of the buildings.
- AG ANN
- Verdickt & Verdickt Architecten
- 12785 m²
Using this low-tech but practical approach, the characteristics of the original structures were optimally preserved.
These former hangars have been conversed to a multi-functional events hall with sports accommodations. They form the crown on a redevelopment of Antwerp Dam, before a stigmatised district of the city. The hangars are located in the Park Railway North, the spearhead of this urban transformation, and since then also a social hotspot in the city. The conversion was organised through a competition by the Flemish Government Architect, also attracting international architects. However, the sustainable and modern approach by Verdickt & Verdickt made it. The concept uses the inherent qualities of the old buildings; inside, the interventions have been limited to a minimum.
The old train repair hangars contain offices, an events hall, catering facilities and a local sports hall. In addition, the hangars were expanded with a new sports hall, attracting attention because of the Kalwall roof and facade coating. These sandwich panels, consisting of special fiber glass sheets, ensure a diffuse spreading of daylight. As a result, artificial lighting is unnecessary during the day, while most sports centers are devoid of daylight. Also, the panels have a very high degree of insulation. Other sustainable measures departed from the typologie of the building: sports infrastructure notoriously uses a lot of water. As such, the sports halls have been equipped with solar boilers for a higher return. In addition, rainwater is being recuperated. Using this low-tech but practical approach, the characteristics of the original structures were optimally preserved.
- VK Architects & Engineers
- Stijn Bollaert
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