Rabot Social Housing Ghent
new social housing - 226 appartements, commercial spaces & health centre
This project is an initiative in line with the urban development vision formulated by the City of Ghent and elaborated in the master plan ‘bridges towards Rabot’. The substitution of the existing Rabot Towers provides a perfect opportunity to create a new dynamic on the pivot point connecting this 19th-century neighbourhood to the rest of the city. The Rabot neighbourhood is a dense network of rather small homes with a structural lack of green space. POLO Architects designed a high-quality social housing project to replace the towers. In combination with the construction of a new public space by the Rabot park, the new residential model will enhance the quality of living throughout the neighbourhood.
PATHWAYS ALTERNATING WITH GREEN AREAS
The design consists of five adjacent construction ribbons grouped in two clusters. The open space between the buildings forming a cluster is conceived as a communal garden. This green outdoor space opens onto the public space around the site, which is also being redeveloped. The Rabot park’s green axis continues onto a public square with an alternation of pathways and green areas.
A building with community facilities will be erected at the centre of the site, next to the Lieve garden housing the new community health centre. Commercial properties will be available on Griende Square, conveniently located near bus and tram stops.
SYNERGY WITH INTRINSIC QUALITIES
The urban development model combines valuable characteristics of the ‘closed housing block’ model with typical qualities of an ‘open configuration’ of building volumes.
"The design results in a synergy with intrinsic qualities such as a clear and transparent delimitation of public and private spaces, intimacy and comfort for communal courtyards, an open space feeling, wide views, living spaces with natural light and sunshine and an interesting orientation." – Michiel Verhaverbeke, director POLO Architects
In addition to the communal garden, every home includes a private outdoor terrace.
images: POLO Architects
Opgeëistenlaan / Griendeplein, Ghent
WoninGent & VMSW
Dirk Vandekerkhove Landschapsarchitecten
winning competition design