Residential tower with 90 apartments
The project is situated in a newly redeveloped old industrial part of the city Leuven, known as the "Vaartkom". This area has a very distinctive identity, referring to former harbor activity, and is defined by accents of different tall buildings and towers. The redevelopment plan intensifies this identity with an addition of new vertical and horizontal buildings. This tower marks the most eastern point of the "Vaartkom", and is also situated next to an importance entrance route by car to the inner city of Leuven. Therefore it functions as a hinge between the renewed former industrial area and the urban city center. The façade is precipitated as a storybook of the current and historical context, whereas the different layers mark different scales, relations and dialogues to the surroundings. The brick architecture and tectonic logic refers to former industrial warehouses. Vertical windows on the lower floors search a relation with the public space, while horizontal windows on the upper floors generate panoramic views.