WELCOME TO THE AVANT-PORT !
AS OF NOVEMBER 1996 THE AVANT-PORT BECAME THE LARGEST HISTORIC DISTRICT IN THE CITY OF GHENT, BELGIUM. THE AREA IS HOME TO 14 LANDMARK BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES.
Every Belgian block and every railway track in this area are steeped in the rich history of the 19th century, when young city engineer and later mayor Emile Braun built the Avant-Port. With this project he doubled the capacity of the harbor of cotton crazy Ghent.
The streets adjacent to the Avant-Port have been named after important harbor cities around the world that traded with Ghent at the time, e.g. New-Yorkstraat, Bombaystraat and Londenstraat.
BIG BEN LOFT HOUSE | LONDENSTRAAT - NEW-YORKSTRAAT
RENOVATING SHEDS 22 AND 23 WAS NOT OUR FIRST PROJECT AT THE AVANT-PORT
In the early 90's we renovated a 1910 warehouse at the corner of Londenstraat and New-Yorkstraat into the first commercial loft project in Ghent, the BIG BEN LOFT HOUSE. There are 8 duplex lofts in the building andt the first floor is home to communications and design advisors, DE BLAUWE PEER (THE BLUE PEAR - their company logo is a red lemon).
BIG APPLE LOFT HOUSE | NEW-YORKSTRAAT
ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE BIG BEN LOFT HOUSE WE CONVERTED A SECOND EARLY 20TH CENTURY WAREHOUSE INTO LOFTS.
We named the warehouse on New-Yorkstraat the BIG APPLE LOFT HOUSE. It has 12 duplex lofts on the second through fifth floors and 2 single level business unit lofts on the first floor. Every loft in the building was named after a Manhattan neighborhood or park, such as Soho, Yorkville, or Battery Park etc.
NEO | VOORHAVENLAAN
STEPS AWAY FORM SHED 22, AT VOORHAVENLAAN 14, WE HAVE BUILT AN INNOVATIVE PROJECT WITH 17 "MATRIX" TOWNHOUSES, STACKED ON TWO LEVELS. THE PROJECT NAME 'NEO', REFERS TO THE FAMOUS MOVIE THE MATRIX BY THE WACHOWSKI BROS.
At first sight NEO might seem the next condo project. But if you look more carefully you will discover 17 townhouses, 9 on the 3rd and 4th floor and 8 on the first and second floor. All of the matrix townhouses are 18 ft. wide. All of them have either a large garden or a roof terrace. The project exemplifies how one extra level (4 instead of the usual 3) can optimize living space density in the city.
We are also very proud that we have built additional housing for 20 families of swifts (Apus apus) in our NEO project. In the summer these tiny condos are appreciated by bird couples who fly in from Africa to raise their young.
TRINITY | MANCHESTERSTRAAT - MEULESTEEDSESTEENWEG
IN THE SUMMER OF 2015 WE STARTED BUILDING ANOTHER 'MATRIX' PROJECT 'TRINITY' WITH 33 LOFT STUDIO'S AROUND THE CORNER. IT HAS THREE ELEVATIONS IN TWO STREETS. 'TRINITY' LIES "BACK TO FRONT" WITH NEO.
TRINITY will be a full rental project with original loft studios for those feeling young at heart. Ample car and bike parking will be available as well as storage units. As soon as we have renderings of the project we will add them here.