O-Sea - Ostend info

The design challenge entails how to link both the size of as well as the program for this new large-scale residential complex to the small scale of the town on the one hand and the large size of the Koninklijke Baan road heading towards the seaside resort of Ostend on the other. In this manner we are endeavoring to create a lively neighborhood that not only has a large number of apartments (600) but also provides space for homes with ground floor access, assisted living homes, a daycare center and shopping facilities. The outside area serves a linking function, and its purpose and programming will serve a wider public than the residents alone. This allows for numerous ‘squares’ and ‘streets’ to become a part of the existing urban fabric, while it is endeavored to keep the area vibrant the whole year round. At the same time the layout of the area contributes to the experience and valuing of the new neighborhood. The (semi-) public space primarily plays an important role in accessibility to the various buildings and squares. The proposed framework entails the largest amount of greenery possible, which will ensure that the various components are connected to each other and also provides a constantly changing imagery (the changing seasons). The design was inspired by the ripples that form in beach sand. It provides a human scale and ensures that an identity is created. It is a place where people are happy to live and happy to identify with.

title O-sea
location Ostend
client Allfin
status design phase
period 2015-2020
surface area 2.7 ha
schedule squares, entrance areas, transitional zones
tasks design, technical execution, site follow-up
budget € 2,000,000 excl VAT
project team Amedeo Ardolino, Eric Dessaer, Koen Moelants, Kristof De Bonte, Luc Wallays, Peter Seynaeve, Tompy Hoedelmans
project leader Tompy Hoedelmans
partnership ConixRDBM Architects