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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Sanba and stad in Antwerp, Belgium by HUB

 
August 3rd, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: HUB

The ‘Sanba and Stad’ project comprises a dyad at an exclusive location in the bend of the river Scheldt in Antwerp. It includes the renovation of an historic warehouse and the new construction of a lavish and elegant residential building.

Sanba is model type of warehouse which runs throughout the block and has 2 identical facades on the Rijnkaai and in Braziliëstraat. The deep floors with robust, concrete structure are reflected around the central courtyard with the authentic stars and passageway which give access to the building.

Image Courtesy ©  Ilse Liekens

Image Courtesy © Ilse Liekens

  • Architects: HUB
  • Project: Sanba and stad
  • Location: Antwerp, Belgium
  • Photography: Ilse Liekens
  • Status: buildings are completed
  • Program: 3.800 m² mixed program, 1.250 m² parking
  • Site: Rijnkaai 22-24, B-2000 Antwerp
  • Budget: € 4.200.000

Image Courtesy ©  Ilse Liekens

Image Courtesy © Ilse Liekens

This part of the building is to be renovated with maximum retention of the warehouse’s original identity. A two-storey penthouse has been added to the riverside. This penthouse – the rood villa – is leant form by virtue of its own sculptural identity whose copper roof creates contrast with while “capping off” the adjacent warehouse.

Image Courtesy ©  Ilse Liekens

Image Courtesy © Ilse Liekens

Stad is a new-build apartment building located on the Rijnkaai side. The building is characterised by its 15m-long façade which has an open relation to the Scheldt and its magnificent bend. The inner area is shared with Sanba. Each layer houses a spacious residential unit oriented to both sides of the building. With the exception of a single column, the homes are entirely structureless, allowing for total flexibility in tailoring the space to individual requirements.

Image Courtesy ©  Ilse Liekens

Image Courtesy © Ilse Liekens

The characteristic façade structure seeks a balance between the special surrounds and an intimacy that goes hand in hand with living. Subtle shifts in the façade surface intimate the scale of each residence in the building as a whole. As if grafted upon these shifts, the window openings become more and more generous as the height increases: from intimate living spaces on the first floor to a more direct relationship with the river on the highest floors.

Image Courtesy ©  Ilse Liekens

Image Courtesy © Ilse Liekens

Image Courtesy ©  Ilse Liekens

Image Courtesy © Ilse Liekens

Image Courtesy ©  Ilse Liekens

Image Courtesy © Ilse Liekens

Image Courtesy ©  Ilse Liekens

Image Courtesy © Ilse Liekens

Image Courtesy ©  Ilse Liekens

Image Courtesy © Ilse Liekens

Image Courtesy ©  Ilse Liekens

Image Courtesy © Ilse Liekens

Image Courtesy ©  Ilse Liekens

Image Courtesy © Ilse Liekens

Image Courtesy ©  Ilse Liekens

Image Courtesy © Ilse Liekens

Image Courtesy ©  Ilse Liekens

Image Courtesy © Ilse Liekens

Image Courtesy © HUB

Image Courtesy © HUB

Image Courtesy © HUB

Image Courtesy © HUB

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