February 26, 2024

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The Damman Croes city project makes Krottegem’s heart beat again

The Damman Croes city project makes Krottegem’s heart beat again

The project area in the heart of Krotgem is known as the Damman-Croes site, after the former metal construction company that was located there. In addition to the mixed residential function, the program also includes a large proportion of green space and the construction of a new primary school. In the project there is still room for community and retail facilities or services. And at the same time the engineer’s residence Joseph Debroeker (now De Vriendschap Library) has been restored to its former glory.

Connectivity and interdependence

The project places a strong emphasis on connectivity and interconnectedness. Onze-Lieve-Vrouwemarkt and Spanjestraat are linked by a green city park. Through the city’s rooms, designers connect with the subtle woven fabrics that are so characteristic of Kreutigem. New residents and visitors connected to the neighborhood. The specific grain, language of form, and use of materials in the region inspired the design team to come up with subtle yet rich architecture.

The neighborhood is also involved in further implementation. The Urban Connector’s co-creation expert and rooftop gardening specialist is set to steer this participatory process in the right direction with CAAAP. The project is undoubtedly a catalyst for the neighborhood.

combination of functions

In addition to the residential function, the master plan also includes a large proportion of green space and the construction of a new primary school in Krottegem. The intention is to combine the existing sites of Mosaique Primary School into a new building. This school will be implemented on behalf of the Arkorum vzw school group.

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The residential part constitutes a well-thought-out mix of housing types for all target groups: not only apartments, but also more spacious homes for families and more compact units for young starters. About 5 to 15 apartments of different sizes. In total, approximately 110 housing units will be constructed in this new residential area.

For example, at least 30% of the project area will be allocated as public open space, and at least half of it will be continuous green space. The design of public green spaces is also included in the participatory process, in order to orient it as closely as possible to the needs of the local population and the children who go to school.