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Towerblocks De Luchtbal

architect/designer: Hugo Van Kuyck (1902-1975) landscape/garden designer(s): collaborators (enginners, consultants, etc.): Constructor building contractor(s): Onze Woning en AMGH location: Venezuelastraat 1-5,2-6 town / country: Antwerp, Belgium gps: N 51 25.3715, E 4 42.2386


commission/competition date:  design period (s): 1944 construction: 1960-1962 completion/inauguration: 1962

Status of Protection

protected by: preserved by ‘Inventaris Onroerend Erfgoed’ ;ID nummer: 122126 grade: Partly preserved date: since 27.11.2011 valid for (whole area/parts of area/building): whole complex (bigger and smaller buildingblock)

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Description of the site/buildings

brief introduction

‘De Luchtbal’ is a large-scale residential area north of Antwerp, located between the Noordelaan, the Havanastraat, the rialway line Antwerp-Rotterdam and the Groenendaallaan. Social residential area De Luchtbal is a major illustration of a district built by reknowned architects and urbanists in different stages, reflecting the evolution of modernism and testifying to a pragmatic approach. Especially because of its scale, with almost 3000 residents in almost 1000 residential units, De Luchtbal is unique in flanders. In 1944, the social housing company, ‘Onze Woningen’ commissioned Hugo Van Kuyck to design a plan for the southern development of the Luchtbal. The construction plan was in line with the CIAM principles a that time. Van Kuyck provided numerous collective facilities, such as schools, a church, a post-office, kindergarten, petrolstation, medical-social center, sports halls and sporting goods. It wasn’t until 1954 the design of Van Kuyck was realized. The most important buildingblocks that were realized for this research are namely four large-scale long


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