Take Off – Shortstay
Short-stay business flats
4698 m², underground parking 3,340 m²
Flanders Expo – Amelia Earhartlaan, Ghent
This project involves the construction of a building for ‘short stay’ type business flats with underground parking on plot 05w of the project development area known as The Loop, a large-scale development project around Flanders Expo southwest of Ghent.
These business flats are planned on plot 05w as an office-type site in order to accommodate people for short stays.
The underground car park is a first stage of a larger car parking facility over the entire 05w plot. This first stage includes 106 parking spaces, 90 of which are earmarked for the short-stay building. Another 300 or so parking spaces are planned for the office-type accommodation yet to be built. Upon completion, the entire underground car park will contain approximately 408 parking spaces. Bicycle racks for the short-stay building are planned in a detached structure nearby. The car park (first stage) has a footprint of 3,340 m². The building for short stays has a footprint of 995 m², a total gross floor area of 4,697.7 m² and includes 98 business flats, each with a gross area of 36.5 m² and a caretaker’s apartment of 137.36 m².
The starting point for the short stay apartments is a standard living unit with all the necessary features for a short stay: sleeping, cooking, working and sanitary needs. These units are situated on five floors and separated into two rows by a common corridor. All units have a view over a green area. A highly playful effect is created on the façade by slightly shifting them on each floor in the opposite direction relative to each other. The multipurpose spaces and entrance hall are on the street side on the ground floor.
Walking and bicycle paths along green corridors link the various developments, and provide a link within a broader infrastructure network for vulnerable road users and public transport.
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