KCAP gets green light for Rinkkaai urban housing project in Ghent (BE)

KCAP gets green light for Rinkkaai urban housing project in Ghent (BE)

KCAP received the green light for the construction of Rinkkaai, in Ghent, Belgium.


Rinkkaai is a urban housing development next to Ghent's central train station, set within a kilometre-long park-like setting created from a former industrial site.

Rinkkaai is a project that resulted from a winning competition and a decade-long collaboration between KCAP, evr-architects, OM/AR, Omgeving, and Fris in het Landschap. It comprises six buildings set within a park, shaped like an urban emerald necklace. This development is part of a larger masterplan for the station area of Ghent. The site features two towers and four urban villas with over 300 new homes. Rinkkaai strives to meet national sustainability guidelines, with little or no use of fossil fuels, using green techniques such as rainwater collection, geothermal heating, and solar panels. It also offers electric bike and car charging stations to promote green transportation.


The project is a residential development situated atop a two-storey parking garage, with public amenities such as a playground and cycling paths, and three public squares throughout the location. The tower on the western edge has balconies arranged in a twisting pattern, while rooftops have sun terraces, outdoor barbecues, and greenhouses for urban farming. The development caters to all socioeconomic levels and includes assisted living units. The ground floors have cafes and commercial spaces, and walking paths connect the buildings and the surrounding neighbourhood. A pedestrian and cyclist bridge connects the site to the Blaarmeersen park and recreational grounds.


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