62 Casco Apartments

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How and why?

Abandoned Casco Apartments – De Werve Hoef Wijnegem

Feb 10, 2019 | Urban

This is the sad result of the development of a sustainable neighbourhood 🙁

How and why?

The Project

Project name De Werve Hoef
Location Merksemsebaan, 2110 Wijnegem
Start of construction March 2016
Project 40 owner-occupied apartements
22 rental apartemens
3 retail shops
Estimated completion date February 2018
Starting price 135.000,00 €

How I stumbled upon this site?

Frequently I randomly bike around with my mountain bike and I love to explore new and different places all the time. I stumbled upon this abandoned complex while riding without a certain destination. I told myself just go east, east of Antwerp and by coincidence this complex came across my path.

As I have a great eye for details I immediately noticed uninhabited buildings and stopped straight away. A sign rotting away in the grass took my attention while walking on the terrain with my bike in the hands. I was perplexed with the idea to abandon a fresh but unfinished project this size… just standing empty and left to rot.

Everything ready to move in…

While observing all the buildings around me I was confused to see a red light indicating that cars weren’t allowed to enter the slipway of the garage.

My mouth wide open!

Lights are on, for months… But not a single soul living there. Explain, please… cause I’m confused.

There was even a small light in all the doorbells at each apartment burning 24/7.

Who is paying for all this…

Built with high sustainable standards

Yes there is lots of concrete, but at the roof-less mezzanine walkway leading to each apartment they picked a variety of materials like wood, stone tiles and steel plating. Above all it’s open air as soon as you exit your apartment.

During the design of this site they had to keep the environment in mind and choose their materials wisely. Also the layout and design of the whole site has to match with the green area it was located in.

11 Hectares of usable space in which 7 housing complexes with a total of 260 units are incorporated in the design. 

 

How I stumbled upon this complex?

Frequently I randomly bike around with my mountain bike and love to explore new and different places all the time. I stumbled upon this abandoned complex while riding without a certain destination. I told myself just go east, east of Antwerp and by coincidence this complex came across my path.

I noticed a sign reading 

 

What is “De Werve Hoef”?

It is a farm that was located on this property and will be incorporated into the project

 

Already sold but no one living there!

When I saw this piece of paper reading “SOLD” I was asking myself why would they not finish this housing complex and let the owners move in?

Another good question is why is the terrain in between the units unfinished?

Well, that is because of the enviromental and unfrastructural works couldn’t start yet and hereby the site was temporarily abandoned and unprotected.

» Written by Alan who goes under the name of twin-rhino | Published on July 23, 2019

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