Renovation & restoration - the 21st century

<p><strong>Antwerp, construction site of the century</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Antwerp continues to work on its appearance and give its streets a serious make-over where necessary.Antwerp of the 21st century gives buildings new uses, renovates and rejuvenates them in order to create a livable, open and modern city.</p>

Old buildings are given different uses. Architects flawlessly transform existing constructions into something new and add surprising postmodernist elements. A grain silo is now the Museum for Modern Art, a goods station became a bank, a garage became the Permeke library. The ModeNatie and administrative centre Den Bell are housed in upgraded buildings. The old warehouses on the Eilandje are also starting a second life - as lofts, distribution centres, shops, offices and the city’s archives.

New buildings are also leaving their mark on Antwerp’s city centre:the Plantin Hogeschool, youth hostel, Design Centre, De Meerminne on the university campus. The new court of justice and Post Noord attract international attention. And the MAS inaugurated an era of residential towers like those on the Kattendijkdok.

Antwerp focuses on public space: laying streets, squares and green zones. Antwerp gives its residents free access to the quays and the edge of the Scheldt River – with promenades on the Eilandje and the renovation of the Scheldt quays.The new Theatre square and Kievit square, Sint-Paulusplaats, Ossenmarkt and Dageraad square are havens of tranquillity. Soon the city will boast a Lima square, Cadix square and Opera square.Park Spoor Noord is a green reprieve; De Konijnenweide and the renovated Stadspark will soon emit that same feeling.

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