The Groene Loper does not only connect the eastern and western parts of the city, it also reinforces the connection between the city and the countryside. A cycle bridge connects the northern historic country estates with the city. These new connections, together with its green character and the upcoming housing developments, have turned an urban ‘back’ into a new front. Disadvantaged neighborhoods are becoming popular living environments, boosting social cohesion and new urban developments.
Masterplan for 1000 new dwellings
The masterplan for the development areas creates 1000 new homes for different target groups. It heals the urban fabric and completes the connection between the Groene Loper and the surrounding parts of the city.
In June 2009, West 8 together with Humblé Architecten won the project competition as part of the consortium “Avenue2”. King Willem-Alexander opened the Groene Loper in 2018.
The Groene Loper before and after. Renovation of the monumental ‘Gemeenteflat’ by Humblé Martens en Willems Architecten.
Photography: Jeroen Musch, Fred Berghmans, Aron Nijs