Project

Kinsuka Garden of Knowledge

ORG URBANISM is preparing a vision for the future development of the site of a former textile factory, flanked on two sides by the massive Congo River, located in the district of Kinsuka, about 10 kilometers west of the center of Kinshasa (DRC). While currently not in use, this large site, (104ha) has substantial pressure for development due to the rapid growth of Kinshasa. The design plan includes its phasing and its feasibility both technically, spatially and financially. The project will consist of housing for the emerging middle class with the associated infrastructure and communal facilities. ORG is also proposing to join forces with local and international schools and businesses to start a ‘knowledge center’ on the site. This cluster would include training on business and agriculture. The first guidelines for the master plan were delivered in January 2018. ORG's plan focused on the natural assets and threats to the site, orientating the plan for a tropical climate, and responding to soil erosion and flood risks with an ecological strategy. At the same time, development, typological studies and market studies helped the client in defining its future market of buyers. At the moment ORG URBANISM is further developing the master plan, while ORG ARCHITECTURE is working on the first typology of housing units. This project will be presented both to potential buyers and developers in order to gain a profound understanding of Kinshasa’s middle class living standards and to optimize the construction process.

Location
Kinshasa, D.R.C

Client
Texaf, Brussels-Kinshasa

Year
2017

Type
Design Development

Area
1km2

Program
mixed, public, landscape, infrastructure, residential, educational

Team
Alexander D’Hooghe, Luk Peeters, Marcel Smets, Sanne Peeters, Michiel Duré, Aaron Weller, M. Doras Alver

Collaborators
Kinsuka Garden of Knowledge

Highway Interchange, Limburg

BEELDSKWALITEITSPLAN (BKP) BRUSSELS CANAL AREA