Project

Kinsuka Garden of Knowledge

A large site (104ha) of a former textile factory, about 10 kilometers west of the center of Kinshasa (DRC). Located in the district of Kinsuka, the site is flanked on two sides by the massive Congo River. While it is currently not in use, there is substantial pressure for development due to the rapid growth of Kinshasa. ORG URBANISM is preparing a vision for the future development of the site, 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 focused on the natural assets and threats to the site, orientating the plan for a tropical climate, 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 constructors in order to profoundly understand 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

Highway Interchange, Limburg

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