A new depot complex commissioned by the “De Lijn” transport company under the framework of the Antwerp Mobility Masterplan 2020 will be the hub of the new tram connections between the centre of the city and its eastern periphery. The architecture is the creation of Archiles architects from Geel (project architect Steven Donné) who found the inspiration and material from Rockpanel to give shape to his idea in an efficient, durable and aesthetically responsible manner.
"The new depot is primarily a functional project," according to architect Donné. "It has been designed based on a concrete track plan. Among other things there had to be enough room for at least 50 trams. The trams had to be able to drive smoothly in and out. And allowance had to be made for future expansion of both the track infrastructure as well as the building itself. The complex consists of a large depot, a workshop and an office unit. The intention was that the whole thing would be a space-saving, maintenance-friendly and cost-efficient unit. We achieved this objective."