Military installations make room for living, working and leisure time
Dusty military glory turns to trendy environment
In the early 20th century, an old fortress that stood in the middle of town, was transformed into an arsenal annex military clinic. At the end of the century the military left the site and the site started deteriorating.
Finally, giving in to demand of neighbours, the area was developed into new living quarters for some 400 families with added offices and bars. The protected parts of the military buildings were restaurated, at other places new adapted housing arose.
As the name suggests, it became a green and carfree district which revaloured the neighbouring parts at thes ame time. The hip hotspot of the PAKT e.g. fits perfectly intothe Green Quarter.
Highlights of the walk
- The wintercorridor with the recovery pavillions
- Two-star restaurant The Jane in the old chapel
- The co-working building Stokers that can also be used to organize events
- Hotel August in the former cloister
- The PAKT-site with its hip companies, veggie cafés and restaurants and its famous roofgardens
Sauces available for this walk
If you wish, you can, without extra charges, have the walk brought to taste with a sauce, through which a particular theme is put in the spotlight.
You will find a description of the sauces available underneath. Of course, it is up to you to opt for a walk without an extra spotlight.
A story in stone
Hard to imagine military architecture can be so fascinating in all its simplicity, symmetry and its use of diverse materials. What could be preserved has been preserved and the combination with present-day architecture really pleases the eye. The Jane was nominated to be the most beuatiful restaurant in the world. Hotel August that was created inside the former cloister and chapel of the Augustinian nuns, also received international acclaim. The industrial buildings of the PAKT were transformed into working places for creative companies.
Present and past
Soldiers, officers and war victims were treated in the hospital. The arsenal was a site where equipment was stored. Today you can live and work here, and also come here to enjoy yourself. You can even stay overnight. The reconversion proved positive for the neighbouring streets as well. At very short distance you can find the De Koninck city brewery.
Starred chefs Sergio Herman and Nick Bril thought the former hospital chapel the ideal spot for The Jane. What André Duval realised in the old furnace is simply breathtaking. Moreover the district is attracting quite a few creative minds that settled in or at the border of the Green Quarter.
Not so far from Zurenborg in recent years a new district developed on the grounds, and partly in the building that housed the military hospital. The project is called Green Quarter and provides a combinations of new housing and the restauration and restructuring historical buildings.
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