The Zebrastraat Idea

Our flexible housing formulas are tailored to exploring human beings who want to keep all options open, to world citizens who do not know where they will work next year and to curious people who feel stimulated by art.

Art and culture, it is interwoven in everything we do. On Thursday evening we offer a platform for literature, social debate, film and theatre. Our exhibitions are becoming increasingly more ambitious and the public-accessible art collection continues to expand.

We organize a wide variety of events for the business and the academic world, from training and meetings to exclusive product presentations. Up-to-date multimedia, tasty catering, a cozy setting... the whole picture looks correct.

The history of Zebrastraat

In the 19th century, Ghent had its own zoo, which had to be closed in 1902 due to the fast growth of the city. These were golden times for the textile industry but its workers lived in appalling conditions. The Ghent Society of Workers' Homes concluded that the living conditions had to be improved and instructed Charles Van Rysselberghe to build modern worker dwellings. The then city architect conceived a special design that would soon be known as "the Cirk". The Oval courtyard served as a playground for at least three generations of working-class children, but after 100 years without much investment the degradation was complete. In 2001, the Liedts-Meesen Foundation was able to save this architectural gem from the demolition hammer. The renovation did not last long: around the courtyard the housing function was retained but at the street side appeared 5 conference rooms, a multipurpose lounge and 750 m² of exhibition space. All this without touching the original facades, a real exploit of designer Marnix Verstraeten. From 2005 we started experimenting with cross-fertilisation between living, culture and events. It was a time of trial and error, but the first successes came soon. Ten years later it was already time for an ambitious expansion with the project New Zebra. At the Gustav Callierlaan appeared a spectacular convex façade with behind it an underground parking, a restaurant, 36 apartments and a congress room with 220 places. But the story is never completely told. For several years we have been organizing Zebrabeach in summer and the music festival Zebrawoods in winter. And then we haven't talked about the Elephant, our newest realization in... yes... the Olifantstraat.