The old industrial area around the Canal and Vaartkom is evolving rapidly. The dull factory buildings are being renovated and occupied by contemporary lofts, shops and offices.
Between them, modern housing complexes such as De Balk van Beel by architect stéphane Beel have sprung up. De hoorn, the former stella Artois brewery, has become a meeting place for creative people.
The Vaartkom neighbourhood is becoming a stylish, lively and green quarter full of creativity and social interaction.