‘Il Paradiso Nascosto’ (The Stolen Paradise) | MAXXI Museum Rome | West 8

The West 8 exhibition titled ‘Il Paradiso Nascosto’ (The Stolen Paradise) for the series ‘NATURE’ was recently opened to the public at the MAXXI Museum in Rome, Italy. The exhibition features an installation of transparent biopolymer tree silhouettes, whose light diffusion, subtle shadows, layered stratification and delicate movement creates a fantastical atmosphere. It is a light, sensuous installation whose counterpart, in the form of 21 cor-ten steel tree stump silhouettes, is found in the museum courtyard. The installation is accompanied by seven of West 8’s projects which share the same spirit of poetic narrative as a dialogue between the artificial and the natural: Leidsche Rijn park, the Eastern Scheldt Storm Surge Barrier, the Bridges in Borneo-Sporenburg, the Botanic Bridge in Gwangju, as well as the more recent Governors Island Park in New York, Miami Beach SoundScape / Lincoln Park, and the Madrid RIO urban plan.
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The Meadow Garden | Glouchester UK | Brodie McAllister

The Meadow Garden | Glouchester, UK | Brodie Mcallister

©Bob Train LRPS

Within the context of a larger historic estate, 17th Century manor house, and landscaped gardens that are often open to the public, the 5 Hectare meadow garden used an area where silt from the adjacent dredged lake had been dumped and spread. Outbuildings were demolished and sight lines adjusted so that the new vistas from the centre of the meadow segments aligned on other key landscape features, either distant or near. The spiral mound at the centre allows visitors to get an overview. Rings of cherry trees help reinforce the circular pathways around the meadows. A new lake edge path runs up to a giant igloo shaped steel arbour where willows are being trained to enclose the outer form.

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717 Bourke Street | Melbourne | Aspect Studios


A multi level urban landscape realm wrapped around two buildings drove the design towards a highly architectural outcome. ASPECT Studios was engaged to design and document the streetscape, pocket park, podium forecourt and courtyards for this mixed use development in the Docklands.

ASPECT Studios was responsible for the design to 717 Bourke Street public realm areas on ground floor, level 4 podium and connection to ground floor areas and bridge connection to Southern Cross Station, level 5 podium areas and connections to level 4 and private courtyards on level 4.

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Cadence Wins Jefferson Parish Canal Design Competition

Cadence-Jefferson Parish Canal Design Competition

Canal corridor and urban park space © Cadence

Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish awarded Cadence first place and a $30,000.00 prize for its proposed design for the West Esplanade Drainage Canal. Cadence, a full-service planning and landscape architecture firm, used their solution to convert the functional, but blighted canal into a usable green space for the community. The project site is located in Metairie, Louisiana and sits on the western border of New Orleans. The canal runs through both residential and commercial zones, spans 2.4 miles in length, is surrounded by two lanes of traffic on either side and includes vehicular bridges that traverse over the canal. The challenge was to make for a more visual appealing landscape, while maintaining flood protection and canal functionality, ensuring financially feasibility and abiding by regulatory parameters.

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Xian Horticultural Expo 2011 Master Gardens | Martha Schwartz Partners


Martha Schwartz Partners-Xian

© Gen Wang

Martha Schwartz Partners was one of nine international landscape design firms to be invited to design a small garden installation on the theme of “the harmonious co-existence of nature and the city” at the 2011 International Horticulture Exhibition in Xi’An, China. The garden will be seen by up to 12 million people between April and October 2011 and may by left permanently as part of the legacy strategy for long-term development of the site. This project is commissioned by Xi’An International Horticultural Exposition Organizing Committee.

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Cronocaos | OMA’s exhibition on preservation in New York



Cronocaos, OMA’s exhibition on the increasingly urgent topic of preservation in architecture and urbanism, opens today at the New Museum in New York. First shown at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, Cronocaos examines the growing “empire” of preservation and its consequences for the way we build, demolish, and remember.

Around 12 percent of the planet now falls under various regimes of natural and cultural preservation. “Through our respect for the past, heritage is becoming more and more the dominant metaphor for our lives today – a situation we call Cronocaos,” OMA founding partner Rem Koolhaas says. “We are trying to find what the future of our memory will look like.”

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Garden of 10,000 bridges 万桥园 opens at Xian Expo: West 8

WEST 8 - Garden of 10,000 bridges 万桥园 Xian
WEST 8 - Garden of 10,000 bridges 万桥园 Xian

The International Horticultural Expo in Xian, China opened on 28th April. The Garden of 10,000 bridges by West 8 is complete along with many other display gardens.

Gardens are telling stories; they are poetry and have a narrative. Our garden represents the human life, the path of people’s lifetime. This path is a path of uncertainty and burden. Many bridges over troubled water. The garden design takes this path of life as a meandering, winding road – continuous and like a labyrinth. The path through nature takes you over 10000 bridges.

For the 2011 Xi’an International Horticulture Exhibition, West 8 designed a Master Landscape Architect Garden, that plays with the limits and the sensation of surprise.

The International Horticulture Exhibition 2011 has many gardens designed by world renowned landscape architects such as TerragramMartha SchwartzSLATopotek1, Catherine Mosbach, Plasma StudioGROSS.MAXEMBT Miralles/Tagliabue, and Atelier DYJG. Also a 9000 square metre garden has been designed by various landscape architecture programs from across the world that were exhibited in July this year at the Creative Nature Exhibition in Qingpu, Shanghai.  With many other gardens designed by city and provinces along with some enterprise gardens. The 2011 Xi’an International Horticulture Exhibition will be held from 28 April to 8 October 2011.

4月28日,西安世界园艺博览会之West 8“万桥园”正式对游人开放。


2011年西安世界园艺博览会, West 8设计了大师展园中的一座。这座园林模糊了感官上的界限,带给游人惊奇的游园体验。


Images Courtesy of West8

West 8 Partnered with DYJG Beijing for this project.

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