Beech is a character tree for the Swedish southernmost province Scania. The beech also has a few specifics which makes it differ from other trees. The canopy owns a horizontal structure, and together with the equally horizontal position of the single leave this renders an architectural quality to the tree. The smooth, light grey bark makes the trunk resemble a leg of an elephant. The competition entry for the new plaza at Hyllie district in Malmoe was sent in by motto Fagus, which is the scientific name for beech. The idea was to establish a beech forest on the plaza, contributing with a regional identity to a site that lacked most landscape features.
Continue reading Hyllie Plaza | Malmo Sweden | Thorbjörn Andersson with Sweco Architects
For the new location of the NHL University OKRA has made, in association with Architecture Studio Hertzberger, the design for the exterior space. This consists of a solid green carpet laid out as a counterpart to the imposing building. The green grass and trees continue under the building connecting the inner and outer worlds together. A spider-like network of routes and places creates an extension of the building from inside to outside.
Continue reading Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden | Leeuwarden Netherlands | OKRA
The intervention here proposed focuses on landscape restoration and design of the area between the historic town of Vicovaro and Aniene river valley, near Rome, Italy. The realized project has been very recently awarded with an Honorable Mention “Premio Paesaggio del Consiglio d’Europa 2012” because it has be considered a model for the design of degraded areas located around medieval Italian villages.
Continue reading KNOTTING the hill town and its landscape | Vicovaro Italy | Luca Peralta Studio
Inspired by the linearity of the vast paddy fields that marks Vietnam’s dramatic landscape, the design includes a series of vibrant community spaces that are interconnected through a safe and secure public realm based on “access for all” philosophy.
Continue reading EDEN Villa | Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam | ONE landscape
Waterplein Benthemplein from de urbanisten on Vimeo.
On the Benthemsquare a first water square will be realized. It took us almost seven years from the idea and concept, to typologies, to policy, to spatial design. Already well published as a concept, in 2011 we finally got to design and refine a real pilot on the Benthemsquare in Rotterdam.
Continue reading Waterplein | Rotterdam Netherlands | DE URBANISTEN