Rooftop oasis – perennial jungle | Rotterdam Netherlands | Astrid Hölzer

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The scale of the project is quite small, located on a rooftop on a typical Dutch city house built in 1909. Not only small by size, also old in terms of structure. Our ambition was to create a luscious garden space in between the ground and the clouds. In 2005 the roof decking was renewed. A wooden terrace (18 sqm, hardwood FSC), green roof part (approximately 30 sqm), sunroom, indoor stairs, and fence were added.

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Hyllie Plaza | Malmo Sweden | Thorbjörn Andersson with Sweco Architects

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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.

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VIDEO | West 8 profile

Previously we have featured profiles for Rietveld Landscape and H+N+S landscape architects commissioned by DutchDFA. Recently they posted a video profile for West 8 featuring Adriaan Geuze, Director and Chief Designer of West 8 urban design and landscape architecture.

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Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden | Leeuwarden Netherlands | OKRA

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.

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KNOTTING the hill town and its landscape | Vicovaro Italy | Luca Peralta Studio


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.
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