West 8 reports
“Saturday the 18th of April the new pedestrian bicycle bridge ‘The Twist’, designed by West 8 for the City of Vlaardingen, was officialy opened at the shores of the Vlaardingse Vaart in Vlaardingen, The Netherlands. In February the iconic bridge was already installed at its final destination becoming an expressive sculpture that establishes the moment of ‘crossing’. Now people can also use the bridge to cross the Vlaardingse Vaart as it is a crucial link within the regional bicycle path network.”
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SOURCE: West 8 – Bridge Vlaardingse Vaart officially opened
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West 8 reports
“The competition entry for Almere Hout Noord West 8 prepared for housing corporation Ymere was unanimously chosen by the municipal assembly of Almere as the winning design.
Alderman Adri Duivesteijn of Almere stated: “We are convinced by the quality of the plans and like the idea that the corporation – especially now as we are experiencing a economical crisis – will be co-initiator of Almere Hout Noord, where we will realize 4.200 dwellings and 2.500 workplaces”.”
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SOURCE: WEST 8 – West 8 wins Almere Hout Noord competition
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West 8 reports
“To preserve the wonderful ancient alder thickets at the Leidsche Rijn Park, cutting back the trees is a heavy, but grateful chore. Together with the 100.000 new trees that are being planted at the moment, the existing planting will transform the newest part of Leidsche Rijn Park, the so called Binnenhof-West, into a beautiful green landscape. Besides planting the new trees, construction works also include re-excavating the Vikingrijn (a meander of the River Rhine) and constructing new tracks and bridges.”
SOURCE: West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture / news / Pruning and planting at Leidsche Rijn Park
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Wallpaper.com reported on West 8′s new bridge
“Even though landscape design experts West8 might be known for their innovative larger scale public spaces and urban planning work, bridge design has also been on their agenda for a long time now; the firm has already designed over 100 bridges in their home country of The Netherlands, and internationally.”
SOURCE: Twist Bridge, Vlaardingen – Architecture – Wallpaper.com
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This week construction works have started at the Noorderpark in Amsterdam. The first part to be developed is Volewijk-Oost and will be ready mid-2009. When all parts are completed, Amsterdam will have a real green central park that functions as a central meeting point, with spaces that can be used for large gatherings and functions.
The design by West 8 for the new park will transform the urban landscape that was created by construction works on the new local railway line, the North-South line. In addition to tying together three existing parks that were isolated from each other, West 8’s design also proposes a broad circuit track that links the existing disjointed parks, with new bridge connections which span across the canal and over the road and railway line.
SOURCE: West 8