Adriaan Geuze: ‘Parks are like poetry and music’

Adriaan Geuze, founding partner of WEST 8 was recently interviewed in 60 seconds by Wall Street Journal. Adriaan talks about European and American landscapes and gives some interesting insights into his personal life and landscape architecture. The insight I like most in the interview is

Parks are like poetry and music. They basically have no reason to exist—that is also what is so special about them. They are places where you can dream about a non-realistic, non-time-related world.

Read more at the Wall Street Journal – On the Cutting Hedge: Design firm West 8 brings a modern sensibility to urban landscapes.

Le Monolithe and Cour de Loges completed: West 8

Le Monolithe Cour de Louges WEST8

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Recently MVRDV and West 8 announced that ‘Le Monolithe’ in Lyon, France is complete. The contemporary urban block with five separate volumetric volumes designed by 5 different architects including MVRDV, Pierre Gautier, Manuelle Gautrand, ECDM and Erik van Egeraat. The public plaza – ‘Cour de Loges was designed by WEST 8.

Continue reading Le Monolithe and Cour de Loges completed: West 8

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Construction begins on Xian International Horticultural Exhibition

West 8 Garden 10000 Bridges Xian Expo 2011
With just under 150 days to go before the opening of 2011 International Horticultural Exhibition to be held in Xian, China (西安, 陕西) construction is in full swing on the gardens including West 8′s Garden of 10.000 Bridges (pictured above).

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.

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Construction starts on Lincoln Park in Miami: West 8


The first three of fifteen pergola structures were put in place the week of 13 September 2010. With the mid-sections also underway, the projects fabricators are well-underway to deliver the remaining elements on a weekly basis. Eliciting much discussion, curiosity and awe from passers-by, as well as consultants, owners and builders, sensuous pieces of architecture promise to set the stage for a new precedent in urban park design.

The projection tower footing was placed last week with anchor bolts the size of baseball bats. A new toilet structure has been designed for the park.

Lincoln Park continues to move rapidly toward a completion date for the New World Symphony’s Grand Opening in January 2011.

SOURCE: West 8
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