Opening permanent sculpture garden in Leidsche Rijn Park – West 8

On September 11, the permanent sculpture garden in Leidsche Rijn Park was officially opened.  As an opening act, the new sculpture Barricade from Spanish artist Fernando Sánchez Castillo was set on fire.

The sculpture garden is inspired by the book Possibility of an Island by French writer Michel Houellebecq. The device of the book –hope and the search for love- suggested a basic principle for the designs of the participating artists Fernando Sánchez Castillo (SP), Mathilde ter Heijne (NL), William Speakman i.s.m. Gijs Frieling (NL), Daniel Roth (DE), Rob Voerman (NL), Zilvinas Landzbergas (LT) en Lucas Lenglet (NL). The eight, literary work by writer Arnon Grunberg was also presented on the 11th.

Barricade (2009) by Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Anonimous monuments (2009) by Daniel Roth

Wood Chapel (2009) by William Speakman


Finalists announced for Dutch Design Awards

West 8 are one of the finalists in the Dutch Design Awards with the Bridge Vlaardingse Vaart, designed for the city of Vlaardingen, is one of the finalists in the Dutch Design Awards. The winners will be chosen by an international jury and introduced to the design world during the festive Award Show on 17 October 17, 2009. The designs of all finalists and winners will subsequently be exhibited for one week in the Brainport Greenhouse on the Stadhuisplein in Eindhoven during Dutch Design Week.

Bridge Bridge Deck



Madrid’s Shell Bridge gets its concrete dome – West 8

Construction is moving along at the first Shell Bridge, West 8+ MRIO designed for the City of Madrid. 100 m3 of concrete was poured inbetween the two layers of the wooden mold, moving another step closer to the desired end result: a concrete dome.






West 8 get started on Miami Beach

West 8 has started design work on the 2 1/2 acre park adjacent to the New World Symphony new performance hall with a charrette last monday with Miami Beach residents. Ideas that came out of the charrette were Free Wifi, an interactive water feature, bicycle parking, public art and exotic and native planting.

Jerry van Eyck (partner at West 8) stated to the residents that they are looking for an identity for the park and that due to the parks small size the park could not have everything. Eyck also stated that it doesn’t matter how beautiful the park is and it comes down to programming.

The project has a budget of $13 million and should be completed by January 2011 for the opening of the concert hall.

The next stage of the project is another public meeting in the next few weeks with a preliminary design presentation based on the charrette.

NEWS SOURCE: Miami Herald

Adriaan Geuze (West 8) interviewed by Wall Street Journal

J. S. MARCUS of Wall Street Journal recently interviewed Adriaan Geuze, founder of West 8.

Marcus asks Adriaan questions relating to the discipline of Landscape Architecture and the difference between landscape architecture, architecture, and planning. Also queries Geuze about why landscape architect stays regional in comparison to building styles which go global. The interview continues on chatting about a West 8 project and West 8’s home city of Rotterdam. An interesting interview with one of the world’s leading landscape architects.

Goto Redefining Urban Spaces – to read the full interview.

West 8 confirmed by City for Miami Beach project reports

Dutch design firm West 8 will replace world-renowned architect Frank Gehry on a Miami Beach park project, the final component of the massive New World Symphony complex now under construction.

The firm was selected from a dozen applicants for the $13 million park project and ratified by the Miami Beach Commission in a 6-1 vote Wednesday.

Despite Gehry’s fame, West 8 was hailed by backers as better suited to design the park because of its experience in landscape architecture.

SOURCE: – Dutch firm picked for Miami Beach park project

Dutch firm could replace Frank Gehry on Miami Beach park project – reports

A Dutch firm known for delivering euphorically original urban designs on a budget is poised to replace the world’s most famous architect on a Miami Beach park project that Gehry quit amid a row with the city over costs.
The firm, West 8, was selected from a dozen applicants for the $13 million park project by a six-person committee representing the city and the New World Symphony………

Read more at the SOURCE: – Dutch firm could replace Frank Gehry on Miami Beach park project

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