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Garden of Time (Beijing, China) Print E-mail
Monday, 08 January 2018 14:15

As part of the Beijing International Horticultural Exposition 2019, West 8's ‘Garden of Time’ is a symbolic journey of life: disconnected from the surroundings, visitors will be led by a narrow descending path connecting through a sequence of rooms. Each has its unique atmosphere created by different usage of materials, plants, colours and most importantly, each of these rooms provides visitors a different perspective. The journey of life ends in a moment of reflection.

Upon entering the narrow path, the visitors’ common notions of scale will immediately be challenged by the frenetic scale created by giant rough tree trunks with their enormous heights. This path winds downwards, continuously changing direction and trajectory. Here is serenity, is enclosure, is mystery. The visitor cannot determine the path’s destination until they have reached it, namely the first courtyard.

Visitors reach the first garden - The Garden of Short Youth. This garden is bursting with white and pink flowers across all seasons. A mix of wild flowers and fruit trees creates a vibrant sensory experience. This garden symbolises childhood and the juvenile years in life: full of ideas and new elements to be discovered, full of life and fertility. This garden changes in colours, textures and smells across every season, symbolizing the frequent changes experienced during this phase of life. 

After crossing the garden the visitor is led once again along a sequence of pathways. The trunks surrounding the path are now more than 12 meters high. The visitor still descends down – these trunks create more shade and the path appears to get narrower.

Visitors reach the second garden – The Garden of High Clouds. The dense planting is reminiscent of a forest – arrays of shade tolerant groundcovers plants creating a thick lush green carpet, where Ferns and mosses dominate the palette. The high pine trees will have branching only in the upper part that form a spectacular cathedral-like space.  This garden symbolises an individual’s maturity in life: one’s character becomes calmer and is quite literally grown up while sentimentally more introvert and the range of impressions is richer.

The last sequence of the path leads the visitor even further down. The height of the tree trunks almost completely blocks out the sunlight. The structure of the path keeps changing and finally climaxes in a circular descent.

The visitor reaches the third garden – The Mirror Pond. In this garden, the narrowest of all the patios, the view is completely focused on a concentric pond that reflects the sky above. When looking upwards, only a circular opening to the sky will be visible – the 18m tall trunks spectacularly frame this view shaft. This garden symbolises the last phase of a person’s life: a period full of experiences, rich of memories and at peace with the inner self. The end of the journey here is ultimately a moment of reflection.

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West 8's 'Garden of Time' exhibits at Beijing Horticultural Expo 2019 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 20:03

hand sketch by Adriaan Geuze of West 8 during concept development

The Bureau of Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition Coordination selected early this year, including West 8, five internationally renowned landscape design offices to create and build distinctive exhibition gardens at the ‘International Designers Creative Gardens’ part of the Beijing International Horticultural Exposition 2019, with each their representative characters. In line with the theme of the Horticultural Expo, six designers from five offices are chosen from countries including the United States, Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands and Japan. Selection criteria is based on each designer's professional competence, strong international influence, and each with their unique philosophy in landscape design. 

West 8 is much honoured to be selected to represent the Netherlands to exhibit in this part of the expo with the design ‘Garden of Time’. On December 2, at “2019 Beijing China World Horticultural Exposition of Foreign Designers Creative Exhibition Forum” held in Beijing Forestry University, all these five designs of exhibition gardens were unveiled. West 8's Senior Landscape Architect Christian Dobrick represented West 8 and presented our design to the audience and journalists. 

Garden of Time’ is a symbolic journey of life: disconnected from the surroundings, visitors will be led by a narrow descending path connecting through a sequence of rooms: 'The Garden of Short Youth', 'The Garden of High Clouds' and 'The Mirror Pond'. Each has its unique atmosphere created by different usage of materials, plants, colours and most importantly, each of these rooms provides visitors a different perspective, literally and philosophically. The journey of life ends in a moment of reflection.

'International Designers Creative Exhibition' is the essential part of the Beijing International Horticultural Exposition 2019. Under the theme of “Green Living, Beautiful Homeland”, this exposition aims to demonstrate the concept of ecology and disseminate green ideas. These five gardens aim to showcase an diverse beauty of gardening and high standard of horticulture quality. It will manifest industrial development and encourage cultural exchanges. It aims to inspire the both horticultiural experts and general public of China to connect with and experience nature in an distinctive level. 

Amongst other exhibitors of the ‘International Designers Creative Gardens’ of the Expo are: Danish designer Stig Anderson, British designers Tom Stuart-Smith, Japanese designer Kazuyuki Ishihara and George Hargreaves from United States of America. All five ‘International Designers Creative Gardens’ designs will be further developed in the coming months and construction is anticipated to start soon in 2018. After the Expo, they will become permanent exhibits of the show at the site in Beijing, marking the international horticultural standard of 21st century.

 

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West 8 exhibits at Beijing Horticultural Expo 2019 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 20:03

hand sketch by Adriaan Geuze of West 8 during concept development

Early in 2017, the Bureau of Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition Coordination selected, including West 8, five internationally renowned landscape design offices to create and build distinctive exhibition gardens at the ‘International Designers Creative Gardens’ part of the Beijing International Horticultural Exposition 2019, with each their representative characters. In line with the theme of the Horticultural Expo, six designers from five offices are chosen from countries including the United States, Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands and Japan. Selection criteria is based on each designer's professional competence, strong international influence, and each with their unique philosophy in landscape design. 

West 8 is much honoured to be selected to represent the Netherlands to exhibit in this part of the expo with the design ‘Garden of Time’. On December 2, at “2019 Beijing China World Horticultural Exposition of Foreign Designers Creative Exhibition Forum” held in Beijing Forestry University, all these five designs of exhibition gardens were unveiled. West 8's Senior Landscape Architect Christian Dobrick represented West 8 and presented our design to the audience and journalists. 

Garden of Time’ is a symbolic journey of life: disconnected from the surroundings, visitors will be led by a narrow descending path connecting through a sequence of rooms: 'The Garden of Short Youth', 'The Garden of High Clouds' and 'The Mirror Pond'. Each has its unique atmosphere created by different usage of materials, plants, colours and most importantly, each of these rooms provides visitors a different perspective, literally and philosophically. The journey of life ends in a moment of reflection.

'International Designers Creative Exhibition' is the essential part of the Beijing International Horticultural Exposition 2019. Under the theme of “Green Living, Beautiful Homeland”, this exposition aims to demonstrate the concept of ecology and disseminate green ideas. These five gardens aim to showcase an diverse beauty of gardening and high standard of horticulture quality. It will manifest industrial development and encourage cultural exchanges. It aims to inspire the both horticultiural experts and general public of China to connect with and experience nature in an distinctive level. 

Amongst other exhibitors of the ‘International Designers Creative Gardens’ of the Expo are: Danish designer Stig Anderson, British designers Tom Stuart-Smith, Japanese designer Kazuyuki Ishihara and George Hargreaves from United States of America. All five ‘International Designers Creative Gardens’ designs will be further developed in the coming months and construction is anticipated to start soon in 2018. After the Expo, they will become permanent exhibits of the show at the site in Beijing, marking the international horticultural standard of 21st century.

 

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Tverskaya Zastava Square (Moscow, Russia) Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 15:13

Located in the heart of Moscow, at the beginning of Tverskaya-Yamskaya street, Tverskaya Zastava square regularly meets guests arriving in Moscow. The territory of the square is included in the protected zone of cultural heritage sites, individual buildings have received the status of monuments.

On the north side the square is framed by the Belorussian Railway Station, built in the beginning of the century by the architect Strukov. Before the revitalisation, the area was a complex and unregulated transport junction with chaotic parking throughout the territory.

The concept of the West 8, based on the transport scheme of Moscow Transport Department, offers optimization of the use of space and gives priority to pedestrian connections. Square returns uniqueness and integrity.

The sidewalk connecting the Belorusskaya metro station and the station area with the park and the church square on the opposite side of the 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya street was framed with a special wide curbstone and a contrasting granite ornamentation pattern to reveal the face. Pattern inspired by the architecture of the historic facade of the station emphasizes the unity and purity of the sidewalk. The space for pedestrians expanded - there was an unobstructed passage. Along the whole area from the metro station to the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker through the station of the Belorussorgo railway station and the passage under the overpass.

The former monument of Maxim Gorky now returns to the park, located on a green island in the center of the square. It is delicately surrounded by Tilia trees, giving a slight shadow on a hot summer day.

Landscaping of the area is supplemented by additional planters located between the station buildings. From an previously abandoned wasteland at the side of Butyrsky Val Street turning into a cozy park area, the plan will be complimented in the future with a pavilion, in an reconstruction of twraditional stand alone kiosk of Moscow city.

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Season's Greetings and Best Wishes for 2018 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 09:17

We would like to pay compliments to all of our clients, partners and collaborators.

The year 2017 included the following memorable highlights for West 8.

Completed Projects 
Main Fountain Garden, Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, US
Stationsgebied Den Helder, NL
- Prechistenskaya Embankment, Moscow, RU
Noorderpark bridge, Amsterdam Noord, NL
Tverskaya Zastava Square, Moscow, RU
Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail, Ontario Place, CN
New Holland Island Phase 2, Saint-Petersburg, RU
- Masterplan Hanover Kronsberg, DE
- Development vision Nieuw-Kralingen, Rotterdam, NL
- Laakse Tuinen (urban design), Vathorst, Amersfoort, NL

New Projects
- Natuurbegraven, Bonnenpolder, NL
- International Horticulture Exhibition, Beijing, CN 
Renovation Interpolis Garden, Tilburg
- Almere Europakwartier, NL
San Pellegrino Flagship Factory, IT
100V Street, Washington, USA
Fortified city of Grave, NL
- Yonge Street, Toronto, CA
- Stationsgebied Nunspeet, NL
Market Square, Hengelo, NL
- Nieuw Kralingen, Rotterdam, NL
- Schiehaven, Rotterdam, NL
Vierwiekenplein, Oud-Beijerland, NL
Made By Holland, Soestdijk Palace, NL
Olentangy River Corridor, US
Saratov Embankment and Station Plaza, RU
- A7 Motorway Corridor Study, Purmerend, NL

Under Construction
Moss Park, Toronto, CA 
Zhangijang, Shanghai, CN
Xinhua Waterfront, Shanghai, CN
Coolsingel Revitalisation, Rotterdam, NL
Rio Cali Linear Park, Cali, CO
Sagrera Linear Park, Barcelona, ES
’t Zand, Bruges, BE
West-Kowloon Park, Hong Kong, CN
Park at Essex Crossing, New York, US
Miami Convention Centre, Miami, US
The Parc du Moulon and Carré des Sciences, Saclay, Paris, FR
De groene loper - A2, Maastricht, NL
- Gasthuiskwartier, Den Bosch, NL
Freiham Nord, DE
Drexel Square, Schuykill Yards, Philadelphia, US
Historic Columbia Circe, Shanghai
- Willemspoort, 's-Hertogenbosch, NL
- Buzzard Point, Washington, US
- Vander Park Courtyard, Moscow, RU
- Kotelnicheskaya Embankment, Moscow, RU
New Holland Phase 3, Saint Petersburg, RU
- Cadixwijk, Antwerp, BE
Antwerp University Campus, BE
Leidschendam City Centre, NL
- Provenierssingel, Rotterdam, NL
- Waterdorp Vathorst, Amersfoort, NL
- Strijp S, Eindhoven, NL
- Cologne Rondorf, DE

Awards
Fast Company Most Innovative Firm of the Year in the Architecture Sector, West 8
ASLA NY Honor Award for Governors Island Phase 2: The Hills
AZ Award - Azure Magazine for Governors Island Phase 2: The Hills
ASLA PA-DE Honor Award for Schuylkill Yards
A+ Architizer Awards for Governors Island Phase 2: The Hills
MASterworks Awards, Municipal Art Society of New York City, Best New Urban Landscape for Governors Island Phase 2: The Hills
ULI NY Award for Excellence in Civic Space Development for Governors Island Phase 2: The Hills
American Architecture Prize for Madrid Rio, ES
American Architecture Prize for Rotterdam Centraal, NL
Toronto Urban Design Award for Queens Quay, Toronto, CA
Schreudersprijs for A2 Maastricht, NL

Exhibitions
Stolen Paradise Trilogy, MAXXI Rome, IT
IRMA logs, DesignMiami/, USA
The Coolsingel, Ode to the heart of Rotterdam, NL
Shanghai Urban Space and Art, CN

Books and articles
- Adriaan Geuze, The Charm of the Unpretentiousin Bicycle Landscape: Why the Netherlands looks like this, NAI010, 2017
- Adriaan Geuze, Innovation City: Van Gogh National Park = Brainport, in Spot On: Het landschap als vestingsvoorwaarde, 2017 (Dutch only).

We thank you for your support in 2017 and wish you a wonderful 2018!

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