The Netherlands

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v.

Nico Koomanskade 1021
3072 LM Rotterdam
The Netherlands

+31 (0) 10 485 5801

Belgium

West 8 Brussels urban design & landscape architecture bvba

Waaienberg 123
1745 Opwijk
Belgium

+31 (0) 10 485 5801

United States

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture p.c.

2133 Arch Street, Suite 101
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States of America

+1 347 371 2252

Pride Park Veteran's Memorial

Miami Beach, FL

A Veterans Memorial designed to seamlessly integrate into the park experience provides a place to honor and tell the unique story of Miami Beach’s Veterans.

Client
City of Miami Beach

Imagery
© West 8

Gateway Bouquets at SoundScape

Soundscape Park, Miami Beach, FL, USA

Creating an Anchor,
Biotopes & Shade

Client
City of Miami Beach

Imagery
© West 8, © Robin Hill

Pergola Máximapark

Máximapark, Utrecht, NL

Client
Project Bureau Leidsche Rijn

Partners
Project Bureau Leidsche Rijn: tender coordination and realization Anne Wittekamp, Johan de Kock, Jurjen van Keulen
ABT: Theo van Wolfswinkel, Joop Janssen Ed. Züblin AG Fertigteilwerk, Verhoeven Timmerfabriek Nederland bv, Van Wijk Nieuwegein bv

Imagery
© West 8, © Johan de Boer, © Jeroen Musch

Jalisco Furnishings

Jalisco, MX

Designing a unique suite of highly flexible furniture that reflects the character and identity of Jalisco.

Commissioned by Secretaria de Infraestructura y Obras Publicas under the Government of Jalisco, West 8, in collaboration with Guadalajara-based Estudio 3.14, has designed a collection of street furniture for citizens of Jalisco.

Featuring different configurations of Terrazzo and colorful steel elements, the ‘Jalisco Kit’ is intended to revitalize the streetscapes of the diverse regions and cities in the Jalisco Territory in the coming years.

The final design is informed by two elements; respect for the local craftsman tradition and trees, specifically the role they play in the general health and wellbeing “Bienestar” of the community. Physical testing of 1:1 Bench prototypes by local residents on several proposed sites was also instrumental in the design process.

The suite of furniture, which contains a whole family of furnishings is also flexible enough to furnish the rich variety of public spaces within the state of Jalisco.

Client
Infraestructura y Obras Publicas under the Government of Jalisco

Partners
Estudio 3.14

Imagery
© West 8

50 Bridges Vathorst

50 Bridges of Vathorst, Amersfoort, NL

Designing practical infrastructure with playful twists that reflect the local identity.

The varying architecture of the bridges expresses the different identities of the areas they are placed into.

In De Laak, 14 bridges were constructed that feature The Dutch Herring fish. The Herring was chosen as ornamentation of the bridges due to Vathorst’s close location to the IJsselmeer, where Herring is native and frequently fished. The layout of fish pattern is made possible by using the construction method of cast aluminum for the railings.

Client
Ontwikkelingsbedrijf Vathorst

Partners
Kuiper Compagnons

Imagery
© West 8,  © Jeroen Musch

The Coolsingel Luminaire

Coolsingel, Rotterdam, NL

A new emblem for the promenade, referencing the Art Deco style from when the Coolsingel was first constructed in the interbellum period.

Taking direct inspiration from the historic lanterns in front of the Town Hall, the Twenty-two new lanterns were installed on the Coolsingel offer pleasant and safe street lighting to visitors of the new urban boulevard. Designed by West 8, the base of the new Coolsingel Luminaire is made of natural stone, with three steel uprights holding up two large rings. The use of granite and stainless steel ensures a durable product that fits the usage requirements of the lively Coolsingel – across every event.

Client
Gemeente Rotterdam

Design
West 8

Partners and Realization
GKB Groep Bronnenberg BV Heerlen, J. Visser Natuursteen BV and Beersnielsen Lighting Designers

Photography:
© Tom Janssen and © West 8

West 8 Timber Seat

The bench concept as an outdoor meeting place continues to be a success even now, 30 years after the long linear timber seat was first constructed on the Schouwburgplein in Rotterdam.

The monumentality of the seat relates well to the scale of its environment. Its welcoming character invites people to take ownership. Ergonomically, it provides comfort and protection. The design principles have held up to the test of time and are now eagerly copied by manufacturers of street furniture. The specific form and the scale of the seat and backrest form the basis for a family of benches regularly used in other West 8 projects. They are all remarkable outdoor objects and readily relate to their varying contexts.

 

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© West 8

Peak

A very simple and elegantly formed pole top fixture for outdoor illumination in parks, on squares and other urban contexts.

The Peak is a light fixture designed by West 8 and developed in close collaboration with the German lighting manufacturers Se’lux International and Sel’ux Benelux. The design consists of both a pole and a luminary. Many lamps and additional accessories are available for this catalogue product of Se’lux.

The total height is 5.7m. The main material is cast aluminum for the luminary and galvanized steel for the pole. The glass is made out of translucent or semi-translucent plastic. In the past few years, the Peak has been used in several European urban situations, such as Lippensplein Knokke (B), Schiphol Airport Amsterdam (NL), Parc Jean Baptiste Lebas Lille (F), Falconplein Antwerp (B) and more realizations are planned for e in the near future.

For more information, see: www.selux.com

Partners
Se’lux

Imagery
© West 8

Creating new Connections with the City Centre

Kanaaleiland, Bruges, BE

Providing a former industrial site with a clear identity through the introduction of new activities and the creation of new public spaces.

Bridges were placed at strategic locations – connecting Kanaaleiland with the city centre. This, in turn, generated a grid of easily navigable foot and cycle paths. One bridge connects the low Kanaaleiland banks with the higher city wall. On the other side, an entrance to the Minnewaterpark and the city centre has been created. A pier allows tourists to access and experience the waterfront, whereas a star-shaped bridge provides a wonderful viewpoint over the water and city centre.

Client
Stad Brugge, AWZ

Partners
Arcadis Gedas B+I

Imagery
© Jeroen Musch and © West 8

Irma Logs

Miami Beach, FL USA

Embodying resilience and reuse after the storm: breathing new life into fallen Florida trees, crafting 101 unique art pieces, the Irma Logs now stand proudly as living benches.

After the devastating Hurricane Irma hit the east coast of the US, it left behind a trail of destruction. Among it were countless native Florida trees that had been ripped out. When hearing about this tragedy, West 8 decided to recycle the trees to raise awareness. For months, the team was dedicated to finding and collecting abandoned tree trunks left in streets, parking lots and other public spaces with the mission to repurpose them as 101 unique art pieces while helping to clean up the city.

Despite the seemingly untamable shapes, the entire length of the recovered logs came to use. They were portioned and cut into thick boards, without removing the bark or even branches. Their own shapes will evolve over time, as the logs will continue a life of their own. Every bench is supported with steel cut letters abstractly spelling out the name of the recent devastating hurricane Irma. The steel will acquire a distinct patina, which will contribute to the unique appearance of each piece of living furniture. But what makes Irma Logs truly distinct, are the stories told by their annual rings.

As of today, 50 of the series of 101 Irma Logs have found new homes in two locations in Florida at the Biscayne Nature Center and the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Irma Logs benches will continue to stand as educational objects showcasing more than 30 different Florida native trees, repurposed and living on as art pieces after the natural disaster.

The Irma Logs were first on display at the 2017 Design Miami fair. West 8 wanted to create an atmosphere to gather and rest while also contributing an awareness piece. The resulting temporary park was actively received by the visitors: They engaged with the installation and initiated dialogue.

Irma Logs also have an Instagram account.

Client
Design Miami

Partners
John Goëllo, De Simone, Maik Behr, Luiz Otavio, Souza Valadares

Imagery
© West 8

Dragonlight

Amerika Plads, Copenhagen, DK

An iconic lighting fixture for America-Plads.

As part of the creative realization of the masterplan for a residential and office neighbourhood, Amerika Plads in Copenhagen, West 8 designed the Dragonlight as the street illumination for the new quarter.

From the original drawings of West 8, the foundry of Bruijs in Bergen op Zoom (The Netherlands) made a wooden 1-on-1 model that later was split up into cast patterns to produce five separate aluminum pieces (body, two wings, tail and head). Bruijs used sea-resistant aluminum, a special alloy of aluminum/magnesium and silicon, to create the lighting element.

The light fitting which allows the light to come out of the beak of the Dragon is produced by Se’Lux, they are also responsible for the specially dimensioned poles. Se’lux developed a special system in order to provide an appropriate amount of light output to create a pleasant experience for residents and visitors. The eyes of the Dragonlight are lit red, which completes the atmosphere at night.

The Dragonlight received the European Aluminium Award in the category of Industrial Building & Construction.

Client
City of Copenhagen

Partners
Metaalgieterij Bruijs Bergen op Zoom (foundry) and Se’Lux (llighting technique)

Imagery
© West 8

Brandgrens: Rotterdam War Memorial of WWII

Rotterdam, NL

Permanently marking the areas of Rotterdam that were destroyed by the bombing on 14 May 1940 and the ensuing fires that broke out, the design of the Brandgrens uses light objects to draw a boundary line within the public space.

The bombing of Rotterdam only lasted fifteen minutes but managed to destroy practically all of the city centre, leaving a permanent mark on the urban fabric. West 8 won the design competition in 2007 organised by CBK Rotterdam to use light objects to mark the fire limits permanently in the public space. An iconic image of a flame is incorporated in the circular light objects on the ground – a visual connection with Zadkine’s statue commemorating the bombing of Rotterdam. This physical marking of the fire limits is coupled with information about the historic meaning of the bombing on several information statues and is also accessible through a website.

On the 14th of May 2010, exactly 70 years after the bombing, the permanent marking was finished with the unveiling of the ‘Brandgrenssteen’ – the War Memorial Stone, which gives detail information about the bombing. In 2020, ten years after their installation, West 8 assisted with a technical update to the Brandgrens WWII Memorial. Previously only visible at night, the new generation of LED fittings from LichtNL have allowed both the red and green lights to be visible throughout the day and become illuminated with the public lights at dusk.

Client
The City of Rotterdam

Partners
Opera Graphic Design, LichtNL

Imagery
© West 8