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West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v.

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Belgium

West 8 Brussels urban design & landscape architecture bvba

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1745 Opwijk
Belgium

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United States

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture p.c.

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

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Healing a Metropolis

Yongsan Park, Seoul, KR

Returning the Land to the People, Healing the Land & Creating the 1st National Urban Park of Korea

The transition from an army base into a park – not only healing the landscape, but healing a forgotten part of the city.

The forbidden land of Yongsan exists as a product of the painful history of Korea. There is a strong contrast between the long-lost original terrain and features of Yongsan and the deformed traces left behind by the foreign military for countless years.

Healing Topography

Inviting people back into the site, recharging the park with traditional and contemporary uses.

Healing Connection

 

 

Healing the painful history and moving toward the future through the theme of unification and harmony.

Client
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Korea

Imagery
© West 8

Masterplan (2012-2018)

Design Team
Project/Design Lead | West 8
Architect | IROJE Architects and Planners
General Engineering | DONG IL Engineering Consultants Co., Ltd.

Consultants
Tree and Soil Survey | Urban Ecosystem Research Foundation (Chief Researcher: Dr. Jongyup Kim)
Ecosystem Investigation | Dankook University (Chief Researcher: Prof. Namchoon Kim)
Site Architectural History | Kyonggi University (Chief Researcher: Prof. Changmo Ahn)
Ecosystem Planning Consultant | Urban Ecosystem Research Foundation (Chief Researcher: Dr. Jeongin Kwak)
Water System Consultant | Korean Society of Water and Wastewater (Chief Researcher: Prof. Kyuhong Park)
LID and Renewable Energy Planning Consultant | Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology
Branding | Prof. Daniel Oh (Korea University)

Masterplan (2021-2022, project ongoing)

Design Team
Project Lead | LPSCAPE INC.
Design Lead | West 8
Architect | IROJE Architects and Planners
Landscape Architect | Hyeyoung Choi (Sungkyunkwan University)
General Engineering | DONG IL Engineering Consultants Co., Ltd.

Consultants
Tree and Soil Survey | Urban Ecosystem Research Foundation (Chief Researcher: Dr. Jongyup Kim)

Where the City Is Our Landscape

Thamesmead Waterfront, London, UK

A Vision and Strategic Masterplan Framework that would realise the potential for transformation at Thamesmead Waterfront: a matrix of nature-driven ideas for the future of living.

Feel nature at your doorstep and see wildlife through your window

Living in the Landscape

Protect, enhance and connect: create a robust backbone for ecology and restored habitats.

Client
Peabody Trust
Lendlease

Partners
Masterplanning | Prior + Partners
Civil Engineering, mobility, & sustainability | ARUP
Ecology | London Wildlife Trust

Imagery
© West 8

Consultants
Public Realm Design | Schulz + Grassov
Architecture | Alison Brooks Architects
Architecture | Marc Koehler Architects
Vision Development | The Place Bureau
Seed + Platform Projects | JA Projects
Seed + Platform Projects | Turner Works
Community Engagement | Soundings

Header illustration
JA Projects for Prior+Partners

Revitalizing the Eastern Docklands

Borneo-Sporenburg, Amsterdam Eastern Docklands, NL

The stewardship of an entirely new urban typology: creating a sense of character and an exciting environment that works as a unified whole.

Borneo and Sporenburg are two 19th century harbour docks located north of Amsterdam’s city center. Between 1993 and 2000, West 8 led their transformation into one residential district with 2500 mainly low-rise dwellings, in a high density of 100 units per hectare.

 

Reimagining the streetscape: a framework for diversity and participation

West 8 supervised 100 emerging and established architects in their designs for a re-interpretation of the traditional Dutch canal house. The playful variation in façade designs led to an animated street elevation, culminating in the row of privately commissioned houses at the Scheepstimmermanstraat. The two realized ‘meteorites’ are the industrial brick apartment block Pacman (Koen van Velzen) and The Sfinx/The Whale, with its West 8-designed courtyard, a sloping roofline and zinc-panelled facade (ArchitectenCie).

 

Water is the dominant public domain of Borneo-Sporenburg, a quality celebrated by two landmark bridges. The scent of the wind, reflections and sunsets over the river IJ are pulled into the living environment.

 

Client
New Deal

Imagery
© Jeroen Musch, © West 8

An Urban Neighbourhood Centered Around the Public Realm

Nieuw Crooswijk, Rotterdam, NL

Architecture that brings
life to the street.

Timeless &
Historic Details

Working at a variety of scales, the plan for Nieuw Crooswijk takes into account everthing from the street layout to the design of the doorknobs.

Integrating
Green Space

Clockwise, starting in top left: Wide play-sidewalks, public green spaces, shared gardens, and private gardens.

 

 

 

 

 

Collaboration &
Supervision

Client
Ontwikkelings Combinatie Nieuw Crooswijk, Proper-Stok Ontwikkelaars, Era Bouw b.v., Woningbedrijf Rotterdam

Architects
van Drost + Van Veen, Brink Architecten, De Zwarte Hond Architecten, NL Architects, Geurst & Schulze Architecten, Jeroen Schippers Architecten, Brink Architectuur en Stedenkbouw.

Imagery
© West 8, © Walter Herfst, © Jeroen Musch

Connecting, Repositioning & Welcoming

Zhangjiang Art Park, Pudong, Shanghai, CN

A unified art park with a consistent design catalyzes the development of Zhangjiang Science City, a hi-tech mixed-use neighbourhood in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China.

Celebrating seasonality
& inviting visitors to play and
engage with the water

Stitching the surrounding
urban fabric together

Client
Municipality of Shanghai Pudong and Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park Development Company
(上海张江高科技园区开发股份有限公司)

Imagery
©  West 8, © Sabine Harisoy, and © Cebat

Embedding the Legacy of the Lakefront

Toronto Waterfront, CA

Connecting the entire waterfront community with picturesque promenades and parks, elegant boardwalks and walkways, and beautiful boat piers – giving the lakefront back to the public and ensuring that waterfront neighbourhoods reconnect people to the Canadian tradition of a natural, accessible landscape.

 

“The revitalization of Toronto’s waterfront represents nothing less than an unprecedented opportunity to literally change the face of Toronto and, ultimately, to redefine how the world perceives our city, province and country.”

– Our Waterfront Vision, Waterfront Toronto

Engaging the public from the beginning helped
ensure a successful project that reflects the community’s values.

 

 

Characterized by extensive public realm improvements and below-grade infrastructure upgrades, the Queen’s Quay Boulevard exemplifies thoughtful 21st-century urbanism and integrated public space design.

The East Bayfront: a 3km-long promenade; a continuous public open space at the water’s edge.

 

Unique to the project are the high-quality, custom-designed mosaic paving, furniture and tree-planting details.

Iconic Placemaking

The WaveDecks are a series of timber structures that explore variations of a simple articulation in the change in level between Queens Quay Boulevard and Lake Ontario along the Toronto Central Waterfront. Responding to the current pinch-points where the streetscape meets the water’s edge, the Wavedecks create new public space gateways and provide access to the waterfront, a key priority for Waterfront Toronto.

 

Partners

Design Engineer: Arup; Site Engineer: WSP Global (MMM Group); Electrical, Streetlighting and Signalization: TSL Consulting + Design Group Ltd; Structural: WSP Global (Parsons Brinckerhoff Halsall Inc.); Urban Forestry: James Urban and Associates; Quantity Surveying: A.W. Hooker Associates Ltd; Traffic Management: BA Group; Irrigation: Smart Watering Systems; Utility Coordination: DPM Energy Inc; Environmental and Geotechnical: LVM Franz, Toronto, and Golder Associates; Construction Manager: Eastern Construction Company Limited

Photography
© Nicola Betts, © Chris Hillier, © Alexander Garvin, © Waterfront Toronto, and © West 8

Client
Waterfront Toronto

Creating a consistent and legible image for the Central Waterfront.

The Central Waterfront extends 3.5 km along Lake Ontario and is in direct proximity to the downtown business district. It is one of Toronto’s most valuable assets. Yet, despite decades of planning and patchwork development projects, there was no coherent vision for linking the pieces into a greater whole – visually or physically.

Connectivity between the vitality of the city and the lake and a continuous, publicly accessible waterfront are West 8’s Masterplan priorities.  The plan expresses a vision for the Central Waterfront that brings a sustainable, ecologically productive ‘green foot’ to the rich culture of the metropolis. It suggests a new coherence and continuity along the waterfront, produced by four seemingly simple gestures that create a new ‘Multiple Waterfront’: the Primary Waterfront – a continuous water’s edge promenade with a series of pedestrian bridges;  the Secondary Waterfront – a recalibrated Queens Quay Boulevard with a new urban promenade and public spaces at the heads-of-slips; the Floating Waterfront – a series of floating elements that offer new boat moorings and public spaces in relation to the lake, and; the Cultures of the City – connections from Toronto’s diverse neighbourhoods towards the waterfront.

 

Client
Toronto Waterfront

Partners
DTAH

Consultants
Arup, Halsall Associates, Schollen & Company, Mulvey + Banani, David Dennis Design

Imagery
© West 8, © Waterfront Toronto, © Nicola Betts Photography

Restoring Landscape Legacy

Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, USA

Designing and implementing a new framework for a historic space with a rich and layered existing condition, establishing Longwood Gardens as one of the greatest gardens in the world.

 

Creating a long-term strategy for Longwood Gardens first required a deep understanding of the rich layers of topography, hydrology, ecology, and history of the site.

 

The valley, the watershed,
and the landscape legacy

Within the context of the master plan, the Main Fountain Garden has become the first and most dramatic encounter in the 1,077 acres of gardens at Longwood.

Rethinking the
Hedgerow

 
Billowing Boxwoods create bold graphic gestures that both separate and invite people into spaces while highlighting the geometry of the garden.

 

 

The new public spaces achieve a renaissance for the Garden while retaining its identity as recognizably “Longwood.”

 

Creating memories,
joy, and magic

 

Client
Longwood Gardens, Inc.

Partners
Beyer Blinder Belle, Fluidity Design Consultants, L’Óbservatoire International

Consultants
Urban Engineers, Landis Inc., Irrigation Consulting Inc., Keast & Hood Co., Bancroft Construction

Imagery
© West 8, © Noah Devereaux

West 8’s Master Plan balances and safeguards Longwood’s historic legacy with it’s future.

Having worked for decades in historic European contexts, West 8’s master plan for Longwood Gardens successfully achieved the delicate task of marrying traditional European garden design with innovative design gestures and contemporary and sustainability systems.

West 8 approached the master planning process with two main philosophies:

First, look at the site through the lens of heritage and legacy, distilling the spirit of Pierre du Pont at Longwood Gardens. As a result, the completed plan is inspired by and rooted in the richness of tradition and was informed by the place and its unique history.

Second, and appropriate to Mr. du Pont’s engineering background, is the notion that infrastructural improvements shall be the driver for innovative landscape and architectural design. Innovation and legacy will be the drivers for the next 40 years of design, operations, and planning at Longwood Gardens.

Client
Longwood Gardens, Inc.

Partners
Weiss/Manfredi (architecture and programming)

Consultants
Fluidity Design Consultants, Sam Schwartz Traffic Engineers, Sherwood Design Engineers, Dagher Engineering, Stuart-Lynn

Imagery
© West 8

Photography
© West 8, © Noah Devereaux

Reimagining an Industrial Heritage

Strijp S, Eindhoven, NL

 

We see not only the official monuments but also all industrial buildings and objects as valuable to preserve and incorporate into the design.

Designing an inviting
Building Interface

 

Through this intervention, the unique cultural heritage of the Philips factories is preserved and strengthened with the reopening of iconic buildings, transforming Strijp S into an area where the city and society find each other in a new, inventive way. 

 

Space to Celebrate

 

The location of Strijp S, just outside the city center of Eindhoven, along with its placement between the High Tech Campus of Eindhoven and the Technical University of Eindhoven, makes it an ideal location for festivals, pop-ups, makerspaces, and events.

Client
Park Strijp Beheer

Imagery
© West 8, © Jeroen Musch, ©Max Kneefel, © Bart van Overbeeke/ GLOW Eindhoven, © Max Kneefel

Video
Video © Gewest13 via Strijp-S

From Industrial Dock to Green Jewel

Xinhua Waterfront Park, Shanghai, CN

The multi-layered park takes advantage of the existing flood wall to create different programs while allowing for the possibility of inundation.

Accessible and functional spaces

Recreation routes for jogging, cycling and walking were integrated with formal and natural play areas to create a vibrant and activated waterfront for all ages.

Client

Shanghai Huangpu River Banks Development Construction Investment (Holdings) Co., Ltd.
上海申江两岸开发建设投资(集团)有限公司

Partners

Public Green Area | Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd. 合作设计单位(公共绿地):同济大学建筑设计研究院(集团)有限公司
Dock Area | Shanghai China Communications Water Transportation Design & Research Co., Ltd. 合作设计单位(高桩平台):
上海中交水运设计研究有限公司

Consultants

Flood Wall Design | Shanghai Municipal Engineering Design Institute (Group) Co., Ltd. 防汛墙设计:上海市政工程设计研究总院(集团)有限公司; Smart City Facilities:Shanghai International Technology & Trade United Co., Ltd. 智能化设施:上海国际技贸联合有限公司

Imagery

© WEST 8 and © Zil ArchVisual

Connecting the University Campus through the Landscape

Duke University Sculpture Park at the Nasher Museum, Durham, NC, USA

 

Working with the natural topography, buildings, and heritage of the prestigious university, a series of key moments transform the Nasher Art Gallery into a centrepiece for the Campus Arts District.

Composing
Continuity

The design includes two core values – inviting the campus into the space and extending the museum out into the landscape.

Creating a canvas for a variety of both formal and informal events and performances.

Client
Duke University

Consultants
McAdams Company, LHC Structural Engineers PC, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company LLC (Soils and Irrigation), Newcomb & Boyd, LLP (MEP engineering & lighting)

Imagery
©West 8, © Copyright Sterling E. Stevens

A City of Gardens Extending into the Sea

Cape Grace, Monte Carlo, MC

The Cape Grace extension project seamlessly integrates with Monaco’s existing urban fabric, respecting its historical roots while envisioning a new image and opportunities for the future.

Informed by centuries of organic growth in Monaco’s urban texture, the development injects a sense of optimism with new light and energy, creating a comprehensive proposal that aligns with the Principality of Monaco’s functional and technical objectives. The project includes an expansive public realm featuring parks, plazas, promenades, and bicycle paths, enhancing Monaco’s urban experience through the addition of cultural, residential, and commercial facilities.

For over two millennia, La Rocher and Port Hercule have been recognized as ideal living environments. The Cape Grace extension not only aims to enhance the beauty of Monaco but also addresses the recent challenges of increased energy demand, natural resource taxation, and the impact on the built environment. This project presents an opportunity for Monaco to construct a socially, culturally, and economically responsible living environment that is environmentally sustainable, positioning the Principality as a global model. The development’s focus on the sea reflects Monegasque culture, opening the water’s edge to the public and offering a range of leisure activities. Green spaces, both public and private, play a vital role in the project, creating a liveable and accessible environment with shaded trees, green roofs, and integrated balconies and terraces, turning Cape Grace into a continuous green landscape extending into the sea.

Client
Monte Carlo Sealand

Imagery
© West 8, © Miller Hare Limited

Breathing New Life into an Underutilized Area

Rioparque, Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, AR

Reimagining the waterfront site as a valuable addition to the city of Buenos Aires, as it transitions from the city to the rivers edge: a place for contemplation, community engagement and activation.

A premier riverfront park where both the richness of local
biodiversity is celebrated and the community is inspired
to cultivate a profound connection with the river.

Responding to different edge conditions of the site: the canal, the low lands, and the waterfront.

Client
Buenos Aires City in collaboration with Central Society of Architects (SCA), and sponsored by the Argentine Federation of Architects (FADEA)

Team

WEST 8 – landscape architecture
PALO arq – architecture + urban design

Consultants
MIC-HUB – mobility
MGF – landscape and ecology

Imagery
Renders – © WEST 8 + PALO arq
Plans and diagrams – © West 8