West 8 proud to work on the great makeover of former royal palace Soestdijk

On 8 June 2017, the Dutch Minister Plasterk announced that the consortium Made By Holland is the winning bidder to purchase and redevelop the palace and gardens of Soestdijk, a 17th century Dutch country estate and former residence of the royal family. Soestdijk Palace will become a platform for innovation and excellent entrepreneurship, with exhibitions and events for a wide audience.

West 8 is proud to collaborate on the plan and development strategy with a design for the landscape integration, which involves both restoration of key historical landscape elements as well as additions that support the new identity and programme of the former Royal Dutch estate.

The entire team consists of four developing partners, MeyerBergman Erfgoed Groep, MeyerBergman Erfgoed Programmering, Hylkema Erfgoed Advies en Ontwerp en MeyerBergman Erfgoed Ontwikkeling and incorporates contributions from, beside West 8 (as masterplanner and landscape architect), also Tom Postma Design, Tinker Imagineers, Natuurmonumenten, Staatsbosbeheer, Horwath HTL, Motivaction, Goudappel Coffeng and 4Building.

Please visit the project team’s official website here: Made By Holland. More information (in Dutch):

Video: 3D animation of West 8’s design
Download: press images Made By Holland (ZIP)
Download: Made By Holland Plan voor herontwikkeling Soestdijk (PDF)
Download: Made by Holland Functiekaart (PDF)

West 8 is an award-winning international office for urban design and landscape architecture founded in 1987. Over the last 25 years West 8 has established itself as a leading practice with an international team of 70 architects, urban designers, landscape architects and industrial engineers. West 8 developed projects all over the world in places such as Copenhagen, London, Moscow, New York, Madrid, Toronto and Amsterdam. The office gained international recognition with projects such as Schouwburgplein in Rotterdam (NL), Borneo-Sporenburg in Amsterdam (NL), Jubilee Gardens in London (UK), Expo \’02 in Yverdon-les-Bains (CH) and Miami Beach SoundScape Park (US). Many of the projects are the result of groundbreaking entries in important international competitions. Recently won competitions include Toronto Waterfront in Toronto (CA), Governors Island in New York (USA) and Yongsan Park in Seoul (KR).

Amongst the numerous awards received by West 8 are the Honor Award of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Lifetime Achievement Award for Architecture 2011, Mondriaan Fund (formerly BKVB),  the International Urban Landscape Gold Award (IULA), the Prix de Rome, the Dutch Maaskant Award, the Bijhouwer Award, the Rosa Barba First European Landscape Prize, the Green Pin and the Veronica Rudge Green Prize for Urban Design.

For more information: Public Relations, Winnie Poon, Annemarie Kuijt or Delaney McGuinness, +31 (0)10 – 485 58 01, pr@west8.com, www.west8.com