The Netherlands

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v.

Nico Koomanskade 1021
3072 LM Rotterdam
The Netherlands

+31 (0) 10 485 5801


West 8 Brussels urban design & landscape architecture bvba

Waaienberg 123
1745 Opwijk

+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

An Ecological Business Environment

Garden of KWR Watercycle Research Institute, Nieuwegein, NL

A lush ecological garden that enriches the contemporary built environment by creating a grand view for those inside the building.

KWR Watercycle Research Institute gets a new building on its grounds in Nieuwegein. In contrast to the anonymity of its current surroundings, the new contemporary research centre, designed by architect cepezed, is designed to be welcoming and transparent. Its innovative design will significantly reduce the building’s energy and water consumption. The building’s emphasis on sustainability is further enhanced by the new landscape design done by West 8.

In line with this sustainable approach, the new building will be surrounded by an ecological garden reminiscent of the contemplative greens of Oxford.

The Mondrianesque composition of spaces, lines and rhythmic elements in a natural setting will provide a visual feast for users. Moreover, the careful selection of local flora and fauna, such as heirloom fruit trees and willows; meadows full of flowers to create a paradise for bees and butterflies will also provide an attractive habitat for some local species of pheasant and rabbit; a huge lily pond; a car park which is hidden from sight by cleverly arranged vegetation; and hedge of common hawthorns, which defines the boundary of the site are all examples of the sustainability theories espoused by the KWR being put in practice by West 8.

KWR Watercycle Research Institute

Aqua Redivivus, consisting of Van Wijnen, Kuijpers, Alkondor and Mourik

© West 8 and © Jannes Linders Rotterdam