West 8 wins Yongsan Park competition in Seoul

West 8 has won International Competition for Master Plan of Yongsan Park, Korea. On the 23 April, the organizer of the competition, the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Korea announced the exciting news.

The project site is a large area in the centre of Seoul with a total area of circa 243 ha that has been in use as a military base for an extensive period both during the Japanese occupation and under post-War American protection. The vision of the competition, as described in the brief, is to create a park in which nature, culture, history and the future are in harmony. It will be a park which restores, sublimates, and expands upon the history and local characteristics of the area. This park shall regain the respect for nature and reclaims the lost and damaged ecological system. It will eventually become a park of new urban culture for the preservation of green spaces and a sustainable future

The new Master Plan for Yongsan National Park proposed by West 8 + IROJE has been developed through an interactive process that has consistently returned to the fundamental concept of healing. The act of healing is a process that transforms the existing site through an awareness of its history into a world-class park that inspires illusions of nature, ecological restoration and a wide ranging urban park culture. Continue reading

West8 wins Constitutional Court design competition

By Damian Holmes in World Landscape Architecture

West 8 - Constitutional Court, Germany

The Paul Baumgartner-designed Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe is being restored. The campus of the court complex is to be revitalized and situated adjacent to the botanical garden and is part of the Schlossgarten.

West 8’s winning competition entry features a grassland with stylized concrete tracks which make a patterned landscape in which the buildings float. The design is characterized by its modesty, and by the strategic integration of the monumental buildings with their broader context.

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West 8 wins Land-art design competition via World Landscape Architecture

By Damian Holmes of World Landscape Architecture with some Dutch thrown in for those of you who can speak ‘Hollands’ of ‘Afrikaans!’

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture has won the Land-art design competition for the Werpsterhoek junction in the Leeuwarden by-pass. The proposal that embodies a terp landscape will now be further developed. Architect Pieter Hoen: “You could say that we have made a large terp [local name for flood relief mound], thus providing a silhouette that fits in the Frisian landscape”. Particularly appealing to the jury were the simplicity and restraint applied in the design. It does not compete with the silhouette of the city, rather it provides a modest foreground.

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West8 – Video of Borneo-Sporenburg – example for V&A Cape Town?

This film of Landscape Architects West8′  shows their development in Amsterdam Docks: – could this be a future scenario for new equitable waterfront development in Cape Towns harbor now that the PIC ( Public Investment Corporation) is a major shareholder in the V&A Waterfront? Would it not be marvelous if we had housing like this right in the docks – not  for the rich but for everyday working people?

Film in opdracht van ‘West8 – Urban Design and Landscape Architecture’

Two peninsulas in the eastern part of the Amsterdam docks, were to be exploited for water-related activities, as well as 2500 low-rise dwelling units, with a density of 100 units per hectare. For a new interpretation of the traditional Dutch canal house, West 8 suggested new types of three-storey, ground-accessed houses deviating from the usual terraced house in being strongly oriented to the private realm by incorporating patios and roof gardens. By repeating this type in a great variety of dwelling modes and with maximum architectural variation, an animated street elevation emerges with a focus on the individual. At a larger scale, a delicately balanced relationship exists between the repetition of the individual dwellings, the roofscape and the great scale of the docks. Three immense sculptural blocks take their place as landmarks in the vast expanse of houses.

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This short video reposted from LAND Reader