2022 Park Mitte, Hamburg-Altona

On the site of a former freight depot in Hamburg-Altona, a new quarter is being built with a central park. The huge steel skeleton of the freight depot remains as a witness to the former railway system and thus becomes an identity-creating pacemaker for the geometrical park design. Starting from the prop grid, a tree grid plays over the wide park. This tree architecture forms a sovereign green body vis-à-vis the city. The sharply cut step edges, path lines and tree grid draw clear and generous spaces with memorable perspectives that playfully overlap with free plant growth and the activities of park visitors. As a reverence to the city’s global trading tradition, the diverse trees are designed as a maple park. In autumn, the park revels in a bright ‘Indian summer’ together with the Hamburg clinker brick facades. The lowered meadow and the park steps link function and recreation in a natural way. As a storage volume, the depression absorbs the periodic backwater from the urban rainwater system. It is part of the city’s climate strategy. In time, with the relocation of another railway station, the park will connect with an existing green corridor through the city to the Elberiver.

Authors: Krebs und Herde Landschaftsarchitekten, Winterthur (Switzerland) Lagerplatz 21, CH - 8400 Winterthur
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Country: Germany

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2022 Baumkirchen Mitte

2022 Baumkirchen Mitte

Since 2013 in Berg am Laim, Munich, the “Baumkirchen Mitte” city district was developed on a former railway depot of 15 ha.After70 years of railway use it offers space for 1300 residents, facilities for every day needs, and an ecological priority area. Almost half of the area has been designated as an ecological reserve. The railway depot has developed into a near-natural railway brown fields after the decommissioning. Soil, poor in humus, hardly store any water and thus promote sparse, lean grasslands. This has created a “hot spot” and an “incubator” for biodiversity, which in combination with remaining railway tracks, gives the area a special identity. Several protected animal species have created habitats here due to the dry and hot site conditions ideal for them. By means of elaborate monitoring and specially developed footbridges, it was possible to comply with nature conservation requirements and still provide barrier-free access for residents. It has been possible to stage the peculiarity of the decay on the former railway site in such a way thatone can recognize the unique beauty of the area. Meanwhile, the area has developed into a highly attractive place for the residents

Authors: mahl gebhard konzepte
Photo Credit: Marcus Hassler/Sonja Weber/Stefan Ondracek
Country: Germany

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2022 STEM Garden of Anatolia College

2022 STEM Garden of Anatolia College

Anatolia College has its own part of history, spanning more than 90 years in Thessaloniki’s suburban area, one of the first capsules of buildings and gardens in the suburban landscape of Thessaloniki of the 20th century. In regards to the Anna Papageorgiou STEM Center (Science – Technology – Education – Mathematics) the philosophy of landscape design was based on four main aspects; a) making a new landscape landmark where students could enjoy an open classroom, b) promoting ecology and especially SUDs as a reality and an element of education for the students c) emphasize on ‘temporality’ and planting scheme change through the seasons and d) make a home of as much entomological wildlife and other small invertebrates. The landscape design was guided by the de-construction of regularity; the outer space tries to follow the building concept of geometrical forms, yet, by ‘dissolving’ its austere character i.e. placing an “incomplete eclipse” as the main seating place. The STEM gardens’ philosophy is based on the treatment of rainwater as a source of life and not as waste, as well as on the reduction of the effects of urbanization on the natural water cycle, thus creating two rain gardens on the east and west of the building. Thirty (30) different plants mainly Mediterranean species, create an example of a garden based on perennials, grasses and herbs. Reconsidering nature, i.e. via ‘brown is the new green’ is strongly supported by leaving plants that have turned yellow-brown through the autumn and winter and only cut end of March, to educate on a new garden culture, where not all is evergreen and ‘tamed’ in rectangular forms.

Authors: Landscape Architects: Project leader: Lena Athanasiadou, Collaborators landscape architects: Dimitris Metaxas, Ioanna Emmanouil, Alexandros Mpantogias
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Country: Greece

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2022 Vuosaari Hill

2022 Vuosaari Hill

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Country: Finland

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2022 The Tikkurila River Park

2022 The Tikkurila River Park

The Tikkurila River Park is located by the Keravanjoki River in the centre of Tikkurila in Vantaa. The old industrial area is now dedicated to recreational use as a green riverfront park. The new landscape architecture combines the area’s diverse nature and industrial history.

The plan aimed to guarantee the wellbeing of all species in the area. The Tikkurila Dam was removed and water now flows freely, enabling the natural migration of the trout. Also, the riverbank’s large trees with great ecological value were preserved.

The park’s new features integrate subtly into the landscape, taking into account erosion and occasional flooding. Sitting steps and decks provide access to the water’s edge, and stones from the dam were reused as stepping stones and benches. The stormwater pipes that collect water from the city centre were fitted with a filter system and landscaped underneath the seating areas.

The striped mounds at the nature-themed playground take after the protected Unio crassus mussel that lives in the river. The mussels were relocated during construction only to be returned after completion. The special tree-shaped light pole with birds adds to the park’s charm.

Authors: Milla Hakari, Loci Landscape Architects Ltd.
Photo Credit: Pyri Kantonen
Country: Finland

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2022 Ranta-Tampella Public Outdoor Spaces

2022 Ranta-Tampella Public Outdoor Spaces

Ranta-Tampella is a new residential area located north of Tampere center on the shore side of Lake Näsijärvi. The comprehensive planning project started as a competiton win in 2014. Since then Maanlumo has designed the general plan and the landscape architectural vision for the whole area.

The concept of the public spaces is based on the intertwining of the new urban environment and the natural environment of Lake Näsijärvi. The vegetation is designed with natural and dynamic aspects and recycled materials are used in the stone walls, pavements, and shoreline construction.

The design of bridges and canal are seamless part of the landscape architecture. The unique character of the canal is created by concrete walls with reliefs.

Kiiskisaarenpuisto Park consist of three different parts: The longitudial waterfront park and the two small parks between the residential buildings. The design of the pocket parks is fading out the structures of the underground parking and the height differences are utilized in a playground and an outdoor auditorium.

The Gustaf Asp Square opens towards the lake being also the end of the canal axis. The large granite stairs descend to canal creating sitting areas and a visual connection between the square, bridge, canal, and lake.

Authors: Landscape architecture office Maanlumo Ltd
Photo Credit: Photos cover,1,2,3 Maanlumo Photo 4 Jussi Murole
Country: Finland

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2022 Kopli Birch Park

2022 Kopli Birch Park

The most important aspect of the new landscape architectural solution was to retain and feature the natural look and the boulder field as much as possible. Particular attention was paid to providing activities in fresh air for various people. You can do sports, play games, walk your dog and simply enjoy nature but at the same time also withdraw from the crowd, meditate with the boulders or merely relax in green solitude. In order to retain the current environment as much as possible, the activities have been scattered in the small pockets around the park. It is important to keep the activities abstract and open-ended so that the users and players could decide for themselves how to make use of the features. For instance, there are puddles with steppingstones, hillocks and hollows for collecting rainwater, tubes and piles of rocks as well as sticks and blocks of wood for crawling and climbing. But at the same time also more traditional elements such as a skatepark, swings and ping pong tables. Also design by maintenance is practiced here, for instance, with tracks scythed in tall grass leading to the boulder field. Smaller mowed areas and picnic places between taller plants create quiet nooks for withdrawal. The landscaping was complemented with sweet mock orange, common snowberry and fly honeysuckle providing habitat and shelter for smaller birds

Authors: Heiki Kalberg, Tanel Breede, Merle Karro - Kalberg (AB Artes Terrae)
Photo Credit: Maris Tomba
Country: Estonia

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2022 Tondiraba Nature Park

2022 Tondiraba Nature Park

Tondiraba park is 29 ha big and it is one of the biggest nature parks in the Baltics. It is situated in Lasnamäe, Soviet era block building district, the biggest district in Tallinn with 100.000 inhabitants, but it is lacking quality public space. Tondiraba area is a former bog that was used as a building material dumping site for years. Since it has not been used for decades unique nature situation has been developed there. With landscape project we managed to preserve most of the wasteland nature values and to add some more characters to raise the biodiversity of the park: ponds were cleaned to make better habitat for amphibians. 40000 sqm meadow areas were created to improve pollinators’ life.To improve lizard’s environment sunny areas were created and piles of rocks placed near their habitat. Keeping all the nature values in mind activity areas were designed for all people and needs: nature trails and quiet spots, sports activities, playgrounds, dog walking areas, pumptrack, skatepark, ice-skating ring, volleyball and basketball field, nature observation spots and other.

Authors: Heiki Kalberg, Tanel Breede, Merle Karro Kalberg (AB Artes Terrae)
Photo Credit: Heik i Kalberg and Tallinna Teede AS
Country: Estonia

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2022 K.B. Hallen Plaza

2022 K.B. Hallen Plaza

THE PLAZA IN FRONT OF K.B HALLEN Marianne Levinsen Landskab has been responsible for the design and detailed planning of the plaza in front of KB Hallen. The original assignment included a masterplan and overall idea for an existing area between as ports hall and the road Peter Bangsvej in the city of Frederiksberg. For several years, the plaza had served as a parking area, subdivided by hedge plantings, which offered no or little room for activities. The developer expressed a specific wish for a new open public space that would link the sports hall and the city, as opposed to the existing design solution, where parked cars and existing tree and hedge plantings served as a barrier. Today the plaza in front of KB Hallen is a public open urban space that establishes a dynamic connection between the sports hall and the road Peter Bangsvej as well as serving as an inviting gesture that ‘opens up’ to the city. At a daily basis the plaza serves as a place to play or reside. At one-off events as for example large concerts, the plaza transforms into an arrival area and a break /pause room where a great number of people can gather. The actual geometry of the plaza solves a number of considerations concerning traffic and way finding, such as providing easy and secure access for passage to and from the sports hall, and simultaneously the convex and concave lines add significance to the plaza by creating a subtle dialogue with the sports hall’s large arch shape, enhanced by the light sculpture by the artist Vierra Collero. The brick coating is constructed as two precise but staggered elliptical shapes that hold the energy of the urban space and offer room for play, stay or even appearances on the large in situ casted elements. All in all, the new plaza is un-programmed without fixed activities, which encourages spontaneity and improvisation. The plaza in front of KB Hallen is designed with universal accessibility and establishes a local green urban space that extends all the way to the facades of the adjacent apartment block.

Authors: Marianne Levinsen Landskab ApS
Photo Credit: Adam Mørk
Country: Denmark

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2022 The Remisepark

2022 The Remisepark

Remiseparken is a green gem hidden in the centre of the housing development Urbanplanen in Copenhagen, Denmark. Between the large buildings, cherry plums, hazel and birch trees grow, and at the staffed playground, the Farm, goats graze. Remiseparken is a wonderful green pocket in Copenhagen, and the goal of BOGL’s renewal project was to transform the park into a safe and attractive destination.

A key focus of the project is to tie the area together and create new connections while also enhancing many of the park’s existing qualities. Small allotment gardens, DIY buildings and a lush natural growth have thus been preserved while introducing the activity path, which is the main artery running dynamically through Remiseparken.The path creates a high degree of connectedness among the different activities, areas and the three landscape types dividing the park; the cultural landscape, the activity landscape and the natural landscape. The different nature types are enhanced and strengthened with a particular focus on climate and biodiversity, which means that the park forest has become both an adventurous place for exploration and a central element in local rainwater management.

Authors: BOGL
Photo Credit: COAST Studio
Country: Denmark

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2022 Waltrovka Park and District

2022 Waltrovka Park and District

WALTROVKA PARK AND DISTRICT

The Waltrovka Park is part of a new neighborhood of administrative, residential and family houses with a kindergarten. It is located in the former industrial area of the famous Walter factory, producing motorcycles and aircraft engines. Only a fraction of the original industrial buildings have survived which has made the effort to foster the identity of the site through the public spaces of the district and the adjacent park even more urgent.

A team of Czech and Slovak landscape architects has designed the linear park, the public spaces of the streets, the garden of the kindergarten and most importantly also the park on the hill as a site with a strong respect for the existing post-industrial landscape. By retaining the original character of the hill with its wild trees and shrubs, using materials and elements from the former factory, along with the use of original gazebo and land-art elements for play, a popular urban park was created. The preserved bunkers, the found original
factory logo and the natural amphitheater made from the materials of the old factory are now surrounded by flowering meadows and wild vegetation. The attention to natural elements, the emphasis on interconnections with the surroundings, and respect for the compositional links and character of the site make it a unique place in the whole city of Prague.

Authors: TERRA FLORIDA krajinářští architekti a 2ka Landscape Urban Architects
Photo Credit: Photo 1-2: Martin Micka Photo 3-4 Marie Moravcova
Country: Czech Republic

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2022 Public Park ‘Stantsionna Gradina’

2022 Public Park ‘Stantsionna Gradina’

STANTSIONNA GRADINA is a city garden/park in Stara Zagora created 1898-1901, with an area of 52 928 m2.

The main goal of the project is to turn the desolate and infamous garden into a place full of various functions and entertainment, to create an aesthetically pleasing modern park environment, consistent with the historical heritage. It was done:

Reorganization of the space and complete renovation of the path network. Designing a new system of green areas with new geometry. The main highlights located along the main pedestrian axis are the “compass” at the northern entrance to the garden, the “fountain” in the central space and the “symbol” at the station square.

Existing large vegetation is preserved and included in the new designed compositional frame. Series of hedges, green volumes in free oval shapes emphasize a new compositional solution.

Design of park areas filled with various functions, suitable for use by a wide age group. New appealing park lighting makes the garden attractive during the late hours and video surveillance system makes it safer.

Public square places and the art alley are space for concerts, outside exhibitions, competitions and other cultural events.

Authors: LANDSCAPE DESIGN INVEST LTD. Landscape architect KORNELIYA MATOROVA Architects: S. Yancheva, G. Chernev, I. Altanova
Photo Credit: Photo 1-2: Mihail Mihalev Photo 3-5: Korneliya Matorova
Country: Bulgaria

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2022 Crystal Gardens of NV Tower

2022 Crystal Gardens of NV Tower

NV Tower is the first example of а vertical forest multi-storey building in Bulgaria, accomplished in Sofia city. The 106m high building hosts more than 200 trees and 7000 plants on its 21floors and surrounding park. The building improves microclimate in the region, increases air humidity, filters dust particles, has positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing.

Vegetation is well integrated as intensive roof gardens on every floor and resembles spilling ‘green lava’ from the roof to the surrounding public park. The symbolic of nature and crystals is intertwined in the roof garden‘s design by one of their most distinctive features – their color. The main vegetation color of every roof garden corresponds to the crystal it’s named after. The tree ‘spine’ is composed of evergreens, which provide effect all year round and wind protection. The deciduous predominate species with high ornamental value which add dynamics, volume, color and texture during different seasons, increasing biodiversity.

NV tower is an example of social engaged and climate positive project which re-considers nature in many ways.

Authors: Landscape Design Studio / Dobromira Lulcheva – landscape architect
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2022 Rustonka

2022 Rustonka

The architecture of the complex reflects the original industrial character of the site and its genius loci. Simple buildings border the triangular plot and create a large public space with cafés, promenades and extensive vegetation. Landscape architect, Martin Barry and architects designed the basic layout of the paved and green areas. Jana Pyšková subsequently joined the team as another landscape architect and plant specialist. The space is articulated both horizontally and vertically – with wide promenades running alongside the buildings to a square with two fountains and a sculpture ‘Vista Mars’ by Jiří Příhoda. The vertical articulation defined by ramps, staircases and walls, makes the space more dynamic. Atypical white benches in the recreation lawn are not only popular pieces of furniture but present artistic features in their own right. The clean, geometric layout is contrasted with the wild nature-like character of the vegetation. It acts as an extension to the vast ‘urban prairie’ just beyond the road that stretches to the Vltava River. The alleys around the perimeter of the complex comprise plane trees, typical of the Karlín district. Trees in the open areas and shrubs in the grassy jungle are, with a few exceptions, of native origin. Extensive fields of perennials and grasses add biodiversity and habitat as well as an aesthetic, with the waving grasses introducing a sense of tranquility. The species composition is based on local conditions; helping to promote biodiversity, habitat creation and a limited demand for maintenance.

Apart from a small area of recreational lawn, which is irrigated with water from a rainwater tank, the remaining vegetation will survive on natural, local rainwater sources. Most of the water that falls on the area of the complex is absorbed on site. Retention of rainwater, mitigation of the heat island effect, promotion of biodiversity and low resource requirements are all valuable benefits. Ruston is not only a beautiful place but also an oasis for nature in the heart of the city.

Author of the landscape design: Martin Barry and Jana Pyšková
Architect: CMC architects a.s.
Address Sokolovská, Praha 8
Investor: RUSTONKA DEVELOPMENT, s.r.o.
General Contractor: GEOSAN - BAK
Implementation of landscape design: Marigreen art s.r.o., České zahrady
Budget: NA
Completion date: 2019/2020

Authors: Martin Barry and Jana Pyšková
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2022 Revitalisation of Linear Landscape Elements in Královice u Slaného

2022 Revitalisation of Linear Landscape Elements in Královice u Slaného

The Municipality of Královice u Slaného has a unique genius loci and, above all, a mayor who has been leading the village for years with both his head and (mainly) with his heart. The village, which is wedged in a valley between fields of arable land, derives its natural landscape potential from the Bakovský Creek and the vegetation along it. The existing roads, paths and borders between fields which enable movement through the landscape are secondary features.

Through several stages of revitalisation of landscape elements, we helped create a high-quality landscape system that works both with the current needs of local residents as well with the long-term development horizon of the area.

First, we focused on a typical feature of the Czech landscape: tree allées which accompany paths. We established several allées of native tree species, planting a total of over 700 trees. We preserved the natural herbaceous meadow community undergrowth where maintenance management allowed. The transformation of a defunct agricultural cooperative on the village outskirts into an equestrian centre has also affected the surrounding landscape, with intensely-used arable land being turned into pasture.

The second stage of the revitalization project focused on the Bakovský Creek, along which we created new vegetation areas and a set of ponds to increase the landscape’s water retention capacity. In collaboration with the municipal authorities, we marked out the main walking paths and installed rest stops and original sculptures made from the wood of felled trees along the paths. A site featuring a majestic willow tree next to the horse pasture is now a venue for outdoor wedding ceremonies.

The completion of this project does not mark the end of our work in the area, however. Another concept was developed this year that focuses on expansion of walking paths around beekeeping, a wedding trail and a playful interpretative trail with tasks for visitors of all ages.

Country: Czech Republic
Title: Revitalization of linear landscape elements in Královice u Slaného
Author: Living in green s.r.o.
Exact address: Cadastral area of the Municipality of Královice
Investor: Municipality of Královice
General contractor: Gardenline s.r.o.
Budget: CZK 8,490,000
Date of completion: 2021
Photos: Terézie Dvořáková, Tom Heinz

Authors: Living in green s.r.o
Photo Credit: Terézie Dvořáková, Tom Heinz
Country: Czech Republic

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2022 Vestenpark Hendrik Speecqvest, Mechelen Belgium

2022 Vestenpark Hendrik Speecqvest, Mechelen Belgium

The redevelopment of the Hendrik Speecqvest is the first realization of the Vestenpark, based on the concept that OMGEVING and Mint drew up for AWV (Road and Traffic Agency) in 2012. The new park counts as a preview of what the Vests can mean for the future of the city of Mechelen. Half of the park is situated on the roof of an underground car park, the ingenious roof structure and thoughtful planting ensure unity with a clear coordination between the lower and upper structures.

Vestenpark and Vestenboulevard design

The Tangent to the east of the city will largely take over the transit function for motorized traffic, freeing up a considerable amount of space on the Mechelse Vesten. A continuous park structure with more space for cyclists and public transport will become the new identity for one of the most characteristic spaces of the city. This intervention restores the balance between circulation and accommodation. The new, robust green structure softens the urban heating effect and is thus used to make Mechelen more climate adaptive.

Hendrik Speecqvest

Approximately half of the Vestenpark of the first phase is partially realized above this underground construction of an underground car park. The ramps and rises are fully integrated in the central park.

Today’s Vesten is a prominent barrier for vulnerable road users. New transverse structures, linked to a linear path structure for cyclists and pedestrians, ensure fluid connections between the various functions and pleasant walking routes from, to and on the Vesten. The design with sitting walls and planting areas accentuates logical walking routes and guides the users, creating safe and legible intersections.

Centrally located on Hendrik Speecqvest, a boules court and a number of picnic benches provide tranquility and relaxation.

location Mechelen, Belgium
client City of Mechelen
design OMGEVING
surface area 1.67 ha
schedule public green roof park, infrastructure and drainage works, park design
tasks design, technical detailing, site supervision
partnership D+A Consult

Authors: OMGEVING
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2022 Zandpoortvest

2022 Zandpoortvest

Mechelen is once again a city by the water. In recent years, seven canals have been reopened in the inner city, illustrating a renewed appreciation for the river. Also the Binnendijle at Zandpoortvest has been made visible in the cityscape after being covered for over 40 years. The site was previously a large parking area squeezed between the city ring, the railway and two buildings of the Thomas More college. This formally underutilized plot has now been transformed into one of the most popular meeting places in the city centre.

The concrete surface makes way for green, open and gently sloping river banks. The renewed Zandpoortvest and the reopened Dijle path now create a green link between the Botanical Garden and the Mechels Broek nature reserve. The wooden jetty offers new opportunities for tourist boats and recreational use of the water. Shortly after the official opening, the students of the Thomas More college are clearly enjoying this new public space. Thanks to the new jetty on the water, visitors to the city of Mechelen can travel to the centre by boat, which will boost tourism. Cyclists along the Dijle path spontaneously stop to relax on the steps of this new public space, looking out over a new piece of urban nature.

Authors: OMGEVING - landscape architect
Photo Credit: Yanick Milpas
Country: Belgium

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2022 Gare Maritime Brussels

2022 Gare Maritime Brussels

At the Tour & Taxis site in Brussels, the former Gare Maritime freight station will be transformed into a lively new district with squares, courtyards, a food hall and ten new built-in volumes. The Gare Maritime head-end, built between 1902 and 1907, was at the time the main railway junction of the port of Brussels. The impressive building with a surface area of almost 40,000m² creates space for various urban activities such as shops, offices, exhibition spaces, markets and festivities.

Under the supervision of Neutelings Riedijk Architects, responsible for the architecture of the new buildings. OMGEVING was responsible for the design of the covered outdoor space and the site monitoring in cooperation with Bureau Bouwtechniek. The eye-catcher of the Gare Maritime is the central open hall, constructed in reused cobblestones, where various temporary activities can take place. The central hall is flanked by ten inner gardens, each with a thematical interpretation.

The project won the international prize ARC20, a Dutch architecture competition.

Photo credits:
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- Photo 1,2,3 OMGEVING Yanick Milpas

Authors: Omgeving. Landscape Architect Neutelings Riedijk Architects
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2022 Healing Gardens Public Hospital ‘Klinik Floridsdorf’

2022 Healing Gardens Public Hospital ‘Klinik Floridsdorf’

The Healing Gardens are a pioneer project. For the first time in Austria, a landscape garden is intentionally included into the planning process of a hospital as a healing factor. The original concept by Martha Schwartz comprises several therapy gardens and mobility rehabilitation centres as well as strolling loops of varying lengths. Depending on their grade of mobility and/or their mood, patients can “configure” their outings as they wish. The strolling loops are constructed as a linear system of paths. They start inside the hospital and the wind through the therapy gardens and further into the lawns and meadows.

Authors: 3:0 Landschaftsarchitekturin association with Martha Schwartz Partners -MSP
Photo Credit: Photo 1-5 Herta Hurnaus/Plan: KHN
Country: Austria

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2022 Johann Nepomuk Vogl Platz

2022 Johann Nepomuk Vogl Platz

THE CLIMATE-RESILIENT REDESIGN OF JOHANN-NEPOMUK-VOGL-PLATZ

The Sponge City Principle for Trees City squares of the future should improve the quality of stay in public space and must be designed for climate-resilience. The redesign of Johann-Nepomuk-Vogl-Platz addressed this challenge. The square is situated in a densely built-up part of Vienna’s 18th district. A market area with food stalls surrounds a central plaza with an impervious surface, seating, old and newly planted trees and a playground. To create a pleasant micro-climate shade and evaporation by trees are needed. Thias requires healthy and well-developed trees and sufficient moisture in ground for the trees to evaporate. The sponge city principle for trees provides a nature-based solution for growing trees in impervious surfaces. The stormwater management was designed to collect the roof runoff from the market stalls and all surface waters from the square. A splash pad on the plaza is fed with drinking water for hygienic reasons, the runoff irrigates the trees. Discharge into the sewer is reduced to zero. Six newly planted trees on the plaza are provided with an extended root space of 35 m³ per tree. The substrate consists of coarse aggregate for load bearing and washed-in fines for water and nutrient storage. The retained water is available for evaporation by the trees, the surplus infiltrates into the subsoil. The sponge city principle for trees proves to be a functioning method for combining stormwater management, climate change adaptation and quality of stay through green infrastructure in streets and urban spaces in a multifunctional way.

Authors: Karl Grimm, Landschaftsarchitekten
Photo Credit: Photos 1-3: Johannes Hloch Photo 5: Karl Grimm
Country: Austria

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2022 Educational pavilion with a recreational clearing onthe banks of the Vistula River

2022 Educational pavilion with a recreational clearing onthe banks of the Vistula River

This project was selected in the competition. It aimed at creating a place for sharing knowledge on surrounding nature in the form of Nature2000 project. The object and the educational clearing represents a formal interpretation of the phenomenon of migration in nature. The pavilion was inspired by a post-glacial rock and it resembles the presence of the glacier migrating in these areas and shaping the landscape of the Vistula valley. The clearing refers to the shape of river shoals and materials migrating there. The project educates about nature and carries the idea of an ecological building. The pavilion does not interfere with the terrain;it is founded on a slab, thus not changing the soil structure and water conditions. It protects against noise from the nearby railway line and stabilizes the temperature in the facility. The paths and all hardened surfaces are permeable.The concept was built in the existing greenery. Trees were not removed while ecological corridors were strengthened with shrubs and biodiversity was enhanced. The project is a response to the contemporary search for a design formula in a landscape of high spatial and natural values.It is a place for education sunken in nature and inspired by it. It is intended for the local community and

Authors: eM4 Pracownia Architektury Brataniec, Marcin Brataniec, Urszula Forczek-Brataniec, Maciej Gozdecki, Damian Mierzwa, Marek Bystron, cooperation: Jan Wojtas, Paulina Nosalska
Photo Credit: Marcin Czechowicz
Country: Poland

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The Water Gardens

The Water Gardens

The Gardens were designed by the renowned landscape architect Geoffrey Jellicoe and are a highly significant example of post-war twentieth century modernist landscape. They were placed on English Heritage’s Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in 2010.

The project creates a revitalised and well-used park with a serpentine woodland walk along the River Gade contrasted with smooth flowing grass lawns to the water’s edge on the other side of the river. The centrepiece of the Water Gardens is its restored flower garden, with massed roses and colourful perennial planting set within a formal grid of beds.

As part of the works, Jellicoe’s arched bridges over the Gade were renewed. New facilities have been provided to increase use and encourage people to stay longer. These include a new play space and a pavilion set within a working garden to provide facilities for the gardener, friends of the park, volunteers and students to develop new skills and learning to contribute to the high standards of maintenance.

The Water Gardens are once again an outstanding public space and source of pride to local residents. The Gardens are now vibrant and actively used by residents, shoppers and tourists who spend time in the Water Gardens as part of their visit to Hemel Hempstead Town Centre. The restoration of Jellicoe’s important new town garden will be widely acclaimed and be a model for improving biodiversity within a historic landscape design.

The Water Gardens project preserves a rare and highly significant example of mid twentieth century design.

It restores its lost character, creating a revitalised, well used and busy park that functions as the primary open space for the town centre as was intended.

Authors: HTA Design LLP
Photo Credit: HTA Design LLP
Country: United Kingdom

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Australia Road, White City Community + SuDS scheme

Australia Road, White City Community + SuDS scheme

Landscape Institute President’s Award 2017

An urban regeneration project with Community and SuDS at its heart. This landmark sustainable drainage project integrates community needs with surface water management throughout the whole design process. The result is a dynamic landscape that provides a valuable car-free, safe route to school, emphasises the Early Years Centre as a social hub, allows new community events such as a yearly fair and Christmas markets and encourages informal play at the same time as collecting, treating and storing rainwater to reduce flooding and river pollution.

Features such as the ‘wiggly wall’ through SuDS storage basins and rain-sculptures provide a valuable re-connection with the water cycle for all ages.

Authors: Robert Bray Associates
Photo Credit: Grant Smith
Country: United Kingdom

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Brentford High Street ‘Making the Connection’

Brentford High Street ‘Making the Connection’

Brentford has a unique location where the railway, canal network and River Thames meet. This point of exchange, particularly the relationship to water, historically informed Brentford’s Market Town character.

However, its identity has gradually eroded. The ‘make the connection’ projects seek to remake Brentford High Street as a successful, liveable town centre and reassert its sense of place and identity. The design philosophy is rooted in the involvement of local people and in doing so exploring the potential of their environment.

The different threads of the project: the cultural and economic venues of the market place and the sheds; cycling culture initiatives through Brentford works and Brentford Bikes; and walking connections opened up by the sheds project, all pull towards making Brentford a more socially sustainable and liveable place.

The newly configured flexible space accommodates regular markets and events whilst also providing a living room in the town centre with a variety of opportunities for meeting and playing across all generations. Symbolising the shift in transport the car park that was previously central to the market square has been removed and replaced with a flexible public space that can accommodate the market stalls.

Public water play features and a new willow tree reconnect Brentford High Street to its waterside heritage.

Authors: Design Lead / Urban Design / Landscape Architect: Kinnear Landscape Architects
Photo Credit: Grant Smith
Country: United Kingdom

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Orchid House. Ecological Park Zire

Orchid House. Ecological Park Zire

A unique social and cultural project for the reconstruction of depressed areas in the Center for Creativity and Education, preservation of the cultural heritage of the people of Azerbaijan, with the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.

The aim of the project is to create a natural environment that inspires and supports creative youth, in an elegant atmosphere with tropical plants and the number of flowering plants year-round. The project has a recreation area near classrooms with a small creek and gazebos, surrounded by a flowering garden. There is also a space for special events – Orchid House. All spaces of indoor garden equipped irrigation, mist and lightening systems.

Authors: Belodedlandscaping, Ludmyla Bilodid, Quirinus van Trigt, Kateryna Cherednyk, Anton Bilodid, Alexander Bereschuk
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Country: Ukraine

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Arninge-Ullna Riparian Forest Park

Arninge-Ullna Riparian Forest Park

The Arninge-Ullna Riparian Forest Park project is part of a new urban district in the municipality of Täby. It envisions a new form of neighborhood park which combines biological conservation with the functions of an urban park, engaging with the city and nature as one intertwined entity.

The park opens the riparian alder forest to the public while preserving the unique ecological qualities of the site. This is accomplished by making a few careful additions to the landscape. Wooden walkways of varying width are used to improve accessibility to the forest with platforms and jetty’s providing vistas over the Ullna Lake. The park is lined by pillars and signs of weathered steel, backlit and engraved with ecological information and poetic descriptions of nature in the form of haiku-poems by Nobel laurate Tomas Tranströmer.

Broad walkways form the base of the new route into the woods, with narrow walkways branching out and allowing for exploratory detours into the greenery. Native trees and plants are allowed to pierce through the design through recessed ochre gratings and careful excisions in the wooden structures, symbolizing the philosophy that lies at the heart of the project.

Authors: Lead architect: Martha Hedin, Topia Landskapsarkitektur AB and Håkan Johnsson, Topia Landskapsarkitektur AB
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Terkos Old Water Pumping Station Museum

Terkos Old Water Pumping Station Museum

Terkos Water Technologies Information Center Terkos Pumping Station had been the water supply of Istanbul’s potable water demand for over a hundred years, before it has lost its function and became an inert and abandoned space. However, the site of Pumping Station, Lake Terkos and surroundings, with its distinctive flora and fauna, still maintain to be one of the most significant ecological areas of Istanbul. By reusing this area as public space, the station and surroundings were converted into Water Technologies Museum.

Alongside its new function as a museum, transforming the area into a place of recreation while restoring the corrupted ecosystem along wetland, has been the fundamental aspect for design proposal.

Additionally, considering rising water level in winter season in order to provide a promenade in the site, walkways were designed to be elevated from the ground. Thus, the walkways, creating holistic perception, became formatives inserted into existing landscape niches. Furthermore, in relation with water these walkways compose piers and terraces fortifying the connection with water.The observation towers that are attached to these spots not only create a place for surveillance of water birds and bird immigrations while offering special perspectives and exposures, they also provide visitors with areas to stop, observe around and spend time in.

The varying interactions with water of each visitors of every age group were established through the creation of stopping-resting-viewing points that embrace different flora and topography relations in the area.

Developing the area in the concept of an ecological park with related elements has been the intention of this design by preserving the existing ecosystem and restoring it with limited interventions. In this way the notion of landscape formed a link between the museum and the natural surroundings.

Authors:

Landscape Architecture: DS Landscape &Trafo Architects
Landscape Architect of Record/Firm: Deniz Aslan / DS Landscape &Trafo Architects
Lead Designer: Elif Çelik,
Architectural Project: Deniz Aslan, Ardaİnceoğlu, İpekYürekli
Additional Project Credit: EsinGümüş, EsraDoğan

Authors: DS Landscape &Trafo Architects
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Country: Turkey

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Çanakkale Kordon Boyu Waterfront Project

Çanakkale Kordon Boyu Waterfront Project

Project area that is titled as Çanakkale Waterfront Promenade (Çanakkale Kordon Boyu), is actively used during all seasons, and continues to function as public space for socializing, meeting, amenity facilitating, and for leisure.

The role of the city of Çanakkale and its vicinities within historical process, and visual interaction with the Gallipoli Peninsula where Çanakkale Wars had been happened makes the waterfront even more significant than actually is. The City Centre and the coastal district are visited by domestic and foreign tourists in a great manner throughout the year.

In this regard, an urban design project reflecting the modern face of the city and connecting strong physical connections with the city, that serves for both Çanakkale people and visitors, to let them enjoy and relax, to solve transportation problems (for pedestrians, vehicles, and bicycles), to have and organize various activities.

A continuous pedestrian circulation system, sitting and relaxation areas, street and boulevard cafes, and urban furniture are designed at the urban area where the clock tower, the urban square, and the passenger pier exist.

Coastal road, Kayserili Ahmat Pasha Street, has been reorganized in order to raise pedestrian comfort (by changing existing pavement material, pedestrian accesses, etc.). The road is banned to vehicular traffic during summer evenings when pedestrian flow and density is high.

Authors: ON TASARIM LTD
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Country: Turkey

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Schüssinsel Park

Schüssinsel Park

The new island park connects older parts of town with densified residential areas and the new Swatch headquarters. It brings back the connection to the water. A quiet park – space for sports and leisure activities – a place of refuge for nature – a place by the water – engineering structures to provide protection against flooding: functional, sociological, town-planning and ecological demands became aspects that contributed to the design; the design became relevant from an ecological and technical perspective. The park world oscillates as a connecting factor between contrasts.

The manner in which the terrain has been shaped has integrated flood protection in a subtle way: the entire island acts as an embankment, but it does not look like this. The main route winds its way along the crest of this invisible dam, safe from flooding. Thanks to the variable inclination of the bank the island’s shape changes depending on the height of the water; it grows or shrinks. Temporary flooding creates a dynamic picture and valuable habitats. The western section of the park is an open sunbathing lawn with views of the water and the urban skyline. The central section of the park is a thick forest garden. Native species such as small-leaved lime and English oak have been planted with local specialties such as alder.

The third section of the park lies protected behind the dam that runs in a southward direction here. This section is home to fields and facilities for sports, games and family time.

Authors: Fontana Landschaftsarchitektur GmbH Landschaftsarchitektur: Fontana, Basel Pavillons und Brücken: MLZD Architekten, Biel
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Country: Switzerland

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Murg-Auen-Park, Frauenfield