Landscape Practice

Design practice in landscape architecture and urban planning, 2009–present.

La Rade de Genève, 2017.
: Genève, Switzerland.
Architect: Truwant+Rodet+.
Client: Ville de Genève.
Description: Competition entry addressing the spatial fragmentation of Geneva’s lakefront by focusing on the threshold between water and land. The design proposes a series of minimal interventions that punctuate the site and tell a story: beach, pontoon, marina, walkway, park, and various types of recreational follies. The existing public spaces are tied into a linear lake-park system.

  • Plan of the lakefront urban park connecting existing public spaces and added objects.
  • Model rendering of recreational follies.

Setúbal, 2013–14.
: Setúbal, Portugal.
Architect: SAMI Arquitectos.
Description: A series of unrelated projects within the same city address a common theme: the necessity to untangle urban structures in a city where heavy industry, abundant nature, and the cultural heritage of a historical fishing village have seemingly developed in discordance with one another.

  • “Mapa da Intimidade” in Homeland, News from Portugal, Venice Architectural Biennale, 2014.
  • Terminal de Setúbal, project with SAMI, 2013.
  • Biblioteca de Setúbal, project with SAMI, 2013.

A11 Motorway, 2010.
With Bureau Bas Smets.
Location: Bruges, Belgium.
Architect: Zwarts & Jansma.
Client: Via Brugge.
Description: The design of a new highway within the polder landscape of Northwest Belgium presents an opportunity to enhance and strengthen this landscape by embracing and reinforcing its vocabulary of embankments, canals, and tree alignments, an engineered patchwork of polder aesthetics.

  • Reading of the polder landscape Northeast of Bruges identifying three hierarchies of landscape structures: 1) major canals with triple tree alignments, 2) regional embankment roads with patchy single or double tree alignments, and 3) farm enclosures.
  • Google Maps aerial views of the three systems.

BXL 2040, 2011.
With Bureau Bas Smets.
Location: Brussels, Belgium.
Architect: 51N4E, L’AUC.
Client: Brussels Region–AATL.
Description: Known for their flat topography, the Belgian lowlands are criss-crossed by an extensive network of waterways. These waterways serve as crucial connectors between major industrial cities and the port of Antwerp in the Eurodelta region. However, the increasing congestion of these waterways has led to the dominance of infrastructure over nature. In the scenario for Brussels, the focus shifts to the smaller tributary valleys, proposing a new park system that highlights and restores the natural elements of the area.

  • Map of Brussels proposing a system of tributary valley-parks.
  • Map of Belgium showing a capillary hydrography of parallel valleys.
  • Historical map of Brussels commissioned by Louis XIV, ca. 1700 (source: BNF).

Parc des Ateliers, 2010. With Bureau Bas Smets.
Location: Arles, France.
: Gehry Partners, LLP.
Client: Luma Foundation.
Description: An obsolete industrial railway yard, located on the outskirts of the historic city center of Arles, has been transformed into a cultural center for the LUMA Foundation. The project revives the site’s Mediterranean landscape by enhancing three distinct regional biotopes: the Camargue, the Alpilles, and the Crau.

  • Axonometry of the landscape design proposing a system of parks united by a central platform (intermediate phase of design).
  • Model shots of Jardin des Alpilles and Jardin de la Camargue.

Songdo Multiple Housing, 2009.
With Bureau Bas Smets.
Location: Seoul, South Korea.
: Rex Architects.
Client: Songdo Landmark City.
Description: In a competition for the masterplan of a neighbourhood in Incheon (a recently developed land reclamation on the outskirts of Seoul) the absence of historical layers poses a challenge to project attachment. Therefore, the design approach shifts from geology towards a perspective-based methodology. This involves interpreting the context as a system of coulisses (stage wings) and using atmospheric layering as a design strategy.

  • Axonometry of masterplan designed as a valley landscape.
  • Conceptual diagram showing the valley section strategy.
  • Regional siteplan showing land reclamations between islands.
  • Conceptual model showing vertical layering.