Adriaan Geuze

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Adriaan Geuze /West8
Architect
born 1960 Rotterdam,Netherlands

West8
Schiehaven 13M 3024 EC Rotterdam
The Netherlands
T +31 (0) 10 485 5801
website: www.west8.nl



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West 8 urban design and landscape architecture b.v. was founded in 1987 by its principal Adriaan Geuze as an international team of architects, landscape architects, urban designers and industrial engineers, designing landscape interventions, urban plans, waterfront projects, squares, parks and gardens. Under the direction of Adriaan Geuze this diverse design team of 50 staff that is West 8, has been able to establish itself as a leading landscape and urban design practice within Europe. With a multi-disciplinary approach to complex design issues, West 8 has extensive experience in large-scale urban planning, urban design and landscaping. Working on an international level from its start, West 8 has developed projects all over the world in places such as Copenhagen, Paris, London, Zurich, Vienna, New York, Madrid and Toronto. West 8 acknowledges that the realization of an urban masterplan or landscape design is a long-term process. It is not a readymade object, but will accumulate richness and beauty through time. Large-scale interventions in a city require a strong and understandable concept in order to carry a unique identity. They always refer to the local context, the history, the landscape, or the surrounding ecology.

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The philosophy of West 8 is deeply rooted in an optimistic attitude towards the contemporary landscape, in which it expresses both the vulnerability and the euphoria of mass culture. Landscape, infrastructure, nature and archaeology coalesce to form vital constituents of the city. Arcadian landscapes coexist alongside the dynamic, mutable and sprawling city unimpeded by architectural doctrines or history, the city stretches towards the horizon or shoots skywards. Space has acquired new dimensions that constantly put the sense of scale and proportion to the test. West 8 draws inspiration from the poetic beauty of the artless and the mundane. The urban dweller is no pitiful victim needing compensation in the form of green and nature; today’s urbanite is a self-assured, exploratory, creative individualist. He is well informed and affluent, and equipped with the most up-to-date technology.


Cow - Horizon Project Exhibition 2006, various, the Netherlands
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by another29 | 2007-09-22 04:30 | □Architect

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