9+1 Young Dutch Landscape Architects
5th Exhibition: Parklaan landschapsarchitecten and Annernieke
November 26, 1999 through January 2, 2000
With the exhibition series Landscape: 9 + 1 Young Dutch
Landscape Architects the Netherlands Architecture Institute
(NAl) wishes to highlight the most recent developments in the
field of landscape architecture in the Netherlands. For almost
a full year the Entrance Hall is the venue for presentations
of work by ten young design practices. Each presentation, combinlng
work by two offices, is designed by the offices themselves. What
the offices have in common is that they have all built up their
practice in the course of the 1990s. They were selected on the
basis of their innovative design approach and individual style.
Parklaan Landschapsarchitecten was set up in 1997 by Marcel Eekhout
and Aleks Droog. They are showing three projects on panels (each
3.5 x 1 metre in size) attached to the concrete beams in the
Entrance Hall. The projects are the Venneperhout forest design,
the Digital Light'~'ay in Bladel and Hapert, and sound barriers
in Zeeland The designs by Parklaan combine landscape architecture
The aim of the Venneperhout forest design is to 'fix' the carbon
dioxide released when fossil luels are burned. The characters
C, 0, and 2 are imprinted in the ground at the centre of the
The Digital Lightway was designed for the Bladel cultural trust.
This will literally illumnate the development and the significance
of the Internet for the residents of Bladel and Hapert over a
period of five years. The e-mail addresses of new Internet users
will be engraved on new tiles that will be laid in the street
every three months.
The Rijkswaterstaat (Directorate-General for Public Works and
Water Management) commissioned the design of sound-proofing for
the A58 highway between Bergen op Zoom and Vllssingen. The screens
are printed with a pattern of water and reed that visually reflects
the landscape of the province of Zeeland.
Annemieke Diekinan has been woridng as an independent landscape
architect since 1993. She is presenting images of three of her
projects on video monitors placed inside three presentation cabinets.
The projects are:
Culemborg Town Square, Wageningen municipal cemetery, and Floriande
Island 10 in Hoofddorp. The cabinets are covered with explanatory
Architectures both old and new occupy their respective spaces
in the town square in Culemborg. The old buildings stand on a
gravel surface, while a clinker-covered surface is the domain
of the new architecture. The contradistinctions of the old and
new architecture are played off against each other and define
the various atmospheric spaces on the square.
The municipal cemetery in Wageningen (1899) has a rich cultural
and historical heritage.
The cemetery has, as it were, fallen to pieces, and no longer
forms a unified whole. The proposed plan reintroduces structural
unity with the mihirnum of alteration.
Just like the architecture, the layout of the public areas on
Floriande Island 10 in Hoofddorp is robust and straightforward,
inspired by the simplicity and harmony of the Haarlemmermeer.
The plan has a contrasting colour scheme that defines its very
visual impact: black for the driveways and pavements, green for
the grass and white for the birch trees.
Concluding conference on Tuesday December 7, 1999
The 9 + 1 series at the Netherlands Architecnire Institute
offers young landscape architects the space to present their
design visions and working methods, thereby highlighting the
range of new tendencies within the
The field of activity of landscape architects encompasses
an ever more complex spectruin of projects, yet the distinction
between the rural and urban landscape no longer seems capable
of providing them with a basis for orientation. They design at
all scale levels, producing not only large-scale regional schemes
but also plans for small, private gardens. The youngest generation,
profiled in 9 + 1, explores the lull scope of this field and
excels in areas such as devising new visions for the landscape
integration of lunctions for locations, and in combinations,
that would previously have been deemed unnatural.
What position do young landscape architects adopt in relation
to current shifts in land use? How do they define their field
of work and their influence within the domain of physical plarning?
To what extent have they taken on the task of devising and giving
shape to new ideas for today's landscapes? With what instruinents
think they can contribute to the spatial transformations that
the Netherlands will undergo during the coming decades? Or is
all of this of no concern to them?