LOLA landscape architects is an office for progressive landscape architecture. The name LOLA is an abbreviation of LOst LAndscapes, which symbolizes our focus on spatial optimization of existing cultural landscapes, while embracing and using their local particularities and re-establishing them as strong features for the future. With thoughtful ideas and targeted interventions, LOLA wants to transform those landscapes into beautiful, healthy and sustainable environments.
From its beginning, LOLA put an emphasis not only on landscape design, but also on landscape research. We match knowledge of landscapes and of large-scale ecosystems with contemporary ideas about people, space and nature. A substantial amount of this research went into resiliency, being one of LOLA’s main themes, which culminated in the best-selling book Dutch Dikes. Our research efforts have also been extended into unknown territories like the salt mines of Montenegro and the mother of all lost landscapes, the Chernobyl exclusion zone.
While being mindful of global themes and topics as well as those relevant to the professional field of landscape architecture, such as energy transition, climate change, sea level rise, and biodiversity decline, LOLA has always followed its own agenda in practice. Themes like the far future, linear park structures and the sensory experience of public space have our special attention. Sensory experiences for example: enabling unexpected nature experiences holds a prominent place in our design work, knowing that people need public space to not only be functional and safe, but also to be challenging and surprising. That’s how memories are made.
LOLA landscape architects was founded in 2006 by Eric-Jan Pleijster, Cees van der Veeken and Peter Veenstra. For their work, LOLA received the Maaskant Prize for young architects and the TOPOS landscape award. Today, a total of 30 people work at LOLA, ranging from landscape architects to architects and urban designers. Our projects have been build and/or published around the world. We feel proud of everything we’ve achieved and look forward to what the future holds.
Adidas headquarters Campus is located in Herzogenaurach in Bavaria, Germany. At this site, the world renowned sports brand, continuously works on the future of sport and fashion. In the coming years, the campus will be expanded through new buildings, added security features, upgraded access, and a complete makeover of the landscape. After a closed competition, LOLA Landscape Architects has been awarded with the contract, in collaboration with a team of consultants and designers.
The main ingredients of the design are five individual ‘stars’ that link the entire campus together. These twelve meters wide brightly coloured stars are integrated into the fabric of the campus and mark the nodes where employees of Adidas can meet for many activities and events. On and around the stars are numerous differently designed programmatic elements that refer to the diversity of sports Adidas is known for. The elements of the ‘30 worlds’ stand in the landscape like sculptures and offer unique places for play, sport, work or relaxation.
project type: landscape design, campus / design: 2015 / construction: 2015-2025 / location: Herzogenaurach, Germany / size: 55,5 ha / client: Adidas Group / i.c.w.: WGF Nürnberg Landschaftsarchitekten, WPW Ingenieure
The Bijlmerbajes in Amsterdam, a former prison complex built in the 1970s, will be redeveloped. LOLA is responsible for the landscape design of the 7.5 ha site. The future outdoor space of Bajes Kwartier is characterized by the combination of parts from the past with high quality public space design. In the original prison masterplan six towers were linked with a series of courtyards. This island character of prisons enclosed by walls is conceptually preserved in the landscape design. In total 67 different gardens and patios will be developed. Including fruit and vegetable gardens, sports gardens for balls, climbing or fitness, and natural water gardens with reeds and water lilies, where people can swim.
Bajes Kwartier is a nature inclusive stepping stone in the ecological structure of Amsterdam: free nature in a robust framework. Where possible, the prison wall is preserved, as a relic of the past, but with a new use as a climbing wall or vertical garden or outdoor cinema. 98 percent of the material from the prison is reused. Concrete floorboards and facade elements get a second life in the new buildings and the landscape. Concrete and cement are broken and reused using new techniques. Bridges are made with the old cell doors. Bajes Kwartier becomes completely energy neutral.
design: 2018 / construction: 2019-2023 / location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands / size: 7.5 ha / client: AM, AT Capital, Cairn / design team: LOLA / i.c.w.: OMA, FABRICations
Park Groot Vijversburg is a romantic public park with a growing art collection. The design creates a link between the historical park, a post-war recreational area and a nature reserve.
Central element in the design is the ‘Star Maze’, a remix of two historical park figures: the star shaped forest and the labyrinth. This structure consists of five meter tall hedges that function like room dividers for the existing meadow and creating several park spaces. Each ending of the ‘Star Maze’ has a function. For instance a landscape balcony with a view over the nature reserve, a pier for canoe travelers in the recreational area, a window with a vista to the main park villa and a barn with rubber boots to explore the swamp area.
The design offers the visitor a great freedom of choice in the way he can move through the park. The visitor has to find his own way through the ‘Star Maze’ to get to the different areas. The central space gives an overview in all directions, but at the same time doesn’t impose any direction. By doing so, the design goes beyond the ideals of public cultivation and public health on which the nearby romantic park and the modernistic recreational landscape are based, and it gives the visitor maximum freedom to use the park however he wishes to.
construction: 2012-2015 / location: Tytsjerk, The Netherlands / size: 8 ha / client: Stichting Op Toutenburg / design team: LOLA / i.c.w.: Deltavormgroep & Piet Oudolf
The forest and sports park is to become a destination for the Big Bay area. As this metropolitan region finds its success in innovative industries, the park focuses on innovation in sports and ecology. Two R&D centers, one for sports, one for botany are centrally located in the park. From here, a constant evolution and diversification of the park will take place. On the central park loop, a linear plant and tree nursery is integrated.
In a natural forest setting, people will be able to get to know new and forgotten sports, as well as the latest techniques used in sports. A range from open valleys to lower hills and mountain forest offers the natural background for these sports and active leisure. An elevated path connects the park to the city and the forest; forming a scenic route that passes by all different types of forest. A series of pavilions, that host functions like restaurant, restroom, viewing platform and forest cabin, is modular an prefabricated, to minimize environmental impact. for play, sport, work or relaxation.
design: 2018 / construction: 2019-2020 / location: Guang Ming, Shenzhen, China / size: 600 ha / organizer: Guangming New District Management commitee / co-organizer: Shenzhen Guang Ming center for urban Development / design team: LOLA / i.c.w.: Taller architects, Land and Civilization compositions
What would the Netherlands be without dikes? One thing is certain: it would not exist in its current form. The Dutch are never 100% safe behind their dikes. In a high water situation approximately 9.4 million people may face a major flood. Subsidence and climate change have major impact on the Dutch delta and dike system. They led to the start of the new Delta Plan. In 2050, the Netherlands must be climate-proof. Knowledge and practice about building and maintaining dikes together in one overview is the main result of our research. This contributes to the Delta Plan and has got a couple of firsts: the dike map, showing the location of the Dutch Dikes and their role in the network. With 43 different dike types and 9 different dike systems the Netherlands has got the most elaborate and diverse dikes network in the world. In addition, the book features a surplus of in-depth portrayals of 40 of the 100 most remarkable Dutch dikes. The authors show the technical, cultural and historical sides of the dikes, as well as a glimpse of the future: the Dutch dikes as the parks of the twenty-first century.
research: 2009-2014 / publication: December 2015 (first edition), February 2015 (second edition) / location: The Netherlands / publisher: NAI010 / graphic design: Koehorst in’t Veld / partners: Ministry of infrastructure and the environment, Deltares, Dienst Landelijk Gebied (DLG), hoogheemraadschap hollands Noorderkwartier, oogheemraadschap rijnland, hoogwaterbeschermingsprogramma, rijksdienst voor het culturele erfgoed