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West 8 presents at "SELECTED" in Bilbao Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 15:21

A two-day event “SELECTED”, is a design and visual arts’ festival located in the charming capital of Biscay, Bilbao, the most cosmopolitan city of the Northern Spain, intended to thrust the creativity and inspiration to all of its attendees. It will bring interested everyone with the most up-to-date innovative developments in design community.

Representing West 8, Project Leader, architect, Juan Tur, will take part in the debates on Friday November 17 and present a keynote presentation ‘Creating a second nature’, go in depth with other co-‘selected’ talents of different fields to discuss about the relationships between business and design and exchange ideas and creative solutions.

With more than ten years of experience in the design and implementation of large-scale urban transformations, Juan Tur has been active as project manager and design team-leader in the development of unique projects both in Spain (Regeneration of Playa de Palma, and the Linear Park La Sagrera in Barcelona) as well as abroad, working in Russia, China, Colombia or Algiers. Other co-‘selected’ artists can be found here.

Apart from the presence of selected elites speakers, every year they call entries also from new talents in design field and organise travelling exhibition. Do not miss out this big design event by checking it out here.

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West 8 presents at "SELECTED" in Bilbao Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 15:21

A two-day event “SELECTED”, is a design and visual arts’ festival located in the charming capital of Biscay, Bilbao, the most cosmopolitan city of the Northern Spain, intended to thrust the creativity and inspiration to all of its attendees. It will bring interested everyone with the most up-to-date innovative developments in design community.

Representing West 8, Project Leader, architect, Juan Tur, will take part in the debates on Friday November 17 and present a keynote presentation ‘Creating a second nature’, go in depth with other co-‘selected’ talents of different fields to discuss about the relationships between business and design and exchange ideas and creative solutions.

With more than ten years of experience in the design and implementation of large-scale urban transformations, Juan Tur has been active as project manager and design team-leader in the development of unique projects both in Spain (Regeneration of Playa de Palma, and the Linear Park La Sagrera in Barcelona) as well as abroad, working in Russia, China, Colombia or Algiers. Other co-‘selected’ artists can be found here.

Apart from the presence of selected elites speakers, every year they call entries also from new talents in design field and organise travelling exhibition. Do not miss out this big design event by checking it out here.

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A2 Maastricht wins Schreuders Prize 2017 Print E-mail
Monday, 06 November 2017 10:15

Groene Loper A2 Maastricht is the winner of the Schreudersprijs (Schreuders Prize) 2017, the prize for innovative underground construction projects. A2 Maastricht wins the award with the design and opportunities that the Groene Loper (Green Carpet) brings. The jury praised the innovative underground double layer solution for the traffic, and the aboveground possibilities offered for the healing of Maastricht-East, where the city was once split into two by the A2 national motorway.

The design of Groene Loper ensures good accessibility of the city and Euregio, the A2 intersection at the crossing of Geusselt and the junction of Europaplein, and now the tunnel is completed, more than 80% of the traffic goes underground, adjacent neighborhoods gain also opportunities for new development.

Michèle Blom, Genreal Director of Rijkswaterstaat, Bauke Lobbezoo of Strukton Civiel, and Louis Prompers of Projectbureau A2 Maastricht represented the whole project team to receive the prize on November 3 2017 at the COB congress.

Jury praised the A2 Maastricht Project Team to have executed this complex project with highly skillful engineering capacity. Consider that the project runs an extraordinary high level of risk and complexity that it involved, "they paid particular attention on good communication with the residents and stakeholders of the surrounding area. This project shall become an example for other municipalities when they consider to put the option of underground undertaking on their agenda."

Governor John Aarts, Chairman of the Steering Committee A2 Maastricht: "The contours of the Green Carpet are becoming increasingly visible. Smart technical solutions create a new piece of city with a very pleasant living environment. The fact that this approach gains also recognition of professional experts, it is more pleasurable for the client, engineers and the city."

Other entries of this year’s Schreudersprijs included Kustwerk Katwijk, Zutphen Underpasses and Lammermarkt Leiden Parking Park. 

About the Schreudersprijs

Every two years, the COB (Center for Underground Construction, Knowledge Center for Underground Construction and Underground Space Use) issues the Schreuders Prize. This prize is handed over to a company or institution for a project using an innovative and responsible way of using the underground.

West 8 together with Humblé Architecten won in 2009 the competition for the design of the tunneling of the A2 highway in Maastricht, the Netherlands, prepared for the Consortium “Avenue2”.

Other recent news regarding realisation of A2 Maastrict Groene Loper:

 

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Green Gates in place on Groene Loper (Green Carpet) A2 Maastricht Print E-mail
Friday, 03 November 2017 10:43

The shape of the Groene Loper (Green Carpet) A2 Maastricht are slowly getting more visible. Several neighborhood fellows witnessed this week the planting of the green 'giant pillars’. Six giant hedge beeches were placed in place at the Voltastraat crossing Professor Cobbenhagenstraat at the Lourdeskerk. Theses carefully pruned beeches of about 8 to 10 meters high were transported from a tress nursery at German Bremen to their new homes. Other six were planted at the roundabout at Scharnerweg. They lived in Germany for 25 years, until they were eight to ten meters high and transported to Maastricht.

The huge cluster must be placed exactly on a horizontal fence. Concrete steel supports were also secured in place to ensure that these trees stand firm and their root grow well in the ground. Here underneath is after all the tunnel. "I think it's great," Mr. Mommers, a local resident who grew up in the neighborhood said cheerfully, "We have been watching the transformation almost every day. I was born in this area, so we used to play here in the pastures in our childhood. Then came the highway A2. I am so happy that heavy traffic is gone again."

Over a few years these pillars will grow into arche forms that associate both the M of Maastricht and the M of Mussenflat (sparrows birdhouse in Dutch). West 8 designs these iconic giant green gates for the Green Carpet, marking a natural link to the new landscape on top of the tunnel of A2. This landmark is also an celebration of (re-)connections which are made between neighborhoods of East and West, next to newly completed underground connection of the A2 North-South line. Before the completion of the tunnel burying the highway A2 underground, the city Maastricht was split into two halves by the highway.

12 ‘green pillars’ are now in place and ready to grow into welcome giant green gates on the Green Carpet. It is an invitation to everyone to walk and bike the Green Crapet, as well as a place where birds can safely nest. In a few years theses beeches will grow into form of four arches, providing a green view of the districts on either side. Different species of beech trees are chosen to create colorful seasonal variations. Bird species such as the Dunnock, Wren, the Robin, Jay, and Finch Greenfinch will also benefit from the 'giant pillars' with this height.

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Green Arches in place on Groene Loper (Green Carpet) A2 Maastricht Print E-mail
Friday, 03 November 2017 10:43

The Groene Loper (Green Carpet) A2 Maastricht is slowly taking shape. Neighborhood residents witnessed this week the planting of 'giant green pillars’. Six giant Hornbeams were placed at the Voltastraat - Professor Cobbenhagenstraat intersection, near the Lourdeskerk. These carefully pruned 25 years old trees, 10 meters tall, were transported from a tree nursery near Bremen, Germany to their new home. Six other ones were planted South of the roundabout at Scharnerweg.

The tall trees, which effectively are standing on top of a tunnel roof, have been secured into place with anchors onto a metal frame, significant soil improvement has taken place to ensure that these trees stand firm and their roots grow well into the soil. "I think it's great," Mr. Mommers, a local resident who grew up in the neighborhood said cheerfully, "We have been watching the transformation almost every day. I was born in this area, so we used to play here in the pastures in our childhood. Then came the highway A2. I am so happy that heavy traffic is gone again."

In a few years time, these green pillars will be shaped into arches that form the letter M, referring both to M of Maastricht and Mussenflat (sparrow hotel in Dutch). West 8 designed these iconic giant green gates on the Green Carpet, marking a natural link to the new landscape on top of the tunnel of A2. This landmark is also an celebration of (re-)connections which are made between neighborhoods of East and West. Previously the A2 motorway split the city Maastricht into two. 

The 12 ‘green pillars’ invite everyone to walk and bike on the Green Carpet. They are also a place where birds can safely roost. In a few years these Hornbeams will be shaped into four arches, providing a green landmark for the districts on either side. Bird species such as the Dunnock, Wren, the Robin, Jay, and Finch Greenfinch will also benefit from the 'giant pillars' with this height.

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