Designing a park is the supreme discipline of landscape architecture. The more concentrated the city becomes the more parks gain in importance. Parks that can be utilized in diverse ways can significantly improve quality of life in the city.
Anyone who has spent time in a park on a summer day knows how multilayered the utilization demands are. It is also necessary to take into account the ecological, urban-development, and design requirements. Our park concepts facilitate diverse uses, which are constantly negotiated anew in social discourse and can be adapted to current needs. Today, the multifaceted ways in which a park can be used is an important indicator of a self-assured city. In an era of global migration and ecological crisis, the communal experience in parks is part of the basis of a vibrant society.

Projects: Parks and Promenades

Competition success: We are very pleased to have won 3rd place in the two-stage competition "Masterplan Mainau 2040 mit Palmenhaus" together with Henning Larsen Architects. Special congratulations to our editors Regine Keller, Franz Damm, Annika Sailer, Silvia Benedito, Dantong Su, Marcia Rosenheinrich and Laura Stoib.
The abundant potentials of the Botanical Garden are being tapped to a greater extent. A new visitor center, the redesigned Italian Garden, an overhauled systems of paths, and new gardens with useful and ornamental plants now make the Botanical Garden that much more attractive.
A loose structure of trees that again and again offers views of the surrounding urban spaces frames the central clearing in the new district park. A striking, spacious entrance area anchors the park on Thurgauerstrasse.
At the edge of the city, a path leads to a sitting area. What seems to be unspoiled nature was once an overgrown waste disposal site. With only a few interventions, it is now a garden. A book box holds garden books as inspiration for reflecting on “nature.” “Si vous possédez une bibliothèque et un jardin, vous avez tout ce qu’il vous faut .” Cicero, Epistulae ad familiares IX, 4, à Varro (rédigées entre 63 et 43 av. J.-C)
A new city park is being created on the site of the former railroad tracks. A grove of blossoming trees surrounds the expansive, central meadow. On the southern side, a generous sundeck offers a café and a wide range of opportunities for play.
The promenade with one avenue connects the bank of the Rhine with the adjacent urban spaces. Sight windows mark the cross streets and lead into the city. In front of the Altstadt, terraced steps invite spending time. The various embankments are retained. Gravel deposits characterize the slip face and provide a valuable habitat for flora, fauna, and site for nature lovers.
Horb connects: a band of color forms the backbone of the green project and moves in a gentle arc along the Neckar floodplain. It twists and curves in all three dimensions and thus facilitates various spaces for experiencing the project.
The former aristocratic estate with agricultural meadows, pastures, vines and forest was transformed into a landscape garden in 1871 and has been maintained in an exemplary manner ever since. Since 2005, we have been accompanying the owners on the basis of our park maintenance work.
The classic landscape park has lost none of its appeal for over 130 years. We have renovated several areas over the last 30 years so that it will remain a vibrant part of Zurich for decades to come.
The only amusement park in the GDR at the time is being carefully awakened from its sleep as a "lost place" and transformed into an extraordinary park complex on around 21 hectares. We are delighted to be working with dan pearlman Erlebnisarchitektur to develop this special place at the crossroads of art, culture and nature over the next few years.
In the Elinor-Ostrom-Park, we have used a loose framework of trees to define open clearings in the park that facilitate a view of the surrounding urban spaces and the elevated railway line. The elevated railway links the different sections of the park as a spatial backbone and route for urban uses.
On the occasion of the renovation of the shore walls, the dilapidated structures were dismantled and a near-natural shallow shore was created, which can be used by the population as a bathing beach and at the same time offers a diverse habitat for flora and fauna.
An autobahn tunnel in the direction of Kriens is supposed to relieve pressure on the city center of Lucerne in the future. Instead of being a mere infrastructure facility, the new Grosshof Bridge at the southern entrance to the tunnel will become a multifunctional building with an autobahn and a park on the roof.
The open space concept incorporates the basic principles of the architecture. Islands of vegetation at the main entrance clearly separate the individual functions. Basic access for vehicles to the plot of land is concentrated along the building so as to be able to create a high-quality space for spending time along the ship canal with promenade.
With the summer flower and perennial garden, we have developed a special garden in Treptower Park further based on the existing park maintenance plan in a contemporary way—with special consideration given to a sustainable choice of plants and the renovation of the original structural elements based on guidelines for historical monument protection.
The park on the southern arm of the Elbe, which was honored as an excellence project of the IBA Hamburg, owes its five-pointed shape to the Castle Island, which was previously framed by bastions. Plantings of trees accentuate the view of the fragment of the castle and once again produce a reference to the water.
The valuable “Elfenau” garden monument has been upgraded by means of careful renovation and modified maintenance. By opening up overgrown visual connections, planting the meadows in a theatrical manner, and renovating the fountain, we have made it possible to experience the ideas behind the landscape garden once again.
Curved terraces overcome the striking difference in height between the Rhine River and the Novartis campus. The design vocabulary developed based on the flow of the river creates a special sort of riverbank promenade.
Since the redesign, the public park has been characterised by menhirs, which give the park a unique, identity-creating feature in the Munich park landscape.
The existing inventory of trees and the topography provide the framework and the key elements in the future park situated in the extension of the city of Tripoli. A pine forest, a new lake, and clearings, which contrast with the cool shade of the forest, make possible all the activities that a lively city park needs.
The SS shooting range in Hebertshausen is a place of victims and perpetrators. Located not far from the Dachau concentration camp, the SS shooting range became the place of death for over 4,000 Russian prisoners of war from 1941 onwards. The identification of the victims has still not taken place completely, and the former shooting range is often the only place for the bereaved to commemorate their dead.
The small lawn area in front of the globe becomes the symbolic cushion of calm amidst the bustling world of Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse.
A loose “veil of trees” anchors Rudolf Bednar Park in the new city district and includes various offers—from a skater park to the tranquil district garden—under its canopy. Colorful play steles call to mind the reeds that were once found on the Danube floodplain.
The strategy of our design addresses the ongoing process of upheaval in the planning area. The red concrete surfacing between the tracks forms the backbone of the industrial district as a pedestrian and cycling path. We have also created a new symbol with the striking pedestrian bridge.
Our design restores the garden monument, which had already been redesigned several times, to its original proportions. While the old trees have been retained, the beds of alternating flowers have been interpreted anew. In place of the orangery, an arbor of yew trees separates the parterre from the “Graben-Gärten.”
The flower garden has been used for summertime gastronomy since the 1960s. It was restored to its original purpose in connection with the EXPO 2000. Our design respects the original structuring into three areas and interprets it in a novel way.
The garden, from 1760, at the Palais Rechberg is considered to be one of the most magnificent Baroque gardens in Zurich. Important elements have been preserved in the original and renovated. Individual contemporary flowerbeds show that our garden culture continues to be vibrant.
Lifestyle – Work – Sport . . . these are the three themes that dominate the campus in an omnipresent way. Communication between employees is a major focus in all areas. This is fostered by wide paths, spacious seating areas, along sports routes, or simply on random seating steps and in pavilions. The atmosphere alternates between urban “hotspots” and elegiac park atmospheres.
The river Argen flows through the picturesque town. The paralleling industrial canal connects the medieval core with the former ERBA site: two different worlds, each with its own qualities, are carefully placed in a spatial and functional dialogue.