LOLA was founded in 2006 by landscape architects Eric-Jan Pleijster, Cees van der Veeken and Peter Veenstra. A team of over 40 people now work in the office, ranging from landscape architects to architects and urban designers. Being designers with an integrated approach to projects, we continuously partner with other offices and institutions with specific knowledge and experience. LOLA is headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and has got a second office in Shenzen, China. We operate worldwide for governments, provinces, municipalities, non-governmental organizations and project developers.
Body of work
LOLA designs public spaces such as parks and squares, works on redevelopment plans in the city and countryside, and develops landscape transformation strategies and spatial researches. LOLA’s projects have been built and/or published around the world. For our body of work LOLA received the Rotterdam-Maaskant Prize for Young Architects and the TOPOS Landscape Award.
2. Parks and Public space
Being one of the core themes for any Landscape Architect, it is important to have a unique approach to the design of these important places. It is essential for a park to be rooted in its context. LOLA designs parks with strong links to the context, whether that’s historical or more contemporary, like the context of water systems, forest structures or the urban tissue. What we add to those parks might be unconventional, like a star maze or a hot pool right next to an old power plant.
4. Sports and Health
It’s a simple equation, but sometimes easily forgotten: our health is crucial for our happiness. The more healthy we are, the more happy. And that results in a strong society and economy. Health in public space design is partly about people moving. LOLA wants to challenge people to get moving and be sportive in surprising ways in unexpected places. Our designs aim to integrate ways of moving and sporting in public space, parks and nature in a pleasing and challenging way.
LOLA Landscape Architects was founded in 2006 by landscape architects Eric-Jan Pleijster, Cees van der Veeken and Peter Veenstra. The Rotterdam based office starts to work on projects in the city center, the city edges and the countryside.
LOLA had a huge kickstart in 2013-2014 when we received both the Rotterdam Maaskant award and the TOPOS Landscape Award for our body of work with a one year time-span. Because of that, we got the opportunity to write our little LOLA ‘bible’ Lost Landscapes.
LOLA’s park design (ic.w. Piet Oudolf and Deltavormgroep) in Tytsjerk is officially opened! Central element in the winning design is the ‘Star Maze’, a remix of two historic park figures: the star shaped forest and the labyrinth.
LOLA’s first project in China. In collaboration with TALLER and L+CC we won the international competition for a 600 hectare forest and sports park in Guang Ming, Shenzhen, China. The jury praised the winning proposal for its fresh approach and being highly attentive to local ecology meanwhile incorporating romantic techniques and realistic urban functions.
LOLA always had a heart for ecology, but after the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015 the focus of the office is more than ever on restoring ecosystems and biodiversity, whether for whole countries like Luxembourg or local pocket parks like Stadhuispromenade in Almere.
In the end landscape architecture is about what is happening on the ground. Constructing landscape is a slow and lengthy process, but after 16 years we can proudly say we turned over 20 of our designs into real landscapes to be experienced by all senses. Sometimes extra large – such as the 600 ha Forest Sports Park in Shenzen, sometimes extra small like the Abrasive Paradise installation in Amersfoort.