About

LOLA

LOLA Landscape Architects studies and designs spatial transitions of LOst LAndscapes. With thoughtful ideas and targeted interventions, we aim to design sublime places that are beautiful, surprising and thriving. Adding unique and memorable experiences is key to all of our projects.

Basic facts

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.

Beliefs

LOLA believes in a combination of continuous research, experiment and design. We’ve got an optimistic and conceptual approach to landscapes in transition and a fascination for new spatial phenomena, whether in the city center, at city edges or in the countryside. We match knowledge of landscapes and large-scale ecosystems with contemporary ideas about people, space and nature.

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.

Feyenoord Stadium, view from Mallegat Park

Approach

1. Living communities

The world is undergoing massive urbanization at an unprecedented rate. LOLA strongly believes in creating a living landscape that stimulates people’s sense of well-being, identity and belonging within their built environment. Landscape architecture’s role is holistic; creating exterior rooms where people gather, communicate and interact with each other is one of the main design keys of LOLA.

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.

3. Resiliency and Biodiversity

Being a country partly made below sea level, the effect of rising sea levels is alarming. As Landscape Architects we are driven to deal with the effects of climate change in all of our projects, trying to minimize sea level rise and counter heat-stress effect and damage from severe rainfall. The decline of biodiversity is a severe threat to ecosystems all over the world and in the end to our well-being. Our projects are designed to be nature-inclusive, biodiverse (even hyper-diverse). At the same time we also try to bring people closer to nature and offer them a unique encounter with all things living on this beautiful planet.

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.

Timeline

> 2006

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.

> 2014

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.

> 2016

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.

> 2018

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.

> 2020

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.

> 2022

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.

Track record

We know a thing or two about Dutch Dikes

2 offices
42 employees
12 nationalities

LOLA Team

17 years
5 continents
20 countries
399 projects

LOLA Projects

Urban life and nature go hand in hand in our nature-inclusive design for Bajes Kwartier

With 21 ha, Park Poelzone is our largest completed park to date.

Contact

+31 10 414 13 68
Het Industriegebouw
Goudsesingel 92
3011 KD Rotterdam
The Netherlands

 

info@lola.land

Recent news

LOLA wins landscape design of Campus Wandelboslaan

The transformative concept for the W-Campus integrates the future knowledge quarter, with a focus on reuse and respect of the former monumental Pauluslyceum. The heritage of the Pauluslyceum forms a basis of character that provides support to develop a future-proof sustainable educational building and surrounding landscape.… More

News
LOLA turns Zwolle’s Spoorzone into a rewilded creative district

LOLA Landscape Architects will design the landscape for the area near the NS railway station in Zwolle into a vibrant green creative district, called WärtZ. The winning plan got the green light, which consists of 850 homes for all ages, restaurants, educational institutions, public facilities, and makerspaces.… More

LOLA wins Haitang River Park

After a competitive request for proposal process on an international scale, LOLA Landscape Architects won the competition for the design of the Haitang River Park in Sanya, China.… More