Three decades of rejigging landscape

April 19, 2021

The official presentation of the H+N+S anniversary magazine took place on Thursday, April 15! It is a publication that bears witness to 30 years of patient and careful rejigging on the landscape in the 1990-2020 era. With the 30th anniversary of H+N+S as the occasion, we look at the harvest and the development of the profession and our professional practice, together with clients, cooperation partners, and former employees.

Ever since their successful debut with Plan Stork over thirty years ago, H+N+S Landscape Architects has played a leading role in Dutch landscape architecture. The firm’s designs are a testament to their deep insights and long-term perspectives. Water management and our relationship with nature feature strongly in their work.
During the past three decades the practice has evolved from a ‘thinking office’ to more of a ‘making office’, across all aspects of the profession. A constant factor throughout has been their unique combination of sound knowledge and an inspirational spirit of inquiry. Examples are the design for Maasvlakte II, which blends functionality with enjoyment of nature, relocating a road in Leuven to make way for the wonderful Belle-Vue Park, the new types of dike that give extra elan to the area development along the river Meuse, and the housing complex that gives allotment gardens in Alkmaar a new lease of life.

Park Bellevue (photography Hans van der Meer)

This richly illustrated magazine showcases over thirty projects by H+N+S. The photographs are by Hans van der Meer and Siebe Swart. Marieke Berkers interviewed the old and new management about what drives them and Tijs van den Boomen draws on a series of roundtable discussions with clients, former employees, partners and observers – to write about three decades of thinking, acting and letting go.

Order an English copy of the anniversary magazine here .