HOSPER is a multidisciplinary design bureau for landscape architecture and urban development.
In our bureau the traditional borders between landscape architecture and urban development cease to apply. In thinking about and shaping the quality of space the two aspects become one and the same professional discipline. Our office consequently works with a wide range of assignments, ranging from masterplans to the design of outdoor furniture: in the city, on the urban periphery or further afield again. A number of design disciplines are represented in the teams: landscape architecture, urban planning, architecture and industrial design. This enables design interventions to be assessed straightaway at a higher level of scale for their potential implications at lower levels of scale, and vice versa.
Introducing structure - Insight through analysis
We not only investigate the underlying layers of the landscape and the city but also try to come to grips with the social context and the ‘question behind the question'. Visual and thorough analyses enable us to penetrate to the core of the city and the landscape. The main lines and structures are identified and set out clearly, providing the basis for the design.
Site-specific design - The layered (urban) landscape
Establishing a relationship with the nature and significance of the site or area is vitally important. With respect to these layers we seek to translate the requirements posed by the present age for the living environment into a new layer that fits in with the location, is timeless and is not determined by passing fads. The result of this quest for a consistent solution to the question posed is that our plans range in terms of design style from sober and modest to extravagant and exciting.
Creating space - The unbuilt area provides the basis for our designs
Space is being used more intensively and the building density is rising. This calls for strong and careful design of the unbuilt space. For this reason open spaces provide the basis for our urban development and landscape plans for new regions, residential neighbourhoods and working areas, urban renewal, squares, parks, country estates and gardens. At the forefront is the experience of a powerful and clear space.
Giving shape to development opportunities - A sustainable framework with room for flexibility
Large-scale, complex projects in urban areas and in the landscape cannot be designed as blueprints in the same way as buildings. Instead, the emphasis is on the creation of the right conditions to generate and steer developments. If these conditions are designed within a framework providing usable space that is flexible and responsive to contemporary developments, it becomes possible both to provide direction for the future and to leave space for unpredictable developments.
Establishing connections - Sustainable ambitions
In our plans we look optimistically for opportunities to bridge traditional contrasts and conflicts between the city, nature and countryside and to strike a balance between economic development and the environment. We are increasingly linking up sustainable themes to the frameworks we design for public spaces, water and green areas. Not just environmental but also social and economic sustainability are deployed in order to provide the city and the landscape with resilience in the face of the ongoing processes of change.
Collaboration - Working on an integral basis in an open planning process
The projects we work on are often wide-ranging and very different in nature. We therefore like to work with people from other disciplines such as traffic and civil engineers, ecologists, sustainability experts, planning economists, architects and artists. The integral positioning of urban and landscape design and the constant switching between drawing, calculation and testing are vital for the knowledge of the various more specialised disciplines to be incorporated into a coherent and broadly-based design. Hence also our interest in the coordination of the planning process, implementation and management. More and more frequently we find ourselves designing a development strategy in combination with supervision of the steps to be taken. At least as important is working towards an open planning process with future users, as it is they who will ultimately be investing the location with its significance. The challenge here is not to get caught up in compromises but to make clear choices together.