Imagining the LUMA park with Bas Smets

with Bas Smets

Director(s) Alex Herboche, Joana Luz
Participant(s) Bas Smets

Landscape Architect Bas Smets designed the LUMA park. He comes back to the creation process to imagine this park, up until the first trees get planted.

Bas Smets

Bas Smets has backgrounds in landscape architecture, civil engineering and architecture. Starting from a precise reading of the existing land, his projects reveal an unseen, exemplary landscape. These projects vary in scale from territorial visions to infrastructural landscapes, from large parks to private gardens, from city centres to film sets.

He founded his office in Brussels in 2007 and is active in ten countries.

His constructed projects include:

  • the transformation of the historical gardens of Chateau Padiès in France’s Tarn region;
  • the town centre renewal of Ingelmunster in Flanders;
  • the black landscapes for Philippe Parreno’s film Continuously Habitable Zones.

A number of his large parks are under construction:

  • the Tour & Taxis park in Brussels;
  • the New South project in Antwerp;
  • the Estonian National Museum park in Tartu.

He received a Master’s degree in Architecture and Civil Engineering from the University of Leuven and a postgraduate qualification in Landscape Architecture from the University of Geneva.

He regularly lectures at international institutions, such as the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris.

In 2008 he was awarded the biennial French prize for young landscape architects ‘Les Nouveaux Albums des Jeunes Architectes et des Paysagistes’.

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