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Bas Smets has a background in landscape architecture, civil engineering and architecture. He founded his office in Brussels in 2007 and has since constructed projects in more than 12 countries with his team of 17 architects and landscape architects. Starting from a precise reading of the existing land, his projects reveal a landscape, visible but yet unseen.
These projects vary in scale from territorial visions to infrastructural landscapes, from large parks to private gardens, from city centres to film sets. He often teams up with architects, artists, and scientists.
His realised projects include the large park of Thurn & Taxis in Brussels, the Himara Waterfront in Albania, the rooftop garden of the PMQ Design Centre in Hong Kong, the Sunken Garden in London, and the memorial for the victims of the attacks in Brussels of 22/3. A number of his large projects are under construction: the public plaza around the new Trinity Tower in
Paris La Défense, the public space around the station of Lyon Part-Dieu, the large park of the Nieuw Zuid
project in Antwerp, and the Parc des Ateliers in Arles in close collaboration with Frank Gehry and Annabelle
Selldorf. In 2008 he was awarded the biennial French prize for young landscape architects “Les Nouveaux Albums des Jeunes Architectes et des Paysagistes”. In 2013-2014 a first monographic exhibition of his projects
was co-produced by the International Arts Campus deSingel in Antwerp and the Arc en Rêve centre for architecture in Bordeaux. He was appointed General Commissioner for the Biennial of Architecture of Bordeaux in 2017.
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