• Discussion

Design Diplomacy - The Netherlands

  • Architecture
  • Urban planning
Sep 14, Thu 15:00-17:00
Itäinen Puistotie 7, Helsinki
Event type
Registered Only
Accessibility for all

Villa Kleineh is one of the oldest wooden houses in Helsinki. It has served as a summer villa for Russian and Baltic spa visitors before becoming the official residence of the Netherlands ambassador.

We will delve into the secrets of landscape architecture together with Cees van der Veeken and Varpu Mikola.

Cees van der Veeken is one of the co-founders of LOLA Landscape Architects. Founded in 2006, the office is based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, but operates worldwide for governments, provinces, municipalities, non-governmental organizations and project developers. The office studies and designs landscapes that are forgotten, have degraded, are derelict or on the verge of change. LOLA received the Rotterdam-Maaskant Prize for Young Architects and the TOPOS landscape award.

Varpu Mikola is a founding partner of Nomaji Landscape Architects Ltd. Combining ecological functionality and user perspective are the core focus of the office, which was founded in 2015. For Nomaji the main source of inspiration is the Finnish nature and forest on all scales. She also works as a university teacher at Aalto University. In 2004 Mikola was awarded the Peter-Joseph-Lenné Prize. Since then, she has been successful in several national design competitions.   

Seats are limited and registration is binding.

The event is full.

The event is part of the Helsinki Design Week Design Diplomacy discussion series, which open the doors to Helsinki-based ambassadors’ residences. See the participating embassies and their schedules here.

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