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Landscape Architecture + Urban Design Portfolio

Roy Straathof MSc. in Landscape Architecture 2016

ABOUT ME “Landscape Architecture and Urban Design are my passion. I am always curious about the mix between built and natural environment surrounding us and looking for ways to improve the human habitat. I am currently focussing on building an international career as a young professional landscape architect. My strong-suits are: conceptual thinking, generating ideas and visualizing plans and sketches. I am particularly interested in the interaction between green and the urban environment and human activity”



Roy Josef Cornelis Straathof Landscape Architect - Urban Designer Born: Address: E-mail: Phone:

EDUCATION 2012 - 2014

Master of Science in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design University of Copenhagen - Copenhagen, Denmark Specialisation in Landscape Planning and Urban Design

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12 July 1989, The Netherlands Graaf Albrechtlaan 32 Vogelenzang +31 (0)6 1888 9002 (NL)

Thesis topic: Transformation of 42nd Street in New York City Studies in Health Design Studies in Urban Ecosystems Studies in Theories of Urban Design

Bachelor in Garden and Landscape Management HAS Den Bosch University of Applied Science - ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands Specialisation in landscape design

Thesis topic: Green renovation and innovation plan for Rucphen municipality in The Netherlands

WORK EXPERIENCE 2015 - current

Assistant designer karres+brands Hilversum, The Netherlands • Large and small scale national and international projects • Participation in multidisciplinary design teams • Multiple design phases and detail levels


Assistant designer 1:1 Landskab Copenhagen, Denmark • Landscape architecture and urban design projects • Design of public spaces mainly in Copenhagen • Participation with citizens


Internship 1:1 Landskab Copenhagen, Denmark


Project placement Municipality of Rucphen Rucphen, The Netherlands • Establishing a renovation plan for public green spaces • Integrating a development strategy for public green spaces


Internship Levin-Monsigny Landschaftsarchitekten Berlin, Germany


Internship PIM Landschapsarchitectuur Amsterdam, The Netherlands

GRAPHIC AND LANGUAGE SKILLS Graphic software: AutoCAD CAD Civil 3D Adobe Creative Suite Rhinoceros/ 3DS Max

Languages: ArcGIS Sketchup Hand drawing

Dutch English German Danish














GuLdBerGs pLads

puBLic sQuare - copenhaGen, denmark

The characteristic blue ‘activity poles’ are a special feature in the design of Guldbergs Plads. The poles are used in various ways to stimulate an active use of the park.


Exercise weights


3D-climbing parcours

Bars for exercise

Routes and games

The construction of Guldbergs Plads has been completed in June 2015. (pictures 1:1 Landskab)


GuLdBerGs pLads

puBLic sQuare - copenhaGen, denmark Professional work: Company: Status: Project team:

October 2013 1:1 Landskab Sketch design, construction completed in June, 2015 Dina Brændstrup, Jacob Kamp, Roy Straathof

A request for solutions to the challenge of activating ‘inactive people in the society’ is one of the main objectives for the pre-set program for this site by the green and health departments of the municipality of Copenhagen. This challenge in combination with a long process of community meetings and dialogues with the potential users of the space resulted in a design concept for an activity park.

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Guldbergs Plads is a public square in Nørrebro, Copenhagen. As a result of the civil process in the development of Guldbergs Plads four different activities or tools have been developed. The main focus of the civil process has been to create a place that will attract ‘motion unfamiliar adults’ to use the site and its activities. The existing functions should be integrated into the design of the new square.

The new square should also create a renewed or improved identity for Guldbergs Plads, by creating a landmark attraction which generates a vibrant public life for a diverse public. The main challenge for this project is to get people to actively use the public space. We needed to invite people to move, play or exercise in an easily accessible and fun way, and for a diverse range of users.

The concept we introduced is an addition of three new main elements: grass hills, trees and activity poles. The iron activity poles in bright shades of blue are spread over the space and represent an urban forest that supports a variety of different functions. The poles create strong identity and have a landmark function within the square. The poles combine with the existing (the trees) to form a natural and urban forest that supports a wide range of activities.

This visual shows the view from the street with the new grass hills, larix trees and the characteristic blue activity poles

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Landscape park Gatow design competition - Berlin, Germany Professional work: Firm: Competition result: Project team:

April 2011 Levin-Monsigny Landschaftsarkitekten Finalist Ludivine Baruton, Luc Monsigny, Roy Straathof

The area of the former Gatow airport lies like a clearance in between forests and settlements on the western edge of the city of Berlin. Its openness contrasts dynamically with the differentiated structures of the edges of town, forests and airfield. The east side of the new park is shaped by the airport’s big structures, in the west by sculptural relics of the former shooting range. With its contemporary and flexible management it will be the activating part of an ever-changing cultural landscape. The Gatow fields is a suburban park of the 21st Century: Recreation, crop cultivation and nature conservation are embedded in a clear and robust design framework. The horticultural and landscape architectural areas can flexibly adapt to changing demand. The involvement of regional and local actors in the development of the park strengthens the identification with the park and generates an identity that stretches beyond its immediate surroundings.

This plan shows the open structure of the landscape park with the different agricultural and leisure functions divided by a clear path system that builds on the existing structure of the surroundings.

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For this project a specific set of park furniture is designed in concrete with a subtle camouflage painting to relate to the historical military purposes of the site.

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Landscape park Gatow desiGn competition - BerLin, Germany

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The ‘shooting range’ is a special area in the project where huge concrete structures provide an opportunity for new functions such as climbing and other outdoor activities.

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tapiJn kazerne

university campus - maastricht, the netherLands Professional work: Firm: Status: Project team:

December 2015 Karres + Brands; Benthem & Crouwel Architects Competition, second round Sylvia Karres, Darius Reznek, Roy Straathof

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The “pebble toolbox” displays the variety of possible uses

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tappiJn kazerne

university campus - maastricht, the netherLands

A multi layered- approach providing structure for landscape park and campus

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The Tapijn baracks will soon no longer be a barrier in the city, but it is an interesting ecological and recreational connection between downtown and Jekerdal. The new park, which is bounded by the old city wall, borders the future university buildings and gives the former Tapijnkazerne a green look to the Prince Bisschopsingel. The park has a relaxed and shady character with lots of grass, winding paths and big trees. It Tapijnpark’s what design is a contemporary interpretation of the English landscape style. Typical winding paths, lawns and trees a strong structure in combination with modern interpretations of traditional elements such as tea houses, bridges, ponds and follies. After the demolition of existing sheds and the opening of the terrain to maintain the buildings in the park itself will be even more apparent as pavilions tones with a round orientation. The design translates the English landscape style in a park landscape with islands between which paths emerge. The islands define a green framework and develop a different character in the course of time, both in form and function. This makes the design robust and flexible. The Tapijnpark not only connects city and countryside, as well as city and university. The park is an interesting walking and cycling route and lounge for city dwellers and is also an ideal enclosure for students and teachers. City dwellers, students and teachers meet at the main square, in the heart of the Tapijnpark.

Details showing the highlights of the plan, including a landscape park and a public square with terrace

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ny treLLenBorG

museum - sLaGeLse, denmark Professional work: Firm: Status: Project team:

December 2015 Karres + Brands; 3XN Architects International competition Bart Brands, Darius Reznek, Justyna Chmielewska, Roy Straathof

Landscape, and relation to nature, was a key aspect of the Viking culture. A deep understanding of the naturals laws and landscape logics, was fundamental to Viking everyday life and crucial in determining the position of the Trelleborg fortress. Through our landscape strategy we aim to enhance the experience of the surrounding and reveal Trelleborg as an integral part of a larger system. By framing strategic moments in the route we make understanding the context, an integral part of the visitors experience. Key points are designed as landscape satellites that mark moments or views in the route. They are subtle objects that serve a functional purpose (bridge, sitting etc.) and bring landscape and exhibition together by integrating media and exhibition elements. These are all tied together by a system of pedestrian paths that define routes in the site. Three landscape routes help structure the site and converge at the knowledge and experience center: entrance, experience and play. The entrance route is designed to enhance the arrival experience and takes the visitor around the edge of the knowledge and experience center in a circular motion, showing glimpses of the site along the way. It then directs ows to the climax of the entrance: the gateway. A sharp cut in the knowledge and experience center that spectacularly frames the Trelleborg fortress. The experience route, ties the knowledge and experience center together with the Trelleborg fortress in a outdoor museum loop anchored in the site by the satellites. By strategically placing 2 subtle bridges a loop is created. This provides an ever changing experience of the site, taking the visitor trough cultivated, archeological as well as natural areas. Landscape and exhibition converge along this route, telling a complete story of the site.

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Diagrams demonstrating the various points in the route that provide interaction with the landscape

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public spaces

pLaza 42

master thesis - new york city, usa Academic work: Status:

December 2014 Master thesis + international competition

“New York is ready for this� Stine Poulsen, Landscape Architect MDL, Partner at PK3 Landscape Architects External sensor

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This project outlines the transformation of the congested car-oriented 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan, towards a people-oriented, car-free public plaza. The project addresses contemporary urban quality issues such as walkability and livability, and relates to the contemporary issue of creating healthy cities. A light-rail transit system is a suggested solution to the congestion problem, and this idea has been introduced in the form of a recently held international design competition, that serves as a starting point for this project. This opportunity of re-imagining this significant public space in New York City has led to an exploration of exciting possibilities for creating a people-friendly and lively plaza through landscape architecture and urban design interventions.

this project proposes a transformation of the identity of iconic 42nd Street by activating the public realm and supporting human interaction with the public space. The project demonstrates an innovative design solution that is flexible in its programming and functionality, yet coherent in terms of identity and legibility. The design aims to support the functionality of the place and enhance the experiential and characteristic qualities. People will be re-claiming the streets of modern cities as they form a crucial part of the public space and offer opportunities for public life. Plaza42 is a proposal that visualizes this idea, by abandoning car traffic and replacing them for high quality, healthy, social and attractive public space to be enjoyed by everyone.

Building on the inspiration of well established urban design philosophies and relating to recent successful interventions in New York’s public realm,

A functional public space

A green public space

A social public space

These diagrams demonstrate the variety and flexibility of the design by using the same set of elements, organised in different ways supporting various functional and experiential qualities.

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pLaza 42

master thesis - new york city, usa

Park Street

Water Way This overview shows the scope of the project with significant parts of the design highlighted. The collage of the 5 ‘urban rooms’ give an impression of the difference in experiential qualities and use of the public space.

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s Squares

Grand Central Stages

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United Nations Pier

pLaza 42

master thesis - new york city, usa

Park Street with the implemented green light rail tracks

Water Way with the significant water basin and fountains.

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Times Squares with the urban blocks providing spectacular light effects

These detailed plans shows small strips of the design at different locations in the street. It shows the unity in patterns and colours as well as the variety in function and experience of the public space.

Public Life Terrace provides a lively extension of the popular Bryant Park

The Farmers Market area supports the flexibility of the design providing space for pop-up events

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At the Central Stages the street performers entertain the crowds that pass by the station daily

plaza 42

Master thesis - New york city, usa

The five laser-cut models, constructed for this project provide a clear understanding of the spatial changes in character of the public space as well as revealing subtle details in materiality and experience corresponding to the different parts of the design.

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roskiLdeveJ + damhus torvet

street + puBLic sQuare - copenhaGen, denmark

Professional work: Firm: Status: Project team:

April 2014 1:1 Landskab Sketch design Dina BrĂŚndstrup, Jacob Kamp, Sune Harboe Larsen, Roy Straathof

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This cross section shows the improved spacial dimensions of the site for pedestrians as well as cyclists and cars.

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roskiLdeveJ + damhus torvet street + puBLic sQuare - copenhaGen, denmark

This part of the plan shows the design of Damhustorvet (square) along Roskildevej (street). With its characteristic u-shaped benches and new pavement structure.

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Part from an efficient redistribution of space for the different traffic users, the redesign of Roskildevej and Damhus Torvet includes innovative solutions for lighting, trees and public facilities. Roskildevej is an iconic place where many citizens pass through daily on their way to Copenhagen, either by car, bicycle or bus. But it is also a ‘local road’ in Rødovre where pedestrians and school children are visiting local grocery stores and specialty shops. The city is growing, and Rødovre seems to be caught between being suburbia and real city. We will change Roskildevej into a more urban style. Urbanity reflects contemporary ideals of efficiency and functionality but with the understanding of density, sensuality and identity. Roskildevej must remain proud of its rawness, but also be a way that fosters the possibility of an intimate and nice city life. Furthermore It has to be a road that offers a safe route for the more than 35,000 daily

This visual of Damhus Torvet shows how a subtle pavement structure in combination with strong features such as big trees and benches, effectively communicate the transition from a traffic space to a leisure oriented public space.

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commuters, as well as, providing an interesting public space to pass and stay on for local users. A simple design strategy is used to live up to the scale of the 1.1 km long stretch through Rødovre. Lights and trees form a roof along the entire stretch. The simple concept consisting of a more urban horizontal surface and more natural vertical, in combination with the homogeneous pavement, binds the scattered suburbia together and creates a more legible public space. We plant many different species of trees such as Ginkgo, Water spruce, Sycamore trees, Robinia, and Turkish Hazel to create a vibrant and varied roof over the street and provide a spatial variation. The tree structure in combination with a new pavement and the lighting will transform the street from an empty corridor into smaller spaces, giving Roskildevej a characterful strategy for revitalization.

europan 13

urBan desiGn - vienna, austria Professional work: Firm: Status: Project team:

April 2015 freelance international competition Anna Barbosa, Rita Fernandez, Stefano Rosselli, Roy Straathof

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Our proposal for Kagran centre as the second centre of Vienna in 2050 is based on a comprehensive transformation of the entire public domain. Along Donausstadt Straße the 60 meters wide road has been transformed into an active pedestrian flow, connecting the 3 new main urban plaza’s starting from the U1 metro station via the new Bridge Plaza crossing Wagramer Straße, towards the eastern pole; the new Schrodinger Square development. The main objective for this proposal is to introduce a soft-mobility concept. This concept includes reclaiming the public space from the heavy traffic by introducing a special slow-movement surface with improved porosity and free movement for ‘slow’ traffic. The goal for this concept is to improve interaction between people, architecture and public space and to

provide a platform for diverse range of human activities and experiences. Soft mobility Soft-mobility can be explained as an alternative for the linear, fast and impersonal car mobility that can be characterized as an unsustainable source of visual, noise and air pollution and above all a physical barrier for Kagran center to flourish as an urban hub. The slow movement surface should not be understood as time inefficient but as a sensory rich and pleasant path that connects the users to their destination stimulating human curiosity on their way. -Porosity The strip enhances porosity with active facades and

Rendered visual showing the new slow-traffic bridge that will be the main connection between the station and the vibrant new Schrödinger square

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free movement for bikes and pedestrians it furthermore supports a high level of transparency and limited visual clutter to enhance a visually attractive route from the station to the exciting new Schrödinger Square. Breakingbarriers Our proposal reclaims the space from heavy traffic to give it back to people to support an active use of the public space promoting physical and social well-being. Shape The slow-flow surface is shaped in an irregular angular form. It symbolizes a complex shape that requires the human brain to process more information to provoke a natural reaction to slow down. The shape stimulates the senses by its unpredictable pattern.

europan 13

urBan desiGn - vienna, austria

Rendered visual showing the new Schrödinger square and the unique relation between the buildings and the public space through the public accessible ‘interactive terraces’ integrated in the architecture of the buildings.

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concept drawings explaining the shape of the buildings and their relation to the public space.

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LeGo house

puBLic space - BiLLund, denmark Professional work: Firm: Status: Project team:

February 2016 Karres + Brands; Holscher Nordberg Arkitekter International competition Bart Brands, Darius Reznek, Zofia Roy Straathof

The plan shows the round shapes of the green, circling through the pavement, providing an active and playful square and contrasting the cubic shaped LEGO House building

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A set of axonometric diagrams demonstrate the variety of possible activities and use of the public space

This project in cooperation with Holscher Norberg architects is a competition for the municipality of Billund to design their main square. Billund is LEGO’s home town and the public square will house LEGO’s new experience center designed by BIG Architects. The new square consists of three corners with each a different identity, providing room for markets, events, a natural creek and an amphitheater. For this square a strong concept has been used to create an identity that matches the building and it’s surroundings. LEGO’s unique patented connector has been used as inspiration

for the graphic language that defines the design. This strong concept is flexible in use and materialisation and creates a landscape that will complement the building. The building itself also provides an additional public space on it’s accessible roof terraces. The public space continues under and on top of the building, forming a synergy that extends the use of the public space far beyond ground level. The old creek that flows beneath Billunds’ surface has been restored and has a special function in the public space. The 3m height difference has been used to create a slope which can be used - 41 -

for concerts, art, playground and a variety of other functions. The round bridge hovering above is the main feature that connects both sides of the creek. The design of Billund’s new main square is also kept very green to support ecological connections and to provide a more gentle and playful environment that will give a feeling of human scale in the small town to the local people of as well as the many visitors of LEGO.

LeGo house

puBLic space - BiLLund, denmark

The concept is based on LEGO®’s round connectors

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Detail of pavement solutions in combination with visual aid, green, water drainage, and furniture

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community campus amsterdam university campus - amsterdam, the netherLands Professional work: Firm: Status: Project team:

June 2016 Karres + Brands; Oeverzaaier Architects Sketch design Bart Brands, Jasper Nijveldt, Jeroen Mathijsse, Roy Straathof

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community campus amsterdam university campus - amsterdam, the netherLands Community Campus Amsterdam is a unique housing project in one of Amsterdam’s upcoming suburbs: Holendrecht. Located close to the AMC hospital and offices provides this campus the perfect spot for students and young families to find housing close to the city. The campus will be a semi-public courtyard between three big residential buildings and will form the physical, social and activity driven connection between them. The challenge in this design is the large scale in combination with a vast amount of underground parking covering almost half of the

campus ground. The theme of this community campus is a lush vegetation that can compete with the large scale buildings. Hiils and trees are the main ingredients that will provide mass and a variety of sub-spaces that will provide the human scale that this campus needs. The campus is through it’s landscape divided in several subspaces that provide room for social and sport facilities. These facilities are both indoors and outdoors and will help to create a vibrant housing community and student facilities.

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The available soil, from the parking garage will be reused to create a topography landscape with dunes and holes that will create a natural flow for the river and provide infiltration areas for water storage and runoff. This campus has a unique green concept that connects to the green terrace roofs and in this way create a strong visual and ecological connection between landscape and buildings.


8-10m Details in the Community Campus plan show possible solutions for reuse of soil into a lush hill landscape

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inG headQuarters + campus

Business campus - amsterdam, the netherLands Professional work: Firm: Status: Project team:

March 2016 Karres + Brands; Benthem & Crouwel Arcitects Vision, sketch design Bart Brands, Jasper Nijveldt, Roy Straathof

The campus is connected to a large urban area and forms a connection in the masterplan of this city area together with other karres + brands designed public spaces such as the ArenA Boulevard

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The city campus in south east Amsterdam is a large scale project covering a big part of one of Amsterdams prominent business hubs. The main objective for this project is an initiative from ING Bank in cooperation with the municipality of Amsterdam. ING Bank has the ambition to create a new headquarters building in Amsterdam SouthEast. The current offices have been abandoned for years and will be replaced by a new office covering 40.000 m2 office space. Besides creating a new headquarters the “Think Forward-strategy of the company will be expanded to a physical campus that interacts between business and public space. This campus should become a working

environment that will inspires and stimulates people. The goal of this campus is to: • create an inspiring / stimulating environment (empowering people); • to be attractive to top talent • stimulating cross-discipline cooperation; • Create an area and buildings that meet spontaneously paramount; • open, transparent and accessible, to express “fun” and stand in the middle of society.

Visual by Benthem & Crouwel Architects, displaying a view at the new ING Headquarters building.

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The campus vision The campus vision ING offers, the city and its residents a perspective on the future of the region and a vision of how the region can become a campus. The campus vision functions as it were as a guide, a structural improvement of the area and the buildings located therein triggers in the short and long term. With the ambition to have realized already an integral part of the campus at the opening of the new headquarters in 2019.

inG headQuarters + campus

Business campus - amsterdam, the netherLands

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pavement study to support the identity of the new campus floor

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urban renewal

hart van zuid

urBan renewaL - rotterdam, the netherLands Professional work: Firm: Status: Project team:

May 2016 karres + brands; Kraaijvanger Architects Sketch design public space, urban renewal strategy, Jeroen Brinkers, Berrie van Elderen, Cristina Colonetti, David Kloet, Roy Straathof

The development of the area Hart van Zuid in Rotterdam is one of the largest urban developments of our time. The area, which has more than 60 hectares, will have a mix of functions (culture, sports, housing, retail, education) and will be restructured in the coming years in phases. The project is the area south of Rotterdam give a quality boost, additional jobs and provide better facilities for the residents. The site is a complex and dense urban area in one of Rotterdam’s main urban centers. The project area has it’s main focus on the connection between one of the busiest public

transport hubs and sport, concert, conference hall Ahoy. The core of the sketch design for the public space is a urban renewal strategy for the whole area with connecting and meeting as main focus point. The renewed Gooilandsingel is the central axis of the development area of Hart van Zuid. This plan provides new public features and squares that have an important social function. In addition, the current bus and metro station receives an efficient and user friendly layout and routing. The major quality improvement of Hart van Zuid will

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take place rapidly. The new 50-meter pool will be also the first to be ready, and shortly thereafter the halls of Ahoy are being renovated on the west side. The public space around these objects is therefore further developed in this sketch design.

Plans and sections illustrate facets of the public space design

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hart van zuid

urBan renewaL - rotterdam, the netherLands

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This snapshot displays the complexity of large urban sites like Hart van Zuid.

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Landscape pLanninG - FrederiksvÆrk, denmark Acadamic work: Course: Project team:

June 2013 Landscape Planning Maja Aarup Hansen, Monika Kalicinska, Jannik Rosenlind, Roy Straathof

This overview plan shows the distribution of the urban interventions that will reactivate the town of Frederiksværk

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The main objective of this project is to attract new residents to Frederiksværk by creating additional living areas as well as work places settled in attractive and diverse landscapes. The refined places are created by reusing the existing town structure and landscape and by adding innovative architecture. Moreover, the strengthening of the site specific identities of the six areas create vibrant public spaces and provide improved access to the sites. The proposal consists of six different typologies creating different land- and town-scapes providing various functions. The typologies reflect or contrast the local surroundings creating correlation and synergy between old and new elements. The following typologies are distinguished within the frame: ’The Cultural Gjethouse’, ’The Library Garden’, ’The Recreational Pass’, ’The Creative Hub’, ’The Museum Square’ and ’The Church Square’. The different typologies are physically distinguished by the density of the buildings, the present natural vs. man made structures and with the amount of nature vs. paved surfaces. Furthermore, by enhancing the site specific atmosphere, the parts will represent various experiences. The proposal improves the quality of the public life by pulling the surrounding nature, such as extensive forest and wetlands into the town, and emphasizing the importance of existing recreational routes. A strategy for implementation of new forest plantings creates a connection between the existing forest in the north-east and the wetlands in the south-west.

The model gives an overview of the interventions, changes in landscape and urban structure

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Landscape pLanninG - FrederiksvÆrk, denmark

This detailed plan shows the design of one of the renewed areas. The ‘Creative Hub’ provides new functions while preserving the heritage buildings and characteristics of the site.

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Concept diagram shows the transformation from a scattered town, reframed and finally redefined into 6 urban intervention sites

Volume study shows the area and spatial properties of the enhanced sites

The time line shows the development of a typical site on the long term and the possible changes in density and function.

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urBan renewaL - copenhaGen, denmark Academic work: Course: Project team:

February 2012 Urbanism Studio Vigdis Steinarsdottir, Ingrid Nålsund + Roy Straathof

This plan for the Tårnby crossing shows the enclosed and delicate space of the garden, in contrast to the crossing highway.

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This project is about implementing soft landscape elements into an existing urban structure on a complex car-orientated location in Tårnby. The proposal emphasizes on the contrasting urban structure and above all the uniqueness and fascinating spatial structure of the site. Whether you are driving through the Tårnby tunnels, walking towards Tårnby square or cycling to school, when entering the big circle of trees of the Thornby Park, the grid aligned paths will lead

you through an unique ambiance that will stimulate your senses and makes you forget about the troubles of life. The rush from suburban city life will flush away from you and makes you realize how enjoyable the contrast between rough nature, man-made elements and the rich details of vegetation can be. This place has been transformed from a carorientated dangerous intersection, lacking pleasant atmosphere and human scale, into a park

For the model textures, colours and herbs and spices are used to communicate the richness in texture and sensory experience of the design.

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where contrasts are playing with your senses. When zooming out, we see that the park for fills a function on urbanism scale. The massive ring of trees forms the border of a green center as the living room of the site. Thanks to the shared space philosophy that gave form to the central part of the park, the experience of moving through, is equally exciting for pedestrians, cyclists as well as for cars.


Aalborg university courtyards - Aalborg, Denmark Professional work: Firm: Status: Project team:

November 2013 1:1 Landskab preliminary design Dina BrĂŚndstrup, Jacob Kamp, Roy Straathof

The natural colours of the framed-in garden literally pop out of the bright red frame, emphasizing the ornamental composition of the courtyard.

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The base for the designs for the courtyards is very simple but beautiful. The three gardens have their own function - the entrance, the workspace and the gathering space. They all have in common that the whole space is accessible via a wooden deck that fills up the whole space. The wooden deck has punched out holes where plants grow out as static organic ornaments contrasting against the plain surface of the wooden deck. The idea is based on ancient Japanese Zen gardens where the garden is used as beautiful ornament to look at rather then walk through. This design is very much focused on aesthetics

and a more artistic way of filling up the courtyard spaces. By using very few elements, a more intense perception of the individual elements is made possible. Additionally we added one red element in each courtyard, the wooden floor deck, the stairs and a long bench in each different ‘room’ as a recurrent theme that links the spaces together. The whole composition of the design is like a painting laid down on the floor, with the wooden deck as its frame. In this design plays contrast

The concept for the ornamental entrance garden can be seen as a horizontal ‘living painting’ where the spectator can walk around the characteristic bright red ‘frame’ to experience the rich details of the plants up close.

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an important role. Contrast in color, materials, scale and atmosphere. The fragile plants contrast with rough materials such as concrete stairs and wooden decks. The bright red color contrasts with the soft green and gray tones from the gardens. In the same way the nature grows ‘out of‘ the man made elements but not naturally, but instead coming from a very geometrically shaped hole.

aaLBorG university courtyards - aaLBorG, denmark

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The three courtyards of the new Aalborg University building represent a ornamental, functional and social function. The first one is the ornamental garden at the building’s entrance. The second room is connecting the different parts of the building. The last room opposite the auditorium is a flexible meeting space.

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tu deLFt

courtyard - deLFt, the netherLands Professional work: Firm: Status: Project team:

July 2016 Karres + Brands Definite design Joost de Natris, Uta Krausse, Roy Straathof

These detailed design drawings provide a base for the construction of one of the many courtyards that are part of the Technical University Campus.

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museum arnhem

spatiaL study - arnhem, the netherLands Professional work: Firm: Status: Project team:

September 2015 Karres + Brands Spatial study Sylvia Karres, David Kloet, Roy Straathof, Sander Vedder

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Museum Arnhem is a special museum, in a special place, “museum Arnhem is a museum of modern and contemporary art and design. The renovated Museum Arnhem will contribute to the Arnhem society and the appeal of Arnhem for their own residents and visitors from outside. The museum works from the conviction that art and culture enrich the lives of people and society. The museum is a popular place in Arnhem, high up on the moraine, overlooking the Rhine. It is a beautiful old building in a leafy setting. Originally built as a gentlemen’s club and over the years expanded several times, nowadays the building no longer meets the current museological requirements. The building is too small, the spatial

organization unsuitable for modern management focused on interaction. Moreover, the spatial relationship between the museum, garden and city are very limited and the special landscape position not sufficiently used.

making optimal use of the special scenic situation and match the ambition of the museum. This study provides a base on which both landscape and the extended building will meet the desired quality.

In this context an urban and landscape analysis of the development potential of the museum has been made. The analysis was developed in close consultation in a small working group with representatives from the Municipality of Arnhem and the director of the museum. The spatial study aims to support the debate on the future development of Museum Arnhem. Expansion models have been tested,

This section shows the unique site and the (for the Netherlands) huge hight difference and the potential for the view and visual relations of the museum

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museum arnhem

spatiaL study - arnhem, the netherLands

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Model pictures of one of the models that where part of the spatial study. The models are a good way of testing the physical impact on the surrounding landscape.

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Profile for Roy Straathof

Landscape Architecture + Urban Design Portfolio 2016  

portfolio of recent works

Landscape Architecture + Urban Design Portfolio 2016  

portfolio of recent works