Bas Smets has a background in landscape architecture, civil engineering and architecture. He founded his firm in Brussels in 2007 and has since completed more than 50 projects in more than 12 countries with his team of 20 architects and landscape architects. Starting from a precise reading of the existing land, his projects reveal a landscape, visible 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.
Bas Smets’ realised projects include the park of Thurn & Taxis and the Saint-Gilles Plaza in Brussels; the public space around the Trinity Tower in Paris La Défense, the Sunken Garden and the Mandrake Hotel in London, the Himara Waterfront in Albania, and recently the Parc des Ateliers in Arles, France.
A number of his large projects are under construction, such a as the urban forest around the Part Dieu station in Lyon, the Nieuw Zuid project in Antwerp and a sculpture park in Amagansett, New York.
Each of these projects is part of an interrelated research into the possible role and ambition of landscape projects. The aim is to invent ‘Augmented Landscapes’ by using the logics of nature. These augmented landscapes produce a new climate while creating new atmospheres. The collaboration with artists and scientists takes a central role in this research.
Bas Smets has a master in Architecture and Civil Engineering from the University of Leuven and a master in Landscape from the University of Geneva. He has taught in many schools such as the Ecole d’Architecture la Cambre in Brussels, the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris and the Technische Universität in Graz.
In 2008 he was awarded the biennial French prize for young landscape architects ‘Les Nouveaux Albums des Jeunes Architectes et des Paysagistes’. A first monographic exhibition was presented in 2013 by deSingel International Arts Centre and Arc-en-Reve centre for architecture in Bordeaux.
In 2017 he was appointed General Commissioner for the Biennial of Architecture of Bordeaux and in 2018 he received the Award for Urbanism and Public Space from the French Academy of Architecture.
Senior Project Architects:
Federica De Leidi
Junior Project Architects:
Eva De Meersman
Sarah Van de Velde
Philippa van Ryneveld
Art Direction : Eliane Le Roux
Financial Expertise : Julien Smets
Martina Bjorn Petersson
Camille de Chaunac
Bert De Jonghe
Eva de Hovre
Soutkin de Pourcq
Simon Jean Loyer
Soo Jung Park
Ine van Coillie
Nick van Dooren
Dries van Nieuwenhuyze
Award: Landscape and Humanism Award for the project Arles, Luma Parc des Ateliers
Project Completed: Opening of the LUMA Parc des Ateliers in Arles on June 26th
Project Completed: Inauguration of the Monument for the COVID crisis in Kortrijk on June 20th
Competition First Prize: BBS401 Brussels Pentagon
Competition First Prize: BBS400 Antwerp Scheldeboorden
Project Completed: BBS158 Harelbeke Dock
Project Completed: BBS171 Paris Trinity
Project Completed: BBS329 Paris Lafayette
Award: Aga Khan Award for the Revitalisation of Muharraq in Bahrain, which includes the Pearling Pathway project
Award: Big See Architecture Award for Landscape and Urban Space for the project Himara Waterfront
Award: AHEAD Global Award for Best Landscaping and Outdoor Spaces for the Mandrake Hotel in London
Project Completed: BBS311 Horta Horizon
Award: AHEAD European Award for Best Landscaping and Outdoor Spaces for the Mandrake Hotel in London
Award: Eero Saarinen Honorary Lecture
Project Completed: BBS275 Chateau Hanare
Award: Brussels Horta Prize for Public Space for the project Brussels Memorial 22/3
Project Completed: BBS214 Parvis de Saint Gilles
Medal: French Academy of Architecture Award for Urbanism and Landscaping
Exhibition: Biospheres at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris
Exhibition: General Commissioner of the Biennial of architecture, urban planning and design of Bordeaux
Project Completed: BBS142 Brugge-Knokke A11 Motorway
Project Completed: BBS234 London Mandrake Hotel
Project Completed: BBS120 Waregem Zuidboulevard
Exhibition: Solo exhibition at Bozar in Brussels
Project Completed: BBS185 Brussels Thurn & Taxis park
Exhibition: Solo exhibition at arc en rêve in Bordeaux
Exhibition: Solo exhibition at Palais des Beaux-Arts in Charleroi
Exhibition: Solo exhibition at deSingel in Antwerp
Project Completed: Conception of the film sets for Philippe Parreno’s film Continuously Habitable Zones
Project Completed: BBS103 London Sunken Garden
Award: Biennial French price for the best young landscape architect
Foundation of the Bureau Bas Smets in Brussels