BAS SMETS

Bas Smets has a background in landscape architecture, civil engineering and architecture. He founded his firm in Brussels in 2007 and has since completed projects in more than 12 countries with his team of twenty 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 the Parc des Ateliers in Arles.

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 the sculpture park in Amagansett, New York.

Each of these projects is part of an encompassing research into the possible roles 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 had a master in Architecture and Civil Engineering from the University of Leuven and a master in Landscape form 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 produced 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 from the French Academy of Architecture.

CURRENT COLLABORATORS

Senior Project Architects:

Luc Chignier
Federica De Leidi
Charlotte Fagart
Jacopo Fochi
Simona Nikova
Gilles Pieters
Clément Ringot

Junior Project Architects:

Eva De Meersman
Ken Spangberg
Sarah Van de Velde

Project Assistants:

Davide Broggio
Justine Chesnel
Alessandro Iannello
Lucas Lerchs
Philippa van Ryneveld
Victor Vrints

Consultants:

Art Direction : Eliane Le Roux
Financial Expertise : Julien Smets

FORMER COLLABORATORS

Emmanuelle Agustoni
Charlotte Biesbrouck
Martina Bjorn Petersson
Annabelle Blin
Ema Bozin
Mattijs Brands
Ariane Bruylants
Karel Burssens
Sara Callebaut
Celine Campion
Elise Candry
Florent Clier
Margrit Coppè
Barbara Costa
Camille de Chaunac
Bert De Jonghe
Agne Dailidaite
Valentine Dailly
Eva de Hovre
Soutkin de Pourcq
Basil Descheemaeker
Lucie Euvrard
Gabriellle Fauris

Cléo Frachebourg
Bjorn Gielen
Arthur Hardy
Cyril Hervouet
Jerome Kockerols
Griet Kuppens
Pascaline Lannoo
Valentine Letellier
Amélie Lhomet
Simon Jean Loyer
Mathieu Lucas
Eva Maloisel
Ana Martinez
Keisuke Matsumiya
Paul Mertens
Kléa Ott
Soo Jung Park
Lautaro Pereyra
Catinca Popovici
Bertille Pruvost
Cyndelle Renneson
André Ricardo

Luciano Ricci
Luna Rinaldi
Dries Rodet
Bianca Schifani
Juliette Simeone
Jean Souviron
Philip Stessens
Filipa Teixeira
Pauline Théobald
Valentin Thevenot
Charlotte Truwant
Marie-Sophie Ulian
Liesl Vanautgaerden
Kobe Vanhaeren
Ine van Coillie
Nick van Dooren
Dries van Nieuwenhuyze
Pauline Varloteaux
Thomas Willemse
Laura Ysenbaardt
Najiw Zemmouri
Joel Zimmerli

CREDITS WEBSITE

Text: Bureau Bas Smets
Graphic Identity: Eliane Le Roux
WebDevelopment: www.from-scratch.fr

2021

Completion: Opening of the Parc des Ateliers for LUMA Arles on June 26th

Completion: 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

2020

Completion: BBS158 Harelbeke Dock

Completion: BBS171 Paris Trinity

Completion: BBS329 Paris Lafayette

2019

Award: Aga Khan Award for the Revitalisation of Muharraq in Bahrain, which among others includes the Pearl Path project, one of six winning projects.

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 London Mandrake Hotel

Completion: BBS311 Horta Horizon

2018

Award: AHEAD European Award for Best Landscaping and Outdoor Spaces for the London Mandrake Hotel

Award: Eero Saarinen Honorary Lecture

Completion: BBS275 Chateau Hanare

Award: Brussels Horta Prize for Public Space for the project Brussels Memorial 22/03

Completion: BBS214 Parvis de Saint Gilles

Award: French Academy of Architecture Award for Urbanism and Landscaping

Exhibition: Biospheres at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris

2017

Exhibition: General Commissioner of the Biennial of architecture, urban planning and design of Bordeaux

Completion: BBS142 Brugge-Knokke A11 Motorway

Completion: BBS234 London Mandrake Hotel

Completion: BBS120 Waregem Zuidboulevard

2016

Exhibition: Solo exhibition at Bozar in Brussels

Completion: BBS185 Brussels Thurn & Taxis park

2014

Exhibition: Solo exhibition at arc en rêve in Bordeaux

2013

Exhibition: Solo exhibition at deSingel in Antwerp

2011

Completion: Conception of the film sets for Philippe Parreno’s film Continuously Habitable Zones

2010

Completion: BBS103 London Sunken Garden

2008

Award: Biennial French price for the best young landscape architect

2007

Foundation of the Bureau Bas Smets in Brussels