BXLX Landscape Architecture is a small and dynamic design studio for contemporary, bustling landscape architecture. With one foot in Brussels (BXL) and the other in Lisbon (LX), we think, design and research for both city as countryside. BXLX is founded by landscape architect Kobe Vanhaeren and works in collaboration with colleague landscape architects, urban planners, marketeers and technology experts in both Belgium and Portugal.
Kobe Vanhaeren studied landscape architecture at the Hogeschool Gent, today KASK, School of Arts of University College Ghent, where he was guest lecturer for the design studios and design theory in landscape architecture, and for the post-graduation degree in landscape development.
He developed his design and construction skills in Lisbon’s based office PROAP, led by João Ferreira Nunes, working on the development of the Master Plan for the 7,7km Scheldt Quays in Antwerp (BE), some large scale projects (New Governance Policy for Lisbon, Sustainable Development of Lisbon’s Airport,…), various competitions (Market Place of Alcácer do Sal (PT); Museum Park Campameanto Benitez in Malaga (ES); Roeselare Train Station (BE)), some smaller landscape architecture projects and terrain studies.
Back in Belgium he worked at Bureau Bas Smets in Brussels as project leader for the 422ha winning competition entry for the Open Call OO1612 for the Laaglandpark in Merksem (Antwerp | Belgium), Design project leader for ao. Tweewaters (Leuven), Bijloke Roofgardens (Ghent), Ingelmunster Village Reconversion, Station Square of Roeselare and for Villa Ukkel. He was responsible for the construction management for the reconversion of Ingelmunster and Villa Voka + Leiedal (in collaboration with ARA, Atelier Ruimtelijk Advies), Gent Bijloke, Villa Ukkel, Lommel Kapittelhof (in collaboration with Bureau Bouwtechniek) and Genk LO2020.
Today he leads and coordinates the landscape department at the Belgium based architecture company BURO II & ARCHI+I, within a multi-disciplinary group of 130 architects, urban planners, interior designers and engineers.