news: City Boulevard under construction

December 1, 2014 - The realisation of the HR de Boerlaan is underway.

news: Visitor centre for the Grebbe National Park unveiled

November 1, 2014 - Fort Buursteeg gets new iconic building

New park in Dublin’s Silicon Dock
REDscape wins selection for Chocolate Park

  • client Dublin City Council
  • team Patrick Mc Cabe, David Habets, Antoine Ferrier
  • year, status 2014, current
  • language NLEN

REDscape has been selected to design a new park in Dublin’s Grand Canal district, also dubbed "Silicon Dock” (a reference to Silicon Valley), a popular location for high-tech multinationals such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Airbnb. The new district is a vibrant high density location on Dublin’s south quays. Adjacent to Benson street, the site formally housed a storage facility for Butler’s chocolate, and has since adopted the name , Chocolate Park. Surrounded by offices and residential apartment blocks, the area will be cleared to make way for the new urban park. A brain storm session with residents and stakeholders has given a mandate for a multifunctional, green space with an interesting mix of activities. The park will also need to be innovative, flexible and attractive for families.

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Dublin Port precinct
public realm design

  • client Dublin Port Authority
  • team OBB architects
  • year, status 2014, competition selected
  • language NLEN


The East wall Road roughly marks the historic boundary between land and sea and is formed by an impressively crafted limestone wall. Our design proposes removing sections of the wall to open up views into the port precinct, yet retaining parts of the wall to remind us of its historical significance. As an object, the wall becomes more art than obstacle, strutted with stainless steel edges and framing views into the port, to be lit up at night. A system of low steel railings, are optional along the open sections for security and safety.


When water plays such an important role for a port is should be expressed in different ways. Our design proposes to create a water garden around the Port Centre in the form of a rain garden, creating an impressive foil for the monolithic concrete structure. The rain garden has sequences of aquatic plantings , that clean the water and provide a relaxing green setting. An amenity and interpretive route for visitors and staff is integrated into the gardens, using of system of boardwalks, where existing and new art pieces can be discovered. As well as a green amenity with boardwalks, seating areas and attractive planting, the rain garden will have an important environmental role for the port precinct. Similar to an urban sponge, the garden collects, retains and cleans the surface water runoff from the port precinct, attenuating and cleansing the water before discharging.

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New City Boulevard
Draft plan for new city boulevard unveiled

  • client Gemeente Deventer
  • team Patrick Mc Cabe, David Habets, Alexander , ( REDscape) , Bas Poppe ( extern)
  • year, status 2014, competed
  • language NLEN

Residents responded enthusiastically to the new design of the M.H. De Boerlaan that was recently unveiled to the public. A tree lined city boulevard with widened pedestrian areas and natural stone finishes, had an enthusaistic response and met general public approval.

A new cycleway, traffic calming measures and an attractive public realm will transform the street into an improved pedestrian and living quarter for the city, with flexible spaces encouraging street events for social and cultural initiatives as well as incorporating extra parking. Improved road safety in the form a central meridian, with tree lined plantings was widely welcomed as was the feedback to integrate improvements into the proposal for improved vehicular access to surrounding neighbourhoods. The design is currently under development with construction planned for June 2014. The proposal forms part of the public space master plan (8ha) for the upgrading and revitalisation of the nearby Harbour Quarter.

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Cork´s new city park receives positive response
Work to transform the former Cork Showgrounds into a €4.5m park surrounding Páirc Uí Chaoimh is set to begin in September.

  • client Cork City Council
  • team Patrick Mc Cabe, David Habets (REDscape) icw Okra landscape architects
  • year, status 2014, current
  • budget € 4,500,000
  • language NLEN

“This is an exciting project where a Park of over 32 hectares – approximately five times the size of Fitzgerald Park – will be created and regenerated over the coming years,” said Cork City Council Director of Services Jim O’Donovan. The plans were presented just weeks before completion of the €2.5million re-development of Fitzgerald Park on the other side of the city. The new Mardyke Gardens, due to open by the end of May, will feature an outdoor pavillion as the centrepiece with the award-winning Chelsea Garden facing the River Lee with ornamental plants and trees. retaining a few eye-catching elements of the old buildings and transforming them into key park attractions. “The centrepiece of the park will be a central plaza, flanked by a tiered grass amphitheatre, playgrounds, and a large lawned picnic area. The central structure of the Main Hall in the Showgrounds will be retained and house facilities such as a cafe, toilet facilities and community activities,” he said. The transformation continues up to the Marina which, it’s proposed, will see the road raised and pedestrianised, bringing the Marina back to its glory days in the Victorian era as a key riverside walking area.
Source: Cork Echo, Alan Healy

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Fern garden
private garden

The fern garden is a family garden designed for a summer residence in Dalkey, Ireland. It’s design focuses on optimising its use in the months of June to August primarily and keeping maintenance to an acceptable low level. Ferns are ideally suited to the shade and a planting concept ( there are over 80 species of fern suited to the Irish climate) has been especially developed to suit this low maintenance garden.

The sunniest area of the garden has been transformed into a lounging area for relaxation and entertainment with extra privacy from overlooking houses. The low benches are suitable for lying on as well as sitting. Several small features have been added such as the wall fountain which serves as a cooler for wine and other beverages on those warm summer evenings. Other features include a free standing open fire, which also serves as a barbeque, lighting for the planting areas along the wall and an automatic watering system for the plants.

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Harbour Square completed
Unpretentious with a splash of fun

  • client Gemeente Deventer
  • team Patrick Mc Cabe, David Habets, Alexandra Zając-Kusiakiewicz, Bas Poppe
  • year, status 2014, completed
  • language NLEN

The design of the new harbour square is completed and will be built in 2013. Surfaced with black precast concrete slabs, with pink painted pictograms, reused bricks and a patchwork of natural stone along the quay, the square is unpretentious with a splash of fun. Two imposing steel light fixtures, echoing sails, illuminate the square at night for large events. The square (15km speed zone) provides the docking, parking and delivery facilities of a working harbour, yet completely transforms itself to cater for large events, festivals and other cultural activities for the living and cultural harbour.

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Asia park
Draft plan for new park in Haarlem unveiled

  • client Municipality of Haarlem
  • team Patrick Mc Cabe, David Habets, Alexandra Zając-Kusiakiewicz Hein van Lieshout, Mark van der BIj,
  • year, status 2013, current
  • language NLEN

South of the Asia Road lies a wide green zone. It forms one of the green fingers that connect the city of Haarlem’s greenbelt to the town centre of Schalkwijk. For the development plan ‘Schalkwijk 2000+’ it was decided to upgrade and transform this stroke into a high value green amenity area. Within this amenity area, buildings in the form of towers ‘jewels in the green’have been proposed.

REDscape was invited to develop a new identity for the park and together with the towers to delvier a new impulse to the quality of Schallkwijk and the surrounding neighbourhoods of Boerhaven wijk and Meerwijk.

The park design utilises and extends the existing tree layer around the periphery of the park. Bulbs and woodland planting transform the meadow edges into a blaze of colour in Spring. The new park offers space for locals to meet and recreate. Asia Park was recently unveiled to local inhabitants and met a positive response. Circular gardens surrounded by sculpted yew hedges offer new settings for local intiatives to take hold and flourish in the park. Initiaitves include a school garden, a butterfly garden and an adventure play area. The towers are being developed by VMX architects and van Dam Architects.

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Reconstruction of the Asschatterkeerkade completed.
The Grebbe Line emerges

  • year 2013
  • language NLEN

The Asschatterkeerkade is one of several smaller projects (designed by Michael van Gessel together with Patrick Mc Cabe) for the historic Grebbe Line defences. By developing small insertions in the landscape, the military landscape of the Grebbe Line will once again become recognisable along its 67km length. A series of larger projects including the reconstruction of Fort Buursteeg are to reach completion in 2013-2015.

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Industry road
A patchwork of natural stone, is completed.

Green Port Dublin
A new vision for Dublin Port

Harbour Square
REDscape complete design for Harbour Square, phase 2 of the harbour district.

Silo Square
Temporary art project

Marina Park
REDscape and OKRA win design for Marina Park, Ireland’s first water park

Sand Lands
Future vision for Sloterdijk III, Amsterdam harbour area

Topo
School garden in Bonheide (1st prize)

INSIDE out
Public realm design for the Deventer Harbour development

Masterplan Reeve
a new village for the IJsslemeer delta, landscape & urban design for 1300 new homes

Green Road defence works
Reinvineting a military landscape

Walk the line
Finalists in RIAI 3TWENTY10 Research Competition

Ambition map
quality supervision team

Masterplan Riverlands
Urban plan for 270 houses in New Ross, IRL

Marginal gardens in Amsterdam
A photographic exhibition

Realisation of the The Grebbe Line
Design principles for the Grebbelinie

The Forts of the Forestry Department in the New Dutch Waterline
an inventory of the unique spatial qualities

Development vision for the Beemster farm allotments
a new approach for the future development of the Beemster farm allotments

CONO Cheese makers
A new factory for Beemster cheese

Vondelflow
a new suite of furniture for the Vondel park

Public space design for Meerland,
public space design, in the new quarter, Homeruskwartier, Almere, NL

The Regge released
Landscape design for the rejuvenation of the river Regge, between Rijssen and Nijverdal.

Leyduin
Landscape framework for Leyduin demesne

The sea, the rock, the library
A new cultural centre and park for Dun Laoghaire’s water front

Landscape Plan N201+
Searching for the peacefulness

Fort Uitermeer
Integrated landscape and urban development plan for Fort Uitermeer

Kommunarka
An integrated landscape structure plan for Kommunarka, a new city for 200 000 inhabitants, Moscow, Russia

‘DES Beemsters’ phase II, development vision for Beemster (UNESCO)
An integrated development plan and quality vision for the Beemster polder.

Arden Road
Preliminary Open Space Design for Arden Road, Tullamore. IRL

Sidewalk gardens
Asian neighbourhood, Amsterdam, NL

Rus in Urbe
Park design for Royal Linear Canal (Financial district) , Dublin, IRL

Town Square (Fridstadtor)
Design for town square (fridstadtorget) , Eskilstuna, Sweden.

Horstermeerpolder
a landscape with a secret: landscape plan for the Horstermeerpolder, NL

PIMBY Terpen
An innovation study for the storage of polluted dredge in the form of ‘terpen’.

Baggerdijk
the story of a river and its mud: Regional design proposal for the solving of spreadable river dredge in the landscape

Housing project Jyvaskyla, Finland.
The living pier, a housing project for Jyvaskyla City , Finland.

Noordpark Nieuw Vennep
Design for a public park.

Infrastructure design Zuid Tangent
A design for the public transport line, the ‘Zuid Tangent’.

Masterplan Nieuw Vennep Noordrand
A housing, park and sport complex in Nieuw Vennep.

Masterplan ‘White House’
Urban design for housing in an existing villa and garden in Hilversum

Polderknotspots
An urban strategy for new housing typologies in the Haarlemmermeer,(Europan 5, 2nd prize)

Bovenkerkerpolder 2025
An integral development vision for the Bovenkerkerpolder till 2025

Article: Return of the Sea
Designing Dublin's Coastal defences

Article: Atlas of change
Mapping identity for next generation Dublin

New Military Park for nature and recreation.
The Green Road Military Works reach completion