This weekend our new climbing structure along the Groene Loper in Maastricht was revealed. Kids were finally allowed to climb their new 'Klimrex', modeled after the skeleton of a Mosasaurus.
The play area is situated along West 8’s recently opened Groene Loper: a green public space spanning a length of 2,3 kilometers (1,42 miles), built on top of a new motorway tunnel. The play area had been a part of the original plans; but due to a lack of funds, its realization seemed impossible. The local community, who was very fond of the idea, raised additional money to build the Klimrex.
The design of Klimrex was directly inspired by local history. The Mosasaurus is an underwater dinosaur species from the Cretaceous period that was first discovered in the 18th century in the area around Maastricht.
Klimrex’ climbing frame is made of steel, ropes, and wood and is 26,3 meters long and 2,85 meters high.
A previous example of a West 8 playground based on a project site’s history is the Petr and Pavel Ship in St Petersburg, which opened in 2015. Both elements were designed together with and manufactured by German playground expert Richter Spielgeräte GmbH.
more information: Dinosaur Climbing Structure 'Klimrex' Opened Along Maastricht Green Corridor
The Bridges and Pumping Stations of Noordwaard Win Landezine International Landscape Award
On June 19th, the Bridges and Pumping Stations of Noordwaard, designed by West 8 and ipv Delft, were awarded the Landezine International Landscape Award (LILA) in the category of Infrastructure.
The Grand Opening of the Park at Essex Crossing
West 8 is pleased to announce the grand opening of the Park at Essex Crossing! The park, designed by West 8, provides a refined, shaded oasis in the heart of Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
West 8 Celebrates Grand Opening of Drexel Square Park
This week, West 8, in partnership with SHoP Architects, Brandywine Realty Trust and Drexel University, celebrated the opening of Drexel Square—our new 1.3-acre community park— which marks the first completed project within the visionary $3.5 billion master-planned Schuylkill Yards development in University City, Philadelphia.
West Kowloon Cultural District Art Park Performance Venue Freespace Opens
On 29th May, the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) and the project team celebrated the completion of its second major performing arts venue – Freespace, located in the heart of the Art Park within the West Kowloon Cultural District. West Kowloon Art Park is a design by West 8 in collaboration with local partners.
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