MTD celebrates it's 15th anniversary!

May 22, 2013
Today, on 22 May 2013 MTD landschapsarchitecten has existed for 15 years. Fifteen years ago Frank Meijer, Han Thijssen and Ruud Dubbeld (ex Buys & van der Vliet) made a fresh start as a design agency for outdoor areas in the broadest sense of the word. Since then the agency has worked on designs for both rural as well as urban areas, on various scale levels. The projects involve urban designer plans, the layout of streets, squares and more rural and scenic projects like parks, country estates, gardens and infrastructural projects. The design style over the years can be described as robust, clear, Dutch and timeless, in which the general outline was confirmed by way of carefully elaborated details; designs are functional and have a wealth of unexpected usage possibilities. The ‘genius loci’ which are the characteristic spatial features and history of the development of a place, continually make up an essential source of inspiration; this provides the designs with a sustainable base and strong place-related identity. But all this time MTD has also worked with a sense of awareness of the agency's history. In 1954 Pieter Buys established himself as a landscape architect in ‘s‑Hertogenbosch. In the first few years there were partnerships that included Hans Warnau and Bob van der Vliet at Buys & Van der Vliet. It's from this history that the agency proudly looks back over the past 15 years of special projects, for which a number of distinguishing awards and nominations have been won. To mention a few recent ones: the Cattle market in Purmerend, for which the agency won the North Holland Aesthetics Award and the Bouwpluim (building plume award) 2011-2013, the Hessenberg in Nijmegen (in collaboration with AWG Architects and BIQ Architects), for which the Architecture Award Nijmegen was granted and for which the agency was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2013; the landscaping master plan for BP Europoort along d’Arcyweg in Rotterdam, for which the Rotterdam Architecture Award / Havenbeeld 2011 and the Green Building Award was won; and the development plan for the city centre of Venraij, for which the Municipality of Venraij was awarded the Falco Award for 'best public space 2012'. It's also worthwhile mentioning a couple of recent special and groundbreaking projects, including the Groene Loper TU (green runner at University of Technology) Eindhoven, the surroundings of the 'Glass Farmhouse' in Schijndel (in collaboration with Winy Maas / MVRDV), the Stadswalzone (rampart zone) of ‘s‑Hertogenbosch (in collaboration with  Studio Leon Their, Van Roosmalen Van Gessel Architects) with the trend-setting parking garage, the grounds of the Museumkwartier (museum quarter) in the heart of the historical inner city of ‘s‑Hertogenbosch  (in collaboration with Bierman Henket Architects), the surroundings of the Jeroen Bosch Hospital in ‘s‑Hertogenbosch (in collaboration with EGM Architects), the Bid Book for the Floriade 2022 in Amsterdam, and Park Moerenburg in Tilburg with the already famous Cor-Ten steel revival of Huize Moerenburg [estate]. The agency is currently working on a number of projects abroad which literally are breaking new ground, such as the eco resorts in Ethiopia and Rwanda.

The agency is grateful to and thanks all its clients, partners, consultants, followers, critics and fans for their continuous and highly appreciated support over the past 15 years, and looks forward to its future with great confidence.