© Ineke Oostveen

Belmont Prize 1998
for landscape architecture
and urban planning


Winy Maas
Jacob van Rijs
Nathalie de Vries
Architects in Rotterdam


Statement from the Board of Trustees

The award honors the design “Gestapelde Natuur,” an intelligent and clever realization of the slogan of the Hannover EXPO – “Man, Nature, Technology” – as a multi-level park, thereby adding an aesthetic and foward-looking dimension to the classical concept of landscape.

“Granted, the superposition of landscapes runs contrary to our received notions. But does the romantic image that we make of nature match reality? ... It comes as no surprise that the Dutch in particular, with their pragmatic approach to things, liberate us from familiar illusions.”
From the laudatory address by Hubertus Adam