Our story: Nature now first

The 19th century was all about machines, the 20th century was engaged with applied technology, now the 21st century is here and we envision that it will be about our recalibration with Nature. Achieving a better understanding and balance of our ecology will be the biggest task for the inventors and designers in the time of rapid expansion of population in our technocratic world. This is the goal we set out to reach through our designs. Nurture, incorporate and balance our ecology in the city and the landscape is what we see as our mission and responsibility.

 

 

Alone, one goes faster, together we go further

We are a multidisciplinary team of landscapers, urban designers, city strategists and engineers that built up to fill the vacated crack between planning and architecture. Being educated in pluralism of the built environment we practice interdisciplinary design with focus on ecological sensibility and sustainability.

Our designs envision opportunities for city and landscape improval on all planning scales through all stages of development, from large outdoor landscapes to city masterplans and cozy small-scale spaces. Through the concept stage and developing the typology to detailed projects, materials and botanics to the very realisation and maintenance.

To provide top quality products to our clients we have partnered up with experts beyond the field of design. Cost calculation, structural engineering, interior botanics, real estate agents, botanical expertise, business management support, project development, interior architecture are all part of our daily network. For our international projects we have teamed up with Chinese & Russian partner offices by whom we get inspired every day.

The studio name LapLab is an aggregation between the founders last name and the abbreviation from the word "laboratory". The latter originates from the latin "laborare" which stands for ‘work’, alias ‘labor’, which stands for ‘effort’. To work with effort, to allow the experiment, to obtain experiences and keep on researching through design, thats what’s in the name and what we stand for every day.

 

 

‘Oikos’ principle for the best masterplan

The word "ecology" means more to us than nature - its flora and fauna and city. Ecology is the way we live together, it deals with the growth of populations and species in an ecosystem and how resources in that ecosystem are used by organisms within it. The greek word "oikos" originates from the greek word meaning "household", it is the root of the words "ecology" and "economy". Understanding economics and ecology through ‘Oikos’ of the project is to find balance in a small part of our larger cosmos.

  • Ecology – the study of the living
  • Economy – the management of the household
  • Ecosystem – the system of houses & living = the city

 

 

Functional Green

"Imagine this design assignment. Design something that makes oxygen, sequesters carbon, fixes nitrogen, distills water, accrues solar energy to make fuel, makes complex sugars and food, creates microclimates, changes colour with the seasons and self replicates."

-William McDonough, Cradle to Cradle Design, on trees in his TED talk 2005

 

All the climate or population related problems in the world are growing fast and seem irreversible, but - good news!- there is a solution. Trees keep it and we are here to use them. 

 

 

We believe in trees!

Project by project we learn more about trees and how to benefit from them. They gratefully stand up for us to block harsh winter winds, give delicious fruit in late summer days, soften the hard urban environment and fulfil many more challenging missions like filtering dust particles, producing oxygen, colouring the city, creating sunlight screening canopies. Not to mention their exclusive spatial qualities that bring pure delight to us! All this can not be ignored…

Nature is simply amazing, so let’s start planting!

 

 

Design team

Currently

  • ing. Sander Lap bnt, MUrb, Netherlands
    founder, urban & landscape designer, guest teacher AVBA/RAVB
    - Sander@LapLab.eu 
  • ing. Christian Rommelse, MUrb, Netherlands
    urban designer & planner, guest teacher ROP
    - Christian@LapLab.eu

  • ir. Marieke Zegwaart, Netherlands
    RMIT, transformation architect, junior projectleader
    - Marieke@LapLab.eu
  • ir. Tomas Kalinauskas, Lithuania
    architect, 3d specialist BIM
    - Tomas@LapLab.eu 
  • ir. Maria Kritsioudi, Greece
    architect, designer 

  • Emese Andrasko, Hungary
    intern, urban design 


 

Past

  • Paola Carassai, Italy
  • Ida Stople, Norway
  • Agnieszka Zborowska, Poland
  • Camilla Migliori, Italy
  • Katarzyna Nowak, Poland
  • Chris van Nimwegen, Netherlands
  • SSS Joe Platt, England
  • Qianyun Liu, China
  • Irina Hotkevica, Latvia
  • Sven Tuit, Netherlands
  • Ekaterina Timina, Russia
  • Fei Chen, China
  • Bram van Ooijen, Netherlands
  • Lin Wei, China
  • Pui Lun Tam, Netherlands
  • Shengjie Zhan, China
  • Melinda Marján, Hungary
  • Barend Mense, Netherlands
  • Carlotta Vollmar, Germany
  • Irina Vaganova, Russia 

 

 

Honors & Awards
  • International competition SIM Moscow Serp & Molot Factory - 1st prize
  • International ZIM konkurs Samara Russia 2013 - 3rd prize
  • International Art Residence Nikola Lenivets Russia 2012 - 1st prize
  • Europan 9 - Nijmegen - Site winner
  • Archiprix Dutch 2008 - 2nd prize
  • Hounter Douglas Awards 2009/2010 - 1st prize