The landscape as narrator

Our landscape tells the story of our identity

Our landscape tells the story of our identity


Our landscape is the sum total of human interventions, a page that is constantly being written. Strootman Landschapsarchitecten cherishes the heritage that has arisen over the centuries. We see it as one of our finest tasks to build further on what is already there when a transformation is called for. We like working with historical geographers who can interpret features and structures from the past. We face the challenge of making the richness of history, which has sometimes disappeared from sight, tangible and legible again, sometimes by making the past visible, often as a source of inspiration for something new. In this way we add a new chapter to the history of the landscape.

The Kempense Heuvelrug

Commissioned by the Provincial Authority of Antwerp and in conjunction with the Flemish Agency for Immovable Heritage Onroerend Erfgoed and Bailleul Ontwerpbureau, Strootman Landschaparchitecten has drawn up a design plan on the basis of a biography of the landscape of the Kempense Heuvelrug.

Coast and Heritage Master Plan

We have joined with the parties involved to develop a number of principles to bring cultural history more to the fore and to serve as a source of inspiration for the development of the Coast and Heritage Master Plan,

Stinspark Zwolle

If there is a park anywhere in the Netherlands in 2040 where history is visible and is at the same time so reticent, it will be the Stinspark in Zwolle. No signs here with texts or videoclips that bring the story of robber barons and a medieval castle to life. In this park it is our design choices, the new landscape structures, vegetation and a work of art as a castle that evoke the relation with the past. What is now an expanse of grass will be transformed by a sustainable, biodiverse programme of plants and trees.

Flintenwaand Gasselterveld

The Aa and Hunze local authority has invited Strootman landschapsarchitecten to investigate where and how a wall ('the Flintenwaand') can be properly inserted in the landscape. The idea for the Flintenwaand was developed by Egbert Meijers in 2014. The wall is intended as a tangible marker in the landscape of the peculiar geological origins of Drenthe.

Experience Cultural heritage