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Special mention for Loenen Memorial Cemetery at LILA Awards 2021

Special mention for Loenen Memorial Cemetery at LILA Awards 2021

Out of 240 entries, Loenen Memorial Cemetery Extension received a special mention at the 2021 LILA Awards.

“The task was given to Karres en Brands who have already designed Nieuwe Ooster, a ground-breaking design that was influential some 15 years ago. Loenen may not be as innovative, yet it establishes a sequence of powerful atmosphere in an already beautiful context. Karres en Brands stated that they did not want to dominate the forest, but rather be a guest within it. Loenen cemetery is incredibly well-designed cemetery that spatial clarity and a peaceful setting for remembering or saying goodbye.” 

Karres en Brands has been working on the Loenen Memorial Cemetery Extension for over 10 years and we are grateful for this recognition. Loenen Memorial Cemetery is the final resting place of nearly 4,000 Dutch soldiers and civilians, who lost their lives during World War II and in other violent conflicts that followed, such as the Dutch East Indies campaign, and in international peacekeeping missions. To accommodate possible additional war victims in the future Karres en Brands designed a masterplan for the cemetery extension in 2009/2010, which will be developed in several phases over time.

The Landezine International Landscape Award (LILA) was created by Landezine, a popular landscape architecture platform launched in 2009. The LILA award is a yearly international award that shows the best practices and most remarkable projects in landscape architecture around the world.

Assignment: Design expansion cemetery

Size: 16.8 hectares

Design: 2009 - 2017

Implementation: 2015 - 2020

Status In progress

Client": War Graves Foundation (OGS) and National Veterans Cemetery Loenen (NVBL)

In collaboration with SmitsRinsma

Execution: Van der Haar

Photo: Chiel van Diest