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Eelco Hooftman of GROSS. MAX

Founding partner Eelco Hooftman focuses on one of GROSS. MAX’s newest projects: transforming the iconic Tempelhof airport in Berlin into the next great world park. Taking into account the vast, open site and the effects of sky, light, and weather, the design envisions “a contemporary prairie for the urban cowboy,” adding a fresh, bold layer to a place that is a “palimpsest of time.” Based in the UK, GROSS. MAX has created award-winning parks and other landscapes throughout Europe, bringing together a contextual approach with a contemporary idiom, one that incorporates British wit, Dutch experimentation, and German rigor. Hooftman also addresses the design studio’s history of collaboration with artists and architects, including Mark Dion and Zaha Hadid.