The garden of memories. IWA and LOLA win the contest to transform the historic Begoña cemetery in Bilbao

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Project team
IWA Studio.- Ramón Cuesta González de la Aleja, Juan Escudero Pablos, Estibaliz Álvarez Trejo.
Lola Landscape Architects.- Peter Veenstra, Leire Calvillo.
Municipality of Bilbao.
Total area.- 6,150 m².
The 2,200 m² central garden, the 3,700 m² botanical gallery with a 660 m² memorial garden, as well as a small catering establishment.
Competition.- 30 July 2023.
Calle Virgen de Begoña, Bilbao, Vizcaya, Spain.

Ramón Cuesta, Juan Escudero. IWA Studio

IWA is an architecture and landscape practice with offices in Madrid and Oviedo, led by Ramón Cuesta and Juan Escudero, architects from the Polytechnic School of Madrid. They have gained extensive international experience in fields such as Vietnam, London, the United States and China.

Peter Veenstra. LOLA

LOLA is a design office for progressive landscape research and landscape architecture. The office is based in Rotterdam, founded in 2006 by Peter Veenstra and currently consists of a team of 36 employees. LOLA has got several national and international projects, publications and awards to its name.

They are a team of passionate landscape architects who always want to deliver outstanding interactive processes, the best designs, and the most beautiful realized projects. In their scope of work they work on landscape researches, spatial scenarios, integrated masterplans, schematic designs, definitive landscape designs, technical designs including details, construction and planting. Amongst others, because they do a lot more.



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