GROSS. MAX, founded in 1995 by partners Bridget Baines and Eelco Hooftman, has been widely regarded as one of the few UK based exponents of a new generation of contemporary European landscape architecture. The practice has won numerous competitions and awards for public space and has an international portfolio of exciting and challenging projects. Nigel Sampey joined GROSS. MAX as partner in 2001 after working for West 8 in the Netherlands. The practice has a strong international outlook both in terms of our nationalities and the locations of our commissions.
GROSS. MAX’s first collaborative work in 1996 was an award winning scheme for two parks at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, soon followed by a winning entry for the landscape masterplan for Hannover Expo 2000. Since the completion of Whiteinch Square as part of Glasgow ‘99 City of Architecture and Design and the first prize in the RIBA competition for Hackney Town Hall Square the practice has been recognized for its contextual approach with a contemporary idiom towards urban space. Recently GROSS. MAX added numerous competition winning designs for public squares in London alone, such as St John’s Square, Lyric Square, Brixton Central Square and abroad the practice won numerous competitions with Zaha Hadid Architects such as the design of the 200 ha site of the BMW plant in Leipzig, the external landscape of a new High Speed Railway Station in the outskirts of Naples and a masterplan for former docklands along the river Nervion, Bilbao. GROSS.MAX’s strong affinity with art has resulted in a range of collaborations with artists and the practice has won three Royal Society of the Arts “Art for Architecture” Awards. Work by GROSS. MAX has been published in a wide range of international magazines and book publications. Recently completed projects include the New Bullring in Birmingham, Rottenrow Gardens Glasgow, Lyric Square London, Potters Fields Park London and the Royal Festival Hall London. GROSS. MAX has been presented with the 2006 European Landscape Award for, according to the jury, their individual design concepts and major part in shaping the style of landscape architecture in the early 21st century.