The work of LANDSKIP seeks to impact the understanding of our environment by innovative use of survey and design instruments.
Whether small scale objects or large scale territorial surveys, landscape proposals emerge from the lab after a rigorous research process to reveal the nature and relations of the materials at hand.
We combine traditional, contemporary and emerging surveying and analysis techniques. This approach has generated tools and methods that adapt well to the local terrain, and our clients requirements, to efficiently address the unique landscape issues of each project.

Psyttaleia ferry, Athens GR 2017
Laser Scanning
Differential GPS

Terrain Data & Simulation
Plugin Development
Vegetation Mapping

Site Scanning
University Masterclasses
Biennials & Exhibitions

On-Site Instruction
Office Integration
Tool Development

LANDSKIP was founded by Ilmar Hurkxkens and James Melsom in Basel, Switzerland. It does not operate as a traditional practice, but rather as a permanent laboratory. Its work has been published internationally and has received recognition with various workshops and exhibitions throughout Europe. This online platform serves to highlight the lab’s design research, initiate collaborations and share insights into recent projects.

Ilmar Hurkxkens Architect TUDelft, PhD ETH
is head of the Geographic Design cluster at Boskalis and lecturer at the Departement of Urbanism at the Delft University of Technology. He worked at the Chair of Landscape Architecture of Professor Christophe Girot, ETH Zurich. His PhD dissertation at the NCCR Digital Fabrication  “Robotic Landscapes” was in part published by Park Books in Zurich 2022 followed by a postdoc at Gramazio Kohler Research. In he received the 2018 Digital Culture Work Contributions award of Migros-Kulturprozent in collaboration with Fabian Bircher as Ungenau Robotics.
In collaboration with James Melsom he founded LANDSKIP, his work centered on the form and processes of natural granular materials using advanced surveying, modelling, and fabrication techniques.

James Melsom Landschaftsarchitekt BSLA
is a practicing Landscape Architect collaborating in projects throughout Europe as member of the BSLA (Swiss Institute of Landscape Architects).
Since 2019 he is a Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the UTS Sydney, working in teaching, research and funded industry projects. From 2007 to 2017 he worked as a research scientist and teacher at the Institute of Landscape Architecture, ETH Zurich, grounding the ETHZ LVML in 2010 with Prof. Girot and Prof. Gret-Regamey. He is a PhD candidate at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia.
As co-founder of the research laboratory LANDSKIP with Ilmar Hurkxkens he has worked throughout the world on landscape scanning, research, analysis and transformation projects.

Landskip ARGE
Hochstrasse 70 CH-4053 Basel, CH

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Selected Clients