We are a nature-based design studio.
We design places for life.
All life.

We design places for life

SLA is an internationally renowned nature-based design studio. Together we are 130 landscape architects, biologists, anthropologists, and city planners. We design places for life. All life.

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We help people, cities, and nature

We design cities, public space, and nature on all scales: From city-wide masterplans to neighborhood pocket parks. From national biodiversity strategies to local citizens’ engagement processes. Our work helps people, cities, businesses, governments – and nature itself.

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Our design approach

We believe in a distinctly interdisciplinary approach to making livable and sustainable places. We combine deep anthropological knowledge and rigorous biological research with award-winning design expertise and high artistic ambitions.

As our client, we bring you along on our journey and invite you to join our mission, challenge our thinking, and expand our horizons. Together we learn, together we grow, and together we create the best possible projects.

The results are poetic and sensuous places that solve today’s biggest urban challenges, create genuine life quality for all, and put all things living – people, cities, animals, and plants – first.

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SUND Nature Park A nature-filled university campus in the heart of Copenhagen.
Hans Tavsens Park / The Soul of Nørrebro Stormwater solutions provide social lift for a vulnerable neighborhood.
Gratiot/G7 Detroit Neighborhood Framework Plan Healing urban traumas while creating new physical and social opportunities for all.
The Springs Shanghai A lush oasis in Shanghai's dense financial district - from street level to rooftop.

Our vision, mission & values

Our vision is to change the world through nature-based design solutions and enhance the quality of life in communities and the public realm.

Our mission is to deliver world-class and pioneering nature-based design solutions to the benefit of our clients, our end-users, and nature itself.

We are a learning and sharing organization, working in interdisciplinary teams to provide all-inclusive solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

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Our vision & values We work for - and with - the coming generations.
Our vision & values We enhance life quality through sensuous and meaningful nature-based designs.

We help solve today's biggest challenges

Our projects are never isolated masterpieces. Instead, they form a continuous ambition to solve some of the biggest challenges facing our Earth today: From climate crisis and biological mass extinction to social inequality and the growing gap between humans and nature.

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Living in a New Climate How can cities respond to extreme weather in the new climate?
A Matter of Biodiversity How do we design places that put all things living - humans, plants, animals - first?
Safe Cities How can we design safe and secure cities that are still open, inviting, and democratic?
Empowerment of Aesthetics How can we design aesthetic nature experiences that reconnect man and nature?

We are a sharing and learning organization

Sharing knowledge and innovation is central to us. Only in co-creation with clients, stakeholders, and citizens can we design the best possible places for life.

We initiate and engage in research projects from internal white papers to external collaborations with universities, NGOs, businesses, and intergovernmental agencies. We apply the latest research in all our projects to create state-of-the-art design solutions.

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The six most important things to know about butterfly habitats

The butterflies are in decline worldwide. In Denmark alone, every fourth butterfly is endangered. This is a result of the lack of habitats and pronounced use of pesticides and fertilizers following the intense agricultural use in the open landscape. However, cities have great potential to become oases of biodiversity, as it is easier to assign space and create suitable habitats for biodiversity in urban environments. This article introduces the six most important landscape and design parameters that must be considered if the butterfly is to be attracted as a permanent resident or frequent visitor.

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City nature is not nature

“City nature is not nature. City nature is something we humans design to solve the urban problems we have created ourselves. City Nature is about correcting 1,000 years of urban delusions that have separated the built and the grown (…)” says design director and partner, Stig L. Andersson, in this debate post, where he commends the government’s proposal to demand more and better city nature.

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Back when Earth turned green

Mosses were some of the first living things to make the Earth green more than 400 million years ago. In Denmark, there are about 650 species of moss, and the stories they tell are worth listening to.

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Fundamentals

Come explore the fundamentals of our office together with us.

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Atmosphere

“Atmosphere is a thin film of enclosure around our world. Without our vaporous, water filled atmosphere, life on Earth – or indeed life anywhere – would not exist. But atmosphere is also what you sense…

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Mist

Mist is a phenomenon caused by small droplets of water suspended in air. Physically, it is an example of a dispersion. It is most commonly seen where warm, moist air meets sudden cooling, such as…

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White

“In the beginning was chaos. While the universe began to expand after Big Bang it also decreased in temperature. It became more and more ordered. With that order, the Universe changed its background colour toward…

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Essay: The Bark Room

“Bark is both living and dead, growing and cracking, a shell, a protective layer and an integral part of the wood’s tissue. It’s the bark structure and the way it peels, which separates the different…

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Sakuteiki
– The Book of Garden

Sakuteki – The Book of Garden is a manual, a textbook for Japanese gardeners in the 11th century. This introduction sounds like this: “In making the garden, you should first understand the overall principles. According…

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Roots

“A tree consists of three parts: Its foliage, its trunk, and its roots. All three parts are important for the aesthetic feeling of nature. But of these three I find the roots most intriguing, most…

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Sound

“Sound. The soundtrack of our lives often passes us by without us noticing. But I have begun noticing the poetry of the noises around me. The rhythm and the song of the poet. The calling…

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