Alblasserdam – a district in the province of South Holland – has several lakes, ditches and other waters running through. No wonder water is central to this prestigious project! We developed a whole new layout for the garden and turned it into an idyllic waterfront retreat, beautifully connecting with its surroundings.
Panoramic views | The owners asked us to completely redesign the spacious garden, which had been laid out some ten years before. The swimming pool is the crowning jewel, without completely taking over the garden. The infinity pool was installed a bit further from the house, looking as if it naturally blends with the adjacent water. The playful graphics of the glass mosaic tiles really elevate the pool surface, while the built-in lighting creates a vibrant, enchanting effect at night.
Nature meets design | Along the pool are two multi-trunked, umbrella-shaped trees (Campinus betulus) that seem to emerge from the Alblas river. The raised beam of the pool – in the same glass tiles – incorporates a subtle waterfall. The Greenwood decking that covers the floor and runs up the wall has great aesthetic appeal. The finishing touch: three handmade design planters by Atelier Vierkant; five high planters with a stainless steel covered edge, containing boxwood; and a striking freestanding Jee-O shower.
Contemporary refinement | All elements in this garden promote a feeling of calm, balanced and modern-day luxury. We used soft tints and materials with a natural appearance: grey Greenwood decking for the path along the pool and sun terrace, anthracite-coloured tiles in Old-Dutch ‘Schellevis’, a Black Beauty gravel path, and Charcoal stone strips panels. Erik kept most of the existing trees, including holm oak and fruit trees, as well as pollard willows. The lavender and salvia plants are a beautiful, colourful addition.
Maximum experience | The garden achieves harmony with the environment surrounding it and beyond. The design is balanced, sustainable and with a great eye for detail. The elegant setting offers plenty of room for relaxation, magnificent views over the waterfront, and lines that add movement and structure.