Amsterdam Oud-Zuid (‘Old South’) is probably the most residential and posh neighbourhood in the city. It offers the best of urban living including great restaurants, upmarket and specialty shops. The area also hosts the van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, the Concertgebouw (concert hall), and ‘green long’ Vondelpark. Erik van Gelder designed a magnificent garden in one of the neighbourhood’s prime residential locations.
Big challenges ahead | The small city garden is part of a recently renovated house dating from 1900. The owners wanted a sophisticated, comfortable, low-maintenance garden offering entertainment for the entire family. Erik’s 3D drawings clearly visualized the concept and immediately convinced the owners. He designed a very refined outdoor space, offering everything the owners dreamed of – a combination of urban elegance and practicality.
The illusion of spaciousness | A natural-stone wall divides the outdoor space and suggests spatial edges. Two openings allow you to see through the wall, hence controlling visibility and defining the relationship between both spaces. But the opening is also practical, as it contains a fitted gas fire. On one side of the wall is a dining table in concrete look and a bench with integrated heating – a clever and energy-efficient way to extend outdoor evenings. The visually charming Forest chairs (Cantarutti) echo the design of intertwined tree branches, and contrast beautifully with the sturdy concrete. On the other side of the wall is the lounge area. The repetition of the concrete look materials creates unity between the two spaces. Spilling over the top of the wall are ornamental grasses, creating visual interest when viewed from above.
Enchanting atmosphere | A wooden walkway connects the two garden zones. The same wood is used in the back wall with the rear exit door. Hidden beneath the walkway is a sandbox for the children – a clever design idea combining functional and aesthetic elements. Furthermore, we integrated a self-watering system for the whole garden. All the plants receive exactly the right amount of water needed. Planting in this garden consists of flowering plants and ornamental grasses, as well as evergreen boxwood balls, bamboo and trees. The cubic-shaped outdoor lights enhance visual appeal and set an intimate, enchanting mood.
Erik van Gelder designed a splendid garden that truly maximized the outdoor space.