Reference | ‘He is almost artistically devoted to the dimensions and proportions in a garden. A master in balancing: not too much and not too little.’
This superb city patio is located in the heart of the Amsterdam neighbourhood Jordaan, one of the choicest and most epic districts in the Netherlands. Erik van Gelder based his garden design around the four elements perfectly balanced and with the right proportions and scale.
Peek-a-boo wall | A light blue wall with vertical openings divides the small patio in two, creating intimacy and rhythm at the same time. The ‘windows’ lead the eye up and backwards, to the cosy lounge area behind it. The front side displays a visually appealing water feature, with water gently pouring from stainless steel pipes. Accent lighting brings all features to life, casting interesting shadows.
Small is beautiful | The area adjoining the house is paved with large-format concrete tiles (80 x 80 cm). Erik specifically chose an outsized tile as they make the relatively small space appear bigger and classier. The tall planter boxes in anthracite grey contain evergreen grasses that add texture and movement. Both the grasses and the bamboo are tastefully illuminated with up- and downlighters.
Maximizing horizontal and vertical space | The partly enclosed lounge area behind the wall is sitting on a wooden floor deck that seems to be floating. It is furnished with comfortable sofas and a magnificent fire pit table. On the left side of the lounge area, Erik incorporated three vertical elements that seem to have been cut away from the wall. The olive trees with their knotty and gnarled trunks add a Mediterranean touch. Along with the other evergreens they create a structural framework that doesn’t get bare over winter.
Earth, water, fire and wind are balanced harmoniously in this patio garden, as if nature and man-made design were intrinsically intertwined.