This unique plot of 1800 square metres is situated in the beautiful Hillegersberg, a district abounding in water in the north of Rotterdam. Erik van Gelder designed a spacious garden with a luxurious, cosmopolitan feel. The leitmotif: water, wellness, and opulence.
Impressive entrance | The front yard required smart thinking and well-crafted design. There was a substantial height difference to be taken into account. And we had to provide two parking spaces, visually separated from the central walkway leading up to the house. Massive custom-made Corten steel planters with abundant bamboo, and bespoke arch-shaped lights create a gracious entrance to the house. The multi-stem Juneberry tree in vast containers on both sides of the natural stone stairway, add a touch of class.
Elegant and sleek | The sumptuous infinity pool with its deep blue water is certainly the focal point of the backyard. Both ends of the gravel path, which lies parallel to the pool and perpendicular to the composite walkway, are adorned with man-sized steel containers with delicately waving ornamental grasses. Pollarded plane trees cast shade over the long ‘hopper’ table by Extremis. The outdoor lamp with integrated speaker brings both light and sound. And the fire pit table in Corten and stainless steel helps take the chill off – the perfect companion for cosy late-night chats.
Warm and wonderful | The oriental-inspired pavilion in oak wood and steel offers a great space to unwind. It contains an outdoor kitchen, fire and lounge area, and is decorated with warm fabrics and colours. It offers a beautiful view of the surrounded garden, which is enchantingly lit at night – especially the spherical-shaped boxwood with ‘moon lamps’. The mix of bright colours with the coppery Corten steel nuances adds depth and interest. Metal screens and pollard willows with their typical Dutch appearance define the landscape and give a sense of enclosure.