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Damme

This project involves the restoration of a farm in one of Belgium’s most beautiful countrysides.

We integrated new functions into the place while preserving the intimacy around the house and respecting the contextual landscape.

Around the house, we made a planting of hornbeam, oak and holly trees, combined with various families of roses. We designed different terraces where plants are able to grow over, one of the terraces features a pergola made of hornbeam which opens itself towards the landscape.

In the outlying landscape, existing limes and poplars are thinned and pruned; the canals and existing pond cleaned. Big shrubs and new trees were planted, contributing to the rural integration and the natural revalorization of the place.

We built an open carport that will overtime be covered with roses, clematis and Virginia creepers. The cars are well hidden behind a big stack of lumbered wood.

Against a wall on the side of the house, we installed a fountain; a tank of water carved out of a monolithic block of stone. The fountain looks like it has always been there.

We designed the kitchen garden in great detail, allowing for more playful unusual ideas to be developed. An example of this playfulness can be found in the paths which are built out of wine bottles.

Damme, Belgium
12.3 ha
In collaboration with:
Dugardyn architects
Marcq interior architects

 

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