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Discover Benelux | Special Theme | Landscape Architecture
Bart Hoes’ designs are always a well composed puzzle of lines, shapes, seasonal colours and materials. Like this concept in Los Angeles (far left image).
Evoking unexpected emotions Bart Hoes is an all-round garden and landscape architect who designs both urban and rural outdoor spaces, with an eye for lines, dimensions and surfaces, changing seasons and usability. TEXT: JANINE STERENBORG | PHOTOS: BART HOES
Bart Hoes, owner of BH Groene Architectuur, designs various kinds of outdoor spaces, like private gardens, public parks and roof gardens. To make the outdoor space exciting, Hoes uses different techniques. “I play with lines and surfaces. Placing a tree in a well picked spot within those shapes creates a 3D effect, which in turn results in a feeling of depth and size when you’re experiencing the space.” Seasons are an important aspect to consider as well. “I choose a combination of plants that flourish early in spring, ones that have nice autumn colours in autumn, and bushes that are green all year round. In time, this changing look gives the space an extra dimension, while hard materials like rock and wood help to keep its structured backbone,” explains Hoes. When designing an outdoor space, Hoes looks at all features of the surroundings. Hoes: “The local climate is an important
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factor to take into account, just like the way the space will be used. Plus, an outdoor space needs to be exciting from every angle, it must evoke unexpected emotions. The most important factor however is to offer value and to transcend the wishes and demands of the client.” One of Hoes’ eye catching projects is the roof garden of the LUMC, a hospital in The Hague’s neighbouring city Leiden. Hoes: “The view consisted of grey, concrete blocks. That was very depressing and definitely didn’t improve the experience of staying in a hospital. I added colour and lights, and seen from higher floors, the space is a colourful and lively mosaic.” BH Groene Architectuur is a one-man company, but Hoes is always assisted by independent professionals. “That way I’m in direct contact with my clients, on my own terms, which keeps the communica-
tion clear. I visit every outdoor space I’m working on, because it’s important to get an impression of the environment. Plus, I see and feel the way people live and work first hand. That piece of information can’t be captured in words or photos. When designing, I go beyond their wishes and ideas. That’s what I’m hired for: to create, advise and think out of the box.” www.barthoes.nl
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