“I love plain gardens without superfluous frippery. In our field, it’s this plainness that can really touch people – especially if sustainable materials are used. In the design phase, I continually put myself in the position of the clients: how do they live? What do they want? In a sense, a garden designer must be a chameleon to really get into the project.” Pieter Watelle

Project details

Project Private house in Roeselare, Belgium
Client Henry Claeys, Roeselare
Architect Pieter Watelle, Damme
Used pavers Authentica Retro Varia DF und WF
 

Paved driveway next to the house

Private house in Roeselare, Belgium

Paved courtyard in front of the house

Private house in Roeselare, Belgium

Paved courtyard in front of the house

Private house in Roeselare, Belgium

Paved driveway next to the house

Private house in Roeselare, Belgium

The creatives

When redesigning a large mansion garden in Roeselare, landscape designer Pieter Watelle and well-known designer Henry Claeys – both renowned for their creativity and imaginativeness – were able to give full scope to their fantasy. Henry Claeys is a creative jack-of-all-trades, who established his reputation worldwide as, amongst other things, the designer of a few particularly attractive Vincent Sheppard furniture collections.
Pieter Watelle: “Henry Claeys has a clear, creative vision with regard to the environment in general and to parks and gardens in particular. Here in Roeselare, we had the opportunity to combine our ideas from our own living environment with our know-how to create a surprising, but very structured ensemble. Henry Claeys already knew the garden down to the smallest corner because he spent his youth there.”

Harmonious picture

The house in Roeselare was surrounded by a large park dating back to the 1970s. There were paved areas using clay products in the beginning so the current project could be built upon former conditions. All parties involved in the project again chose clay pavers for the landscape – namely Authentica Retro Varia by Wienerberger. Two laying patterns were applied: a stretcher bond and a herringbone bond. The stretcher bond was primarily used for the paths, whereas the latter was used for larger surfaces. At the front of the house, a large, circular area was laid out as a parking and manoeuvring space for vehicles, which disperses into narrow paths leading towards the house. The decision to use pavers had another special reason: because of their authentic look, it appears as though the pavers have always been there; they perfectly tailor the garden to the house nd its surroundings. Behind the house, gravel paths were laid out and bordered with a narrower version of the Authentica Retro Varia paver.
“We decided to use a herringbone bond, firstly because it looks beautiful and secondly because it’s more robust. Everyone agreed that the ensemble creates a harmonious picture”, summarizes Pieter Watelle.

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