The timeless aspect of landscaping projects fascinates Filip Van Damme, especially in gardens that look uncomplicated and casual. In nature, nothing is produced without reason. Consequently, every element in a garden project is meaningful. With the intention of emphasising the timelessness of his own designs, Filip Van Damme uses exceptionally plain and sustainable materials like natural clay pavers.
Private House in Marke, Belgium
Filip Van Damme: “Everyday life is currently characterised by a hectic pace, both in the professional and personal spheres. A lot of people want to spend their spare time relaxing in the garden. In a garden that urgently needs maintenance, this is, of course, far more difficult. That’s why I prefer to design plain and low-maintenance gardens, where one can relax and take a break from everyday life. I can achieve this peace and quiet by using clear, plain lines in combination with an alternation of plants, paved areas and soft and hard materials”.
For this modern private house in Marke, Filip Van Damme started searching for a paver that would perfectly match the architecture and style of the building. The black Wienerberger “Trendline Caron” paver presented the ideal solution.
Filip Van Damme: “With its square format, this product is more of a paving plate than a conventional paver. For me as an advocate of plain, modern gardens, this plate gives me the freedom to design creatively, while the client can take advantage of all the benefits of natural clay; sustainability, resistance to humidity and ease of care, to name just a few.”
The pavers were laid using a stretcher bond for both the driveways at the front and the terraces and pathways at the back. The terrain showed several major level differences, which could be easily bridged with the “Trendline Caron”. An elevated terrace was laid out in the rear, which is connected to the house by a promenade. Along this walkway, only the upright edges and the curbs were executed with clay plates, whereas a gravel layer, the same colour as the plates, was chosen for the tread area itself. The ensemble radiates a sense of calm and balance, ensuring the ultimate aims of the owner and garden designer were realised.
Pavers are in themselves an element of design.