Late Autumn 2010 the Cascade weblog mentioned a design competition for a new belvedere or art work at De Hartekamp, in Heemstede. In a second post they provided us with a visual overview of the previous belverderes that had stood on top of this dune in the so-called Overtuin of the estate. 1‘Overtuin’ is a term used for the part of the garden that is on the other side of a public road. It roughly translates as ‘the garden on the other side’. In most cases the Overtuin was a later extension to a property with an existing garden layout.
The winner of the design competition was Inbo in Rotterdam, with an entry called ‘Mijmer en Focus’ (Ponder and Focus).
Now the new belvedere is ready -but as far as I know not yet officially unveiled- it was time for me to take a look. The result can be seen below (click the HGimages link under this post for a small slideshow). I was there on a rainy day, so the photos are not quite as sparkly as they should have been. The photo in this post shows the remnants of the stairs belonging to the old tea pavilion that was demolished in the last century.
Landschap Noord-Holland, the owner of the Overtuin, presents an overview of different stages of the build here. A short overview of the associated restorations (including part of the garden where Carolus Linnaeus worked in the 1730s and where he wrote his Hortus Cliffortianus -but do not expect beds with plants and flowers) can be seen here (in Dutch). 2This restoration plan was made by DS Landschapsarchitecten.
I must confess I am not thrilled by this design. It is too clunky for my taste, it feels as if all focus was directed at making this thing vandalism proof. The heavy construction of the cupola does the rest. In my view, Pondering and Focussing both thrive in an airy, light atmosphere and space, where all the weight of daily life is or can be left behind. This design seems to do quite the opposite: it embraces the weight of daily life. And it does not take prisoners.
But that may just be me. On the positive side: it does strengthen the view from the house and the road. And that was one of the aims.
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|1.||↑||‘Overtuin’ is a term used for the part of the garden that is on the other side of a public road. It roughly translates as ‘the garden on the other side’. In most cases the Overtuin was a later extension to a property with an existing garden layout.|
|2.||↑||This restoration plan was made by DS Landschapsarchitecten.|