This large farmyard of a monumental old farm next to the river Ijssel is surrounded by several very different, but all fantastic landscapes: a nearby estate with a castle, the village, the dike planted with enormous, old oaks, and the wonderful pond next to the farm. By creating paths as clear, straight lines alongside the buildings, the yard and the surrounding landscapes become (visually) connected. The path at the front side of the farmhouse links directly to the pond ending into a jetty: a fantastic spot to sit or take a plunge. These paths, executed in white gravel and corten steel around the building and mown out of grass when expanded, divide the different atmospheres with various functions: the vegetable garden, the orchard, the lawn, the world of the pond, the rather wild part where the pigs live. The more cultivated gardens are situated at the front, the living area of the farmyard, traditionally the neat side of the farm with orientation towards the fields and the village. Orchards, grass-paths and flower meadows are at the more informal, less organised backside of the yard, where one enters.
Result of drawing these lines is a basic, Mondriaan-like garden-layout including a rectangle of corten steel and gravel around the main building. It creates a pedestal that presents the farmhouse ‘on a plate’ of a baroque-like terrace in which existing trees are embraced in a square of grass. The terrace’s corten steel frame makes a lovely contrast with the more natural, lush and shady slope towards the pond, overgrown by edible plants – a low maintenance landscape under magnificent trees.