Item description for Wirtz Gardens, The by Marco Valdivia & Patrick Taylor...
Wirtz International, the master landscape architecture firm, originated in 1950 when Jacques Wirtz founded his practice in Schoten, Belgium. The company has since become a thriving family business, with Wirtz's two sons, Martin and Peter, joining the firm, which now employs 11 people. Gardens in Belgium and all its neighboring countries, plus Italy, Switzerland and the United States, are currently underway; past work has been undertaken in Japan, Spain, and Portugal. The company's private projects reach from small courtyards to large estates, corporate headquarters, business parks, and housing developments; public projects consist of parks, boulevards, city squares, university campuses, museums, and streetscaping. The firm's designs always enter into dialogue with the surrounding architecture, either to maintain the spirit of the place or to create an entirely new identity. Interior harmony and balance are of the utmost importance, with much reliance on the endlessly expressive qualities of natural materials. A luxurious, oversize two-volume set, The Wirtz Gardens contains a selection of 57 private and public gardens, most of them never before published. Included is recent work like the Ainwick Castle Gardens in the U.K. and the Ernsting's Family Estate in Germany, and older projects like the Philosophy and Letters park in Leuven, Belgium, and the Carrousel Gardens in Paris. Essay by Patrick Taylor.
Slipcased, 10.5 x 12.5 in. / 612 pgs / 490 color.
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Studio: Exhibitions International/Wirtz International
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 2.5" Width: 11.25" Height: 13.25" Weight: 10.65 lbs.
Release Date Aug 2, 2004
Publisher Exhibitions International/Wirtz International
ISBN 9076704368 ISBN13 9789076704364
Availability 0 units.
More About Marco Valdivia & Patrick Taylor
Patrick Taylor, M.D., is the author of the Irish Country books, including An Irish Country Village, An Irish Country Christmas, An Irish Country Girl, and An Irish Country Courtship. Taylor was born and raised in Bangor County Down in Northern Ireland. After qualifying as a specialist in 1969, he worked in Canada for thirty-one years. He now lives on Saltspring Island, British Columbia.
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A stunning piece of art! Jan 28, 2006
This book comes in 2 volumes, with both over 100 pages each. High quality bound and exclusive paper makes this book a pleasant reading experience. It is worth the price - at its current price I personally consider it even underpriced ($ 168.00). Every page shows high quality impressive photographs of the Wirtz gardens. The text, without dominating the presence of the photographs, is highly descriptive about the plants with their common and latin names, the spirits of the featured landscape designs, and the rationales and philosophies behind each featured design. The Wirtz Gardens are an example of Art while tying classical designs and natural elements of the environment together. This book features a very eclectic approach to landscaping with mysterious and calm beauty. I highly recommend this piece of art for anyone considering to hire a landscape architect or for someone who is looking for inspiration. Even for simple reading pleasure, this book is a treat.