Articulating the strength of existing features and removing all the clutter, to create a clear, serene and spacious landscape. This is the way Michael van Gessel has been working for over 30 years, designing and renovating parks, historic sites and urban master plans.
With his strong sense for historic qualities, Van Gessel transforms the landscape in a way that makes it seem like nothing has changed.
Among numerous other projects, Van Gessel has spent the past ten years working on Twickel, a centuries old park in the east of The Netherlands.
Almost exactly every one hundred years, the layout of the park is altered. From Renaissance to Baroque, followed by Rococo and Romantic landscape styles.
Notwithstanding the fact that he is, and has long been, a major influence on the development of landscape architecture, Van Gessel remains a curious and modest man, with a very down-to-earth approach to his practice.
Commissioning editor Submarine: Geert van de Wetering
Producer: Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen
Director: Geert van de Wetering
Camera: Menno Mans, Niels de Roos
Sound: Bram Meindersma
Editor/Colour Correction: Maurik de Ridder
Music/Sound Design: Big Orange
Produced by Submarine, Femke Wolting & Bruno Felix
Commissioned by DutchDFA
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