Ichtushof Rotterdam

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Ichtushof – Hidden Garden by Piet Oudolf

If you’re into urban-planning, check out ‘Ichtushof’ squeezed between Posthumalaan and Laan op Zuid by Egeraat architects and DS+V landscape architects.

The landscape design of the central inner courtyard is a harmonious spacious composition connecting 4 buildings – each finished with a different material. By roofing the metro that runs through the landscape, there’s no longer an obstacle but an attractive vegetated and accessible element which enables fluid connections in this area. 

Thanks to Piet Oudolf’s smart design, a rich variety of plants and trees are alternated with paved paths and areas to create a quiet and natural area amidst office buildings, a school, student housing and Rijnhaven.

I walked the first section of the High Line in New York in 2010 and it felt being in nature. I was so excited to learn Dutch designer Piet Oudolf –father of the New Perennials Movement- was responsible for their planting plan.

Piet is moved by people who create gardens on the edge of control and said about Ichtushof ‘ I love a good woodland planting which uses another community of plants to the ones in open fields – trees create stressful circumstances. Plants in meadows are more dynamic, which is why that kind of planting does well in full sun.’

For some Ichtushof is just a shortcut between Laan op Zuid & the harbour: for me it’s a daily joy to walk here, see rabbits play and experience the change of seasons.

At Leuvehoofd/Willemsplein/Westerkade is another beautiful public garden by Maaskant-Prize winner Piet Oudolf.

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Ichtushof, Rotterdam

Opening Times

24 hours daily


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)