Landscape framework for Leyduin demesne
- Cliënt: Landschap Noord Holland team
- Team: Patrick Mc Cabe, Jaco Woltjer, Willemijn Papijns
- Year, status: 2007, landscape plan, in progress
The new design for the demesne of Leyduin is just a part of a larger story for this beautiful estate house that dates back to the 16th century, and forms part of the demesne belt in the Kennemerland area. In the last four hundred years this estate has enjoyed four different main houses, at different locations on the estate. In the 19th century the first water supplies were sourced here for the city of Amsterdam. Formally a wilderness in the dunes this estate house has been transformed through the centuries from a pleasure garden to a working farm and more lately to a public estate, designed by some of Holland’s best known landscape architects such as Springer.
The design of Leyduin is more than a single design or design style but is an eclectic mix of different influences and designers. Through the years, Leyduin has reflected the changing influences in society, philosophy and economic times. As a result the structure of this estate has visible historical layers. However the spatial clarity of the estate has become muddled and unclear though the years resulting in parts of the estate diminshing in quality. Without clear direction parts of the estate risk further degrading. As well as this there is a need to renovate and revitalise old buildings.
The new design for Leyduin strives to clarify and intensify these different layers. The power of the design lies in the tension that is created between the different design styles and idiom, in particular between the formal and informal design forms. The tension between the natural dune topography and the wide open spaces in the surroundings enhance even further the exiting quality of Leyduin. By clarifying the spatial structure, and laying bare the essential ingredients of the estate, a new layer can be silently added to the estate, to enhance and intensify the original designs and deliver a new perspective for Leyduin.