A luxurious, oversize, two-volume set,†The Wirtz Gardens†surveys a selection of 57 private and public gardens by Wirtz International, most of which have never before been documented. Included is work such as the Ainwick Castle Gardens in the UK and the Ernstingís Family Estate in Germany, and older projects such as the Philosophy and Letters park in Leuven, Belgium, and the Carrousel Gardens in Paris.
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 Wirtzís two sons, Martin and Peter, joining the firm. Gardens in Belgium and all its neighboring countries, plus Italy, Switzerland and the US, are underway; past work has been undertaken in Japan, Spain and Portugal.
Wirtz Internationalís private projects range 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 streetscapes. The firmís 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.