Kitzbühel | Issue 41 | Summer 2017 Text: Klaus Dörre
Dipl.-Ing. Koen Philippe D’Hulster does with gardens what architects do with houses: maps out an idea, refines the concept, supervises its implementation. An oasis of well-being is thus created for hotels and restaurants, private homes and public spaces.
For ten years the Belgian has been professionally active in Austria and has become well known to builders, communities and institutions setting high value in gardens and landscapes not as prettified decoration, but emanating an aura, revealing a pulsating soul for their owners, towns and building complexes. Regardless if he does “carte blanche” (a brand new creation) or the adaptation and remake of existing or age-old structures.
To cite an example, Spa and Vitalresort Eggerwirt in St. Michael im Lungau, was so successful that the ORF filmed a programme around it in a series featuring “The Most Beautiful Gardens in Austria” (www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0AROKPm-H4).
Creation, building supervision, logistics
For that project, as with most, Koen Philippe D’Hulster served his client as planner, building supervisor and manager for all works commissioned by him, implementing the concept within budget projections under his direction. Apart from straightforward garden work, that also included swimming pond electricity, light design, automated sprinkling, etc.
That means builders have only one contact to deal with, they receive everything from that source. Thanks to numerous contacts to high-calibre suppliers and partners all over Europe, he has access to a wide variety of professional associates in every imaginable area of expertise. It also includes the “impossible” (a word he does not recognize), e.g. in one of the landscape architect’s recent projects a special low-bed transporter drove up carrying a ten-ton, 14-meter long tree.