New art center for Isla del Rey. Hauser & Wirth Menorca by Luis Laplace

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Landscape architect.- Piet Oudolf.
Menorca, Spain.
Be Creative, Emilio Parra. 

Luis Laplace

Founded in 2004 in Paris by Luis Laplace and Christophe Comoy, Laplace has developed an international clientele sensitive to high-end design and execution. Through good use of space and light, design concept based on local cultures and traditions, selection of materials and color as well as passion for art and craftsmanship, Laplace combines modern simplicity with great elegance. 

Luis Laplace is an Argentine-trained architect with a sharp eye for interior design, taking an unique approach to unite works of art in a living context. Laplace’s talent rests in in his ability to synthesize art and its surroundings in such a way that both remain distinct and retain their singularity, while entering into a supplementary exchange. His architectural goal is to unite aesthetical and functional spaces that can complement and be enhanced by artworks, revealing unexpected nuances, generating new interpretations and readings, and precipitating an altogether more in-depth engagement with the pieces.

Therefore, our competence goes beyond architecture and focuses on interior architecture as well as decoration. We can design a house from scratch and carry out the project to the ultimate details of everyday living. This “clé en mains” service is a key distinctive characteristic of Laplace.

A successful project demands a constant dialogue with the clients to develop a thorough vision of their goals, aspirations and challenges. This communication is essential to develop trust relationship and to deliver a project in line with clients’ expectations. 

Our objective is not only to offer timeless and elegant design but also to give practical solutions to 21st century high-end living challenges. In some instances, Laplace may assist clients in their quest for their ideal home by visiting the house before acquisition, defining budgets for renovation and interiors, setting up a team of experts in charge of delivering the project under Laplace’s supervision, etc. 

The Laplace team counts 15 professionals, including architects, interior architects and designers. We rely on an extensive network all over the world of real estate agents, artisans, quantity surveyors, contractors, local architects, etc... This network of professionals allows Laplace to deliver projects on time and on budget all over the world while controlling the execution in line with the design intent.  Inspired by both South American modernism and the brutalist movement, Luis Laplace likes to mix French tradition and savoir-faire with vintage furniture, exclusive 20th century antiques and bespoke furniture designed and made in Paris. This furniture line, Laplace Bespoke, is currently shown in our Parisian showroom located place Saint-Georges. The Laplace Showroom is also an exhibition space for vintage furniture and exclusive antiques selected by Luis Laplace and Christophe Comoy.

Piet Oudolf

Piet Oudolf. Considered a renegade in the landscape industry, the Dutch nurseryman Piet Oudolf (1944) has revolutionized the way perennial gardens are designed and viewed in landscapes today. With a new planting style and meticulous attention detail to the plants, Oudolf has forged the ability to break the rules when his eye finds it necessary to do so.

Born on October 27th, 1944 in Haarlem, Netherlands, Piet is known for his warm, generous, and humble openness. Oudolf first discovered his passion for plants after having travelled to England in the 70’s; that trip fueled his imagination to create a different type of garden (Sorin, Gardening gone Wild). At the time, his inspiration was the much talked about Mien Ruys from the Netherlands who was best known for her work at the Tuinen Mien Ruys, a collection of thirty model gardens.

Since 1982, he has lived and worked in Hummelo, a tiny village in east Netherlands, where he started a nursery with his wife Anja, to grow perennials. His garden has since become renowned for its radical approach and ideas about planting design.

With no formal training, he designs through instinct which is inspired from nature. He notes that in a garden, symmetry is easy but balance is trickier to attain, while always seeking to understand what the intent of a design is when looking over an architect’s plan. Using the texture and form of a plant to guide much of his designs, he believes that the color of a plant will fall into place accordingly in the landscape.

It is Oudolf’s innate curiosity, horticultural knowledge, and ability to create and undertake vast, open canvases with a new wave planting style that awarded him the design proposal in 2000 for the Lurie Garden, the world’s largest rooftop garden located inside Millennium Park, Chicago, IL. Working hand and hand with Seattle landscape architecture firm, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Piet considers the two and a half acre garden to be his greatest garden to date. He considers his work to be ‘purposeful abandon’, with a very naturalistic feel and appearance, stating that his philosophy while designing the Lurie garden was to bring nature back into the city.

Some of Oudolf’s most influential works in the United States have included the perennial plantings at Battery Park, NY; The Highline perennial plantings, NY; and the Goldman Sachs headquarters, NY. Among the many awards he has received, Oudolf was also the recipient of the prestigious Prince Bernhard Culture Prize, an award given by the Queen of Holland to a person who has contributed something extraordinary to the culture of the county. Oudolf continues to design perennial gardens while also serving as a masterclass in the classroom at numerous prestigious schools around the world.

Oudolf also co-founded Future Plants, a company specialising in selecting, growing, breeding and protecting plants for landscaping and public areas. Oudolf`s recent projects include No. 5 Culture Chanel, Paris, France; The High Line, New York NY; Lurie Garden, Millennium Park, Chicago IL; Serpentine Gallery, London, England, and the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.

Oudolf is also a successful author, having co-written numerous books such as; “Planting: A New Perspective” (2013); “Landscapes in Landscapes” (2011); “Gardening with Grasses” (1998); “Designing with Plants and Planting Design” (1999); “Dream Plants for the Natural Garden” (2000); “Planting the Natural Garden” (2003), and “Planting Design: Gardens in Time and Space” (2005). In his 35-year career, Oudolf has achieved international acclaim, and has recently been awarded an Honorary Fellowship from RIBA for developing radical ideas in Planting Design (2012) and the Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation Award (2013).



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