Netherlanders III: The Oudolf Effect

My first glimpse of Rotterdam was a blast of pure future shock.

Walking out of the concrete slab and webbed glass roof of the Centraal train station, the cityscape comes on like a massive architectural experiment gone wild.

Now down to the final few days of my trip, I’d come south in mid-July to visit two of Piet Oudolf’s most recent public projects in the Netherlands. While these gardens express some of his latest design thinking, they’re not yet so well known to the outside world.

A powerful juxtaposition of nature recast in a hypermodern urban frame. Continue reading