Space is essential. Both for gardens and for people. When there is a lack of space, people often feel rushed or caged. The most important thing when designing a garden is to find the right balance between the dimensions of the space and their respective placement. This balance is what allows people to feel good in their gardens.

Space is not just about the actual area. Even a small garden can meet the spatial demands of the user(s). The various functions in a garden are important and, after this, the application of hierarchy. The important functions always have a place in the main area in Martin Veltkamp’s gardens. This is usually the largest area, which connects to the house. Less important functions are placed in ancillary spaces. These surround the main area. All areas in the garden are optically separated by elements like hedges, walls or shrubbery. By using so-called sight lines, such as a garden path, the spaces are then connected to each other. This provides clarity.

Landscape design is bound by rules. The measurements of the space need to be in certain relation to the human size. This creates peace. It provides an incredible sense of comfort to decide and prioritises functional spaces in a garden. A facade or a wall can provide a sense of security, for example. These elements can even be positioned in the middle of a garden. A facade or a wall can also create curiosity. This effect can be enhanced when the space behind is partially visible, when trees peek out just above the wall, for example. Martin Veltkamp knows exactly how to enhance the spatial effect of functional spaces (such as a garden path), by making them larger than necessary.