Ceci n’est pas un monochrome | Chaumont sur Loire


Garden and Garden House  |  Chaumont sur Loire |  France

The theme of the Festival des Jardins de Chaumont-sur-Loire 2009 is colour. The design is for a monochromatic blue garden, although such a garden cannot actually exist, as no two plants have the same colour. The colour selected, blue, is the most abstract and difficult colour to work with. A mix of annuals and perennials with different flowering periods and various heights was planted. The individual characteristics of each plant are swallowed up. What is left is a single, glowing field of blue. Each plant serves only one purpose: to contribute to the monochrome.

From a narrow terrace, visitors overlook the blue field. The monochrome’s ingredients are on show in the garden house. The white interior and incident daylight from above focus attention on the separate plants and allow them to display their individual characteristics and, above all, their individual colours. A tribute to the individual plant, ceci n’est pas un monochrome.

ProjectGarden with Garden House, Chaumont sur Loire, France
ClientDomaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire
Design practiceKettingHuls and Bureau B+B Urbanism and Landscape Architecture in collaboration with BTL
ArchitectDaniëlle Huls (Director B+B 2009-2012)
TeamAnne Fleur Aronstein, Daniëlle Huls, Jeanette Visser
ProgrammeGarden 210 m2, garden house GFA 40m2
Building costs€ 17,115
PhotographyJeroen Musch