Architecte paysagiste ou architecte et paysagiste by Paul HAUTECLER – Château de Bénouville

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Architecte paysagiste ou architecte et paysagiste by Paul HAUTECLER – Château de Bénouville

Landscape architect or landscaper and architect

Parks and landscapes are studied based on the architect-restorer’s viewpoint. Attention is paid to architecture and the parks and landscapes that accompany it. In the encounter between past and present, harmony and dialectic are expressed in diverse architectural, landscaped and scenographical forms. Analysis of the spirit of the site offers improved understanding of its complexity and the attainment of an all-inclusive concept that bears witness to the continuity between past and present, between built and landscaped.  Presentation based on examples in Belgium: the château and its country estate; the Château d’Aigremont and its composition based on architectural treatises, the historic monument and its urban park, the Neoclassical park in Brussels and its surrounding constructions, a World Fair palace in 1905, in its landscaped estate and the park system developed in Liege after major 19th century work, the garden city, composition of an alternative area.

Paul Hautecler


He studied in Liege and Hasselt and is a restoration architect since 1981. In 1998, he created the PHD architect’s office with Pascal Dumont.  He is a member of the royal commission of monuments, sites and excavation and study director at the University of Liege Faculty Of Architecture. He has restored a number of historic monuments (Saint-Barthélemy church in Liege) and specialises specifically in the restoration of decors (Hôtel de Hayme à Liege and the winter garden at the Hôtel Métropole in Brussels). He restored and installed the scenography at the Grand Curtius Museum in Liege. He has created gardens in association with Eric Dhont, a visual artist and landscaper. In partnership with the architect Rudy Ricciotti, he participated in the restoration and planning of the CIAC museum in Boverie Park in Liege and in the associated landscape study in collaboration with Rita Occhiuto. He conducted the architectural and landscape study of the valley of La Petite Maine in Vienne, in association with Thierry Huau from Interscène.