Louis Benech: “we must favor sculptural plants”

INTERVIEW – The landscaper who develops outdoor spaces on exceptional sites discusses his aesthetic approach to gardens in the hotel industry.

The landscaper who renovated the Tuileries, the Élysée park and the grove of the Water Theater of the Palace of Versailles is regularly asked to create hotel gardens. He thus imagined the outdoor spaces of the Royal Monceau, the tree-lined courtyard of the Crillon, during its renovation in 2017, and has just completed the terrace of the Château Voltaire, rue Saint-Roch, which will soon open its doors. He gives us his vision of the exercise.

LE FIGARO. – What are the rules to follow for a successful hotel garden?

Louis BENECH. –It must be in harmony with the style of the establishment. At the Ritz, for example, the garden was renovated keeping in mind the conventional spirit of the place. Concerning the layout of the space, it is important to be able to subdivide it, to create small corners where people feel alone, like at home. They must be able to read, to sleep, without having the feeling of being in the passage. If you have space, it’s quite simple. On the other hand…

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