Huub van Laarhoven
Huub van Laarhoven, Architect: "Harmony is the base of designs. Harmony brings balance. A balance between light and dark, big and small, open and closed, life and death and of course: balance between building and nature. As a kid I was always outside, playing in the woods and building tree houses. At the age of 9 my dad, a respectable carpenter, took me to the building site for the first time. Impressed by all the activities on the building site I decided to choose the same career and become a carpenter."
"Today still, I find myself most comfortable in the open air. I feel solidarity with cosmos or with God when I am within nature. Especially when nature reveal itself to me. This could be suddenly rising fog or a certain fragrance, a perfectly ordinary but splendid sunset, the sudden appearance of deer or a bird's whistle in the distance.
I find the inspiration for designing buildings directly in nature, the ecological building. We, people of the 21st century, are walking away further from ecology and we are losing the basic senses of our existence. The rush towards consumption and wealth increases, leaving its marks on our precious nature. I think the most important need is to stay alive and therefore to stay and to build in balance with nature. That indicates, for example, working with natural materials and keep as much connections with nature as possible. Nature is also my biggest inspiration because it offers the most beautiful forms, proportions, colors and materials." - Huub van Laarhoven