Echo: A Reshape Erasmus Project

Erasmustuin / Erasmus Garden

Jacques Wirtz, 1979

About the architect:

Jacques Wirtz (1924-2018) was a Belgian landscape architect who started his career in 1950. However, it was in 1970 that Wirtz had his big international breakthrough when he presented his design for the Belgian pavilion at the World Expo in Osaka, Japan. 

After that, Wirtz received numerous commissions from countries such as Japan, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, England and America. The French president François Mitterand even asked him to develop a design for the famous Jardin du Carrousel et des Tuileries in Paris and for the gardens of the presidential residence, called the Élysée. 

In 1989, Wirtz founded his own company Wirtz International nv in Schoten, Antwerp. After some time, his sons Martin and Peter took over the responsibility in the company, but Jacques himself was still closely involved in all projects. Wirtz International takes care of the overall concept, ranging from design and elaboration to maintenance.

Selection of other works:


“Kanazawa Belgian Park

Kanazawa, Japan


“Albert II Boulevard 



“Alnwick Castle Gardens” 

Alnwick, United Kingdom


“Courtyard Chambon site 


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