Many garden spaces for contemporary homes are quite small. There is not a lot of room to create significant green spaces with proportions that match the scale and volume of the building.
So, it was exciting to be asked to design a landscape where the client requested a unique, interesting and stylish garden and there was the luxury of space. It became a wonderful opportunity to develop a creative design with great proportions.
The client for this garden had two blocks on a steeply sloping site in Leederville. A new multi storey house, designed by highly acclaimed architecture firm Yael K Designs, was under construction on one block. The house had a sizeable back garden and a courtyard off the living areas. The other block would possibly be sold in the future. For the moment, it was to become a garden.
The architecture of the house had very strong, geometric lines with graphic detail in the long, vertical windows and bold planes of natural texture in feature stonework. One of the most important tasks of the landscaping was to relate the house to the garden.
The aim was to enhance the strong design of the house and link the internal and external spaces. The lines, colours and style of the interior would be reflected in the exterior designs.
The garden design needed to balance the substantial proportions of the house and create inviting, liveable green spaces that enveloped the building. It was very important that the outdoor spaces were functional as well as aesthetically interesting so that visitors were encouraged to use the garden. There was a requirement for open lawn areas suitable for pets and small children to play in.
The clients have fallen in love with their new garden and it looks like any plans to sell off the front garden will be a long time in the future….if at all.