The design approach with a new block is very different then when updating an existing garden. Projects that start with a blank canvas lack context and visual cues.
I feel that I need to build the story from scratch. To imagine a space that dose’t exist is a challenge. I was lucky to have clients that had strong ideas so we were able to build the story together. The plants they loved (figs and olives) were productive and others like the pencil pines were growing next door. We were able to develop a strong link between the house and the surrounding gardens- giving the vacant site a context. It is important to link the house with the street however the owners also wanted some privacy particularly from the dreaded door to door salesmen.
A sweeping curve of timber bollards direct visitors to the front gate. The bollards create a translucent screen visually protecting the house from the street while maintaining a sense of openness and connection to the neighbours. From the front garden a lone olive indicates the direction we should take to explore the garden. We move down the north side of the property to a lush and productive kitchen garden. Moving through a narrow gate we come across the back garden. The west facing garden is divided in two. The garden off the living rooms will provide a semi-shaded nook (once the olives grow). The Olives will provide shelter from the afternoon sun and screening from the views next-door. The adjacent courtyard is filled with light and links to a meditation/yoga room of the house. The deck stretched into the garden inviting a feeling of contemplation. Hardy perennials provide colour and movement-a place to site and feel a part of the garden.