Living Architecture’s: A House for Essex
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Monday, 19 January 2015 11:44

Deakinlock has been privileged to work on the landscape designs for this unique and truly inspiring new house in Wrabness, Essex.

Living Architecture commissioned FAT, ‘one of the countries leading architectural practices’ and Artist Grayson Perry to create a house on the banks of the River Stour, that is both an artwork, and a fascinating space, in which to spend time and enjoy being a part of of the local landscape.

Living Architectures web site says about the house. ‘The building has been designed to evoke a tradition of wayside and pilgrimage chapels. It belongs to a history of follies, whilst also being deeply of its own time’.

Living Architecture is a holiday home rental company run as a not-for-profit organisation. Founded by the philosopher Alain de Botton, Living Architecture creates unique holiday homes by top, creative architecture practices in interesting places throughout the UK.

We were comissioned to design a garden sympathetic with the building and surrounding landscape. The concept was to sculpt the land around the house, following the curves, rolls and folds of the fields that followed the lazy line of the River Stour. Groups of Native trees were used to define the garden spaces and link with the beautiful, deciduous woodland near-by. Hard landscaping was kept to a minimum, with the terraces being formed using Turf Stabilising systems, meaning the garden had a really natural look.

We will bring you more images of this stunning project once the landscaping is complete.

‘A House for Essex’ is expected will open for bookings from Spring 2015.

A Garden Design for Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Written by Jason Lock   
Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:41

Here's our latest Suffolk Garden Design, using stunning Black Basalt paving in Rougham Nr Bury St Edmunds, perfect colour against the Norfolk Flint and black timber. We're looking forward to getting the lawn squared up and the planting completed.

Cambridgeshire Garden Design, Ely project
Written by Jason Lock   
Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:35

Ely, Cambridgeshire Garden Design project gaining pace, sawn sandstone lawn edging in, block for steps and holes for pergola which should be up by the end of the week. Steel edged path and granite setts looking good too.

Saffron Walden, Essex - Garden Design
Written by Jason Lock   
Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:24

Here's a quick view of a lovely Essex Garden Design we did in Saffron Walden. This project was completed in Autumn 2013 with the landscaping work by Oakview Landscapes.

Chelsea 2014 Garden Update
Written by Chris Deakin   
Sunday, 26 January 2014 11:45


Following a great meeting recently with the House of Fraser team (garden sponsors) we have been working hard to put the final modifications to our Chelsea show garden.  We are excited by the fresher direction the garden is going in as it shows a side to our design that is not always seen in our regular practice. 

Excitement aside however, the sleepless nights are starting now as we are really having to naill down who, where, when and what for all elements of the garden.  We are in safe hands on the build with Mark Gregory's Landform Consultants scheduled to create this potential master piece!

Our aim with the garden is to present an 'Outdoor room' but taken to an extreme however, the key point is that it is an achievable 'extreme' and will encourage people to look at their garden spaces differently.  The 'Fresh element comes in using materials that are suitable for outdoor use but will open up so many options to garden owners who are looking for a different approach to solving some of the main challenges to creating a wonderful outside space.

Last week, we have been liaising with a very talented garden illustrator in France who is busy preparing a n artists representation of our garden so we can go to press with it and the RHS can put it up on their web-site.  Much discussion has been had in the office over going for black and white or colour visual and is still to be decided but we cannot wait to see the finished article.

This year is different for Jason and I, as we are working more independantly.  In previous years, we have designed show gardens and floral exhibits for various companies within the horticultural industry but this time around, we are less behind the scenes, less anonymus.  So we hope to enjoy this is a new experience and be able to show case us and our practice a bit more. 


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