Existing FeaturesThe sheltered, enclosed garden had previously been used as an outdoor teaching space for a local cookery school with numerous raised beds for herbs and kitchen produce. The garden rises in level as you move down the garden by about 400 mm. A timber garage provides the boundary to the left side of the garden and gives a sense of structure and character to the space. Although the garden is not essentially overlooked, some awareness of neighbouring buildings was a factor in trying to make the new space as private and calming as possible.
To create an elegant, contemporary garden for entertaining and relaxing and most importantly to provide a stunning home for the penguins that are the stars of the garden. Water was a central element that was to be bought into the garden to enhance the sense of relaxation and calm and provide a more natural home for the penguins.
The space required strong lines running away from the house to draw the eye down the garden and create a sense of depth within the space. The beautiful but hidden Walnut tree was rescued from the rear of the garden and given new prominence so its splendour could be newly appreciated.
The owner wanted seating areas for both relaxation and outdoor dining which were incorporated seamlessly into the overall design. A love of art and collecting was central to the character of the garden and are showcased to full and dramatic effect by the clean and simple lines that provide a backdrop.
This garden is also enjoyed in summer evenings and a striking lighting design provides a whole new experience as daylight falls, creating a magical space of shape and shadow.