Garden without a boundary
Ideal Home Show 2017 - Gold Medal
General Design Overview (garden brief)
The garden is designed to inspire the homeowners and passers-by on what can be achieved in the front garden of a home.
By removing the physical boundary (front wall, fence or garden gate) this opens up our urban front gardens both visually and physically to the pedestrian passers-by. The fence panels create an open airy feel that reduces visual impact of a boundary allowing rainwater and air to pass through unimpeded.
The key central copper curve is based upon inspiration from the 'Golden Section Spiral' designed to draw you through the garden on a journey to the front door.
The clever use of a staggered pathway gives the illusion that the garden is wider and is also interplanted creating rhythm and movement whilst also softening the edges.
One side of the linear paving is staggered whilst the other side flows along the sensuous curvature of the spiral copper wall which reflect light and brightens up the garden creating a spectacular welcome home - a metaphor for the contrasting combination of the hard concrete urban jungle and the free flowing nature of the planting.
Offering an attractive way of hiding an unsightly wheelie bin by having a living wall, green roof and an insect hotel brings a touch of nature to the heart of the metropolis.
Creating a sense of tranquillity by using the copper water feature as a centre point which is adjacent to the private seating area - acting as an escape from the pressures of inner city life.
Use of sustainable materials such as natural stone and marine plywood which has been treated and varnished for longevity.
Use of sedum roof on the canopy allows water to drain down through the copper supporting pipes into the planting below which would otherwise be sheltered by the canopy. The gaps between the paving slabs also allows water to drain into the soil reducing stress on the groundwater drainage systems.