The outdoor area has been designed and installed to take advantage of the harbour views and accommodate for the needs of growing teenagers, to be enjoyed by adults and friends alike. The fun element of the spa provides a bubbly respite at the end of a busy day. A distinctly contemporary Australian feel has been achieved through the planting palette and hardscape materials. This inner-city terrace courtyard has been transformed into a highly functional and visual feast.
Existing olive trees have been retained and helped to set the tone for the rest of the planting.
The planting plays with contrasts of colour and texture. The black satin folds of the Imperial Bromeliad emerge from the golden green strands of Carex. A potted Rogo Congo sits sculpturally against the bold architecture of the stairwell. Elsewhere, Brazilian Walking Iris brings gentle moment into the garden with even the most discreet breeze and Yucca counters this with their sharp, structured form.
Dynamic energy is created in this space, playing with qualities of mass and void and contrasts of light to dark in both hard and soft elements in the garden. Feature tiles have been selected to be distinctive, while the limestone paving is modern. The simple tones work well with the concrete of the house and its cooler palette. Raised rendered garden beds to double as seating. In time, the Dichondra and Shore Juniper will spill over and soften the edge of the garden bed.
A hardwood timber bench seat and vertical timber slat detail used throughout, bring warmth and unity to the garden.