award: principle winner (domestic garden £60-£100k) at british association of landscape industries awards 2013
photography: david dodd
With impressive views of the Thames at Putney, the client wanted a sleek and sophisticated garden for relaxation and entertainment that made the most of its riverside location. However, as a number of rooms looked directly onto the garden, it also needed to provide visual interest in itself, without solely relying on the river views.The garden was long and narrow, making the boundaries each side very prominent. Our solution was to introduce unusual and interesting boundary treatments including a wall – half rendered, half stone – with long, horizontal cor-ten steel apertures. These were backed with mirror and had lighting in their recesses to create a striking feature on the main terrace at night. Further along, groups of vertical timber slats with a backdrop of lush Trachelospermum created a rhythm and pace through the garden. Sculpture, including feature pots on a stone plinth and a Buddha’s head in a niche, provided focal points from the house. At the end of the garden, a decked lounge seating area with a fire-pit and glass screen offered a stylish, modern space to relax and enjoy the river views.