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Living landscapes: Five residential gardens

From the conscious chaos of the Towers Road Residence garden to the restrained elegance of Fairfield House, Landscape Australia editor Emily Wong rounds up five recent projects that explore landscapes as spaces for living.

1. Charles House garden by Bush Projects

Featuring eclectic combinations of plant species, this garden in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs is an immersive space full of diversity and delight. Too often in landscape architecture the animate nature of plants is forgotten. But here, plant “material” is treated like any other in service of a spatial and textural design intent. More…

2. Fairfield House by Kennedy Nolan and Sam Cox Landscape

Winner: 2016 Houses Awards: Outdoor category
A sequence of small and robust interventions connects house to garden to river, allowing the occupant to reconnect to the place in a way that has long been lost. A bushland is re-created in a place that is characteristically a cottage garden – one can wander, bathe, get warm by the fire and float above the river. More…

3. Cubo Rear garden by Phooey Architects and Simon Ellis Landscape Architects

Shortlist: 2014 Houses Awards: Outdoor catgory
A small child-friendly garden filled with as many interesting and sustainable features as any large garden. The project applies the surrealist technique of “Cubomania” to catalogue, re-use and re-invent the demolished building materials. A diversity of materials are strategically interwoven to enable function, fun, tranquillity and flexible transition between inside & outside. More…

4. Bungalow Garden Rooms by Myers Ellyett and Dan Young Landscape Architect

A series of diverse, textural and dynamic “garden rooms” are the result of a close collaboration between architect Myers Ellyett and landscape architect Dan Young and celebrate a life lived outdoors. In subtropical Brisbane, the average top temperature in the two coldest months of the year – June and July – is a balmy twenty degrees Celsius. More…

5. Towers Road Residence by TCL

TCL says: The Towers Road garden fosters a ‘sense of embrace’ — a poetic garden of ‘structured chaos.’ This has emerged via a collaborative journey with the architect and client. More…

Residential gardens or landscapes is a category in the annual Houses Awards. The submission date for the 2018 Awards has been extended – entries close 7am, Friday 23 March. Enter your project here.

Credits

Architect
Kennedy Nolan Architects
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Project Team
Patrick Kennedy, Rachel Nolan
Consultants
Landscaping Sam Cox Landscaping
Pool Distinctive Pools and Spas and Natural Pools
Site details
Location Melbourne,  Vic,  Australia
Category Residential buildings
Type Houses, Outdoor / gardens, Residential
Project Details
Status Built

Credits

Landscape architect
TCL
Australia
Project Team
Kate Cullity, Lisa Howard, Rui Seguchi
Architect
Wood/Marsh Architecture
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Site details
Location Melbourne,  Vic,  Australia
Site type Suburban
Category Landscape / urban design
Type Outdoor / gardens
Project Details
Status Built
Completion date 2016

Credits

Landscape architect
Bush Projects
Project Team
Bonnie Charles, Sarah Hicks
Consultants
Architect Austin Maynard Architects
Concrete paving Overend Constructions
Landscape construction Lucida Landscapes
Planting Bush Projects, Lucida Landscapes
Site details
Location Melbourne,  Tas,  Australia
Site type Suburban
Category Landscape / urban design
Type Outdoor / gardens
Project Details
Status Built
Design, documentation 2 months
Construction 1 months

Products and materials

Pool
Summer Daze Pools pool and pebble crete; Linen Tumbled Unfilled travertine pool pavers and coping, and ceramic waterline tiles, all from The Pool Tile Company; custom aluminium pool fencing and gates in black satin powdercoat.
Pool lounge
Mixed hardwood painted in Dulux ‘Black’; Merbau decking in Sikkens Cetol Deck ‘Natural’.
Outdoor shower
Mizu Drift shower mixer and overhead shower, both from Reece.
Planting (new)
Maidenhair fern (Adiantum aethiopicum); dwarf cardamom (Alpinia nutans); kangaroo vine (Cissus antarctica); slender palm lily (Cordyline stricta); jade plant (Crassula ovata); Australian tree fern (Cyathea cooperi); dwarf tree fern (Blechnum gibbum); dichondra silver falls (Dichondra argentea ‘Silver Falls’); kidney weed (Dichondra repens); gymea lily (Doryanthes excelsa); false sarsparilla (Hardenbergia violacea); creeping boobialla (Myoporum parvifolium); boston fern (Nephrolepis spp.); Philodendron ‘Congo Rojo’ (Philodendron Congo ‘Rojo’); Sage (Salvia officinalis); Syngonium ‘Lemon and Lime’ (Syngonium podophylum ‘Lemon and Lime ’); pink trumpet tree (Tabebuia palmeri); Fraser Island creeper (Tecomanthe hillii); lady slipper vine (Thunbergia mysorensis); native violet (Viola hederacea).
Planting (existing)
Imperial bromeliad (Alcantarea imperialis); meyer Lemon (Citrus sinensi s); Philodendron ‘Xanadu’ (Philodendron ‘Xanadu’).

Credits

Architect
Myers Ellyett
Brisbane, Qld, Australia
Project Team
Jade Myers, William Ellyett, Milton Zietsman
Landscape architect
Dan Young Landscape Architect
Brisbane, Qld, Australia
Consultants
Builder Jerrard Constructions
Engineer GDS Consulting Engineers
Landscape contractor Sod Landscape and Design
Site details
Site type Suburban
Site area 820 m2
Building area 190 m2
Category Landscape / urban design
Type Outdoor / gardens
Project Details
Status Built
Design, documentation 3 months
Construction 4 months
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