Architect Hal Walters' garden is a good example of a garden that draws influence from many different styles and then reinterprets those influences to create an entirely new garden that is beautiful and sympathetic to its location. It is strongly influenced by Alpine landscapes and Japanese gardens, but the realisation of these influences are subtly implemented, taking lessons rather being 100% derivative.
As architect and home owner, Hal Walters brief to landscape architect Dieter Schwartz about how he envisioned the garden to be, derived from a few personal considerations - Hal's love for the rocky, glacial terrain in the mountains of Tasmania and New Zealand and the absence of children in their household meant that the need for a lawn or playing space was not required. Hal also desired a low maintenance garden that resembled a natural space left to its own devises as opposed to an obviously manicured one.
The design of the house is a large, modern, hard edged structure and Dieter's challenge was to design a garden that softened the house but still possessed a minimalism and strength to cope with it. Viewing the front of the house from the street gives little indication of what lies beyond. What you would expect, in fact, is a minimalist garden with few varieties of plants in a geometric, stylised setting. This could not be in more contrast to the reality. The garden (now in situ and thriving for over six years), could be mistaken for being an entirely natural environment, so skillfully implemented are the rocks and artificial creek.
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Building 2, 2 Coombs Ave
Kew VIC 3101
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