A major feature of the overall design of this garden is based on a grid of squares and rectangular shapes of the same proportions. This grid style is not only a great tool when planning, as it sets up an order and logic, it also lends a contemporary flavour that will blend with any style of architecture.
The Grid is made up of hard and soft materials, which is a comfort for most of our simplistic natures, compared with the complexity of nature and organic forms. The concrete pavers provide an order and, indicate a human presence in a natural environment which can be reassuring as the blend of both hard and soft landscapes sit well within the urban vernacular. The structure of this grid also highlights the organic forms of our sculptural pieces in the garden, such as the circular water feature and, curves of the serpent shaped built in seating.
Pavers are about treating the ground surface with textural interest and at the same time compliment the white pebbles on the lower level. Two surfaces are paved using 300x300mm precast concrete pavers, one section in dark grey the other in light grey. The dark grey paving ajoins the third surface, which is paved using 600x600mm precast concrete pavers in a mix of light & dark grey. The pavers are placed sporadically within a grid design, and are interspersed with planting and pebbles. This is done to break up the paving but also creates an abstract path and subconsciously directs you through the garden.
The planting (Buxus hedging and low lying succulents) and pebbles which intersperse the paving, provide height and ground cover and work well together because the planting areas have remained within the grid design. In fact it’s the same principal used in patchwork quilting - by keeping a uniform shape, various textures and colours will sit stylishly together.