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Bach Lane / Cloud 9

Inner City Residential Courtyard

ClientPrivate Client
ScopeSketch Design through to Contract Administration
LocationFitzroy, Victoria
Budget-
Year2008
TeamStutterheim / Anderson Landscape Architecture with WSH Architects

Jewel-like residential courtyard, only 25 square meters, a roofless courtyard garden within a heritage site. Twin drivers establish form in this collaboration between architects WSH, the clients and Stutterheim/Anderson.

The first driver is a contouring of aerial space, where the floor plan is a juxtaposition of discs extending through and beyond the residence into the courtyard where they become orchestrated as very shallow dishes or ‘menisci’ revealed only during rain fall and evaporation. Their edge spaces of fine gravels are carefully curated to encourage mossy growth. The second driver arises from the strata formed by the heights of the extruded internal custom-made ‘furniture’, projected across the vertical end wall as three-dimensional sculptural trellis of a fine-leafed deciduous vine.

The client having green fingers, it was possible to introduce some particularly delicate and beautiful gem-like, small-leafed plants: rare forest species clad the walls in a close textured fabric of wire-trellised climbers. Slow-growing Hoyas will grow to be the lowest strata’s ruffle. The desire is that the intricate seasonal and daily changes in this miniature space will give the visual interest normally provided by a far larger garden. Circulation is generously maintained within the tight spaces of the courtyard.

Views - sculptural seat and planting structure

Views - sculptural seat and planting structure

Landscape Plan - design development

Landscape Plan - design development

Bach Lane: view into courtyard

Bach Lane: view into courtyard

Bach Lane: view of courtyard

Bach Lane: view of courtyard

Bach Lane: view of interior floor

Bach Lane: view of interior floor