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Barry St.

Residential Hillside Landscape

ClientPrivate Client
ScopeSketch Design through to Contract Administration
LocationKew, Victoria
Budget-
Year2007
TeamASPECT Studios - Lead Consultant with Stutterheim / Anderson Landscape Architecture and Buro + Architects

The two-storey 1880s residence is set into a deep three-meter cut below the Eastern ridge road. The house could thus be explored as a pavilion opening onto a large belvedere/lawn overlooking the Yarra Valley towards the sunset. A further drop takes you to a wide meadow path which wraps round the lawn to mediate the differences in ground levels of the neighbouring properties and gives the children a hideaway garden. Below that again, an ample and sunny vegetable garden culminates at an espaliered Crab Apple boundary. These drops each required stairs and new retaining walls: their thick stone cappings are seats whose colour echoes the aged tiled and slate roofs of surrounding houses. The massive wall which retains the 25 meter pool reinforces this alliance. All the new garden beds are festooned with hybridised indigenous plants. And there’s a rainwater tank under the lawn for the laundry and the garden, and a twenty-five meter pool.

View - rear yard and swimming pool

View - rear yard and swimming pool

View -  front yard

View - front yard

Sketch - rear yard

Sketch - rear yard