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Italian Pleasure Garden 02

Semi Rural Residential Estate

ClientPrivate Client
ScopeSketch Design through to Contract Administration
LocationLower Plenty, Victoria
Budget250,000
Year2006
TeamStutterheim / Anderson Landscape Architecture

The mansion had already been built on a plain, halfway down between the high road and the low road. There was now a desire to make a place outside - a garden? – in which to enjoy the company of family and friends. The ten-meter pool became the priority as the social focus near the Romanesque BBQ pavilion. Potentially, a ten meter pool had an awkward relationship to the footprint of the house: this was overcome with manipulation of the relationship of the shallow pool to deep water, while level changes around the existing pergola were explored to provide a sun-catching higher deck. Ingeniously, we achieved an exactly 900mm drop from the pool area wall down to the lower garden, thus avoiding the requirement for a safety fence, safety being dealt with rather as self-closing doors from the side gates and living rooms of the residence. It was a rare pleasure for us again in this second Italian Garden, that it was important to the client for the detailing to be of the quality of the interiors.

It was equally important to us to achieve horizontal horizons at the termination of both ends of the site to create an equilibrium when leaving through the main doors. The upper road had a distinct lilt which was overridden by a massive transfer of soil across the width of the site achieving a level impression while creating a ‘hill’ topped with an Acer palmatum. The resulting steeply sloped ‘Shell of Venus’ lawn is only just possible to groom with a ride-on-mower. Side slopes are colour coded for southern orientated shady plants (silver leafed and blue) and northern sunny plants (oranges and reds), with slower growing trees and shrubs planned to gradually replace these annuals and perennials.

There was a greater freedom on the east and final eastern ‘garden’, which opens from the dining room, onto a breakfast lawn with lazy steps down to the creek pond which crosses the site through the fourteen fabulous Eucalypts camaldulensis. This area is protected from neighbours’ glances by both the extended pool wall and the circular drum of the work area enclosure beside the double garage. A vegetable garden is planned for this sunny position at some future time.

Masterplan -  sketch design

Masterplan - sketch design

Views - pool and rear terrace

Views - pool and rear terrace

Views - pool iteration 1 and 2

Views - pool iteration 1 and 2

View - pool detail

View - pool detail

View - pool detail

View - pool detail

Views - lawn details

Views - lawn details

View - street frontage and entrance garden

View - street frontage and entrance garden