Sympathetic Traditional Style
Designed for his own use in the 1930’s by the Government Architect, this heritage residence was renovated using a consistent traditional style, picking up stylistic motifs found in the original building. The landscape design also worked with this traditional style and detailing in a sympathetic manner that at the same time provided a level of privacy more suited to current requirements.
Designed over a number of terraces to suit a residential villa on a cliff face overlooking the Coral Sea in a casual and understated manner - while expressing the flamboyance of tropical vegetation. Including the use of species from Papua New Guinea, plants were boldly colour grouped considering also form and strong perfumed scent. A second stage of ground cover underplanting was undertaken following the establishment of the upper canopy of trees and palms. The balance of dramatic landscaping and casual ambience has created a very comfortable residential environment.
As part of the renovations of this elegant home, the kitchen led to the front entry garden. A small private recessed courtyard was created off the kitchen / casual dining area to catch the morning sunshine – whilst the overall formality of the entry was maintained. The comfortable blend of indoor and outdoor planning provides for a well integrated small scaled rich solution.
Soft Landscape Balance
Landscaping to complement an award winning residence by Renato D’Ettore – the strong building lines and open spaces were balanced with mass planting. Large areas of garden with bold combinations of colour and form. The landscape design was intentionally understated and plant selection was determined within the parameters of being drought tolerant and of low maintenance. An elegant balance of soft landscape with strong architecture.
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