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hen award-winning US landscape architect David
Hocker was called in to create a pool-house garden
for his Texan clients, an intense collaboration
evolved. The owners – an artist and a car enthusiast
live next door to this block, which is situated behind their home.
They wanted to create an ‘urban retreat’ where they could well and
truly escape, without having to move too far from home.
The proposed pool house was to be the centre for family and
social gatherings and needed to have transitional garden spaces,
such as the pool, fire pit and relaxation zones. It had to be perfect.
David, the client and an architect pooled their creative skills
to rise to the challenge. A feeling of separation from the main
house was essential, as was a seamless transition between the
two-storey pool house and the garden.
The space was sectioned off from the main house with a 180cm-
plus glass slag privacy wall, then a minimal plant palette was
brought in with mass plantings of greenery. This not only added a
dynamic contrast to the neutral-toned materials used throughout
the space, but also gave texture and screening for added privacy.
Every detail was well thought out and that is evident in the final
result. From the pool house to the garden, it is a well-resolved design
The hard surface of crazy paving hasbeen softened with the use
of grass and leads to one of the property’s most dynamic features, the
blue-toned slag wall. TOP The ipe wood deck has been left open at the
end to soften the visual impact and provide the illusion of it ‘floating’
over the swimming pool. TOP RIGHT Detail of the slag wall.
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