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Tucked among the graceful terraced
houses in the chic Sydney subu rb
of Paddington, this intimate ga rden
has become an everyday outdoor living
space that effortlessly blends organic
shapes and hard angles.
“The owners wanted the deck and
garden to be an extension of their home,
and an inviting place where they could
wind down after work, read the newspaper
on weekends, or host dinner parties,”
explains Nicola Cameron, landscape
architect and director of Pepo Botanic
Design, who worked on the project with
Pepo’s Simon Lloyd a nd Eve Valensise.
“But they needed it to be practical and
low-maintenance, since they are both
busy professionals a nd not gardeners.
“We wanted the garden to have
a ‘city’ feel, while also making the most
of the spaces,” she continues. And with
a rainwater tank, clothes line, barbecue
area and a covered two-car carport
essential components of the overall design,
a seamless cohesion of function and flow
became the core concept of the project.
The angular hardwood deck, bordered by
a lush conifer hedge, is a natural extension
of the house and fills the back of the garden.
The sharp, irregular lines contrast playfully
against the elegance and simplicity of the
polished concrete stepping stones that slide
down the side of the house. “Simple, slick
materials with a sculptural element, such
as the soft shape of the stepping stones,
were a major design choice,” says Nicola.
“There were no right angles to work from,
and the journey through the garden is
an important one. You look down to the
ground level from many rooms in the
home, so we needed to form a beautiful
pattern. The challenge lay in free-forming
An inner-city Sydney garden makes
the most of a functional design to
generate space and movement.
WORDS Rachel Hanson
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