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The new garden for this north London home extends the interior outside as the benches reiterate the shape of the indoor fireplace, while the hardwood continues the lines of the flooring. The granite in the waterfall produces a captivating flow, framed by the foliage of a sculptural Eucalyptus tree.

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REGENT'S PARK | contemporary garden

80m garden | north London house

The living room was extended into the garden, creating an opportunity to link the two spaces and add a roof terrace on top. On the borders of Primrose Hill, Regent's Park and St John's Wood, the residence offered a garden and a roof terrace as blank canvasses; there was also a front garden to tackle. The initial plan came about fairly quickly because the interior was in place when I first visited and I was able to take inspiration from a few key elements that led to an intricate detail design later on.

The first idea was to reiterate the shape of the contemporary indoor fireplace by creating 2 benches with a similar aperture. The benches act as an important focal point from the living space and offer ample seating as well as ambient lighting. This feature is set off by the lines of the hardwood in the deck, step and bench seats which join the lines of the interior flooring. The second feature is the granite waterfall, which is offset to the side of the garden producing a captivating flow into two pools.

The crisp lines of the contemporary materials are contrasted by the textures and shadows of lush evergreens. Bamboo, palms and birches give screening from neighbouring properties and thrive well in this north facing garden. A Strawberry tree and a Snow gum give further sculptural evergreen accents and add a touch of the exotic in this London setting. The seating is situated away from the house, giving further privacy with good views of the interior.

A useful technique was used in the raised beds. To eliminate the need for tonnes of earth and to protect the fencing behind, the plants emerge from the base of the beds creating a striking light well effect which is useful at both daytime and night time. The sandstone paving was cut at a bespoke size of 900 x 300 mm. This shape augments the linearity of the design, moving the eye across the garden and balancing the scale.

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