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courtyard gardens parsons green

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A South Park Courtyard

This three-storey, Parsons Green family home features four outdoor spaces across 54 square metres, including front and back gardens, a small rooftop and an upper roof terrace, with picturesque views of South Park. The family who took the challenge of transforming this terraced house from a bland framework into an exciting, personalised prospect handed us the task of redefining their gardens' context, and designing a series of manageable exterior spaces. With an aquatic theme permeating the project's core concept, amid a highly bespoke landscape scheme to fit our clients' penchant for architectural detail, we designed and built a refined sequence of gardens and rooftops – within a warm, south-westerly aspect and copious shelter.

Design & Words: Amir Schlezinger

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Multilayered Design

Our clients' extensive remodelling of their Parsons Green family home created a unique, multilayered blueprint, enhanced by three outdoor spaces at the back of the residence. A multifaceted garden design augments this exterior sequence with a well-balanced layout, encompassing a modern courtyard patio and two upper roof terraces. Each linked space defines a distinctive ambience, where South Park's elevation narrates an array of vistas, from eye-level views in a small second floor balcony to verdant treetop panoramas across the master bedroom's 22-square-metre rooftop terrace a floor above. To increase seclusion throughout the gardens, we developed a refined succession of outdoor privacy screens, in varying materials, to enable a cosy environment within a high-density, South London urban setting.

Small Courtyard Haven

With a vertical, built-in aquarium enveloping the kitchen, and our clients' frequent travels to family in California and love of water elements, we designed a cascading waterfall across the patio's right elevation to balance an asymmetrical raised bed, which vitalises a square garden outline. While this walled, modern courtyard patio lies predominantly in shade, the water feature's stainless steel detailing and glazed blue tiles bounce off daylight and invigorate their setting under park tree canopies, coupled with an overall, light-toned garden colour palette, consisting of porcelain tiles, off-white render and pale slate coping. The multidimensional interplay of Arum lilies, Himalayan silver birch trees, New Zealand flax, Japanese Bamboo, Ferns, Moss and Sedges articulates a spectrum of woodland and stream edge greens, yellows and whites – defining soft landscape clarity and straightforward upkeep – within the context of a small courtyard.

Picturesque Vista

A picturesque vista from an upper balcony is absorbed along a well-fitted, symmetrical roof terrace design, defined by L-shaped, bespoke planters. This intimate, 8-square metre niche was carved out beside a guests' bedroom to benefit from South Park's expansive London plane tree matrix. The courtyard's rectangular beige tiles were integrated into both roof terraces, and produce a seamless surface continuum, expanding sense of depth towards its verdant backdrop. To enhance privacy among the public park and adjacent properties, we designed vertical louvre panels, composed of angled galvanised steel balusters, capped with smooth European oak handrails – generating a unique detail design, robust frameworks and much-needed seclusion. Here, where the sun-filled balcony faces south-west, amid an unrestricted perimeter, its flora encompasses Grevillea, Blue fescue grasses and scented Mock orange shrubs, forming high contrast of textures and colours above reflecting surfaces and stainless steel troughs.

Well-used Gardens

A well-used roof terrace adjoins the home's master bedroom at its top floor, and while tucked away intimately, this private sanctuary soaks up sun, views and a snug hot tub. We designed and built an integrated Western red cedar arbour and screen above the concrete and slate parapet walls to seclude this spa area, alongside vertical, adjustable louvres – skilfully handcrafted and dowelled by our team. The terrace's warm microclimate, sheltered among mature parkland tree canopies, sustains a highly textural, tactile and scented planting scheme, which juxtaposes semi-hardy species effectively, while fusing a myriad of courtyard design ideas to amplify a small garden space.

Architectural Detail

Asclepias curassavica, the Bloodflower, yellow Daylilies, purple French lavender, Livistona australis, the Cabbage-tree palm, Sage and white Marguerites provide an evergreen, Mediterranean rooftop ambience, reminiscent of our clients' Californian residence. Stainless steel light fittings maintain a streamlined lighting design approach, well-suited to cedar wood, while echoing the courtyard's tall vases, water feature, terrace handrails and the rooftops' triangular plant containers. These small, individual spaces contribute en masse to a well-defined series of liveable gardens, each ideal for its purpose, where cohesive patio design ideas at the project's outset, meticulous architectural detailing and supportive clients produced a memorable courtyard environment.