urban courtyard garden 45m²
Designing urban London gardens encompasses countless, complex objectives, such as liaising with neighbours, confined access, site logistics and creating designs which thrive in pollution and shade from buildings. The project tasks included redesigning the back garden, a new roof terrace, an indoor atrium and revamping the frontage. We began by merging the interior floor with the garden, utilising an elegant, silvery Italian tile featured throughout the residence. A hardwood deck creates a linear continuum, forming a transitional segment within a contemporary family garden.
Given the home's narrow layout, its back garden wall is visible from the frontage. We designed a unique waterfall, framed by sculptural shrubs, where a gentle cascade flows into a lower pool, forming a distinct focal point while enhancing reflections and textural contrast. A symmetrical, built-in corner bench overlaps this dynamic elevation to balance the composition, and merges with lush Bamboo foliage. The cavity below the seat provides ample legroom and continuous surface fluidity, as vivid, architectural outdoor lighting renews the garden's ambience into a captivating nightscape at sundown.
A garden's seasonal change is vital, and at times tricky to achieve in small city spaces, where many plant species are mostly evergreen, and yet, urban gardens should sustain a diverse ecological cycle. A graceful, Japanese maple tree is featured in a raised bed beside the waterfall, carpeted with variegated Sweet flags, while Edgeworthia chrysantha, the Paperbush, produces scented flowers in wintertime. In the sunny border, Mexican lilies accompany a tier of Chitalpa, the Desert Willow, which displays its large, fragrant blooms in spring. It's fascinating how various floras adapt and thrive in highly polluted urban environments, and continually revive precious wildlife within London's minimalist garden designs and hard landscape settings.
Privacy formed a pivotal factor in this garden design project, where custom-built Cedar cladding enhances essential seclusion towards adjacent gardens, defining a contemporary feature while emanating abundant natural light. We built samples to achieve an agreeable pattern with the neighbours through a sympathetic detail design process. Tall, evergreen Bamboo augments scale, producing subtle movement and delicate silhouettes, generating refinement in this dense, metropolitan part of the capital. With flora and art from all over the world, and clients hailing from various parts of Europe, this cosmopolitan array forms a connective, soothing outlook within London's diverse, fiercely urban, outdoor lifestyle.