Architect's Garden, Highgate
The architect owner of this property in Highgate, North London had substantially remodelled the back of the house to create a contemporary kitchen and living area, with unobstructed views onto the garden.
A design for the garden was needed that complemented the strong lines of the house and offered better connection and flow.
Two 'floating' overlapping stone platform terraces step gently from the deck to the lower garden and allow additional areas for sitting and entertaining. As the garden is flanked by tall trees and has a tendency to be shady, these additional terrace spaces allow the client to follow the sun throughout the day.
A small square of lawn leads off the path and offers a soft area to sit and relax amongst the otherwise dense and jungly planting.
At the end of the garden a contemporary open steel framework building was installed to create a final destination and to allow striking views back to the house. After dark, lighting picks out the textures of the planting and the undersides of the terraces are lit to reinforce the impression of floating.
Building work in progress
View from upstairs, showing overlapping layout of terraces and path
Newly planted garden, awaiting installation of pavilion at end