Classical garden elements such as pleached trees, buxus topiary, yew hedging and the herbaceous border are reinterpreted to offer a minimal intervention complementing the required large lawn and terrace area. The pleached hornbeam offers much needed screening and at the same time mediates in terms of scale between the large house and the immediate landscape dominated by a large sycamore.
A simple palette of materials including brick, portland stone and corten steel was chosen to enhance the sense of classicism with a contemporary edge. The corten offers a complementary tonality to the red brick of the house suggesting both modernity and age at the same time. Portland stone is a classic material used in many London properties but given a contemporary treatment in this case.
Subtle up-lighting to the more sculptural elements of the garden makes for an enticing and atmospheric outside space suitable for evening entertainment.