A NORWEST RETREAT
We acknowledge the Darug people, the traditional custodians of the land and waters on which this landscape sits.
This acreage project in Kenthurst gave us the opportunity to apply high-level design details on a large scale. The design considered the sites location on the fringe of the Sydney bush, informing materiality. As such, Sydney sandstone and recycled Australian hardwood features heavily throughout.
As the garden sits on what was once farming land, concrete and steel were used as an ode to this more recent land-use, but applied in contemporary application.
A driver for the garden’s design was to create easily accessible entertaining zones off the house, that could accommodate large groups. Some to provide shelter and refuge and some to take full advantage of the sunshine and views out to the surrounding Eucalypt forest.
The client's love for a broad range of garden styles was inspiration for the eclectic planting palette. Australian natives and waterwise exotics were selected for their ability to withstand the harsh climate experienced in Sydney’s north-west. Topiary elements, softer foliages, bright vibrant flowers and fruiting species were included to add a touch of Tuscan/Mediterranean flare. The resulting garden is an amalgamation of many influences and styles. The entertaining areas were then finished with outdoor furniture settings by Eco Outdoor.