ATTENTION TO DETAILS
When it comes to small space designs, there’s nowhere to hide. Every detail counts, and this courtyard garden in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs is a shining example of that. Doing our best to avoid unnecessary complexity, we knew from day one that the beauty of this space lay wholly within its simplicity.
A light and textured material palette of strip-finished concrete, brick, and timber provides a clean, minimalist structure. Subtle level changes delineate the limited space, creating pleasant seating areas, an integrated cooking station, and a front to back entertaining experience. To avoid repetition and linear overwhelm, curves were introduced into the concrete, providing a break from the straight lines that dominate the brick and timber.
It’s this attention to detail and skilled construction that ensures these little decisions don’t go unnoticed, providing the foundation of the project’s success.
As a contrast to the slick, minimalist combination of concrete timber and brick, topiary and architectural plantings of Japanese Black Pine, Buxus and Agave are offset with more relaxed cascading and succulent species. Brought to life within the garden’s curves and cascading plants, this freeform playfulness offers a sense of balance and relief from the more structured and formal elements present, an essential design aspect when working within the confines of a 50m2 courtyard.
We acknowledge the Gadi people, the traditional custodians of the land and waters on which this landscape sits.