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landscape design. Softened Simplicity – Queens Park Courtyard Garden.

landscape design. Softened Simplicity – Queens Park Courtyard Garden.


Project  Queenspark


Date  December 2020

Author The Local Project

Photography Natalie Hunfalvay

Landscape Design Outdoor Establishments

Project Queenspark

Words by  Bronwyn Marshall

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Landscape design by Outdoor Establishments

Services for this garden include, landscape design, landscape artchitecture, landscape construction and horticulture. 

Re-Imagined Simplicity

Imagined from a place of simplicity, Queens Park Courtyard Garden is a tranquil escape. Outdoor Establishments has combined a light and textural palette to create the illusion of expanded area in this compact and cleverly curated garden, where a series of outdoor living spaces offer an enviable urban respite.

Setting the scene

Nestled into the rear yard of an established residence in Sydney’s inner suburbs, the garden of the same name elevates the urban condition through a softening and simplifying of its comprising parts. In an effort to ensure every millimetre was used to its full potential, the garden sees select materiality and finishes used to ensure an expanded sense of space is created. Never has the need for greenspace and lushly landscaped spaces been greater nor in such short supply, particularly within the inner workings of cities, and ensuring that these spaces are considered and curated in such a way as to both respond to their owners and encourage interaction is key. Outdoor Establishments combines an intuitive understanding of outdoor space with a curated collection of softening green elements to encourage movement through the spaces and create places to stop and contemplate.

Landscape design for a small space

Designed and built by Outdoor Establishments, Queens Park Courtyard Garden covers a mere 50sqm – with a length of 10m and width of 5m. The subsequent masterplanning therefore needed to allow for a means to break up the whole and create varying spaces in which to gather and pause. The solution sees integrated and custom seating elements built into the edging walls and structural elements, where a planter transitions into a bench, for example, and they subsequently support one another.

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