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Architecture: Secluded Hideaway

June 7, 2010

Eckersley Garden Architecture introduce Tuscan flair to a secluded St Kilda courtyard.

Located at the end of a private driveway, this secluded urban hideaway serves many masters. The courtyard doubles as a car parking space which, once grown, will be shaded by Virginian creepers growing on overhead stainless steel wires. When the car is removed, the courtyard is transformed into an ideal entertaining space.

Handmade terracotta tiles flow seamlessly from inside the house into the courtyard, offering a sense of continuity between the internal living spaces and the garden outside.

The plunge-style swimming pool sits flush with the boundary wall maximising the pool size. Scale is emphasised by the textured granite side wall, which extends down through the water to the bottom of the pool. A cluster of silver birch trees are silhouetted against a blood orange back wall. When lit up at night, the birch trees become a focal point in the courtyard.

Tufts of ornamental grasses skirt the base of the birches and break the breadth of paving. Nestling within the copse of birches, the sound of tickling water comes from a raised wall bowl filled with fish and lilies. With plantings of bougainvillea, pencil piles and overhead vines, the space takes on a Tuscan flair but the look is undoubtedly Australian.

*Team* Architect: Provan Burdett

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