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Architecture: Meadow Lands

June 17, 2011

Eckersley Garden Architecture create a soft, curving ladscape design to contrast the solidity of a raw concrete home designed by DP Toscano Architects.

This solid concrete bunker-style home sits well up on the hill and commands an expansive view. Large balconies and terraces provide perfect outdoor extensions and offer ease of access and protection from the elements.

The design of the soft landscape is intentionally curved, soft and flowing against the strength of the architecture. Large swathes of fine, ephemeral grasses are fused with plants that have strong floral impact throughout the seasons. This creates a curvaceous patchwork quilt of plants that is particularly effective when viewed from above. Paths meandering down the hill separate these plantings and re-enforce the gentle curved shapes of the landscape.

At the heart of the landscape, a striped deck of granite and timber connects to a large reflective pond. This dark water reflects the sky to ground level and ties together the severe architecture and informal vegetation. This union of styles creates a residence that immediately has a sense of familiarity and place.

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