The unique challenges and opportunities of each site combined with the client’s brief and individual’s personality have determined each final constructed design. I believe that the best landscapes are those that respond to the needs of the people using them, a large portion of my inspiration will come from you, the client as well as your site.
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This garden design in the eastern suburbs of Sydney was designed with for a busy young family, their aspirations was for a lawn area for the family with areas for relaxing and entertaining with a seamless flow from inside to outside spaces. Creating privacy and a sense of enclosure was essential in this garden and was created with tiered plantings of tall bamboo, planting of ornamental trees and lower level plantings of low maintenance flowering shrubs and grasses.
This young family in western Sydney required a safe garden space that maximises and encourages exploration by their young children as well as provide space for outdoor entertaining and vegetable growing. The design used plantings of Australian natives and introduced fruiting plants that are safe for children and would encourage birds and other wildlife to visit the space introducing them to the natural world. The garden has a number of playful elements such as the dry creek bed, sand pit area and step stones that provide spaces for children to play in as well as creating a classic but contemporary design and a relaxing retreat for the family to enjoy and spend time in.
Faced with 85 acres of grazing paddock and approximately 5 acres of garden provided a great number of challenges and opportunities to this site, very rarely do we get gardens on such a scale!
The flowing nature of the design originates from the original stock yard on site, the only item the client wished to reuse, and draws inspiration from the way the construction guided livestock into pens. By reusing the stock yard as a entrance feature guiding people into the site connects the site to the landscape and builds on the past landuse in a contemporary fashion.
It is the client’s dream to establish a Bison farm, the proposed house to be be off grid and to be as self sufficient as possible. Being in a productive farming landscape the design sought to bring elements of this landscape character into the garden area to create a number of garden zones or rooms, each with it’s own character. Plantings reflect the need for a low maintenance landscape whilst meeting the practical and high end aesthetic required and included native tea tree bushes and gum trees for honey production as well as finger limes, Riberry, Lemon Myrtle and Damsons Plums within the bush food gardens creating a small market garden with produce to sell directly to chefs and at farmers markets alongside the Bison meat.
Previous renovations to this property created a disconnect between the property and the extensive rear garden with pool that backed onto lush bushland. The new owners sought to rectify this issue with a new design that provides a natural link between house, pool and garden spaces with stepped step stones leading to the main large lawn area and existing terrace below which another terrace is proposed ontop of the natural cliff top with the garden extending into the bushland below. The garden will emerge from and respond to the bushland setting with plantings that echo the landscape whilst creating a bespoke contemporary space for this busy couple to enjoy and relax in.
This busy young family wanted to maximise their large garden space as part of renovations to the house. The sloping site and established tree in the middle of the space helped formalise the space into a series of terraces to create interconnected garden rooms surrounded by low maintenance, lush plantings providing year round interest that also reflected the bush land the garden backs onto to create a lush secluded garden oasis for the family to spend time together in and unwind after the working week.
MUSA Landscape Architecture was commissioned to create a masterplan for this highly visible heritage site in Sydney’s inner west suburb of Glebe. After a reorganisation of the Church’s assets it became clear that the churchyard was to accommodate a number of new uses, thus spaces within the design had to be multi functional and meet the needs of a number of user groups, inlcuding GAP, Glebe Community Gardens, After School gropus, Sunday School and more as well as Church services.
The site has a rich Abirogonal heritage with a listed tree that has significant Aboriginal scaring which was to be protected and enhanced. The design drew inspiration from the Aboriginal heritage of the site and combined this with new community uses, specifically the Communtiy Garden group who will maintain the new landscape. A simple classic but contemporary design reflects the heritage of the site with plantings of native bush food species under the existing mature trees that reflect the new use of the site by the community.
The new owner of this small inner west terrace garden wished to maximise the usability of the front garden with a small lawn area under the existing large deciduous tree that dominated the space. Existing materials were reused and a new path to be constructed which meant minor level changes and terraces to be installed in the garden. The design, contemporary in nature reflects the heritage of the area and property as well as the quirky personality of the client.
This Low maintenance garden in Sydney’s Western Suburbs was designed to suit the needs of this busy family. Plantings reflect the client’s requirements of a backyard oasis with tropical plantings around a small lawn and pool area.