Boundaries are not always obvious. Sometimes hints are there on the landscape to tell us that we may not trespass... Andy Goldsworthy's 'Storm King Wall' has been my inspiration for this design. A wall interacting with the landscape and its inhabitants, rather than imposing itself.
To design a garden and a new summerhouse to suit the modern prefabricated glass house that was to replace the existing building.
Being located within a golf course, privacy was an essential requirement, but the qualities of the house would have had to be retained allowing for 'open views' where possible. To provide an attractive environment for wildlife. "The idea of 'see-through' elements and visual barriers to prevent accidental access from the golf course came... I had heard of Andy Goldsworthy much earlier but did not know about his installation at the Storm King Art Centre... it was like being struck by lightning... I still shiver at the thought... you think of something and discover that someone else has done it... and this was not just someone else...".
"Illusion" is a celebration of art in a naturalised environment... walls interact with the landscape creating concentric ripples that gradually move away from the house, as if this had been dropped from above. The walls create organic lines and become alive, weaving in and out the grounds all around.... Pioneer plants such as silver birches and rowan trees have been chosen to complement the design.
Silver birches are not only a perfect screening element with their stunning white trunks, but the delicacy of their canopies softens the strong lines of the prefabricated house. In winter, as they shed their leaves, more light is available inside the house, yet providing a fair amount of screening. Underneath, ferns, foxgloves, sedges, orchids offer delightful surprises during a relaxed walk around the house.
A stylish summer house, a large terrace, a path of bold concrete slabs, a natural swimming pond.
Large drifts of perennials and grasses make their way into the surrounding landscape by mixing with locally found wild species.
Rowan trees provide screening where needed and berries for visiting birds, whereas the large drifts of specifically chosen perennials are a heaven for insects, bees and butterflies...