STUART CHARLES TOWNER
individually crafted gardens
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Type: Domestic Garden - Private
Contractor: Landscapes 4 Living
Designed by: Stuart Charles Towner
Sunday Times Best Architecture Award 2014
House by AR Design
Designed by Stuart in conjunction with
Situated in a prominent location within the South Downs National Park, overlooking the City Of Winchester, this luxury house enjoys expansive views over the city and into its beautiful surrounding countryside.
Defying conventional thinking the house was designed upside down to take advantage of those views, with access at the front of the property taking you straight into the living quarters on the upper floor.
This genius idea which has created an amazing living space, but when it comes to the outside it meant the garden was very much remove from everyday life, however all the main living areas of the house do look down onto the garden. This meant that the plan view of the space was very important, alongside creating a strong connection between the two
3 views had been created in the living space upstairs, which are the key connection to the garden. The central living room and balcony, one from the dining room and the final one from the kitchen.
Aligning features and statues to these views helps tie the house and garden together. Once downstairs the existing rear terrace is extended out from under the house with an outdoor fireplace, with in built seating and 3 flights of steps down into the garden.
Grass pathways lead down the garden either side of a new level lawn. A mixture of structural hedges and columns throughout the planting help soften the hard landscaping elements by screening walls and notes of height.
A restrained palette of plants, block planted for the most part, with areas of more complexity give interest to the scheme while not making the garden too labour intensive.