A restrained palette of materials and minimalist approach provide contrast and balance to a contemporary house in Caulfield North. Neil Architecture designed a contemporary addition of glass and steel while wrapping the old house in black aluminium panels.
The house has a strong presence on the site so it was important the garden match it in style but not take attention away from it. The material palette was limited to Basalt paving and concrete. Large concrete steppers link each area of the garden creating pockets of planting that soften the strong lines.
The plants were all chosen for their texture and form and the number of different plants were kept to a minimum. Groups of plants are repeated through the garden creating balance, structure, and a sense of calm. The focus of the garden is the Golden Elm standing tall in the rear lawn.