Award of Excellence Landscape Association of S.A. 2003

AGD's thoughtful design makes the most of a small outdoor space along Adelaide's coast. With its sensuous curved lawn, rich timber decking and tranquil running water, this suburban seaside garden shows it is possible to achieve a harmonious outdoor retreat and entertaining space within a small area.


Located on the foreshore at Tennyson, the award-winning courtyard garden presented challenges, not withstanding at least 6 different points of access, poor soil and salt winds.


The owners' brief was to create a contemporary space to complement the modernist architecture and interior style of the home, whilst incorporating a 'warm and welcoming feel'. The use of timber was instrumental in creating this effect while also providing a contrast to the light-coloured walls and large format sandstone pavers.


A feature of the garden is the abstract copper reed sculptures designed by Nadia. Rivulets of water trickle from the reeds into a raised sail-shaped pond and then overflow into a stainless steel spillway with a pebble channel which surrounds the decking. The re-circulating water creates a tranquil mood and the gentle movement makes a relaxing space.


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