Fairfield

On this technically difficult site the pragmatics of machine access had a big influence on the landscape design. A steep embankment below the house was retained with basalt boulders and timber steps lead down to a freshwater swimming pool. Castlemaine slate paving enhances the geometric shape of the pool and is given to restraint in this naturalistic setting. Plantings of poa, correa and grevillea species soften the transition between the hard landscape and the 'bush'. Heavy planting screens the neighbouring buildings, fencelines and the obligatory pool fence. The existing eucalyptus canopy links with indigenous plantings in the understory to create an open bushland feel. Following a course set by our excavator, mulched paths meander through carefully placed basalt boulders down to a meeting place and canoe launch. The Fairfield garden won Houses Magazine awards for Outdoor Design and Sustainability categories in 2016.

Fresh water pool system by Natural Swim Pools Australia
Swimming pool design in collaboration with Kennedy Nolan Architects
Mulch paths planting detail
Timber steps and boulder detail
Fresh water, Castlemaine slate and poas
Chimney designed by Kennedy Nolan Architects
River meeting place
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