W5 GARDEN, London
A scheme comprising a private rear garden as well as shared garden for residents of newly converted flats in Ealing, West London. Alexandra's scope also included design of the front drive, an internal lightwell and a small roof terrace.
For the shared garden, a bespoke concrete seating area was cast in-situ and incorporates a generous planter filled with grasses interspersed with Taxus baccata domes.
The stepping slabs leading to the pool are dimensioned according to that of a standard yoga mat to allow for outdoor sessions. The client’s love of olives led to beds of young trees underplanted with Mediterranean species such as Lavandula and Santolina sited both sides of the lawn.
Another stipulation of the client’s brief was that the garden should include a lap pool. Alexandra’s design incorporates pale green mosaic tiles internally along with a bullnose York stone coping. A summer flowering Cornus florida f. rubra was selected to provide beautiful colour alongside the pool in the summertime months. A row of tall Betula amongst herbaceous planting sit on the rear boundary of the garden to screen the train line behind.
The private garden is designed with minimal maintenance in mind. It has a long taxus hedge to provide year-round interest viewable from the property as well as to act as a backdrop to a Prunus ‘Accolade’ when it is in flower and leaf. This cherry tree is positioned centrally opposite a cantilevered glass box extruding from the facade of the building. Furthermore, four olive trees in pots are placed symmetrically either side of the cherry.
The front garden has provision for four parking spaces and the two paving types selected both compliment the facade’s colours. A row of four pleached Carpinus trees sit along one boundary where privacy is required.