We were asked to design this small triangular-shaped sloping site situated adjacent to the house.
The clients have a particular interest in art so I took
as a source of inspiration the French gardens of the 1920's (such as
Villa Noailles). The modernist Parterre (after Juan Gris) as a visual
construct, consists of a triangular area with repeated triangular shaped
yew blocks enclosing an area divided into rectangular spaces with a
central tree as a focal point. Some rectangles are planted with a
restricted plant palette, others are laid with aggregate, The parterre
can be viewed from the first floor of the house. The brightly coloured
blocks of planting are also viewed as a pattern or cubist painting from
a distant small country road.