BYRON BAY NSW
This residential design varies from the typical as located on 120acres, with a large portion of low lying lands designated as protected heathland. The hillslope areas had been denuded of vegetation, where there once was semi tropical rainforest and significant tree cover now was bare rolling hillside, pastures created for grazing, commonplace in the rural areas of 1940 and 50's Australia.
The new dwelling, designed to overlook this heathland and to take advantage of 180deg ocean views, was understated in palette as to blend with the overall landscape, which the clients intended to rehabilitate and re-afforest.
As a result the house and landscape was designed to meld with one another, for interior spaces to ‘experience’ the garden from all internal vantage points.
The natural palette of the house formed a perfect backdrop to the various planting schemes, with exotic and rare vegetation closer to house and blending with an endemic palette as one moves into outlying garden areas.
The property had many natural springs which inspired a variety of water features that were incorporated into the design. A basalt rock formed waterfall culminating in a waterhole for swimming and a large lily pond supplying water for the extensive garden areas are a few elements that feature in this garden.
The garden has had significant areas of revegetation and a great variety of habitat has been created thus increasing the biodiversity of all local flora and fauna naturally occurring in the area.
Location : Tyagarah NSW
Architect : Hochhauser Bladder AIA / Drew Heath Architecture