Type: Residential
Location: Maroubra, NSW
Size: 320 sqm
Photographer: Cath Muscat
Completed: 2022

The brief for this garden was to create a private but useable oasis for this young family. Off the back of the house an alfresco dining space flows with ease from the internal lounge moving toward a small but practical lawn. Steppingstones take you to a fully tiled, heated magnesium pool with a depth of 1.8meters.

Being overlooked from the back getting the correct orientation of the cabana was vital for privacy, it has ample space for lounging and enjoying an infrared sauna whilst looking out over the layered planting. This space has a roof top garden to soften the structure and to enhance the feeling of an urban refuge.

The planting is a layered sculptural mix of succulents, olives and other drought hardy shrubs giving year-round interest and colour. Although the owner, a keen gardener, low maintenance plants allow the family to enjoy the garden without being a slave to the upkeep.

We acknowledge and pay respects to Traditional Owners across Australia and the Torres Strait as the original custodians of these unceded lands.

We recognize and respect Traditional Owners continued connection to the land, water, sky and people, and their responsibilities of caring for Country.

We pay respects to Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom ensures the continuation of culture and traditional practices, and we appreciate their guidance when it is shared with us.