With its considered combination of hard landscaping, lush planting and arresting artwork, this elegant garden in Prahran, Melbourne, was no ordinary project. The facade of the original house has major heritage significance, which needed to be acknowledged in the garden design. Of course, the modern two-storey extension also needed to be recognised, with the garden playing an important role in seamlessly combining the two very different styles of architecture.
“Creating functional spaces around the garden where the owners could entertain was equally imperative, as was establishing a sense of privacy,” explains Merrick Hide, principal of Merrick Hide Design. “Given the layout of the house, this required careful consideration in the selection of the appropriate trees and their placement. And there was one more thing. The homeowners are devoted art collectors and wanted their love of art reflected in the garden.”
Merrick’s semi-formal design, in which traditional European elements have been given a modern interpretation, skillfully forges the home’s past with its present.