Project year: 2017
Posted: 31 May, 2017
Gold Medal, Best Fresh Garden
A contemporary scheme that re-defines urban outdoor design, City Living is a great concept for any high-rise city apartment block. Showing how typical square buildings can be easily transformed with the use of green outdoor spaces, City Living incorporates hardy, tropical and shade-tolerant plants, sheltered seating areas and calming water features together into one concept.
Set across different levels with a mezzanine floor, the garden includes a stairwell with cantilevered steps and perforated metal screen. Light filters down to the lower levels so that each area can be gardened and utilised for creation. Green walls and water features are combined with contemporary orange and grey textiles to create a stylish space that merges in with its surroundings.
Showcasing a variety of different materials and textures across the different levels, including wood decking, steel and textiles. Light-reflecting concrete was specially developed for one side wall, transforming it into an enchanting, twinkling design feature once the lights come on.
Continuing the modern patterns throughout the scheme, the design used custom-made hexagon EMPEROR Porcelain Paving tiles from the Urban range in Manhattan from CED Stone Group which were used to lay the floor on the ground level. Chosen for its suitability for cutting tight hexagons using water jet technology, and its mid-toned grey colour, it was a perfect choice to use as a neutral yet contemporary tile for the striking geometric pattern.
Silver Grey Ganite Aggregates from CED were used around some of the planting and Polished Black Pebbles were submerged within the water features to create a natural effect.
EMPEROR® Urban Porcelain Paving - Manhattan
Silver Grey Granite Aggregate
Black Polished Pebbles
Kate Gould Gardens was founded over 20 years ago. The business has grown organically from a one-woman design studio to a full-service design and build firm.
Kate has gradually built a tight-knit and talented team around her that share her passion, values and commitment to high standards. Kate is known for her innovative and fearless yet practical designs, but she is the first to say that she could never see these ambitious designs through to completion without her highly-skilled build team.