Kunac Award Garden
An apparently plain lifestyle block surprises with fine finishes and exceptional workmanship apparent in all the materials and construction. Gabion basket work, timber, concrete and rock placement are all carefully combined and one material morphs into the next. Eye sweet curved of exposed concrete paths and artistically patterned inlaid stone used to create a natural touch, completes the hard landscaping, which is anchored by confident bold planting. The mainly indigenous planting is sensitively patterned, using large and small species to match the scale. A standout feature is the masses tussock which clearly provides the desired mountain atmosphere. The clever mix of natives and exotics was beautifully planted and of outstanding quality.
A stunning design entirely appropriate to its southern setting. The design wraps around a new building and contains an innovative mix of materials and structures to create a series of linked but distinct garden rooms which have direct connection to the interior of the house though large windows. An interesting and cleaver use of gab ions, sleepers and play on levels (though retaining and mounding) has transformed a flat site into a garden with a truly New Zealand flavour. The inspired mix of native and exotic plant palette further completes the design. Every detail has been considered and is evident in the final product which has a seamless and comfortable character that is hard to leave.