W5 GARDEN, London
A scheme comprising a shared garden for residents of newly converted flats in Ealing, West London. Alexandra's scope also included design of the front drive, an inner courtyard and small roof terrace.
For the communal garden, a bespoke concrete seating area was cast in-situ and incorporates a generous planter filled with grasses interspersed with Taxus baccata domes.
The stepping slabs leading to the pool are dimensioned according to that of a standard yoga mat to allow for outdoor sessions. The client’s love of olives led to beds of young trees underplanted with Mediterranean species such as Lavandula and Santolina sited both sides of the lawn.
Another stipulation of the client’s brief was that the garden should include a lap pool. Alexandra’s design incorporates pale green mosaic tiles internally along with a bullnose York stone coping. A summer flowering Cornus florida f. rubra was selected to provide beautiful colour alongside the pool in the summertime months. A row of tall Betula amongst herbaceous planting sit on the rear boundary of the garden to screen the train line behind.
The front garden has provision for four parking spaces and the two paving types selected both compliment the facade’s colours. A row of four pleached Carpinus trees sit along one boundary where privacy is required.