Softening Geometry



It’s not often that you get the chance to experience the brilliance of German home engineering and construction, and this Huf Haus in Sevenoaks, Kent did not disappoint. The precision of the construction and the bold, simple geometry of the architecture could easily have overwhelmed the site, particularly when the clients brief included space for a pool, a hot tub, an oak entertaining gazebo, a Marston and Langinger greenhouse and an outdoor office on really quite a small site. My design solution was for an equally bold and simple garden layout; simple lines of gravel paths bisect paved terraces, avenues of Pyrus ‘Chanticleer’ provide a pleasing scale to the sunken lower garden, and large exuberantly planted borders unify and soften the rigid geometry. The triumph of the final garden is the Moongate feature wall painted in Morrocan velvet, it is the major focal point in the garden and allows the various disparate garden structures to coexist harmoniously.