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Dual Waterscapes


This design demanded the wow factor of European formality with some Japanese inspiration. It also needed to compliment the riverside setting and historical local area. The brief was to create a refreshing new look for the garden and landscape and provide the setting to unite a multi-generational family.

This stunning property located in Fendalton, a leafy Christchurch suburb known for large, elegant, historical homes set on spacious sections. The existing symmetrical house form and proximity to the meandering Wairarapa stream, lent itself to a design favouring the idea of “wild containment”.  

Our design provides structure and symmetry through formal potager gardens, pleached hedging, and layouts that reflect existing house angles. Wild elements have been incorporated with woodland borders and native planting closer to the stream. Scented zones have been included in the design to create a sanctuary for relaxation and awaken the senses.  
The stunning stream outlook was previously lost behind several crowded trees and poorly executed viewpoints, providing challenges and opportunities within the new design. The new layout engages with the stream from inside the home and additional exterior living spaces. Outdoor spaces crafted for a multi-generation family to connect, entertain and relax were a priority. Feature elements such as the pool and entertainment deck emphasize the generous proportions of the site and provide a practical use for the family. High-quality local materials such as Halswell stone add to the overall wow factor. 

With the family looking to invest in a major landscaping project to improve their property, they wanted to determine the best location for a new pool. Our design team utilized 3D technology to produce two layout variations, enabling our clients to truly visualize the landscape, while removing uncertainty and ambiguity during the build stage.  



Multi-generational entertaining with wow factor.


Fendalton, Christchurch


Aug 2022

Example of varying pool layout as presented to the client for comparison:

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