The residential location for this business, necessitated that the building and landscaping complement the surrounding homes and historic buildings and parks nearby. The use of schist rock, the roofline of the building and the gentle colours in the gardens were deliberately chosen to integrate with, and enhance the neighbouring properties.
The brief was to include many fruiting varieties, for staff and clients to harvest, therefore, plum, persimmon, citrus, peach, feijoa, and almond trees form a major part of the gardens. It was also important to provide colour and fragrance throughout the year, so that clients would find this an uplifting and pleasant place to visit. The owners especially requested that pink flowering species be used, and the resulting garden has a softness, and vibrancy throughout the year.
Although the tight time schedules for completion provided some challenges, we enjoyed working with the Project Manager and contractors, and were able to have the landscaping finished on time, December 2009.