Hawthorn, Victoria


Simon Griffiths


Matt Gibson Architecture

Landscape Contractor

Greener Visions



A modern extension to this heritage property, a family home is set within a private green sanctuary. The garden features a high degree of craftsmanship with large framed openings blurring the boundary between interior and exterior.  The effect is one that truly sets the garden as an extension of the home, allowing the garden to be appreciated through the changing seasons.

Lending verticality into the alfresco area, a steel pergola, and a concrete fireplace encloses the outdoor living zone. The selective use of a monochromatic material palette throughout, featuring limestone, concrete, and black steel edging matches the home’s charred timber façade and heritage brickwork.

The elegantly raised pool alleviates the need for a traditional pool fence, allowing for an uninterrupted outlook into the garden. When the days are still, the infinity-edge pool juxtaposing the living area act as a calming water feature reflecting both sky and garden.

The soft and fluid planting palette of grasses soften the edges of the paving, with Barrell cactuses punctuating the mounds of zoysia grass. A contrast in planting texture and form adds visual movement to the garden.

The effect of the raised pool as the garden's feature is a trickling waterscape that encapsulates one's senses while softly lighting up at dusk. The garden’s design makes way for  a inviting spillover of the home, a welcomed addition to the feeling of a private green sanctuary within an urban context.