Our brief was to transform a bland architectural environment into an inviting space suitable for relaxing and entertaining at a property located in the coastal village of Villefranche-sur-Mer, South of France.
We designed bespoke fencing to transform ordinary fencing into attractive panels. We traversed the limestone flooring from inside to outside merging the boundaries between interior and exterior. We clad the underside of the first floor extension in timber and painted it a warm tone to soften the space. Lighting plays a key part of this garden's transformation; we specified spike lighting to highlight trees and planting. Bollard lighting, wall lights and pendants all add a touch of sophistication and create practical lighting to the areas where needed.
We worked in collaboration with garden designers The Landscape Architect to complete the landscaping and create beautiful planting scheme. With careful planning The Landscape Architect transformed the gardens over a sixteen day period. With restricted roads and limited access into the property, the planting of 300 square meters, delivering a hefty bronze sculpture and installing large exterior furniture pieces was certainly a challenge!
Our vision was to create a beautiful garden providing privacy from neighbours but leaving the panoramic views uninterrupted. The boundaries between inside and out were to be subtle, almost invisible. The planting had to work in harmony with the architectural design of the building yet be practical to the climate and ongoing maintenance which had to be taken into consideration.
Our brief to The Landscape Architect was to create an informal garden oasis softening the clean geometric lines of the architecture whilst bringing colour and texture throughout the year. We also asked them to create a formal garden by the villa entrance to showcase the Client's bronze sculpture 'Nun's Story' by renowned British sculptor, Philip Jackson.
Large bespoke planters finished in Corten Steel completed the terrace installation.
The end result is stunning and one which is enjoyed by our Client on a daily basis.