What do you do when you are asked to design a garden that already exists?
This project was quite unlike anything we’ve done before. A breathtaking Cornish valley garden had been subdivided and our clients had bought this plot with a view of seeking permission to carry out a self build, gaining planning through the paragraph 80 clause, essentially the project had to be sustainable, highly innovative and of great architectural merit. Working closely with architects Koto Design we devised a strategy for their multi layered stackable building that created a wraparound garden and utilised the sloping site to provide access in and out of the building. Meeting strict BNG requirements we collaborated with local ecologists to devise a scheme that would slowly see the ornamental elements of this garden revert back to oak woodland. Blending the wooded element with the existing ornamentals and finding exciting ways of mitigating potential flooding to the garden was a great learning curve for the whole studio. The project is due to be under construction in 2024.