Sector Public realm
Project type New build
Services provided Design
Product / system manufacture
Product / system supply
Installation
Year completed 2017
Project location London
Client Inland Homes
Consultant Manoj Malde
Contractor Living Landscapes
 
 

Context

Outdoor Design worked with Living Landscapes on the award-winning garden 'Beneath a Mexican Sky' at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017.  

The garden was inspired by the work of Mexican Modernist architect Luis Barragan and featured colour-washed walls in tints of clementine, coral and cappuccino which created a dramatic backdrop.

Work undertaken

The planting was offset by large concrete slabs floating across a pool of water. These were made with a 2-3mm layer of micro-cement over a powder-coated steel frame - making them lightweight yet very strong. The micro-cement contained zinc resin which, when polished, created a subtle sheen - an effect repeated in the pool.

Outdoor Design also designed and built the cantilver system which allowed the four steps - the largest measuring 2 x 1.5m - to 'float' over the central pool. The biggest challenge for the team was getting the steps into place - exact placement was needed to stop them moving when stepped on.

The garden used drought-tolerant Mediterranean plants with country cottage planting, including agaves, multi-stemmed trees and herbaceous perennials.

Outcome

The garden, which was sponsored by Inland Homes, received a Silver-Gilt medal in the 'Fresh Garden' category.


Context

Outdoor Design worked with Living Landscapes on the award-winning garden 'Beneath a Mexican Sky' at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017.  

The garden was inspired by the work of Mexican Modernist architect Luis Barragan and featured colour-washed walls in tints of clementine, coral and cappuccino which created a dramatic backdrop.

Work undertaken

The planting was offset by large concrete slabs floating across a pool of water. These were made with a 2-3mm layer of micro-cement over a powder-coated steel frame - making them lightweight yet very strong. The micro-cement contained zinc resin which, when polished, created a subtle sheen - an effect repeated in the pool.

Outdoor Design also designed and built the cantilver system which allowed the four steps - the largest measuring 2 x 1.5m - to 'float' over the central pool. The biggest challenge for the team was getting the steps into place - exact placement was needed to stop them moving when stepped on.

The garden used drought-tolerant Mediterranean plants with country cottage planting, including agaves, multi-stemmed trees and herbaceous perennials.

Outcome

The garden, which was sponsored by Inland Homes, received a Silver-Gilt medal in the 'Fresh Garden' category.


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Floating steps for award-winning RHS Chelsea garden 2017