Stoke Newington Garden

A strong grid layout informs the design of this ‘bijou’ garden.

The striking orange venetian plaster wall, forms a centre piece in this Stoke Newington garden
The striking orange venetian plaster wall, forms a centre piece in this Stoke Newington garden
Stage 1

The Brief

The owners of this garden were a young couple who worked in the music industry, and wanted a garden that reflected their lifestyle. Entertaining was a key requirement of their brief.

Stage 2

Design and Build

The design is based on a grid layout, to create subtle divisions both vertically and horizontally. We also dug down to create a sunken space and allow more privacy from the neighbours.

Corten steel, poured concrete, and hardwood become the unifying materials in this garden. The furniture is also bespoke
Corten steel, poured concrete, and hardwood become the unifying materials in this garden. The furniture is also bespoke
A raised seating area, sits adjacent to a hidden gas firepit, that provides ample heat. The existing Cornus kousa tree, casts dappled shadows over the garden.
A raised seating area, sits adjacent to a hidden gas firepit, that provides ample heat. The existing Cornus kousa tree, casts dappled shadows over the garden.
Stage 3

Finished Project

The main focal axis is a striking low orange Venetian plaster wall that also provides additional seating. Poured concrete walls run at right angles to the feature wall to make up the grid formation and define the areas, hiding a fire pit at the back of the garden.

The boundary walls have been created from detailed strips and panels of Cor-Ten steel, with additional panels of horizontal Balau fencing. A built in fire pit is concealed behind a raised section of concrete and provides instant heat at the flick of a switch. A BBQ and bespoke shed for storage make use of a narrow passageway.

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A built in bench is made of a soft poured concrete and a timber seat, fixed to the hardwood fence. It lines perfectly with the edge of the retaining wall and seems to be floating above the deck.
Close to the house, a built in barbecue unit with its concrete base matches the hard landscaping details found in this Stoke Newington garden: hardwood trellis, polished poured concrete. It becomes a bench to make better use of the small space available.
A newly planted tree gives scale to this Stoke Newington garden, adding height and providing shade when it becomes warm during summer months. It has been underplanted with herbaceous, flowering at different times of year, from early spring to winter.
A bespoke built-in fireplace has been built in the corner of this Stoke Newington garden, providing light and warmth when enjoying the comfortable sofas.
The orange concrete strip runs along the length of the garden, dividing the space, creating a strong focal line from the house. Level changes create different areas to enjoy in this small garden in East London.
This garden in East London, mixes warm colours of tainted poured concrete with Corten steel and hardwood timber, oiled and treated to retain its original brown. The mixed planting with different leaves and flowers contrast greatly, bringing the space to life.
The vivid orange and corten steel details are contrasting with the lush green foliages in this Stoke Newington garden, East London.
Two built-in benches are positioned to enjoy the sun in the morning or in the afternoon, making the space usable during the whole day. At night, some wall mounted light fittings light up the garden with a nice warm white LED.
A floating timber bench overhangs from the trellis, whilst some underplanting break up the concrete with lush foliages. Some corten strips incorporated in the wall add some repetition, echoing the corten steel wall behind the tree.
The small garden in East London stretches to a raised border, planted with lush herbaceous plants, under a tall feature tree. The strong design forces the eye to follow the concrete and corten steel lines.
Some herbaceous borders are composed of mixed plants such as grasses, Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’, perennials Salvia nemororsa ‘Caradonna’ or ferns like Dryopteris erytrosora.
Some nice shadows from the trees around are visible in the late afternoon in this Stoke Newington garden, London.
The comfortable bespoke sofas and chairs can be moved around this Stoke Newington garden easily. Weatherproof, they can stay out all year round.
A gas firepit provides warmth at the flick of a switch
The view from the back of the garden towards the house shows a soft poured concrete step, with lighting integrated, up to a hardwood decking patio, levelled with the kitchen sil. Some vertical corten steel strip detail breaks up the fence line, dividing the space.
View of the Stoke Newington garden, East London, before the design and landscaping work has been completed by London Garden Designer.
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Photos by Marianne Majerus