BERNARD HICKIE  |  GARDENS & LANDSCAPES

Merrion Square Garden

 

This garden was intended to be an exotic walkthrough between two office buildings. The client, a film producer, specifically asked for Italian pigmented plaster to be incorporated into the scheme, hence the blue and burnt orange walls. A simple rectangular site, the brief was to design a scheme that immersed people in a wonderland, a fantasy , while providing privacy from the four storey Georgian houses overlooking the garden . I specifically chose fast growing hardy exotics that would quickly knit together to fulfil that. It was great fun to do and a logical follow through from the fantasy world of film. The overall effect of tall verticals in such a narrow restricted space is to increase the sense of scale and blur the boundaries.