AC­CESS ALL AR­EAS

Tasked with cre­at­ing a mul­ti­pur­pose space on a tight block this land­scaper came up with an in­ge­nious strat­egy.

Australian House & Garden - - Garden Special -

Art of the lou­vre

A stun­ning wall of alu­minium lou­vres is the star of this small rear gar­den in Mel­bourne’s in­ner north. Af­ter adding a con­tem­po­rary rear ex­ten­sion to their Vic­to­ri­an­era ter­race, the own­ers wanted the 14x5m rear gar­den to re­flect the new, stream­lined ar­chi­tec­ture. High on their wish list was the de­sire for easy en­try to the lo­cal park lo­cated across the back lane, and a part-time car­port. Land­scape de­signer Scott Le­ung from Eck­er­s­ley Gar­den Ar­chi­tec­ture de­signed a ‘car­port per­gola’ that ac­com­mo­dates a car and dou­bles as a shaded out­door room for en­ter­tain­ing. But the in­stal­la­tion of lou­vred pan­els along the back wall is his mas­ter­stroke. They work like bi­fold doors and can be folded right back to al­low car en­try or opened to take in the views. “Ba­si­cally, we have ex­tended the back­yard,” says Scott. “The lou­vres help cre­ate bor­rowed out­looks to the park: they can ei­ther be screened to­tally or par­tially or left fully open.” Eck­er­s­ley Gar­den Ar­chi­tec­ture; (03) 9413 3223 or www.eg-a.com.au.

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