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