We aim to create gardens that provide a diverse range of experiences without being overly prescriptive in how people are to use them or move through them. Gardens that are flexible for the changing needs of their owners.
We believe landscapes can both complement and provide a counterpoint to their surrounding buildings. Whilst a garden can offer a seamless extension of an internal space, ‘the outdoor room’, we are also interested in the idea that a landscape can have an atmosphere derived from something beyond the context of the building. The landscape can be more than just an extension of the house, a distinction between inside and out enriching the quality of the whole.
One of the great pleasures in what we do relates to designing with living things - plants. Having made gardens in various climates from temperate to tropical Andy has a great interest in planting design and the dynamic nature of plants. We seek to create planting schemes that are rich in both texture and form, offering interest throughout the seasons. The studio is particularly interested in planting schemes that remain dynamic, changing throughout the year and evolving over time. We have an interest in plant communities, embracing both the native flora of New Zealand and flora from other corners of the natural world that can thrive in our climate.