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National gardens| Australian style
This low-maintenance, architectural garden in Ivanhoe, Victoria, offers a family-sized swimming
pool with a shaded area, large lawn and deck directly adjoining the house. A pool retreat structure,
a swim out and a beach area – offset to the body of the pool to create a small L-shape – are perfect
for relaxation. Galvanised freestanding posts form the pool compliant barrier between the pool
terrace and lawn. The raised tiled pool wall provides an aesthetic connection between the in situ
concrete pool lounge and the entry into the pool area. This, along with the bluestone-paved pool
surrounds, wraps into the pool and over the entry stairs. Both are examples of the materials within
the project bleeding their way from one element to the next, drawing the eye through the space.
This minimalist project is bold and adventurous, using strongly defined shapes and elements to
bring it to life. OFTB landscape architecture, www.outfromtheblue.com.au.
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