When we were approached by garden designer Maïtanne Hunt to collaborate on the design of a garden studio for a family garden in Kew, we were delighted to help. The initial brief was to provide a Pod that could take up the whole of the width available but retain the two trees to the front of the Pod, so the dimensions were critical to the success of the whole garden scheme.
The Pod was to incorporate an open plan family living space as well as a separate store area but with a specification that would allow for adaption as living space at a later date. The family also wanted to include as much glazing as possible to reflect the exterior of the house at the opposite end of the garden. The colour scheme was equally important so we specified doors, windows and flashings to match the specification of the home.
To achieve the aims of the project, we incorporated a maintenance free cladding to each of the exterior elevations to enable the maximum use of the space available. We designed an L shaped building that stepped around each of the trees, whilst the glazing reflected them from the outside and offered a view towards them from the inside. The sliding louvred screen offers privacy and solar shading in to the store area of the building and obscures the separate access door. Interior blinds were also included to achieve the same aim. Unusually for a Pod Space project there is no decking included which allowed us to design in the maximum amount of interior space whilst still avoiding the trees.
The final result is a building that beautifully realises the vision for the whole garden and the Pod is an integral part of the overall feel of an elegant, peaceful space for all of the family to enjoy throughout the seasons.
For further information on the landscaping scheme contact Maïtanne Hunt Gardens & Landscapes.