Photo: New Zealand, Private Commission

New Zealand

About the Garden

The garden is the last in the trio of gardens influenced by architects Caesar Manrique of Lanzarote and Antonio Gaudi of Barcelona. Both architects were artisans who worked with natural and man made materials with a style influenced by nature. The boundary wall and the interplay of smooth concrete played against natural stone are seen in both men's work while the inset tile mosaic appears in the majority of Gaudi's schemes.

Materials Used

The central ramp/pathway through the garden is formed of smooth in-situ concrete while the boundary wall is formed using shot crete concrete in an organic and free form style. The rock is the local scoria rock. Areas of inlaid tile mosaic are set into the smooth concrete. The planting uses arid loving succulents including Aloe bansii and Agave attenuate, both highly architectural and colourful Mediterranean under-planting including Osteospermum and Euphorbia. The planting echoes the famous Lotus Gardens in America.

Gallery

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