Hampstead Hill

In-situ concrete garden

LONDON, UK

Hampstead Hill

In-situ concrete garden

LONDON, UK

The garden was constructed from in-situ concrete, glass and limestone. The Italian architect, Carlo Scarpa, and his fascination for materials have always influenced me. In this garden the in-situ concrete loses its uncompromising quality and becomes softened by the rich colours of the planting. Instead of paving we used crumb rubber to make it comfortable for kids. Over the years we have added some vertical Yew columns, and the rest of the garden has evolved beautifully. Eldridge Smerin Architects altered the original Edwardian house to an extremely high standard.

It won a Civic Trust Award in 2003.

Image credits: Nicola Browne