An exercise in sculpting the land to produce a flowing serpentine landform
One of my more unusual projects – I was approached by clients who had removed 400 tonnes of chalk from their garden on a steeply sloped site – the only problem being that the clients had been innocent of the need for planning permission to remove the chalk, and were going to either have to put it back or come up with a plan acceptable to the council.
The soil had been removed in an effort to make the garden accessible for the clients’ elderly mother, who had limited mobility which was fast decreasing. The original garden had had very steep steps immediately outside the back door, which had made the entire garden inaccessible for her. The garden needed a complete redesign to make it more accessible, and create room for the clients’ new garden office
Using Sketchup Pro, and inspired by the work of designers such as Kim WIlkie and Charles Jencks, I designed a landform that transformed the unattractive cliff that the clients had created into an attractive usable garden space, and was able to illustrate this effectively in 3D to satisfy the planning department. The solution required special technology more commonly used in civil engineering such as constructing steep motorway verges, but it allowed the clients to create an attractive space with stepped and ramped access to a new garden office on the upper garden level, using the sculptured landform to reconcile the complex levels.