Outdoor design is quite unique. Like object design, it works with function, form and aesthetics. Like interior design, it 'sculpts the air' to make people-friendly places in empty, open spaces. But unlike other types of design, outdoor design is a four dimensional skill, as it has to also embrace time, working with the unpredictability of nature and the changing patina of using unprotected materials in the landscape.
hidden will show tiny micro-courts close to the city, larger family gardens and special-access courtyards. From newly-built landscapes to those standing the test of a decade or more, hidden's designers show that they are expert practitioners of four-dimensional design, using a range of styles and ideas about shaping spaces, managing levels, creating vistas and privacy, using colour and texture, construction and garden detailing, and plant choices.
Clustered mainly through Sydney's Upper North Shore, Lower North Shore and Eastern Suburbs, hidden features both residential and commercial design projects from 17 of Sydney's best known and award-winning landscape designers, as well as some new and emerging designers, including:
Secret Gardens of Sydney
Spirit Level Design
GOODMANORS Pools + Gardens
Michael Cooke Garden Design
Pepo Botanic Design
Imperial Gardens Landscape
Arkins Landscapes with Landsberg Garden Design
Stark Design interiors + exteriors
Valley Garden Landscapes
Banksia Design Group
Katherine Marden Landscape Design
Tig Crowley Designs
‘Hidden’ away from public view, these privately-owned designer gardens, courtyards and outdoor spaces are rarely (if ever) open, so take advantage of this one weekend in April.
Tickets are limited so get in quick. A single ticket gives entry to all properties.
For more information and to secure your ticket visit www.hiddendesignfestival.com
Images (top to bottom): Secret Gardens of Sydney (Randwick); Valley Garden Landscapes (Mosman); Pepo Botanic Design (Paddington); GOODMANORS Pools + Gardens (Turramurra); and ecodesign (Beecroft).