The project sits above a basement car-park, hidden from bustling Oxford Street, immediately adjacent the famous Verona Cinemas. Aging structures and pavements were degraded reducing amenity within the courtyard penetrated by stone pods of varying heights, vertical planes and surface grades.
The sculptural and fluid nature of the pods, deliberately disobey architectural rhythms and establish new spatial opportunities. Low timber decks intersect the planters and provide casual seating spaces elevated from the general pavement.
Slithers of water wind their way across the decking, alluding to a natural spring from an underground aquifer. The new planting scheme develops a sandstone gully character conforming to the microclimate conditions created by adjacent buildings.
A canopy of tree ferns (Cyathea cooperi) emerges from an understorey of small ferns and large leafed plants.An effective communal courtyard refurbishment has provided residents with a relaxing landscape in which to stroll, =contemplate and comfortably inhabit.