The landscape design reflects this transition from public to private, from the openness on the corner of Cardiff Lane and Hanover St East to the increasing sense of enclosure approaching the café and lobby terrace. This variation is achieved through changes in level, vegetation, positioning and scaling of routes.
Geometric forms in exposed aggregate concrete make wide yet deep planters, from which plants cascade over and thrive in the southern aspect. The terrace walls are thereby softened by a planting palette that creates movement and changes throughout the seasons as well as retaining interest throughout the winter months with the lignified structure of grasses and perennials.
Grasses form a background to flowering perennials such as Perovskia atriplicifolia, Monarda ‘Cambridge Scarlet’ and Echinacea purpurea ‘Alba’.