BRIGHTON - Contemporary Alfresco

‘NORD’ the 2012 Triple Medal Winning Show Garden By Marnie Lewis Design.

‘NORD’ is inspired by the Nordic landscape with a focus on contemporary Scandinavian lifestyle and custom. Nord simply means North in Norwegian.

Set in a Nordic style forest, a contemporary timber clad pergola and multiple decking platforms float above white quartz pebbles which emulate a snow covered ground. A white brick chimney soars through the roof of the pergola creating a strong vertical element. The dining and lounge spaces take full advantage of the double-sided open fireplace complete with a white resin faux moose head.

The outdoor living spaces are heavily influenced by Scandinavian traditions such as retiring to the lounge and drinking aquavit after the evening meal, (which is similar to the German/ Austrian tradition of drinking schnapps), and of course, being Naturists, hot tub soaking! A giant white sculptural bath, which is a contemporary alternative to the traditional cedar hot tub, sits upon a decking platform and is enclosed by an L-shaped, white painted brick wall.

Random plantings of coniferous understorey are present amongst the white pebbles and emulate a forest floor. 6 cube pots with topiary Buxus balls (box hedge) make a formal, structured statement in the foreground.

This contemporary alfresco area complete with kitchen and outdoor fire place flows seamlessly from indoors to outdoors. The elcosed structure, (which covers half the courtyard)  was designed to encourage as much outdoor living as possible and incorporates  lighting  and in-built heating and speakers into the ceiling.

Large format honed sandstone pavers create a light bright base making the space appear larger than it actually is. The same sandstone laid in a crazy pave pattern clads the chimney which houses the gas log fire place.

The outdoor kitchen includes an in-built teppanyaki grill, custom designed sink and 2 under bench bar fridges. The custom insulated sink doubles as an ice bucket and is deep enough for the all important champagne bottles! The cantilevered bench which house the grill and sink further maximises visual space.

Blue LED feature lighting completes the chic modern look.

© Copyright  2012, Marnie Lewis Design