‘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.