Dark outdoor space transformed into usable contemporary courtyard

Posted on 9th May, 2016

May 9, 2016 Transform dark Courtyard into Contemporary usable outdoor space Filed under: Garden Design,Gardening News — Caroline @ 11:12 am Gardenmakers have been rolling out a series of completed Courtyard gardens as part of the high spec residential redevelopment of a row of Town Houses in Marylebone central London.



Originally dark, dank and dingy, these uninviting courtyards were previously little used as outdoor spaces. The design brief was to create a series of inviting external spaces which would add value to the development by providing usable space, vistas and year round interest.


All five courtyards varied slightly in size, shape and access arrangements, and each therefore required its own design consideration. Gardenmakers proposed linking the courtyards through the use of one element throughout and commissioned sculptor, Sally Price of Boldstone to create a series of bespoke wall panels. The panels drew inspiration from the Acanthus motif featured on the original retained architrave of the front doors to each property in the street.


Different colour themes were also used for each courtyard, reflected in the choice of paving, planters and the wall panels themselves, ensuring each courtyard also has its own identity. A palette of largely evergreen plants suited to the shady conditions provide year round colour with integrated hardwood timber benches to provide seating.

Return to Overview