• Photographer
    Nicholas Watt

Mosman Grounds

This home pays homage to a bygone era, a col­lec­tion of out­door spaces demar­cat­ed by a grand and com­pre­hen­sive plant palette.

The prop­er­ty —a Fed­er­a­tion-style home in Syd­ney’s Mos­man— sits respect­ful­ly with­in this ver­dant land­scape, its sweep­ing dri­ve­ways and hid­den paths pro­vid­ing sanc­tu­ary from the out­side world.

Passed down through gen­er­a­tions of land­scape design­ers (the most recent being Peter Fudge), this 100-year-old gar­den was orig­i­nal­ly designed as a series of out­door rooms. And while it had retained ade­quate struc­ture, the land­scape need­ed con­sol­i­dat­ing to improve func­tion­al­i­ty and suit the mod­ern day.

Tak­ing cues from the archi­tec­ture and era of the build our team pro­posed a lush botan­i­cal gar­den filled with tex­tur­al low- and mid-lev­el plant­i­ngs while an over­haul of the gar­den’s under­plant­i­ng pro­vid­ed oppor­tu­ni­ty for the client to make their mark on the her­itage-list­ed home. A key focus, how­ev­er, was to give each room of the 1,412 sq m land­scape a sense of pur­pose, be that by cre­at­ing a bet­ter-defined entrance, a more enclosed pool area or a mod­ernised enter­tain­ing zone. 

A canopy of mature betu­la nigra fil­ters nat­ur­al light