markham garden one

View of the house and garden

The redesigned front and rear gardens at this Markham Street residence create modern outdoor spaces that complement the recent home renovations. The tough, minimalist materiality is balanced with lush, textural planting: in the front, battered Corten (weathering steel) and board-formed concrete walls frame a large maple tree, carefully protecting the soil volume necessary for healthy roots. Swaths of coniferous hedging and flowing grasses surround the trunk and shape an area for sculpture display. A weathered steel bridge paves the way towards the front entrance and a new multi-stem birch tree provides a counterpoint to the front elder maple.

The rear of the house has large windows framing the tableau of the backyard, where an expanded metal stainless steel wall forms a trellis for vines to grow. Black brick, local limestone and acid-etched concrete add to the industrial tones of the built material, contrasted by undulating layers of textural planting.

Detail view of the front garden wall

Battered wall detail

View of the entry bridge looking towards the house

Weathering steel and board-formed concrete walls contain the front garden

View of the entry bridge from the house

Weathering steel bridge

View of the garden threshold

Stone and moss threshold

View of rear garden looking towards the house

View of rear garden

View of the rear garden

View of rear garden with expanded metal wall trellis

View of the house from across the street

The industrial palette of the house inspired the gardens’ materiality

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