Electrical Contracting News (ECN) July 2017 - Page 25

PROJECT FOCUS volume. Artifi cial grass provides a chequer board contrast to the travertine segments. ‘Creating this garden was a highlight for our design studio,’ says Stephen Woodhams. ‘Clever use of Treillage provides a French theme to the space, further enhanced by planting a series of tree ferns, to represent palm trees on the Cote d’Azur.’ Relaxation and outside dining The lower section of the garden is used for relaxation and outside dining. As the kitchen opens up directly onto the lower terrace, the same stone for the garden tabletop was used in the kitchen worktops creating an echo between the inside and outside spaces. Travertine paving detailed into the lower decking provides a contrast in fi nish and looks like an inset dining rug. At night the garden is completely transformed with subtle and cleverly integrated lighting by Design Plus Light. Low glare uplighting highlights the columns to emphasise the architectural structure of the raised garden. Recessed uplights highlight the arched trellis, drawing the eye to the end of the garden. The mirror refl ects the colour changing bubble water feature – further emphasising depth. Spike spotlights concealed in the planter beds light the tree ferns and provide a soft refl ected light back into the space. Each vista is beautifully framed by focusing the light on the structural elements and on key planting elements. ‘One has to be very careful when lighting gardens to ensure that you don’t end up with a great deal of contrast,’ explains Sanjit Bahra, founder of Design Plus Light. ‘Successful landscape lighting uses layers of light to build a scheme that uses both light and shadow to create the atmosphere.’ Stunning lighting effect A mirror at the end of the central vista leads the eye into the garden with majestic trellis columns framing the view. The four quarter segments around the water feature are for seasonal planting whilst boxwood balls give all year round structure and Design Plus Light carefully detailed a LED striplight to the base of the glass balustrade to create a stunning lighting effect, which was frosted so that it picked up the light. When looking out from inside the house, this edge lighting looks more and more spectacular the higher up you go. Old olive trees in cream pots are softly lit with small LED spotlights that highlight the gnarled trunks. A sliding glass roof gives access to the swimming pool and spa in the lower fl oor. At night this is softly backlit to provide a glow to the seating area. ‘Mirror panels refl ect the space to add depth and echo the feel from the garden below.’ Spike spotlights concealed in the planter beds light the tree ferns and provide a soft refl ected light back into the space. The glass balustrade continues around to ensure a completely child friendly space. Mirror panels in the lower section refl ect the garden to give a greater feeling of light and space. The lighting provides a more intimate and luxurious feel at night to showcase a spectacular multi-layered townhouse garden. The space was maximised to create four distinct areas: Central seating area, lounging, bar & BBQ and dining. Mirror panels refl ect the space to add depth and echo the feel from the garden below. Concealed LED striplights provide refl ected light into the space and make the mirrors appear to fl oat off the timber panelling. Small LED spotlight highlight the Perspex box water feature and the central coffee tables. LED uplights illuminate the cream pots revealing the structure and form of the boxwood planting above. Spotlit olives create a lit canopy above the seating area and the kitchenette and bar are concealed behind doors in the chimneystack recesses. Concealed LED striplights make them glow like sculptural niches, while the discrete lighting on the rooftop creates an ambience for relaxing and enjoying the sunsets over London. ‘I love the play of contrast that we achieved on this rooftop terrace,’ concludes Sanjit Bahra. ‘Alternating between uplighting the sides of the structured cream pots and then spotlighting the olive trees leads the eye along a playful vista across the terrace. It’s tricky to illuminate planter beds as the planting often overwhelms the light fi ttings leading to harsh spots of light. In this instance we chose to conceal a LED strip in the front of the planter that softly lit the foliage and grasses that tumbled over.’ July 2017 | 25