Glass Street

A new resort-style home in a premier suburb with dramatic architecture on a huge scale. Great Spaces brought the skills to execute this cutting-edge design.


Our brief was to breathe life into this newly built leviathan’s stark grounds and sharp lines. Great Spaces were asked to bring our best craftsmanship, attention to detail, and horticultural expertise to compliment this massive contemporary residence’s vast spaces and minimalist grandeur.


The Great Spaces team was invited to execute a plan by Anthony Scott Landscape Design. We were both honoured and enthusiastic to bring our skills to the task. Our construction and landscaping credentials were chosen above all to deliver grounds and surrounds to the standards of excellence already set by the architects and owners.


Everything about this project was big. Tonnes of plant-friendly soil had to be brought to the site before we installed an irrigation system and automatic timers to feed plants via underground rainwater tanks. A huge custom bubbler fountain was set in pride of place to compliment the scale of the property. It sits beside the entrance on a steel-edged raised bed surrounded by a clipped hedge.

Plantings included magnolias and spreading varieties of green ground covers. Three large birch trees will grow to dominate the space and are lit by up lights to create a dramatic feature at night. We even planted the nature strip out front with a matching birch. The side access path required raised beds to be built along the boundary and planted with camellia, which will eventually screen neighbouring views. Bluestone stepping pads set in gravel create a graphic path that is flanked and lit by strategically placed spotlights.

To the rear of the property, the works continued on a grand scale. The team had to install agricultural drainage and irrigation systems fed by underground rainwater tanks beneath the lawn. We erected a minimalist glass safety fence to complement the finishes around the pool. And we planted narrow beds around its boundaries with bamboo to create extra height and privacy. Japanese Maple and larger fiscus plants will eventually screen the neighbours overlooking the rear lawn.

Statement pieces like a colossal geo-rock planter, a designer fire pit table, and clusters of pots and plants throughout add to the resort-style feel. The finished product has the impressive edge the owners sought for their great space.