Eco House

Landscaping : O’Keefe Landscapes
Photography : Steven Wooster


A new build energy efficient home in central London, uniting natural materials with modern technology, constructed on a site of what was a 19th Century garden.
Creating an outdoor space such as this one is a great opportunity to provide a retreat from city life.

At the front of the property a small gated courtyard, encompassed by huge olive trees and massive box balls planted in aged Italian terracotta pots surround a  turntable that enables a car to be turned effortlessly and parked.

The rear garden oozes calm, it encapsulates Mediterranean planting both formal and informal. Three gnarled ancient olive trees lean towards a series of standard vines and figs. An abundance of lavender and rosemary blend with a fragrant background of jasmine, climbing white roses and clematis.

An “L” shaped  pond combining modern UV filtering technology flows around the external perimeter walls of the house, and at the rear of the house, into a trickling waterfall and pebble filled rill; limestone stepping stones access the master bedroom and main hallway.

At the opposite end of the “L” shaped garden, an intimate dining space, incorporating a bespoke curved seating area and Provence style stone table, is linked to the rest of the garden by an evergreen lawn  of “Mind your own business”.

The floor surfaces incorporate massive slabs of honed and bush hammered limestone with an integrated path detail of Ipe timber decking.

A sophisticated lighting system illuminates the main architecture of the building, the planting, the pond and integrated within the curved seating area.

A Sedum planted “green roofing system” provides insulation to the roof of the entire building, reinforcing its eco-friendly green credentials.