The practice was commissioned to undertake the complete design of a superior residential park for the high-end housing scheme at Streamstown Wood, Malahide Co. Dublin along with the design for two show gardens to complement the Edwardian architecture of the properties and the interior design being undertaken by designer Louise Kennedy.
Although the park measures little more than 2-acres in size, the design brief was to provide a recreational haven within the housing development for use by the local residents. It was decided that the park should take its design cues from the architecture of the houses that include redbrick and granite facades, feature bay windows, pitched slate roofs, and elegant landscaped gardens enclosed by distinctive cast-iron railings and gates. Design reference was made to some of the great eighteenth and nineteenth century residential city parks of Dublin and London.
Features of the park include: a sunken amphitheatre, a playground using high-quality Richter wooden play equipment and a bespoke shelter whose canopy combines a playful reference to the traditional circular park bandstand with a sleek curve that refers to the proximity of the sea. The park also includes a putting green.
The design includes four individual water features: a spectacular natural-stone water wall, the Silver Flash water stream rendered in colourful mosaic tiles, the Be-Bop granite sphere, and an Edwardian fountain.
The planting was carried out using mature trees and shrubs. Massive 22 year-old Lime trees have been planted around the perimeter of the park and 30no. mature Hornbeams give an instant impact and structure to the central part of the park. Detailed planting plans were drawn up for all parts of the park including the Edwardian “kitchen” garden surrounded by formal beech hedging, which is planted with herbs and fruit bushes.