The unique brief was that the spectacular garden overlooking Sydney Harbour should embody the notion of the ‘Sauvage’ (which is French for savage or wild). The landscape needed to be a range of things including informal, relaxed, bold, eclectic and expressive of its genius loci.

To achieve the notion of the ‘Sauvage’, we installed planting at densities which result in vigorous and lush coverage, particularly in the sheltered areas. The design creates a sense of connected garden rooms on this multilevel site.

A spectacular garden overlooking Sydney Harbour

A stacked blue-grey stone wall defines the eastern edge of the driveway and wraps around to the front of the property. Thick slabs of basalt form the main staircase from the driveway up to the entry terrace. An in ground timber sleeper deck in front of the rear entry door of the house provides an outdoor dining area amongst the greenery.

The gardens work perfectly in sympathy with the architecture enhancing the distinctive curve of the house and the large terrace overlooking Sydney Harbour. The careful plant selection suits site conditions and the detailing resolve level changes, creating consistency and flow around the house.

Private residence


Concept design, design development, and documentation


Point Piper, Sydney, NSW, Australia


ASPECT Studios, Tzannes Associates