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Garden design: Modern, urban teen retreat

Garden design: Modern, urban teen retreat

Award-winning British landscape designer Mark Gregory creates an outdoor living space for teens. Author: Virginia Macdonald

Gardens

Garden design: Modern, urban teen retreat

Award-winning British landscape designer Mark Gregory and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver create the perfect open-air pad for teens.

When award-winning British landscape designer Mark Gregory took on the task of creating a teen garden for the 2010 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, he envisioned a modern, urban retreat where young people could feel relaxed and at home, yet apart from other adults.

Mark was enlisted by the U.K.’s Children’s Society, a London-based charity that aims to give all children a better chance in life. Inspired by the charity’s groundbreaking 2010 survey “Understanding Children’s Well-Being,” Mark, principal designer at Landform Consultants, created a relaxing, 30-by-30-foot open-air pad where kids can chill out with friends in a safe, stylish environment.

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Green-roof pavilion

Mark Gregory, principal designer of Landform Consultants, designed the 10-by-10-foot green-roofed garden pavilion as an outdoor living space where teenagers can hang out. The seating surrounds a submerged firepit, while the nearby pool offers a place to take a cool dip.

 

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Plunge pool

The plunge pool is surrounded by custom-cut Yorkshire sandstone. Mark used an innovative water-cut technique to shape the thick stone slabs into soft forms, which mimic the water’s sense of movement and add a unique textured look that makes them seem nearly natural.

 

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Wood-burning pizza oven

The brick-clad wood-burning oven is both attractive and functional in this teen-centric space. The rustic brick fits naturally into the organic scheme of unstained wood and native U.K. stone, which is complemented by a mostly green-and-white plant palette.

 

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Storage solution

The pavilion’s curtains can be drawn shut to block out cool drafts. Inside the pavilion, additional firewood is cleverly stored under the oak bench.

 

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Plant palette

Shade-loving ferns and hostas lend texture to the garden design, while aquatic plants, including ornamental rhubarb and horsetail, outline the stones surrounding the naturally filtered pool.

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Garden design: Modern, urban teen retreat