A Luminous + Leafy Garden Pavilion Designed To Elevate Indoor-Outdoor Flow

Hidden in a leafy-green fringe suburb of Brisbane is this lush garden and outdoor pavilion, designed by Arcke as an extension to an original brick veneer home.

The brief called for an increase in privacy and connection to the garden, so Arcke responded with a lantern-like outdoor room that defines new garden spaces and facilitates the movement of cooling localised breezes through the house.

Arcke worked closely with landscape architect Sidone Carpenter of Green Canopy to devise planting strategies to complement the significant structure and create an immersive experience inside and out.

Bea Taylor

Frangipani Pavilion by Arcke glows like a lantern at night!

Frangipani trees — the homeowner’s favourite — have been transplanted in the new courtyard area as the focal point.

A fernery outside the main bedroom creates a cool green tunnel, as well as privacy.

‘We worked closely with [landscape architect Sidone] to communicate the architectural intent and devise planting strategies that complement the significant gestures that were established with built form,’ says Matt Kennedy, director of Arcke.

The Frangipani trees have also been retained on the boundary.

The pavilion has been made from exposed timber, designed to grey gracefully with age.

Plants such as various Dichondra, Aspidistra Elatior (cast iron plant) provide textural floor covering.

The pavilion has been designed so the garden can be appreciate from inside as well as out.

The new structure is a vast improvement on the ‘small, dilapidated gazebo’ that was once there.

‘The additional intervention of a new crafted bay window to the existing living room, creates an expanded habitable threshold and establishes a dialogue between the old and new structures,’ says Matt.

Colocasia (Elephant Ears) are another textural tropical plant featured in the garden.

Bea Taylor
18th of August 2023
Landscape Architect

Faced with compromised privacy due to a new development across the road and the need for a stronger connection to the garden, the owners of this Brisbane home engaged Arcke to design an outdoor room that would open their home out to the garden, but distance themselves from the neighbours.

Architect Matt Kennedy, director of Arcke, worked closely with landscape architect Sidone Carpenter of Green Canopy to create a ‘permeable outdoor room’ that defines new garden spaces and encourages outdoor living.

The resulting pavilion is delicately linked to the original house with a crafted timber screen. The structure, designed to gracefully grey with age, is made from exposed, recycled Class 1 hardwood. Framed views from inside — including a new bay window in the existing living room — mean the garden is enjoyed both from an immersive external experience, and from multiple internal vantage points.

The planting, of course, is what really ties this new extension and verdant courtyard together. The homeowner’s love for Frangipani trees has seen them retained on the boundary during the build and a few transplanted to the new courtyard as a focal point.

The rest of the garden is created through layers of textural tropical plants such as Colocasia (Elephant Ears), Aspidistra elatior (Cast Iron Plant) and Alpinia Nutans (Dwarf Cardamon). While low-lying plants such as various Dichondra and Crassula Ovata Hobbit (Jade) provide ample coverage and lush green texture below.

Colour is brought in through Walking Iris, Kalanchoe Silver spoons, Kalanchoe Orgyalis (Copper spoons) and Viola Hederacea (native violets). And a fernery featuring Cyathea Cooperi (tree ferns) and Blechnum (silver lady ferns) creates a cool green tunnel outside the main bedroom.

At night the pavilion becomes ‘a lantern that floats in the landscape’ says Matt, and during the day, it’s a sanctuary away from life, beyond the Frangipani trees.

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