Corten steel rippling through contemporary garden design
Corten steel rippling through contemporary garden design
Corten steel bold curves in Muswell Hill garden design
Garden design to enhance contemporary extension
Bold curves from above in Garden design North London

Corten Steel Curves
Queens Wood, Highgate

Connecting to the Architecture

Our starting point for the layout was the unusual angle of the stunning new extension by Mulroy Architects. We echoed this angle in the landscaping near the house to create a visual connection between the house and garden. We designed a low retaining Corten steel wall with bold curves which draws the eye slowly through to the rear of the garden. The stunning mahogany stems of the multistemmed Prunus serrula work well with the rusty Corten finish.

By carefully selecting materials, we ensured the garden relates back to the house. We chose natural materials; yellow granite paving, which successfully picks up the yellow stock brickwork of the new extension. The dark grey clay pavers echo that of the door and window frames, and the Corten picks up on the red roof tiles.

The Planting Design

The planting is fundamental to this design; it is relaxed and flowing, to enhance the corten steel raised beds. We designed it to be relatively low maintenance with plenty of shrubs and lots of different textures. The client particularly likes grasses, and we added splashes of perennials and bulbs for seasonal colour and interest, to extend the flowering season from late winter to late autumn. This contemporary planting design complements the architecture, creates interest throughout the year, and encourages wild-life and birds.


Architecture by Mulroy Architects. Photography by Dan Glasser.