Whilst there was no brief, I wanted the garden to have a seamless connection to the outdoors. The living area opens across the corners, as well as on the north side. The polished concrete floors, mud-brick walls, unfinished steel and glass windows, and corten steel and timber finishes called for a similarly unfussy approach to the garden. I wanted to create something quite natural, using a mix of exotic and native plants. The garden’s structure is deceptive; it looks casual and easy and natural just like the house around which it folds. The tones of the plants work with the sand-coloured bricks, the rusty-red corten steel and the timber. The plants find a textural match in the surfaces.