Dandenong Ranges

A project in the Dandenong Ranges has seen RB Landscapes construct a series of natural ponds, transforming a once steep and overgrown slope into a spectacular backyard. The design incorporates an outdoor kitchen, herb garden, series of waterfalls, trampoline and fire pit. Inspired by the neighbouring Sherbrook Ranges National Park, the design makes the most of the sites challenging slope. The sites steepness restricted access of materials to the site fostering the idea of recycling materials found on site. Existing pine trees that were to be removed, were instead reused on site, to form the backbones of the smaller designed spaces becoming seating around the fire pit, bench tops, and retaining walls.

The series of ponds contain an integrated purification system, manifesting as a green wall and wetland. The water from the ponds cycles through the system, and is aerated by a series of waterfalls which provide a fantastic visual and experiential spectacle, with access behind the waterfalls integral to the clients brief. The waterfalls and ponds in conjunction with the indigenous vegetation create a haven for wildlife such as birds, frogs and kangaroos.
The design also includes an earthy outdoor kitchen containing a woodfire oven, BBQ, sink and bench that embrace the spectacular view over the Dandenong Ranges. Due to the restricted accessibility, the bench and paving is entirely fabricated using on site soil, trialling an experimental construction technique to recycle on site materials at low cost and reinforce the sites connection with its surroundings.

RB Landscapes has designed and constructed a truly spectacular landscape that is focused on the reuse of recycled materials. A great place to entertain the masses or a small intimate group. A true garden paradise for the warmer months in particular.

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