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July 27, 2022

A luxury getaway home settled on a unique site, Crane Lodge immerses visitors in its natural context. Designed by Secret Gardens, the landscape architecture of the home enhances the sensory experience of the outdoors.

Located in the Sydney suburb of Palm Beach, Crane Lodge sits on an elevated site. The design brief for the landscape of the luxury getaway home centred on creating a sense of arrival whilst allowing access to the house across the terrain. Employing an inclinator, Secret Gardens instils the arrival process with a sense of anticipation and discovery.

Many endangered species of plant are championed in the landscape design of the luxury getaway home and are designed to appear slightly unkempt. Secret Gardens also includes indigenous plants for cooking and educational purposes.

A smattering of boulders surrounds the luxury getaway home, contributing to the impressive character of its external environment. Secret Gardens purposefully positions the swimming pool adjacent to boulders, creating the impression that the amenity emerged naturally.

The materials chosen for the landscape architecture of Crane Lodge express a sympathetic approach to nature. As a result, the luxury getaway home entirely embraces its context, with a landscape design that captures the essence of a bushwalk experience.

00:00 - Crane Lodge as an Experience
00:44 - The Client's Vision
01:05 - The Garden and The Setting
01:58 - Lodged Unusually High
02:21 - The Inclusion of Amenities
02:37 - The Team Involved
03:04 - Major Site Components
03:34 - A Strong Connection to The Outdoors
03:49 - A Natural Watering Hole
04:28 - Sympathetic Materials and Beautiful Features

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Photography by Nicholas Watts.
Architecture by Redfern Lynch Architects.
Interior Design by Carole Whiting Studio.
Build by Sherocon.
Landscape Architecture by Secret Gardens.
Engineering by GZ Consulting Engineers.
Filmed and Edited by O&Co. Homes.
Production by The Local Project.

The Local Project Acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners of the land in Australia. We recognise the importance of Indigenous peoples in the identity of the country and continuing connections to Country and community. We pay the respect to Elders, past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Indigenous people of these lands.

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