Malvern’s Mediterranean Sanctuary: Haverbrack Avenue project



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Jack Merlo, the innovative landscape architect responsible for the impressive ‘Haverbrack’ undertaking, has left a substantial mark on the landscape architecture scene in Australia.

His skill in designing stunning open-air areas, distinguished by their beauty, balance, and eco-friendliness, has garnered him recognition within the profession.

Malvern's Mediterranean Sanctuary: Haverbrack Avenue project

Working in close partnership with clients, Australian landscape architect Jack Merlo and his team have completely reimagined the opulent outdoor area of Haverbrack Avenue, turning it into a stunning and practical Mediterranean-inspired haven. Embracing a sandy beige colour scheme and incorporating olive trees to establish an ideal shaded oasis, ‘Haverbrack’ underscores both the structural and soft landscaping aspects.

A Pots by Atelier Vierkant
A Pots by Atelier Vierkant

Utilizing outdoor furnishings from Cosh Living, this area has been converted into an inviting and functional space, ideal for unwinding and hosting guests, perfectly timed for the Australian summer season.

Tosca Lounge Chair, Tosca Side Table, Drops Side Table by Tribu
Tosca Lounge Chair, Tosca Side Table, Drops Side Table by Tribu

The project’s success hinged on the active involvement of the clients. The homeowners’ objective was to elevate the exterior of their upscale residence, which previously did not meet their expectations. They preserved elements such as the pool and the building structure while collaborating closely with Jack’s design team to bring their vision to life. The project encompassed the presentation of several design concepts to the clients, and their input was sought on colour schemes and materials. Ultimately, they opted for a welcoming off-white shade and tiles resembling travertine, complemented by neutral timber decking.

Addis Alu Sofa by Kett
Addis Alu Sofa by Kett

Selecting outdoor furniture and oversized clay pots from Cosh Living played a pivotal role in achieving a harmonious blend of aesthetics and proportion. The choice of furniture took into account the clients’ practical requirements, encompassing lounge furnishings and daybeds from the prestigious European outdoor furniture label, Tribu. Furthermore, the generously sized clay pots sourced from Atelier Vierkant served as the ideal structural foundation for mature olive trees, chosen for their appealing foliage and suitability for the Mediterranean-inspired endeavour. To soften the pots’ appearance and establish a well-balanced, visually pleasing arrangement, cascading rosemary plants were introduced.

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