Sunday, November 16th, 2014 - Cheswick Consultants

Research shows that stress is the number one mental health issue for Australians.

One of every 3 to 4 people suffer from either anxiety or depression throughout their life. Long hours at work, a busy social and family life, ensure that stress levels remain high.

Nature in the form of a naturalistic setting to which you can retreat when needed is an antidote to the chaos of everyday life.

In Australia we have become conditioned to European garden styles in which we sit in the garden and observe the features of the garden. The experiencer is separate from the experience.

However, Asian landscape design acknowledges that man and nature are not separate. We are nature. To be at ease within it and to lose yourself amidst the tranquility of the natural surrounds is the goal. 

Cheswick Consultants in association with Landscaping Victoria have combined knowledge and skills to create 'The Urban Temple', a boutique show garden for exhibition at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2015. 

It is a mixture of contemporary and traditional design, ideally suited to use in eco-retreats, medical centres, wellness clinics, hospital courtyards and residential landscapes. The goal is to create a place in which you can feel at home with yourself. Paramount to the success of the project are the benefits gained in terms of personal wellbeing.

Sometimes it is difficult to visualise and conceptualise how a landscape will look from 2D plans so Cheswick Consultants have prepared a 3D presentation to portray the emotional as well as the visual elements of the garden. 

Based on the simplicity of the Japanese ‘dry’ garden, incorporating elements of Chinese and Indonesian styles, we’ve designed this landscape to be pleasing to the senses and soothing to the mind. 

Mirroring the Asian philosophical principle of ‘unity in diversity’, and ‘the balancing of opposites’, The Urban Temple is a blend of dynamic contrasts: inside/outside, small tree/large tree, high platform/lower planting, shadow/light, warmth/coolness, enclosure/openness, stillness/movement. 

Rocks and water draw your attention to earth, whilst the bamboo lifts your vision to the heavens. ‘China red’ inner walls provide warmth, contrasted and complimented by the coolness of the plants and pond. The scented plants and blossoms fill the senses on warm spring/summer days sitting quietly on the bamboo deck. 

A series of bamboo skins envelope the main recessed area creating a walled, protected space. Rock formations mimic mountain ranges, while water replicates rivers and lakes.
 

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Research shows that stress is the number one mental health issue for Australians. One of every 3 to 4 people suffer from either anxiety or depression throughout their life. Long hours at work, a busy social and family life, ensure that stress levels remain high. Nature in the form of a naturalistic setting to which you can retreat when needed is an antidote to the chaos of everyday life.

In Australia we have become conditioned to European garden styles in which we sit in the garden and observe the features of the garden.The experiencer is separate from the experience.

However, Asian landscape design acknowledges that man and nature are not separate. We are nature. To be at ease within it and to lose yourself amidst the tranquility of the natural surrounds is the goal. 

Cheswick Consultants design landscapes that are a mixture of contemporary and traditional design ideas suitable for use in residential landscapes, eco-retreats, medical centres, wellness clinics and hospital courtyards.

To create a place in which you can feel at home with yourself and benefit in terms of personal wellbeing are paramount to the success of our projects. 


Jai Cheswick
M: 0430965166
W: [email protected]

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