Morocco has a particular tile tradition, and this finds its way into expression in homes and gardens, much as they do in Persian gardens. However, the designs tend to be less curlicue’d, and more geometric.
Water plays a central role, and so this was going to be an important element to include.
In short, a garden that reflected a fusion of African and Arabian gardens needed to be created. Around these parameters the client needed a seating area under a pergola for alfresco dining in the bigger back garden. The colour palette was terracotta, and blue found on the opposite side of the colour wheel, with touches of saffron yellow.
The existing pool and decking dominated the front garden, along with a high blank wall facing straight onto the living area. This presented a challenge as it needed relief and any of the remaining space was needed for movement to and fro.
With such space constraints, the designers realised that plan views would be less useful in selling the concept than some 3D drawings. (Insert concept design page and before pics)
With a shortened time frame in which to design and install, supplier selection was going to be critical. Tiling design, for example, could only be done once the tiles were sourced and lead times addressed. The handmade tiling suppliers were selected more on the basis of their willingness to provide necessary information quickly, and move mountains to make the delivery schedule, than on their price per item. They needed to see themselves as partners in achieving success, and not simply as suppliers. Service matters and this project proved the point.