A Garden Sanctuary by Hamptons

Sanctuary Gardens

A Garden Sanctuary by Hamptons creates a space for garden living. A garden takes us out of our homes, lets us decompress, play and reconnect.

In collaboration with Hamptons and Garden Club London, Koto Design have created a carbon-neutral garden cabin. The small, sculptural structure offers a place of seclusion and meditation, and an immersive space to connect with the surrounding power of nature and plants.

Under the canopy of pine and birch trees the sound of water gently trickles through the garden. The charred timber exterior (shou-sugi -ban) draws from Japanese design influence and the ancient Japanese philosophy Wabi Sabi, focused on accepting the transient nature of life and the beauty in imperfection. The structure frames immersive views of the garden.

The garden is rich in pollinating plants with water for wildlife and densely planted trees to encourage birds. Rounded glacial boulders and natural stepping stones contrast with the building and provide an intentional way to slow the journey to the cabin, through the planting and across the moving water. Boundaries of Fagus sylvatica hedging and charred larch panels provide a foil to show off the stunning bark of the Betula nigra and Pinus sylvetris. Sweetly scented favourites including phlox and Syringa repeat through the planting to provide clouds of scent as the visitor meanders through the garden.

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