Imagine having to fit the entire contents and experience of a large packet of Smarties into one of those teeny tiny packets. The full volume of sweets; the full adventure that is packed into the deluxe box; the delicious anticipation that starts with the explosion of colour as they slide into view (giving the term ‘eye-candy’ its literal meaning); the rich chocolate infused aroma as each colour bursting morsal is lifted; and its consequent anticipation of flavour, which is never disappointed as we bite through the candy coating of each mouth-watering bauble…
Well, logistically, it is simply impossible to fit the same expansive experience into so tiny a package without feeling somewhat short-changed. It takes a bit of magic to make it happen. We all know that magicians are not truly magic, but by trick and or illusion they make us believe more than would seem possible. And so the landscape designer must do the same in tiny spaces: they must create space where there is none; they must provide views where there is little depth of field; they must give one somewhere to go when it seems that there is nowhere to go; and they must create opportunities for activity and a range of experiences where there is barely room to swing the proverbial cat. This little site (our “tiny box”), tickling the toes of Table Mountain, offered the opportunity to pull a rabbit out of the hat – so to speak. Rising very steeply almost immediately from the house foundations, this site was unattractive, uninviting and not particularly safe. It needed something special to unlock its potential.
After waving our design wands around a bit, these were the rabbits that we pulled from our bag of magic tricks:
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