The Northern Design Awards is a prestigious yearly event sponsored by RIBA and the Landscape Institute that brings together architects, designers, property developers and retailers in a celebration of northern design and style. Open to landscape architects, landscape design practitioners and garden designers based in the North. Judges were seeking captivating entries of exceptional spaces created on any budget. David Keegan Garden Design has scooped this year’s 2016 award for “Best Residential Landscape Design” David won the award for his project, “The Eco Garden.”
He described his project as the perfect balance between low maintenance, whilst also creating a perfect environment for both the clients use and support of wildlife.
David commented: “A big part of my vision in setting out to design this garden was to truly create a connection between the inside and outside spaces, but as a garden distinct from a living room, the aim of which to create the sense of being immersed in the garden even when seated inside. In setting out to achieve this I deliberately set out not to follow the fashion of extending the inside out, but instead, a separate space of nature that, although had a connection to the inside, its flow would be complimentary, rather than continuous. In doing so, whilst the 2 spaces coexist and connect, they offer a very distinct set of moods and consequentially, emotional responses. The end result when you are seated inside the house and looking upon the garden it acts as a calming backdrop and picture, as distinct to when you sit in the garden, you are immersed and escape the connection, and its confines, of what we call house, home and room. In that way the garden becomes a distinct, but complimentary, separate space.”
David’s client for the project commented: “I am amazed every day now how the garden in evolving, it is due to David’s vision and he continues to think about his projects and how he can make them even more perfect and beautiful.
David is an excellent storyteller and continues to be very curious about his clients and transforms all of this into your garden project.
My garden is a story from start to finish that has been beautifully designed, executed and is exactly what I wanted and needed to enrich my daily living”
The awards event presentation was hosted by Wayne Hemmingway of Red or Dead fame the event, entering its 14th year, is held in a different northern city each year. This year saw the event being staged at the Royal Armouries and New Dock Hall, Leeds. David was delighted to be presented with his award by Noel Farrer president elect, chair of policy committee and board member for the Landscape Institute and CABE national design review panel member. The awards serve to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence across a broad range of categories. Winning a Northern Design Award is a high achievement as they are voted for exclusively by leading industry experts.
You can view the winning entry by clicking the links below
For further reading on how the project evolved click this link for my blog entries