The Chambers commercial courtyard | Jared Lockhart Design

The Chambers, Morningside

Landscape design by Jared Lockhart, Jared Lockhart Design.

In this sleek garden courtyard, simplicity reigns supreme. Jared Lockhart has carefully curated elements for this landscape design that add a touch of modernity to the heritage-listed building.

Jared Lockhart Design New North Road, Auckland

The Brief

Built in 1927, this site originally housed the Mount Albert Council offices. The building has since been transformed for use as a suburban office space. Throughout the refurbishment process, emphasis was placed on preserving as many of the site’s historic elements as possible.

The garden courtyard for The Chambers was intended to contrast the building’s exterior surface. The goal was to create an outdoor space that exaggerated a green palette, was minimalistic and uncomplicated, and became a space for those who inhabited the suburban office space to utilise for both work and pleasure.

Jared Lockhart Design The Chambers
Jared Lockhart Design | Concrete Bench Seats
The courtyard benches were made using crushed remnants of the original brick.

The Transformation

Jared collaborated with Winston Dewhirst from Dewhirst Design, who crafted the cast decagonal concrete pots that sit along the entrance path to the building. The pots and the courtyard benches were both made using crushed remnants of the original brick from the restoration project, staying true to the design brief. 

Trees dotting the courtyard starkly contrast against the concrete walls of the building, offering employees a serene connection with nature amidst their busy days.

Jared Lockhart Design | Concrete Planters
Courtyard benches.
Jared Lockhart Design | Concrete planters
Decagonal concrete pots cast by Dewhirst Design.
Jared Lockhart Design | Ground cover planting
Jared Lockhart Design Commercial Courtyard

Key Planting List

In the courtyard –
  • Cercis ‘Hearts of Gold’ (trees)
  • Dierama (dwarf variety)
  • Buxus micropyhlla
  • Japanese anemone
  • Viola hederacea
In the front –
  • Gingko (trees)
  • Buxus fastiagta columns
  • Salvia leucantha
  • Gardenia ‘Vetchii’
Landscape design by Jared Lockhart Design.

Architecture by Fearon Hay, T-Plus and Knight Associates.

Photography by David Straight.