Deer Park Residence

Toronto, ON

This garden is the result of a collaboration between the design teams at Roundabout Studios and STUDIO tla. The approach focused on a series of new interventions arising out of what was already a mature and elegant landscape. Three low, sweeping ipe decks provide an ideal setting for a quiet shaded breakfast, a sun drenched afternoon nap, or late day cocktails under the long shadows of a setting sun. A cantilevered steel canopy with retractable sail fabrics offers protection from the sun and works as a cosy ‘outdoor room’. A stone path, dividing the ipe platforms leads your eye to a more private, shaded space in the back of the garden: follow the path and you encounter a wide ipe bench set into a dark stone patio interspersed with mosses and grasses. Existing mature trees and shrubs were maintained and added to, giving these new spaces the quiet confidence and beauty of a well-established garden.