Award Winning Landscape Designs: Pool With Garden View

Award Winning Landscape Designs: Pool With Garden View

What does it take to create award winning landscape designs? A lot. Style, vision, function, design – and a perfect mix of creative genius, exceptional skill, proven experience and natural talent.

Steve Taylor of COS Design has it all in spades. The TV Host and designer/builder is an award-winning leader in the design and build of gardens that are original, functional and architecturally striking. With more than 80 industry awards to his name, he is one of Australia’s leading exterior innovators, known for transforming some of the most difficult sites into show stopping functional outdoor spaces.

In this special five part series, Steve reveals five of his award winning landscape design projects from customer brief to completion – and the awards they reaped along the way!

Part 1: Pool With A Garden View – The Bayside Project

Project Description: “This modern resort style garden not only looks amazing, but it is highly functional, extremely technical and was designed to meet the needs of the family,” explains Steve. “Careful design consideration was expressed through every square centimetre of the site to ensure the steep topography, the client’s high expectations and the extensive wish list were all catered for.”

Position! Position! “This bayside project is like no other. Positioned in the Port Philip Bay, Victoria region, its unique position offers magnificent views with a series of functional zones for entertaining large numbers and general weekend family time.”

All front! “The front yard has been extensively terraced with contrasting retaining walls, while cantilevered floating concrete landings and bluestone steps manage the pedestrian entry, which has a rise of just over 5.1m.

Green thumb texture “The foliage is all about contrasting colour – forms and textures that not only help with the large site slope but also adds streetscape interest for guests entering the home. Due to the front door being elevated 5.1m above the foot path level, privacy was an issue as the clients didn’t want to be exposed to the street, however they wanted to maintain the views so we created a Bespoke feature light box of the local wind swept tea tree which comes to life at night and pays respect to the indigenous plant life of the area.

Making a splash “The pool maximises the views and becomes an architectural feature of the pedestrian entry with the introduction of the large acrylic window. The spa doubles as a reflection pond and connects in a design sense to the northern courtyard reflection pond. They are separated and softened by a forest of maples and white round concrete steppers and ground covers while the timber bench seats add functionality to both zones.”

Balancing form, function and foliage “Although we were forced to be highly structural, we have created a great balance between form, function and foliage and now that the garden is more established the balance has come to the fore.”


Fancy and functional “We produced a clean, sharp, modern take on a resort style garden with all of the client’s expectations being exceeded on every level on one of the most difficult and unique sites possible.”


Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers (AILDM)

  • 2015 Winner of Allan Correy Award for Design Excellence – Awarded to the best entry across all categories – C.O.S Design, Bayside Project
  • 2015 Best in Category, Landscape Design over $150K – C.O.S Design, Bayside Project
  • 2015 Gold Medal, Best Residential Design over $150k – C.O.S Design, Bayside Project

Landscaping Victoria (LV Awards)

  • 2015 Winner for landscape Design Over 200m2 – C.O.S Design, Bayside Project
  • 2015 Commended for Plants in the Landscape – C.O.S Design, Bayside Project

Associated awards – Landscaping Victoria

  • 2015 Winner for Landscape of the Year – Hamilton Landscapes, Bayside Project
  • 2015 Winner for Hard Structures in the Landscape – Hamilton Landscapes, Bayside Project
  • 2015 Winner for Residential Landscape Construction above $300K – Hamilton Landscapes, Bayside Project

For more information, visit COS Design 


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