Carlton Drive

Creating a Renaissance-inspired formal water garden in Putney, London

 (Churchman Thornhill Finch)
 (Churchman Thornhill Finch)

A new residential scheme by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio flanking both sides of a central courtyard is focused on two existing Italianate Villas, providing a symmetry and an understated formality.


Our landscape response echoes the spirit of Leonardo, Michelangelo and Donatello, it's form being an expression of both aesthetics and scientific discovery. It draws on advances in biotechnology - the gene pool and genetic manipulation providing an intellectual basis for the work.

The banding of a DNA chromatograph is expressed through blocks of aquatic planting within a reflecting pool. The planting appears below the water surface, creating the effect of a sunken garden. The pool is designed to be self-sustaining using neither chemical nor mechanical filtration as a means of cleansing the water and restricting algal growth.