Pre-war architecture in all its splendour
Built in 1939 this Camberwell
residence has been meticulously
restored to its original glory and as
well, renovated to suit the needs of a present day family.

The Gardens of Steel brief was broad
but after a tour of this magnificent dwelling our direction became clear...

let the architecture dictate.

The original cornices were inspiration for a steel cornice, suspended from the rolled angled roofing. Open columns with gentle curves reflect the simple elegance and mathematics of the architecture.
The pergola was handpainted in 'ironbark' beautifully complementing the years of lichen on the old slate roof.
  A view from the bay window, across the entertainment area and over the tennis court.


Rusted and beautifully married with red brick
By the clients own admission
"The back of the house was uninspiring and a bit school like".
The pergola breaks the straight back wall and now beautifully defines a delightful family and entertainment area.
To the owners credit their choice was rusted mild steel and rusted 'corten' laser cut brackets, reflecting existing timber detail of the architecture.
The owners are passionate about their garden; vegetables plots, fruit trees, potted plants and gentle climbers, already growing on their ever evolving rusted pergola.


Just in time for the reception
This large two part pergola is located in one of Templestowe's finest gardens. A garden that would play host to many guests both Australian and overseas.
This would be the reception venue.
We were on a deadline with one of the largest pergolas Gardens of Steel has created. Nineteen metres in total with two separate and yet complimentary components.
The first component was a tunnel which will have climbers growing over it. The tunnel leads to a second and feature component, situated at the main entrance of the residence and leading to the curved swimming pool.
The paving and kidney shaped pool called for curves. The lintel and battens were curved and fanned to compliment these existing features. They also dramatically announce the arrival of the visitors/guests into the central area of entertainment.


Galvanised and glowing
  Sweeping curved architecture and an exposed existinggalvanised beam provided inspiration for this Armidale pergola. The lintels were locked together on the same plane with the rafters radiating from the
galvanised beam. The curved battens provided drama to the area and complimented beautifully the curved masonry. All in galvanised steel - and what a joy in the evening light!



Just loving steel

The wonderful properties of steel are fully evident in this Essendon family and entertainment area pergola. The material's strength, fine aesthetics and the delicate beauty are all achievable with laser cut steel.

The four legs were set over a small area to compliment the existing paving. The rafters were cantilevered over existing steps, emphasising direction and creating a contemporary edge to the concept. The suspended laser cut roof panel from 'cutout', adds brilliantly to light entering the area and provides a delightful feature.


Kangaroo Paws and rusted steel - a masterstroke!
This stunning landscaped area set on a large Ballarat property, incorporates three Gardens of Steel rusted pergolas as part of the concept. Firstly a large pergola, partially covered with clear polycarbonate roofing. Secondly a small pergola, situated over a food preparation area, incorporating a laser cut kidney
shaped roof.

Finally as a central feature in the landscape, an arbour over a low circular rock wall. All steel was allowed to rust thoroughly and then treated, resulting in a triumphant relationship between the structures and the landscape.  

Steel design and construction: Gardens of Steel Pty Ltd

Landscape design and construction: Top Hedge Landscapes



All images and product designs are copyright © and can not be reproduced in any way with out the written permission of Gardens of Steel.