Engrossed by the grid approach to garden design taught at Inchbald School of Design and widely popularised in John Brooks’s book Garden Design I decided to take the idea a little further. I was wondering what would happen if I took this gridded landscape and moved it around within its own boundaries. This has brought me to the idea of the dynamic grid.
The grid does not have to be perpendicular to the house, in fact it can be turned at any angle to the house and moved around the garden. Once the grid is moved to a new location a section of the garden can be designed according to this reallocated grid. Furthermore, different parts of the garden can be designed according to different positions of the reallocated original grid, but they will still feel connected and in harmony with the house or the original starting point of the grid journey. The following demonstrates the approach implemented in this small city garden in London.