Entertainment Area and Pool for Pollock Luxury Estate 

By Luijten Landscaping


The client had a vision for their overall estate, and they wanted to create a new entertainment area to complement the rest of the larger property and it was important the design followed the Vedic Principles. “We needed a garden that fitted with the rest of our property. We have several Vedic temples (made of concrete) and a lot of marble Vedic statues around our park. We have a ‘forest’ of mostly natives with an understory of Camellias, we have a bamboo forest, and we have a lot of cycads and palms. Therefore, we are extremely happy with the garden around our house, which contains an assortment of most of these plants, and which looks handsome against our ‘Balinese’ style concrete house. At your suggestion we have a beautiful marble Vedic statue inside the gate, as a feature with lights, as well as a large section of Balinese carved wall and 2 carved wall hangings from Bali. This all goes very well together and gives us the result we wanted. We are also delighted with the outdoor kitchen, the fire, the spa, the pétanque area, the toilet and shower, and the pool area generally - our adult children and all their friends, as well as our grandchildren, make extensive use of it, and it all works really well.”

This project was interesting and challenging in both the design and installation. The design and chosen materials needed to compliment surrounding landscape and fit within the Vedic principals and ancient mathematical formulas of Vastu Vidya. Parameters from Vastu principles influenced the entrances, sizes of spaces and location of elements. Importantly paving stepping stones where chosen to be a square as a strong element with gaps in-between. This creates a transition between the different zones leading through the design. The square geometry was used and each zone carefully design to conform with the mathematical formulas. The design included creating an outdoor entertainment area for a family who wanted many elements for their family to use and enjoy together. A feature resort style swimming pool, spa, outdoor shower. An outdoor dining area along with, outdoor kitchen and fire. A petanque court was also a feature for the family to enjoy. The planting intent was also carefully considered as the property already had an established native forest, bamboo grove with a lot of cycads and palms. The plants were chosen to survive in the extreme wind zone. Tropical palms and cycads were used to complement the existing theme and hardy species such as Hebes, Escallonias, Bromeliads and Lavender

Photography: Chris Cameron Photography

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Our award-winning team with over 20 years’ experience can assist with all aspects of Landscape Design and Build. From initial consultation to project completion, our personalised services will transform your outdoor area into inspired Outdoor Living.


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Founded by Robert and Ellis Luijten in 2000 and joined by Greg Dreyer in 2013, Luijten Landscaping has enhanced the environment of homes and companies throughout Auckland for almost two decades. The company deals equally with residential and commercial clients. We are a family business and believe in building lasting relationships with our customers from the start. Our landscaping family consists of professional landscapers and project managers with credible, practical experience and a number of landscape apprentices who are at varying stages of their apprenticeship. We have an in-house design team that will present you with a landscaping plan after visiting your site, listening to your ideas and bringing fantastic landscaping solutions for your outdoor space.

At our yard we have built a showroom where our designers can guide you in what materials would best fit your project, e.g. paving, decking, lighting etc. You can also provide an existing plan to quote your project from and then we will guide you through the landscaping works from start to finish. Luijten Landscaping has a nursery that enables us to provide a large selection of the highest quality plants. If the nursery cannot provide the variety or quantity of plants for your project we will happily source them from one of our nationwide suppliers.


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