Profile

O2 Landscapes Ltd. is a landscape design firm (based in Auckland, New Zealand) with a strong focus on the context of the environments in which we work, and a research-driven approach. Conservation, of both our native flora and cultural traditions, plays an important role in our work. We believe strongly that tradition and progress are not mutually exclusive. This is reflected in our planting ethos, and in our approach to the design of our projects' built structure.

One of our primary interests is the integration of exotic flowering species into a framework based on native ecology. We believe that this approach can provide a future for New Zealand gardens and public plantings in which a greater range of native species are appreciated, and in which the seasonal change and colour provided by flowers are not lost.

We are heavily influenced by vernacular landscape within New Zealand - the everyday features that make up the greater fabric of our built environments. Whether from our cities, rural areas or wild places, New Zealand contains a great diversity of forms and patterns stemming from everyday use, which merit investigation as the basis for design truly founded within our own culture.

O2 Landscapes is made up of owner Philip Smith, Winston Dewhirst, Rob Champion & Cole Cochran. We also have established links with a range of sub-contractors, for carrying out specialised work and moving effectively through larger projects. For individual profiles of Philip, Winston, Rob and Cole, check out the section on O2 Landscapes Staff.