Site Office decking jumps from the backdoor to Melbourne’s Foreshore in St.Kilda, Australia – and wins a Landscape Architectural Award – 2009

Timber decking is sublime.

It’s edges do need to be beautifully finished and the lines exactly parallel. It is such a soft material and the Australian Sun warms it well.

Here in London Town there is less of an obsession with timber decking than you tend to find in Melbourne.

Perhaps its the climate but there is  a groove myth that may also be preventing its popularity. There is an assumption (amongst those I know here in the UK) that these god awful grooves need to be inserted to prevent slipping and hence it has become a maligned material.

Well fellow nothern hempishpere earthlings take a look at what Site Office has dished up along St Kilda foreshore in Melbourne, Australia.

Detail of timber decking

Timber with concrete - smooth match

Decking used vertically to support seats and act as a retaining wall.

DeckingA large area of decking on a slight angle

A gigantic roller coaster of decking without one groove. I love the flush levels, I love the timber lie backs.

Site Office have kept with the tradition of reserving timber decking for those ‘special don’t bring your dirty feet any further places’  (ie the 2 metre square rectangle that lies between the kitchen and the grass of the backyard  in most eastern suburb homes of Melbourne).

Site Office have moved the special decking from Mum and Dad’s  to the public fun strip of all things naughty, St. Kilda. What fun.