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“The arc allows us to maximise the extensive views and for passive solar from the north facing sun; the roof overhangs letting in full sun in the winter and shade in the summer. “We wanted a small house that belonged in the outstanding landscape and to retain something of the feeling of connection with nature that we’d enjoyed in the outdoor living of the glam camping space. “The cantilevered floor to ceilings windows give the impression of hovering over the hillside like one of the many hawks circling around us. Hugh Tennent’s clever design has beautifully achieved our brief but in ways we never imagined!” Ian says they has always wanted to build an eco-house so included as many local or recycled products as possible, including Mammoth insulation made from recycled plastic bottles and the IMI bench-tops from recycled tetra packs! All the interior timber was grown in the Wairau Valley and was salvaged from the big plantation fire of 2015. “We referenced the fire by charring the timber in the ceiling of the wedges between each pod.” By attaching a hot water heat pump, they have trebled the efficiency of the standard electric water heater enabling them to use it directly from the solar system. “The triple burning Bionic Fire from Denmark means we can easily heat the house using the abundant supply of kanuka onsite while keeping the air clear, and its pivoting pedestal allows us to swivel it towards the deck for sunset watching when it cools off a bit!” A feature of the house is the separate guest accommodation pod, where visiting family and friends can stay in their own private en-suite space. It has a more intimate connection with the bush and bellbirds on the other side of the BBQ terrace. “It’s a dream to live in this incredible house in such a beautiful place; we pinch ourselves daily! It’s no surprise to us that it won the award!” Ian adds. Above: Clockwise - Locally grown timber on the exterior; a light footprint on the land surrounded by bush

Having holidayed in the round, the yurt and summerhouses for 20 years, the owners knew that they would make an ideal Glam Camping business when they finally moved into the house. “It is a great opportunity to share our slice of paradise with guests from around the world,” says Ian. Since we opened after Christmas we’ve been very busy, with people here most nights in the summer. It’s been incredibly gratifying to see them having such a great time, as we knew they would! “A good number come off the Queen Charlotte Track as we have direct access to the walkway and our wood-fired Kiwi-tub is perfect to soak in after a long day on the Track. Just as many arrive via the scenic drive as a destination; taking the opportunity to relax and recharge their batteries; just enjoying the peace and stunning views of the Kenepuru Estuary and right down the Sound itself!” 45

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