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Water is as valu­able on Wai­heke as it is in An­dalu­sia. The drought­prone is­land de­pends for its sup­ply on water tanks and bores. The Owhanake Bay House is no ex­cep­tion, but water is also in­te­gral to a de­sign strat­egy that seeks a har­mo­nious re­la­tion­ship be­tween the house and its environment. “The idea is to pull the re­gen­er­at­ing land­scape back into the house,” Strachan says. The house’s ef­flu­ent sys­tem en­ables this plan to be re­alised, and it also al­lows the in­hab­i­tants to grow their own veg­eta­bles on a for­merly bar­ren site.

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