Ed­i­tor’s let­ter

HOME Magazine NZ - - Editor's Letter - —Simon Far­rell-Green

Ev­ery sum­mer, we have the same con­ver­sa­tion in which we imag­ine an es­cape of our own. Some­times we even go and look at bits of land wher­ever we’ve washed up. We imag­ine a de­light­ful open struc­ture, a glo­ri­fied camp. We can’t af­ford beach front, but it wouldn’t be far. Could we? One day? Maybe? In the mean­time, we’re un­der can­vas. To be pre­cise: this year we’ll be at the Hahei camp­ground, just along the dunes from the beau­ti­ful beach house by Paul Clarke that graces our cover this is­sue. (One day we’ll go some­where more re­mote, but with two very small kids in tow, the con­ve­nience of the pop-up con­tainer sell­ing wood-fired pizza is very wel­come.) The con­trast between our cover home and my sum­mer es­cape are pretty stark. We sleep in a handme-down 1980s can­vas tent, cheer­ful in shades of green and yel­low, and we cook on a small two-burner camp­ing stove or an an­cient gas bar­be­cue. We eat out­doors; the kids sleep in the back room and we sleep in the mid­dle, and the canopy be­comes our ‘kitchen’. We go to bed not long af­ter it gets dark, wak­ing at dawn with the chirps of birds and ba­bies. And yet, the spirit of the thing is the same. It’s all about be­ing in the dunes, a few steps from a beau­ti­ful white-sand beach where the wa­ter is turquoise and clear. The late-af­ter­noon sun pours into camp each af­ter­noon just as we’re con­tem­plat­ing a gin, and we go to sleep to the sound of the waves lap­ping on the beach. It’s a sen­ti­ment shared by the eight fan­tas­tic re­treats we’ve fea­tured this is­sue around New Zealand, in the bush and on the beach. They’re all dif­fer­ent sizes and vastly dif­fer­ent bud­gets, but they share one thing – the dream of es­cape and con­tem­pla­tion. We hope you en­joy your break ahead – and we hope you have plenty of time with friends and fam­ily... And maybe even take the chance to have a look at that piece of land. Go on.

We’re very ex­cited to see Home of the Year en­tries com­ing in. Now in its eighth year, the awards are brought to you in as­so­ci­a­tion with Altherm Win­dow Sys­tems. The homes will be shortlisted in Fe­bru­ary to be judged by Mel Bright from Mel­bourne’s MAKE Ar­chi­tec­ture, Ni­cholas Stevens of Stevens Law­son, and me. You can read more about Bright on p.150. Also, keep an eye out for her public lec­tures in Welling­ton and Auck­land on Fe­bru­ary 13 and 15 re­spec­tively. En­tries for the awards close on De­cem­ber 11.

Top right John Meluish sur­rounds a Kāpiti Coast re­treat with bush and dunes. (p.82). Top left Emma Mor­ris de­signs a fam­ily beach house at Langs for her par­ents (p.56). Above right Vaughn McQuar­rie man­ages views and sun on a south-fac­ing site. (p.62). Above left Paul Clarke sits a tim­ber-lined beach house in the dunes of Hahei (p.70).

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