The alchemy of architecture & daily life
Wanaka is an amazing region of New Zealand that hosts some incredibly creative artisian food and wine producers, but also boasts some of the most breathtaking landscape this country has to offer. We were recently blessed with an opportunity to explore the delights of this region courtesy of Annabel Langbein, Lake Wanaka NZ. and Air NZ.
While there may be a few (unaffiliated) links in this post, the experiences of the journey and meeting the people who were passionate about their craft was honestly amazing and they really deserve a shout out for the incredible work they are doing.
With my Architects hat on, the inspiration of the landscape forms and light was huge. It was wonderful to see the way that local Architects had responded to this powerful landscape. It demands a rugged approach, so the use of rammed earth, corten steel as well as the local stone seem natural and fit the environment beautifully.
With my 'Foodie' hat on - the opportunity to taste the artisian spirits at Cadrona Distillery and see the passion behind producing a quality brand was inspiring (travelling around in Funny French cars certainly added to the experience!).
With my hobby photographer hat on well... I have a full memory card. The opportunity to Fly to Milford Sound over the Southern Alps with Southern Alps Air was a lifetime experience. (The aerial shots of landforms from the sky I will save for my next post!)
And finally a thankyou to Annabel Langbein, whom we were able to visit and spend some time with both her and other passionate foodies! Annabel and her partner have nurtured their land over many years. The gardens, orchards and architecture are beautifully detailed and fits the stunning site superbly.
Certainly a weekend to be remembered.