Visitors may be inspired by the visual beauty of the natural landscape and rural small-town culture of Glenorchy, by elements shaped by human hands using a traditional skill or craft, by the scent of a natural oil, or by the comforting touch of natural materials. All of these sensory elements will be incorporated into the visitor experience at Camp Glenorchy.
Following the principles of the Living Building Challenge, Camp Glenorchy seeks to create a warm, welcoming place that inspires and uplifts the human spirit. The designs of our buildings are deeply connected to the land and respectful of the surrounding environment. Throughout the site, visitors will discover creative touches from New Zealand artists and craftspeople that will both educate and delight.
Like us, the Living Building Challenge recognises beauty as a key factor in preserving, conserving and serving the greater good. At Camp Glenorchy, we believe education and discovery also play a key role in this process.
We will continue to actively develop the educational content on this website, and we will reach out via traditional and social media to share stories of what inspires us, from the natural environment to the remarkable people we meet to the beauty of growing, cooking and eating our own food and more. We hope to inspire others to pause, reflect, embrace and perhaps initiate positive change in their own lives and communities. We hope that the choices we’re making in the design, construction and operation of Camp Glenorchy will inspire better and more beautiful buildings and lives around the world.
Great attention to detail is being given to the interior design of buildings in Camp Glenorchy. Rooms and common spaces will convey a sense of cosiness and homey-ness while using materials that are recycled, healthy and/or locally sourced and pleasant to see, touch and live with.
Our Test Cabin, located in the project’s Discovery Centre, next to Mrs. Woolly’s General Store, provides a glimpse into the experimentation we’re doing to develop the look and feel of the cabins at Camp Glenorchy. In addition to interior finishes, materials and textures, visitors can get a glimpse of how building and control systems will enhance the experience of staying in one of our many forms of accommodation.
Local artists and craftspeople are working during the construction of Camp Glenorchy to incorporate beautiful and meaningful works of art throughout the site. For example, a local artist, Dan Kelly, has designed the campfire shelter that will be at the heart of the campground. The campfire shelter will become a gathering place for guests to share stories and experiences from their day. Our goal is to tap into artist’s unique ability to help us celebrate the beautiful landscape around us and tell the story of the region.
The braided rivers and surrounding mountains that shape the valleys north of Glenorchy will be interpreted by talented artists and transformed into naturally-inspired patterns and decorative features throughout the site for the delight of our guests and staff.
At Camp Glenorchy we believe that creating nourishing experiences and long lasting memories will help spark a desire to make positive changes in their own lives, homes and communities once our guests return home. We are designing and building spaces that invite our guests to gather and interact with each other, nurturing the creation of communities that feel connected to Glenorchy and span the globe.