Vanam is a retreat centre in Mount Victoria which burnt down in the 2013 bushfires. Tanya Wood a Sydney based landscape architect worked pro bono for nine years on the retreat and was recently rewarded with a gong from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.
It is one hundred percent off grid, self sustaining with all water captured and recycled on site and all power is solar.
It is the design of the recycled water on site which led to both property and life protected from two additional bushfire events due to the sprinkler system.
The site also includes a natural pool, food production, permeable surfaces and site salvaged materials.
It deftly manages fire risk by removing canopy vegetation close to the building while protecting areas of endemic revegetation.