Mangarara Eco Lodge nestles on the shore of Horseshoe Lake in Central Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
It's a part of The Family Farm which is dedicated to sustainable regenerative farming and education around re-connecting with the land.
Tadelakt is a polished lime plaster originating in Morocco and now being brought into wider use in natural building via excellent teachers such as Ryan Chivers of Artesano Plastering in USA.
The silky feel and hydrophobic qualities of Tadelakt mean it can even be used in wet areas such as bathrooms for a luxurious sculptural finish.
When the fireplace surround in the Lodge needed something special, the obvious choice for designer Steven Jaycock was Tadelakt.
Local materials were available to create a beautiful focal point referencing the surroundings.
Many helpers lovingly polished,
mixed, sieved, carried, trowelled, encouraged, cooked, DJ-ed,
boogied, and provided great company to make it all happen so beautifully.