Billionaire Peter Thiel is facing opposition from environmental groups over his plans to build a luxury lodge in Wanaka, an alpine town on New Zealand’s South Island.
A company owned by a PayPal co-founder has filed plans with the district council for a series of buildings that will span a 193-hectare site owned by Thiel on the shores of Lake Wanaka.
Various properties would include a “pod”, water features and meditation space for Thiel himself. The app describes a series of “stand-alone buildings, including a lodge for visitor accommodation for up to 24 guests, accommodation pods for the owner, along with associated lodge management buildings, infrastructure, landscape treatments, water features and meditation spaces.” Are included.”
In all, Thiel’s plans made seven formal submissions to the council, either against the proposal or calling for change. There was no one in support.
John Sutton, a local resident, said in a submission to the council that the lodge would “destroy our beautiful lake environment”.
The Upper Clutha Environmental Society held a similar view, stating that planned works “can cause significant adverse physical changes in the appearance of a natural landscape when viewed from public places”.
Longview Educational Trust also opposed the development. He added: “No level of mitigation can satisfactorily reduce the level of adverse effects that may arise.”
In the proposal, Thiel’s company Second Star Ltd argues that the architects “proposed to blend the buildings into the undulating landscape around them”.
“All buildings include green roofs that extend to the ground at each end of the buildings. Green roofs are to be planted with the same range of plants (and sometimes rocks) as the surrounding mountainous landforms.” are on.”
Official documents also argue that “the proposed lodge will create high-end housing in the area, with economic benefits reaching the entire district and beyond”.
Architect Kengo Kuma & Associates, who designed the Tokyo Olympic Stadium, will also design Thiel’s property development.
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