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Green Smart Magazine : 2009_new
plans for a further six apartments, 20 resort rooms, day spa, and the resort centre with Swedish delicatessen (currently under construction). 'We also wanted to give people a base to sample Mount Beauty. It's very green here, but felt it was lacking in good, very clean, new accommodation,' Andy says. The northern orientation of the site offers spectacular views down the Kiewa Valley, while the southern aspect reveals the six apartments styled in the 'Mount Beauty Cube' model of existing local stock, with a twist of Scandinavia. Each apartment includes two or three levels, with projecting decks, carports and offsets with a palette of autumn colours. These compact, visionary alpine apartments have a minimal impact on the environment. a twist of scandinavia > LEFT: Swedish-inspired design and environmental focus won this tourist destination HIA's GreenSmart Development of the Year story > Annie Reid greensmart 2009 45 smart essentials SVARMISK TRANSLATES FROM SWEDISH AS 'VISIONARY, DREAMY, ROMANTIC OR FANCIFUL' Husband and wife Andy and Lena Mero have hospitality and tourism in their blood, so it was fitting that they decided to build a sustainable development in Victoria's alpine region of Mount Beauty. With Lena's Swedish business savvy -- they met while she was working as a nanny in nearby Falls Creek -- and Andy's experience growing up with parents who operated tourism businesses in the area, the couple decided to give something back to the ski area they were so passionate about through their development company La Task Pty Ltd. In 2002 they decided to develop a highly visible five-acre sloping site on Bogong High Plains Rd. They completed Stage One in 2006, which comprises six, self-contained apartments called Svarmisk Apartments. Svarmisk translates from Swedish as 'visionary, dreamy, romantic or fanciful'. They are halfway through a 12-year development plan, with • integrated passive solar and water management systems • on-site waste management and recycling • double-glazed windows and doors • top-of-the range Asko appliances • R3.0 insulation • recycled timber.