GKN: For more than fifty years, beginning in 1956, the family has been coming to
Interviewer: But the cabin you put up seems to have lasted pretty well. Was it designed as a more permanent residence?
GKN: Not at all. I had started a low cost prefabricated housing project in the early 1950s, called Solwood, affordable and at the same time, with a minimalist approach to achieve a clean design. The cabin was also built of prefabricated timber panels. The wood was matai, tongue and grooved. The timber was rough sawn on the outside and dressed on the inside to achieve a smooth timber interior. The boards were held together with a hardboard tongue slotted into grooves sawn into the edges of the 3 inch matai boards.
GKN: With a back verandah for extra sleeping, an outside toilet, a long drop.
Interviewer: No electricity?
GKN: There was a kerosene cooker and kerosene lamps. Water came off the roof into a tank behind the house.