Many studies have examined the benefits of recreational second home ownership, and references to second homes as sanctuaries and places of physical and psychological rejuvenation are common (Ellingsen & Hidle 2013; Jaakson 1986; Williams & Kaltenborn 1999). The rise in this ‘wellbeing’ discourse has coincided with the notion of everyday life as stressful and time-pressured which has often been discussed and hotly contested in the academic literature (Schor 2006; Southerton & Tomlinson 2005). However, there is a lack of research into the architectural design element of second homes, and how this may facilitate good health and a sense of wellbeing. This paper presents the findings of a thematic analysis of second home articles in New Zealand’s first architecture and lifestyle magazine, (Home New Zealand) from 1936 to 2015. It explores the elements of design that architects incorporate into bespoke second homes that allow the owners to experience wellbeing in a way that they are unable to do at their primary home, and how these elements have changed over time. The paper reflects on societal change in New Zealand and suggests how leisure, health and wellbeing at the second home may provide an avenue through which to observe the inner workings and values of society, and in doing so has wider relevance beyond geographical borders.
12th Biennial Australia and New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies (ANZALS): Leisure as a Human Right, Adelaide, Australia 10-12 December 2015
Proceedings of the 12th Biennial Australia and New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies / pp.51-52