My first visit to Australia was the result of my growing interest in the work of Glenn Murcutt, which I knew only from books and magazines. Immediately before I left, I happened to read a thin book Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award 2004, which was totally dedicated to the awarded Australian architect Richard Leplastrier. On page 16 I saw a photograph of the architect which surprised me: he is shown planning a house in a makeshift working tent. His words are next to the photograph: For many buildings I have camped on site, many days and nights, with a drawing board. It is the best way to feel a place out. The form of the terrain, its effect on climate, the path of animals and the sun. Where do you put your campfire.