Mihi Mihi Retreat was conceived as the home for an artist in residence programme run by gallerist Nadene Milne. It is nestled in a hilltop neighbourhood in Arrowtown, intentionally turning away from big views and floods of light. Instead it lets select cuts of the surrounding hills quietly leak in and offers very much an interior, inward looking experience.
Intense southern light arrives inside much softer, having passed through close native planting and slatted cedar screen shrouding the little house. Raw concrete supports gentler materials such as blackened oak and linen and natural stone. Brass appears. Art work is heroed.
This project was very much a collaboration - we were willing conduits for the creativity of Nadene Milne.