Mihi Mihi Retreat was conceived by gallerist Nadene Milne as the home for an artist in residence programme. 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 screens shrouding the little house. Raw concrete supports gentler materials such as blackened oak and linen and natural stone. Brass appears. Art work is heroed.
Much of the architecture and interior concept started with the client - she did the initial sketches for the building for example, which was to sit in conversation with her own house on the same site.
This project was very much a collaboration - we were willing conduits for the creativity of Nadene Milne.