Located in a rural Waikato community, Shibui House is a four-bedroomed family home with one of New Zealand’s most beautiful garages – a sculptural faceted form covered with cedar shingles.
The kitchen is the hub of the River Retreat with the deck slicing through the plan. The living space steps down into a light filled volume reaching out to the river. A mezzanine pulls over above with an exposed bookcase balustrade providing a sense of homeliness.
The Hahei house also has the ability to transform with the use of sliding screens which open and close for the changing weather as well as manipulating the spaces for privacy or openness.