River Retreat House makes the most of a narrow site in the midst of nature. The project is oriented to capture the best of the sun and views towards the nearby Waikato River and Hakarimata ranges beyond.
Due to the outstanding natural beauty of the area, Edwards White Architects wanted the property to be of appropriate scale so as not to dominate the wider landscape. Guests enter River Retreat House along a patch that runs beside tall cedar screens. The architects capture a sense of informality as a key design driver in creating a family home that is a simple but elegant place to retreat.
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