Robin Shafer

Robin Shafer


Shafer Design Ltd


09 421 1412


021 717 377



Garden 1: 137 Onetaunga Road, Chatswood

This Chatswood property, built in 2004, and designed by Robin Shafer, has formal resort-style planting using a mixture of clipped Buxus microphylla and Port Wine Magnolias (Michelia figo) as a framework, with palms and cycads creating drama. Blocks of pleached Ficus hillii provide remarkable privacy from surrounding houses. A pool courtyard is designed as the centerpiece of the outdoor living. The garden is a progression of spaces linked by paths which lead around the house, gradually revealing different views and living areas. At the rear of the garden is a remnant of bush that the council required to be untouched, blending the garden with the bush reserve beyond.

Garden 2: 22 Waiatarua Road, Meadowbank

This very small city site had well-proportioned existing spaces. The client’s desire was to ‘create a more contemporary, slightly ‘funky’ feel from the street and a courtyard space easy to maintain and be in.’ Boundary treatments were redefined to create visual privacy, with plant textures and colours simplified for maximum impact. In the courtyard, timber bench seating and an overhead screen provides a comfortable, inviting outdoor entertaining space with a corten steel panel as a dramatic focal point.

Shafer Design Ltd, headed up by Robin Shafer, produces high quality landscape architectural and design services for both residential and commercial properties all over New Zealand, but primarily in the wider Auckland area. Our design philosophy is to create gardens with flair and integrity based on a seamless blending of the clients' needs, harmony with the wider environment and with the architectural style of the property. These factors contribute to a garden which feels as if it belongs where it is and reflects the individual lifestyle of its owners.

Robin’s 30-plus years of experience, combined with the enthusiasm and skills of her younger, innovative team, means that Shafer Design is able to provide effective and exciting solutions to design challenges. Swimming pool design is a specialty area of interest and expertise of Shafer Design.

Simplicity, clarity and structure: working with you, your architecture, and your landscape.


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