Regarded as one of Canterbury’s most exciting modern architects, Nicholas sadly died of cancer in his 30s. Trained at Warren and Mahoney, he was instrumental in some of their key projects during the 70s including the Christchurch Town Hall, Dorset St Towers, Christchurch College Chapel and the R F Ballantyne House.
…continue reading Nicholas Kennedy.
Holger Henning Hansen arrived in Christchurch from Denmark in the 50s and built a family home in 1958 on a concrete floor using cavity concrete block walls – a technique subsequently used by all modern Christchurch architects in the 1960s and the first clear expression of its use in Canterbury.
…continue reading Holger Henning Hansen
A talented designer, Don arrived in Christchurch with the intention of forming a Southern ‘Group’ with a bunch of fellow Auckland University graduates, including Alan Mitchener. The group disbanded during their first project – a hexagonal house on a Redcliffs hill site – as excavations became difficult and job offers appeared. Don finished the house and went to work with Stewart Minson.
…continue reading Don Cowey
Not much known about this little ripper designed in 1960. G D Griffiths pops up a couple of times in archive references, but we don’t even know his first name. Let’s just say it’s Gary his name is George (thanks Peter Beaven).
…continue reading 32 Creyke Rd. Sherris House. G D Griffiths.
Don Donnithorne built this wee gem for himself in 1952 and brought simple, Scandinavian architecture to Christchurch. The house and neighbouring studio are perfectly designed and the Lancia Zagato in the driveway is probably the coolest car in New Zealand. Hats off, Don.
…continue reading 41 Yaldhurst Rd. Donnithorne House & Studio.
Humphrey Hall desingned this Japanese influenced home for construction company owner John Fletcher. The home was built in 1964 as an advertisement for employing the services of an architect and the quality of good construction.
…continue reading 30 Newbridge Pl. Fletcher House. Hall & Mackenzie
An open letter to all Christchurch Modern home owners.
…continue reading 100 Beachville Road. David Thornley.