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92c Glandovy Rd. Beaven Hunt.

Oct 27, 2008

Peter doesn’t like to visit Fendalton, but made an exception in the 1960s to build this grand home on Glandovy Rd. It’s interesting to note Peter’s slightly more individual take – hexagonal chimney and asymmetrical roof lines – on the ‘big, white Fendalton house’ done so well by Warren and Mahoney.

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5 Conifer Pl. Dacombe House. Barry Dacombe.

Oct 27, 2008

This house, built in 1972, was designed for the architect’s family and originally included a flat to help pay the mortgage. The rimu-clad exterior walls are unusually short, but a great sense of vertical space is achieved inside due to the three pyramid-shaped roofs. A flat site was excavated into the hill so all rooms could open on to flat ground.

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104 Opawa Rd. Mahoney Snr House. Maurice Mahoney.

Oct 26, 2008

Maurice designed this house in 1955 for his father, prior to his partnership with Miles Warren. The house looks relatively plain today, but is interesting as it shows Maurice’s liking for long, open pavilions and pitched roofs: A theme he developed later with Warren and Mahoney in concrete block to produce the well-known ‘Noddy houses’.

…continue reading 104 Opawa Rd. Mahoney Snr House. Maurice Mahoney.

35 Leinster Rd. McLachlan House. Don Cowey.

Oct 26, 2008

Don typically favoured gently mono-pitched roofs for his hillside homes, but on this flat site he went for a taller roof style – later appropriated by the Pizza Hut family restaurant chain. It enables a mezzanine level accessed via a neat, integrated brick stairway above the fireplace and sunken ‘sitting well’.

…continue reading 35 Leinster Rd. McLachlan House. Don Cowey.

5a Snowdon Rd. Forbes House. Warren & Mahoney.

Oct 23, 2008

Designed in 1976 for a wealthy builder, the Forbes House is arguably the grandest of Warren & Mahoney’s residential buildings of the time. The house is formidable: raw, exposed concrete beams dominate, yet it’s elegant and totally cool.

…continue reading 5a Snowdon Rd. Forbes House. Warren & Mahoney.

Brougham Village. 384 Brougham St. Cowey Mills.

Oct 22, 2008

NZIA 2008 award for enduring architecture.

An ambitious attempt at low-cost living by Christchurch City Council built in 1978. The units turn their back on the less-than-serene Brougham St and included some innovative features for the time including solar water heating. The Smurf-blue paint job is an unfortunate deviation from the original white.

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Architect Athfield. 1977 Documentary Film.

Oct 22, 2008

“Before he achieved worldwide fame as an actor, Sam Neill directed this documentary for the National Film Unit about lively New Zealand architect Ian Athfield. It examines the philosophy, achievements and frustrations of one of this country’s most innovative architects,

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45 Richfield Rd. JH Howden House. Warren & Mahoney.

Oct 21, 2008

Mr Howden knew Miles’ dad at Pyne Gould Guinness and asked Warren Senior whether he knew any aspiring young architects. He did, and the house was built in 1957. Set in a beautiful garden overlooking the bay at Port Levy, the house is lived in by the original owner’s son and his wife.

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6 Millhill Ln. Barry Dacombe.

Oct 21, 2008

The exaggerated, protruding wooden and concrete structural beams give this home a sculptural presence that echoes the work of Warren and Mahoney. It also looks solid and immovable – comforting when you live on a big hill that shakes occasionally.

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9 Ford Rd. Frankel House. Ernst Plischke.

Oct 21, 2008

Modified beyond recognition, but an important house in NZ modernism, introducing the open, L-shape plan in the late 30s. Ernst Pliscke, an Austrian Emigre, designed this home for his sponsors. It was his first private commission in New Zealand and completed whilst working at the Ministry of Works in Wellington.

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McLeans Island Rd. Futuro House. Matti Suuronen.

Oct 19, 2008

Stored amongst a bunch of relocated state houses out by Christucrh Airport sits this martian relic from the early 70s. Finnish architect Matti Suuronen designed this UFO shaped dwelling in 1968, initially for use as a ski-cabin or holiday home. Only 96 were ever made and production ceased in 1974 as the oil crisis pushed up the price of plastic.

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10 Coldstream Ct. Coldstream Lodge. Heathcote Helmore.

Oct 18, 2008

A little elderly and big for our tastes, but interesting nonetheless: hotelier Earl Hagman’s Coldstream Lodge was built in 1935, but remodeled in the international modernist style by Heathcote Helmore for the Ballantyne family in the 1940s.

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