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100 White St. Robin Smith House. Peter Beaven.

Nov 26, 2008

In an attempt to raise the tone of the site David has submitted this series of art shots entitled DSC00003.JPG.

Peter Beaven is unsurprisingly popular out in North Canterbury for his ability to design attractive homes sensitive to the often-harsh climate.

…continue reading 100 White St. Robin Smith House. Peter Beaven.

51a Dyers Pass Rd. Blogg House. Don Cowey.

Nov 23, 2008

Built in 1962 for motor dealer Bernie Blogg. Legend has it on completion of the job Bernie took out a roll of bills from his pocket, counted off a portion of the the architect’s fee and said “sue me for the rest”.

…continue reading 51a Dyers Pass Rd. Blogg House. Don Cowey.

20 Webb St. Sellars House. Lawry and Sellars.

Nov 23, 2008

Guy Sellars’ own home designed in 1954. Guy and his wife still live here and he continues to practice as an architect into his 80th year. In 2008 won a local NZIA award for this house designed for his son.

…continue reading 20 Webb St. Sellars House. Lawry and Sellars.

Miles Warren an Autobiography.

Nov 19, 2008

Like Britney’s mum, Sir Miles pens tell-all book:

“This book is not a solemn treatise on the art of architecture. It is about my life in architecture, about the process of designing and making of buildings, responding to clients and dealing with builders, the tos and fros and the ups and downs, the fun of being an architect.

…continue reading Miles Warren an Autobiography.

1 Heaton Rhodes Pl. Cox House. Warren & Mahoney.

Nov 18, 2008

As a rule, only houses on Santorini and those owned by salty old sea dogs should be painted blue and white. But the paint disguise can’t can hide the strong Christchurch style of this home that pops out of the trees off Dyers Pass Rd. The sharp roof is particularly worthy.

…continue reading 1 Heaton Rhodes Pl. Cox House. Warren & Mahoney.

73a Rockinghorse Rd. Graham House. Paul Pascoe.

Nov 17, 2008

Designed in 1958 as a weekender for Maurice Graham of Graham Construction on a sand spit in South Brighton, this home features a striking hyperboloid roof that was considered quite experimental at the time. The construction was complex and overseen by famed engineer Lyall Holmes, the original one piece aluminium roof having to be shipped from Australia.

…continue reading 73a Rockinghorse Rd. Graham House. Paul Pascoe.

63 Papanui Rd. J J Connor flats. Warren & Mahoney.

Nov 11, 2008

Built in 1961, this small block of four flats is looking sad and defeated, but behind the trees and faded paint are the remnants of great architecture. Nice big deep concrete beams and a great chimney. Dear owner, please sort it out.

…continue reading 63 Papanui Rd. J J Connor flats. Warren & Mahoney.

21a Tuawera Terrace. Charles Thomas.

Nov 09, 2008

This 1970s home is spread the width of the section to take full advantage of the stunning Northern views. Downstairs is a connecting space flowing from kitchen, dining, living and into a library. Upstairs are lots of bedrooms.

…continue reading 21a Tuawera Terrace. Charles Thomas.

19 Poynder Ave. A R Blank House. Warren & Mahoney.

Nov 05, 2008

An unusual Warren & Mahoney design in red brick for the enigmatically named Mr Blank. This early 60s home is one of the rare Miles Warren ‘woolsheds’ before he latched on to the more distinctive ‘stable’ form. Curiously the rear of the house is elevated for no apparent reason.

…continue reading 19 Poynder Ave. A R Blank House. Warren & Mahoney.

25 Macmillan Ave. S J Wilson House. Warren & Mahoney.

Nov 05, 2008

Completely contradicting the previous post: a Pixie House on the hills. The home steps up the slope and presents a fairly nondescript face to the street. An original sculpture by the entrance is a nice period touch and a rare concession to fashion from the classicists at Warren & Mahoney. Extremely original with the exception of the enclosed balcony.

…continue reading 25 Macmillan Ave. S J Wilson House. Warren & Mahoney.

131 Mt Pleasant Rd. Stebbing House. Warren & Mahoney.

Nov 03, 2008

Typically, Warren and Mahoney treated their hill houses quite differently than those down on the plains. The uniformity of the Pixie House design is discarded for more experimental and individual shapes. This early 60s house has additions that extend the original building down the slope.

…continue reading 131 Mt Pleasant Rd. Stebbing House. Warren & Mahoney.

358 Memorial Ave. Gormack House. Peter Beaven

Nov 02, 2008

A very early house by Peter designed in the mid 50s during his self-confessed ‘Swedish phase’. There’s no sauna, but this compact little cottage sets a good example for modest, well-designed living. The house is unpainted concrete block combined with simple weatherboard and feels just about right.

…continue reading 358 Memorial Ave. Gormack House. Peter Beaven