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126 Centaurus Rd. Don Cowey.

Jan 26, 2009

Deceptively simple from the road, but closer inspection reveals a lovely intersection of lines and detail. The home sits elevated above the road, enjoying views to the alps, and is topped by a squat, chunky chimney design. Beautiful in its understatement.

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24 Whitewash Head Rd. Stewart Minson.

Jan 16, 2009

A Home & Building award winner in 1947 and pleasingly intact. Houses like this are disappearing faster than you can say “recessed halogen downlights”.

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44 Puriri St. Architect Unknown.

Jan 13, 2009

Fantastic block of bunker-like flats, 8 in total, that show some lovely design detail including the low, open fireplace that sits offcentre below the window sill. Glass panes sit either side.

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32 Greers Rd. Powell House. Don Donnithorne.

Jan 11, 2009

From the good people at Home & Building magazine: “This house has an area of 1500sq. ft including the double garage. The floor is concrete slab on the ground with timber framed brick veneer walls. The ceilings arw eplaster ansd softboard with a corrugated galvanised iron roof. The house was fiished in 1962 at a cost of 4500 pounds”.

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2 Rhodesvale Tce. Millar House. Roger Walker.

Jan 09, 2009

This home was built in 1983 and is a rare example of a Roger Walker home in Christchurch. Extensive use of lattice, curves and colour mark it as a home of its time and a great example of Walker’s unmistakable style.

…continue reading 2 Rhodesvale Tce. Millar House. Roger Walker.

6 Amherst Pl. Roper House. Nicholas Kennedy.

Jan 09, 2009

Difficult to capture from the street, this beautiful concrete block home steps down the slope using rectilinear ‘pods’ and features Nicholas’ signature protruding bay windows, a device he used on the Dorset Towers. This was the largest new home Nicholas designed, and the first one after leaving Warren & Mahoney. It’s been changed and added to over the years and given some silly faux Tuscan touches, but remains distinctive.

…continue reading 6 Amherst Pl. Roper House. Nicholas Kennedy.

219 Memorial Ave. Cowey and McGregor.

Jan 03, 2009

Another 1960s gem from the pencil of Don Cowey that demonstrates his skill and versatility as a designer. The home appears flat-roofed at a glance, but the steep pitch of the central living room roof and red brick chimney add vertical presence.

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9 Farnham Pl. Architect Unknown.

Jan 03, 2009

The street elevation of this home is eye-catching with it’s vertical slit window and graphic detail that extends from the ground to the roof. A curved roof covers the garage and entrance way and overall the look is quite ecclesiastical.

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78 Memorial Ave. David Allen.

Jan 03, 2009

Two townhouses designed by the renowned Wellington architect who helped push New Zealand architecture in a new direction during the 1970s. Walker’s style was idiosyncratic and original and recognisable for his use of round windows, “it’s more natural for the human eye to look at a circle”, he says. Designed by David Allen, a contemporary of Walker.

…continue reading 78 Memorial Ave. David Allen.