+ About Christchurch Modern
We're not architects, we're not historians and we don't know much about anything. However we do like modern houses and Christchurch is a great place for them.
If you know of a house that deserves a mention please let us know. If we've made a mistake, do the same. If you like the site, tell your friends. If you hate the site, tell your friends you like it anyway. It's a minor white lie that anyone would forgive.

9 Balmoral Ln. David Allen.

Apr 20, 2009

Nice little number overlooking the estuary using offset roof pitch and light / dark contrast of materials to accentuate the geometric lines.

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59 Cox St. R C Webb Flats. Warren & Mahoney.

Apr 19, 2009

Very precise set of four townhouses in unpainted concrete block and 45 degree pitched roofs. Amazingly, they seem relatively unmolested and have a striking street presence.

…continue reading 59 Cox St. R C Webb Flats. Warren & Mahoney.

324 Oxford Tce. R Hyslop Flats. Warren & Mahoney.

Apr 12, 2009

This building was designed in 1960 after the success of W&M’s Dorset St and Carlton Mill flats. All the W&M ingredients are there: strong geometric lines, concrete block and exposed in-situ concrete. Today the building is sadly unloved and being used primarily as a mounting point for SKY satellite dishes. Shame.

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16 Westburn Tce. Barton House. John Trengrove.

Apr 12, 2009

Built in 1960 to a brief for “lots of light”, this house delivers with large, square windows punched through the red brick walls and dormer skylights inside. The house was very modern for suburban Christchurch in its day and was one of the first homes in the city with electric underfloor heating, back when electricity was free.

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88 Glandovey Rd. Bruce McGowan.

Apr 06, 2009

Two fat ladies – Wobbly wobbly.

Hooray for Super Graphics.

This house was designed by Bruce during a brief period he practised on his own after leaving Warren & Mahoney in mid 60s. He left NZ for the UK in 1970.

128 Dyers Pass Rd. Askew House. Peter Beaven.

Apr 05, 2009

Modified, but still recognisable as the strikingly unconventional Swedish barn that Peter designed for an awkward hill site in the 60s. A lovely, unadorned design for a small family with living areas downstairs and 3 bedrooms, a bathroom and a playroom upstairs.

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32 Kiteroa Pl. Jones House. Ian Athfield.

Apr 05, 2009

This lovely 1980s home named Halcyon sits beautifully on the sloping Cashmere Hills overlooking the Canterbury plains. It shows Ian’s love of Modernist and Mediterranean architecture. In this case, hard geometric lines mixed with archways and…..it seems….timber window shutters.

…continue reading 32 Kiteroa Pl. Jones House. Ian Athfield.