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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.
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Don Cowey.

Feb 26, 2011

We were asked by the Dominion Post for some information on Don. Here’s what I wrote.

I met him just the once. He invited me and my friend Tim to his home. We had a cup of tea and he talked about his career and the houses he designed. He was modest, but proud of his achievements. He spoke kindly about his contemporaries and reverently about Peter Beaven whom he called “the master of space”.

…continue reading Don Cowey.

Earthquakes, we hate you.

Feb 24, 2011

Our thoughts are with everyone in Christchurch affected by the February 22 Earthquake. We’re particularly saddened by the death of Don Cowey, legendary Christchurch architect and all round good guy, who was killed as a result of falling rocks at his Redcliffs home.

This one is going to take a while to get over.

…continue reading Earthquakes, we hate you.

235 Mount Pleasant Rd. Boulton House. Pascoe, Linton.

Feb 16, 2011

Two houses overlooking the Estuary. The brief was for “two bedroom apartments suitable for retired couples”. Not wildly exciting, but the architects did a pretty good job in comparison to the vomitous ‘over 60s’ duplex buildings scattered all over Christchurch.

…continue reading 235 Mount Pleasant Rd. Boulton House. Pascoe, Linton.

31 Joyce Cr. GL Nicoll House. Hall & Mackenzie.

Feb 16, 2011

A little winner at the end of a suburban culdesac by the most excellent Hall & Mackenzie. Tricky to photograph (on a phone, under some bushes), but rest-assured this an original condition, stream-side gem.

…continue reading 31 Joyce Cr. GL Nicoll House. Hall & Mackenzie.

Brutal Beauty. Artsville on Miles Warren.

Feb 02, 2011

Young Miles was on the telly last Sunday. Artsville ran a profile on the architect and his work. It’s no action thriller, but there’s some great shots of College House and early Christchurch work. Miles himself remains coy.

Watch it on TVNZ while the link lasts.