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45 Chepstow Ave. Willis House. Gavin Willis.

Gavin Francis Willis is an architect still active in Christchurch. He designed this house for himself back in the 60s and still lives here. Who can blame him. It’s a crisp, modernist Scandinavian-style family house, clearly much-loved and a great, intact expression of the Christchurch Style.┬áThe design owes a lot to Miles Warren and Holger Henning Hansen, but if you’re going to steal, you may as well steal from the best.

2 Responses to “45 Chepstow Ave. Willis House. Gavin Willis.”

  1. admin Says:

    And it’s for sale http://www.cowdy.co.nz/residential/fendalton/cc100898/fendalton-enduring-architecture

  2. Steve Willis Says:

    Yeah I wouldn’t call it a copy nor would Dad. He did his own time in the UK and toured through Scandinavia in the late 1950s. Dad wasn’t quite the architect that his Dad was but it’s of some pride to say his considerable volume of work is all still intact after all the shakey business.

    The other house worth a look – save for all the unsympathetic garden ‘design’ is the one he did for his in-laws, my grandparents, 39 Waiwetu St. there are some pics up after it’s sale not too long ago.

    Amongst other things Dad also published a pocket book on Chch architecture as a walking guide in 2005 which probably now has a different use- more as a memorial to so many lost gems.

    Love your work on the site, would make a great coffee table book.

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