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Thank you, Maurice Edward Mahoney.

Nov 01, 2018

Bad news. Sad news. The great architect Maurice Mahoney has died in his 90th year. When Maurice teamed up with Miles Warren in 1958 to establish New Zealand’s greatest 20th century design partnership, the two architects were unstoppable. They revolutionised architecture in New Zealand, developing the distinctive ‘Christchurch Style’ which, let’s face it, was the Warren & Mahoney style.

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68 Merrin St. Macaulay House. Don Cowey

Aug 03, 2018

A low-pitched survivor built in ’69 from Canadian Oregon and trusty concrete blocks in the modern ranch style.  The interior is a masterclass in spatial arrangement with Don using partial-height walls, glass partitions and his trademark sliding shoji screens.

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127 Major Hornibrook Rd. Cowey House / O’Neill House

Jun 25, 2018

Don Cowey designed this  Mt Pleasant house for his mum in 1953, He was straight out of architecture school, aged 25, and built it together with his mates Allan Mitchener and Allan Wild. Sixty years later it was sadly demolished due to earthquake damage and lovingly reimagined by Bridget and Duval O’Neill.

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299 Lake Terrace Rd. Peter Beaven.

Jan 13, 2015

Interesting. An early Peter Beaven design -prior to his Scandinavian phase and long before his  jaunty ‘gothic’ modernism –  uncharacteristically riffing off the international style with a flat roof and living room wall of glass. Sweet, original condition too.

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London N6. Tile Kiln Studios. Peter Beaven.

Sep 22, 2014

Peter Beaven was never conventional: in 1975, aged 50, he disbanded his successful Christchurch practice, packed a suitcase and moved to London where he worked alone from a bedsit. During that time he designed these six houses in the Christchurch Style, evolving ideas he developed a decade earlier in Christchurch’s Tonbridge Mews and Wellington’s Habitat Housing. Bravo.

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895 Cashmere Rd. GH Gould House. Warren & Mahoney.

Oct 06, 2013

This is the second house S’Miles designed for his buddy Garth Gould on a sunny spot above Halswell Quarry. The first house, its neighbour, was sold and subsequently messed with quite a bit, but this one is very original (kitchen and family room aside) with lots of good W&M detail. Garth talks about the old days below.

Nicholas Kennedy.

Holger Henning Hansen

Don Cowey

George Davidson Griffiths (1907-1973)

Peter Beaven.

Paul Pascoe