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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.

46 Wroxton Tce. Don Cowey.

Jan 30, 2011

Interesting to see Don’s take on the ‘Big Fendalton House’ – there are so many today the suburb has ate itself. Instead of the exposed blocks and concrete of W&M we get more modest proportions and softer, cedar cladding. Minor updates and alterations since 1971 have added to the charm of what is still a very nice, modern manor.

…continue reading 46 Wroxton Tce. Don Cowey.

17 Michael Ave. Langley House. Warren & Mahoney.

Dec 11, 2010

On the flat, the W&M roofs were steep and the chimneys monumentally tall. Here on the hillside, this 1965 house is low, boxy and clad in timber. The full width concrete balustrade is pretty tasty and a nice link to W&Ms more brutalist, commercial work..

…continue reading 17 Michael Ave. Langley House. Warren & Mahoney.

843 Cashmere Rd. Walker House. Cowey & McGregor.

Nov 12, 2010

A well hidden gem up on the Cashmere hills designed for a Lincoln University Professor and his wife. It’s a killer house and unusual for Christchurch with it’s extensive use of glass and steel influenced by the American Case Study Houses. Excellent stuff.

…continue reading 843 Cashmere Rd. Walker House. Cowey & McGregor.

297 Cannon Hill Cr. Architect Unknown.

Oct 31, 2010

Underneath the pergola, rooftop solar panels and various TV aerials might just be a very nicely designed home sitting up on top of Mount Pleasant. It would be interesting to see it without the ‘flair’, but it feels much like the work of Minson, Henning Hansen.

…continue reading 297 Cannon Hill Cr. Architect Unknown.

155 Ashgrove Tce. Architect Unknown.

Oct 27, 2010

Rover parking only in this 1970s mix of Japanese, Scandinavian and Christchurch influences on the Cashmere flats. And if you want a chimney that laughs in the face of earthquakes, here’s your guy.

…continue reading 155 Ashgrove Tce. Architect Unknown.

5 Karitane Pl. Thomson House. Warren & Mahoney.

Oct 09, 2010

The story goes that Mrs Thomson participated in a ‘House and Garden’ course in 1966. One of the speakers was a young Miles Warren who made quite an impression and two years later designed this ‘English cottage’ for the young couple. Inside it’s by far the best preserved of the 1960s W&M houses and features pyramidal timber ceilings; split level living and a great fairface concrete fireplace. The nice garage studio was later added by David Brocherie.

…continue reading 5 Karitane Pl. Thomson House. Warren & Mahoney.

9 Cracroft Tce. Poore House. Minson, Henning Hansen.

Sep 26, 2010

Great weather over the weekend, perfect for peeking over fences and spotting this T-shape beauty up on the Cashmere Hills. The solid garage door doesn’t feel right, but it’s a remarkably intact, well cared for original home.

…continue reading 9 Cracroft Tce. Poore House. Minson, Henning Hansen.

118 Ilam Rd. Holdsworth House. Charles Thomas.

Jun 12, 2010

The crappy photos don’t do this house justice. Currently occupied by the University of Canterbury’s ‘Publications Team’, this former home seems remarkably intact. Inside, the fittings and layout are all there and the living, dining and bedrooms simply occupied by regulation office furniture. It wouldn’t take much to return it to what it should be.

…continue reading 118 Ilam Rd. Holdsworth House. Charles Thomas.

105 Panorama Rd. Don Donnithorne.

May 30, 2010

Despite some over-zealous painting, there’s no mistaking the modernist lines of this Don D. ‘Hollywood Hills’ pad. Those extended concrete roof beams are visible from the moon and the views over the ocean and alps are epic.

…continue reading 105 Panorama Rd. Don Donnithorne.

71 Te Awakura Tce. Stewart Minson.

May 23, 2010

Original, unmolested modernist homes of the 1940s are pretty hard to come by in Christchurch which makes this Stewart Minson design a real find. The combination of the L-shape, flat-roof, weatherboard, and flagstone are a fine mix and the way the roofline steps down the slope is super sharp.

…continue reading 71 Te Awakura Tce. Stewart Minson.