+ 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.
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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.

…continue reading London N6. Tile Kiln Studios. Peter Beaven.

Conway Flats. Wilding Farmhouse. R D Harman.

Apr 28, 2014

Huh? A 1937 reinforced concrete farmhouse with clear Corbusian and Bauhaus influences, hidden on the coast south of Kaikora? The Wilding property, now an Angus beef farmstead called Te Mania, was built by some pretty hip graziers.

55 Orr Crescent. MJ Foster House. Warren & Mahoney.

Jun 04, 2013

Turns out, there’s a little bit of Miles in the Hutt. For Wellingtonians who like a little Christchurch Modern, we present the first MJ Foster House – five years before going the whole hog in Havelock North, MJ commissioned this Lower Hutt pixie as a test run.

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20 Connolly St Geraldine. Stafford House. Beaven & Heaney.

Feb 10, 2013

After returning from Japan, and prior to moving back to Christchurch in 1956, Peter was in partnership with Robert A. Heaney in Timaru. This is the first house we’ve seen of the partnership – they were recent graduates and mostly designed woolstores – and places it as early-to-mid 1950s.

…continue reading 20 Connolly St Geraldine. Stafford House. Beaven & Heaney.

9 Fitz Place. Bayliss House. Allan Mitchener.

Jan 27, 2013

Jackpot. Hiding in the bushes, just down the road from Lincoln University’s wonderful Corbusian Hilgendorf Building, is this certified peach. Everything we see by Allan Mitchener is good, the problem is we don’t see enough. We know he worked in Christchurch, designed the wonderful Le Bons Bay church moved north, taught at Auckland University, but that’s it. Who knows more? Commenting is free this month.

…continue reading 9 Fitz Place. Bayliss House. Allan Mitchener.

For Sale. Park Lane. Humphrey Hall.

Aug 22, 2012

Park Lane is up for sale. Who cares? You do. It’s arguably New Zealand’s first modernist house, designed in 1938 by Humphrey after returning from London. He was clearly impressed with Corbusier and designed this villa in the streamlined International Style complete with nautical details and an open sun-deck. Back when UV exposure, like smoking, was good for your health.

…continue reading For Sale. Park Lane. Humphrey Hall.