Yeah, normally we do houses, but it’s a slow month and the University has put up some historical images of their world-class brutalist campus. The designs are mostly by the government Ministry of Works architects, but there’s also some sweeties from Warren & Mahoney, Charles Thomas, and the pick of the bunch, from Hall & Mackenzie. Check it.
…continue reading City’s Edge. University of Canterbury 1960 – 1975.
There aren’t too many TV shows about architecture (it’s boring) and even less about Christchurch (again, nodding off), but in 1984 David Mitchell made a show about both. And it’s excellent. Watch it online at NZ Onscreen, it’s a winner.
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.
Karn Henning Hansen remembers her late father in an article written for the local NZIA journal. It’s a good read about a quiet modernist whose architecture focused on the principles of the movement and never the style
Christchurch Art Gallery, 7 March â€“ 14 June 2009.
Miles: a life in architecture will reveal Sir Milesâ€™s contribution to modernist architecture as well as his success as a watercolourist and gardener.
…continue reading Miles: a life in architecture
Like Britney’s mum, Sir Miles pens tell-all book:
â€œThis book is not a solemn treatise on the art of architecture. It is about my life in architecture, about the process of designing and making of buildings, responding to clients and dealing with builders, the tos and fros and the ups and downs, the fun of being an architect.
…continue reading Miles Warren an Autobiography.
Designed in 1976 for a wealthy builder, the Forbes House is arguably the grandest of Warren & Mahoney’s residential buildings of the time. The house is formidable: raw, exposed concrete beams dominate, yet it’s elegant and totally cool.
…continue reading 5a Snowdon Rd. Forbes House. Warren & Mahoney.