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31 Newbridge Pl. Messervy House. Allan Mitchener.

Dec 14, 2014

This house is FOR RENT. Just saying. ┬áIt sits at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, in a pocket of what must be the city’s highest concentration of homes in the Christchurch Style, yet Mitchener’s 1964 design stands apart as a great example of the breed and one of Christchurch’s best small houses of the time.

…continue reading 31 Newbridge Pl. Messervy House. Allan Mitchener.

34b Creyke Rd. Don Donnithorne.

Oct 24, 2012

The remarkable thing about this home is not so much the design (which is good), but the condition. Since 1953, it’s had nothing but a light feather dusting. The original owners are moving on, so if you fancy a slice of post-war optimism and one of Don D’s very first designs, shake a leg.

…continue reading 34b Creyke Rd. Don Donnithorne.

33 Newbridge Pl. Pearson Flats. Warren & Mahoney.

Oct 20, 2012

In 1965 there was good money to be made from townhouse developments. So much so, that developers employed architects and spent money on design detail. W&M did a lot of this kind of work and this is one of their best. Four townhouses, cleverly staggered to give each a fireplace and privacy, beautifully detailed inside and out.

…continue reading 33 Newbridge Pl. Pearson Flats. Warren & Mahoney.

264A Waimairi Rd. Peter Beaven.

Dec 18, 2011

It’s a lot of brown, but if you don’t mind the colour this is a very original 1960s home from the never-dull Peter Beaven, arguably still one of Christchurch’s best young architects.

…continue reading 264A Waimairi Rd. Peter Beaven.

68B Creyke Rd. Prof. Kerr House. Warren & Mahoney.

Sep 11, 2011

This particular house is noteworthy more for it’s owner than architect. Professor Roy Kerr commissioned this house after returning to New Zealand in 1972. Kerr is a super-scientist, recipient of the Rutherford Medal and the subject of the semi-biographical book Cracking the Einstein Code. That aside, he had a pretty sweet house that’s subsequently been furnished like a cheap motel.

…continue reading 68B Creyke Rd. Prof. Kerr House. Warren & Mahoney.

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.

56 Greers Rd. Moffat House. Grifiths, Moffat & Partners.

May 02, 2010

This original 60s house, designed by architect Joseph Moffat for his retirement, is hidden behind a solid concrete block wall and arranged around a swimming pool. The North facing full-height sliding glass wall of the living area is a sweet design touch and the type of feature that gave birth to the nauseating term ‘indoor-outdoor flow’.

…continue reading 56 Greers Rd. Moffat House. Grifiths, Moffat & Partners.

29 Newbridge Pl. Henderson House. Minson, Henning Hansen.

Oct 12, 2009

The Ilam cul-de-sac of Newbridge Pl is a honeypot for 60s gems. Amongst designs by Hall & Mackenzie, Warren & Mahoney and Don Cowey sits this striking family home built for a Lincoln University Professor. The main building is low pitched and concrete block, but nestles up against a two storey batten and board half-gable structure that contain the garage at a basement level and bedrooms above.

…continue reading 29 Newbridge Pl. Henderson House. Minson, Henning Hansen.

87 Kahu Rd. Minson & Henning-Hansen.

Sep 06, 2009

Very clean looking concrete block home with a T-shape plan. The long bedroom wing featuring a neat row of half gables and the garden borders the Waimairi Stream. A ripper.

…continue reading 87 Kahu Rd. Minson & Henning-Hansen.

116 Ilam Rd. Peter Beaven.

Aug 09, 2009

The lovely angled roofline must have been a relief from the symmetry of 1960s suburban Christchurch and a good example of Peter’s early Scandinavian forms. The house has been added to and modified to suit the current tenants, the University of Canterbury Child Care.

…continue reading 116 Ilam Rd. Peter Beaven.

19 McDougall Ave. Hobbs House. Lawry and Sellars.

Jul 11, 2009

Designed to give maximum sun to as many rooms as possible, this concrete block and weatherboard design featured in the Christchurch Art Gallery Group Show, November 1963. Originally the blocks were painted white, but on the whole the home is well-preserved and still looks smart.

…continue reading 19 McDougall Ave. Hobbs House. Lawry and Sellars.

60 Creyke Rd. Architect Unknown.

Jun 07, 2009

Compact 1940s weatherboard cottage in the style of Paul Pascoe, Vernon Brown & Humphrey Hall. Most definitely a home from the school of early NZ modernist architects who equated modernism with modesty.

…continue reading 60 Creyke Rd. Architect Unknown.