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166 Richardson Terrace. L Fisher House. R H Fisher.

Dec 31, 2008

Designed in 1966 by Wellington architect Fisher for his spinster sister, this modest home is a nice, modernist take on the brick bungalows of Opawa. It’s river frontage and North facing garden make a light, peaceful home.

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104 Opawa Rd. Mahoney Snr House. Maurice Mahoney.

Oct 26, 2008

Maurice designed this house in 1955 for his father, prior to his partnership with Miles Warren. The house looks relatively plain today, but is interesting as it shows Maurice’s liking for long, open pavilions and pitched roofs: A theme he developed later with Warren and Mahoney in concrete block to produce the well-known ‘Noddy houses’.

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9 Ford Rd. Frankel House. Ernst Plischke.

Oct 21, 2008

Modified beyond recognition, but an important house in NZ modernism, introducing the open, L-shape plan in the late 30s. Ernst Pliscke, an Austrian Emigre, designed this home for his sponsors. It was his first private commission in New Zealand and completed whilst working at the Ministry of Works in Wellington.

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18 Butler Street. Maurice Mahoney.

Oct 12, 2008

Truly a home that reflect its surroundings, this severe glass and steel box blends surprisingly well into the landscape. It must feel quite exhibitionist on the inside and has the feel of Philip Johnson in mirrored sunglasses.

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