+ 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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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.

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49 Clifton Tce. Belworthy House. William Taurau Royal.

Aug 17, 2009

Created for a bachelor, well-known Christchurch florist Cliff Belworthy, his cat and two fox terriers. Cliff was adamant he wasn’t prepared to “live in a house like Mrs Jones on the corner” and asked for a house “that no sane person would copy”. His only practical request: “two bedrooms, as far apart as possible”.

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24 Whitewash Head Rd. Stewart Minson.

Jan 16, 2009

A Home & Building award winner in 1947 and pleasingly intact. Houses like this are disappearing faster than you can say “recessed halogen downlights”.

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58 Colenso St. Piano House. Paul Pascoe

Oct 08, 2008

Everyone loves this house down in Sumner, including us. It’s built on an awfully narrow block, but cleverly uses open plan living on the upper level to make the most of the space and view – unheard of in 1945. Originally filled with Garth Chester plywood furniture, which Pascoe admired, the house has been nicely updated over the years and still stands out for all the good reasons.

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53 Beachville Road. Warren & Mahoney.

Aug 26, 2008

These cleverly designed seaside townhouses are built on a staggered footprint which means views for all and a communal cricket pitch. Six-and-out, electric wickets.

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