+ 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.
If you know of a house that deserves a mention please let us know. If we've made a mistake, do the same. If you like the site, tell your friends. If you hate the site, tell your friends you like it anyway. It's a minor white lie that anyone would forgive.

895 Cashmere Rd. GH Gould House. Warren & Mahoney.

Oct 06, 2013

This is the second house S’Miles designed for his buddy Garth Gould on a sunny spot above Halswell Quarry. The first house, its neighbour, was sold and subsequently messed with quite a bit, but this one is very original (kitchen and family room aside) with lots of good W&M detail. Garth talks about the old days below.

24 Macmillan Ave. Griffiths, Moffat & Partners.

Feb 02, 2013

A good house, essentially untouched since the 1950s, is hard to find. And this simple, low-pitched number is an understated treasure with a great view. Air the place out, sell the chandeliers, reinstate the fireplace, and move right in.

…continue reading 24 Macmillan Ave. Griffiths, Moffat & Partners.

5 Westenra Tce. Architect Unknown.

Feb 02, 2013

Straight from the 70s Warren & Mahoney style book – white concrete block, recessed square windows and deep concrete beams. Is it the real deal? Perhaps a junior W&M designer taking a job on the side? Or a colleague’s flattering tribute to the Cambridge Tce studio?

…continue reading 5 Westenra Tce. Architect Unknown.

216 Centaurus Rd. Tony Athfield House. Ian Athfield.

Jul 01, 2012

Now heavily disguised as a shitty, faux-Med house and hiding right under our noses is this very early Athfield design, sketched for his brother in 1963 whilst Ath was studying in Auckland. To see it today, painted yellow with a second storey and portico, causes acute intestinal gas.

…continue reading 216 Centaurus Rd. Tony Athfield House. Ian Athfield.

235 Mount Pleasant Rd. Boulton House. Pascoe, Linton.

Feb 16, 2011

Two houses overlooking the Estuary. The brief was for “two bedroom apartments suitable for retired couples”. Not wildly exciting, but the architects did a pretty good job in comparison to the vomitous ‘over 60s’ duplex buildings scattered all over Christchurch.

…continue reading 235 Mount Pleasant Rd. Boulton House. Pascoe, Linton.

17 Michael Ave. Langley House. Warren & Mahoney.

Dec 11, 2010

On the flat, the W&M roofs were steep and the chimneys monumentally tall. Here on the hillside, this 1965 house is low, boxy and clad in timber. The full width concrete balustrade is pretty tasty and a nice link to W&Ms more brutalist, commercial work..

…continue reading 17 Michael Ave. Langley House. Warren & Mahoney.

843 Cashmere Rd. Walker House. Cowey & McGregor.

Nov 12, 2010

A well hidden gem up on the Cashmere hills designed for a Lincoln University Professor and his wife. It’s a killer house and unusual for Christchurch with it’s extensive use of glass and steel influenced by the American Case Study Houses. Excellent stuff.

…continue reading 843 Cashmere Rd. Walker House. Cowey & McGregor.

71 Te Awakura Tce. Stewart Minson.

May 23, 2010

Original, unmolested modernist homes of the 1940s are pretty hard to come by in Christchurch which makes this Stewart Minson design a real find. The combination of the L-shape, flat-roof, weatherboard, and flagstone are a fine mix and the way the roofline steps down the slope is super sharp.

…continue reading 71 Te Awakura Tce. Stewart Minson.

29 Cannon Hill Cr. Minson, Henning Hansen.

May 02, 2010

If we had a dollar for every ugly aluminium conservatory / sun room added to a Christchurch Modern home we’d have at least $64. The house is guilty – $65 -  but the original unpainted concrete blockwork outside and stunning timber detailing inside leaves all forgiven. The fireplace in the living room is a behemoth and a thing of beauty.

…continue reading 29 Cannon Hill Cr. Minson, Henning Hansen.

8 Sulby Rd. Don Donnithorne.

Apr 18, 2010

Aside from an unfortunate 20-year love affair with red brick, Don seemed to prefer timber for his houses, but he did occasionally build in concrete block and the results were almost always good. The wide, low pitched roof was popular with architects at the time, but the crows nest bedroom and chunky chimney set this house apart.

…continue reading 8 Sulby Rd. Don Donnithorne.

48 Whareora Tce. Price House. Griffiths, Moffat & Partners.

Dec 20, 2009

A 1967 home designed by Keith Anderson, one of the ‘young guns’ of post-war Christchurch architecture and a lesser known contemporary of Warren, Beaven, Cowey, Donnithorne et al.
Not a complete honey, with some little additions obscuring the original design, but the clever use of sliding doors inside and out make for a practical, open space with enviable views across the plains.

…continue reading 48 Whareora Tce. Price House. Griffiths, Moffat & Partners.

45 Te Awakura Tce. Helmore & Cotterill.

Nov 29, 2009

In the 1940s modernist architects like Pascoe & Hall and Stewart Minson were designing modest, flat-roofed homes in the unornamented International Style, but Heathcote Helmore was well known for his grand country manors. Clearly not oblivious to the new movement, he popped out this stunning little home on a hill – looks nicely original too.

…continue reading 45 Te Awakura Tce. Helmore & Cotterill.