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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.

14 Highbank Lne. Neil Hey.

Nov 28, 2009

A particularly smart 1970s example of the Christchurch style from a former W&M architect: exposed concrete block walls, steep tongue and groove pitched ceilings and a tall, rigid chimney giving an assertive finger to the imminent ban on open fire places in Christchurch.

…continue reading 14 Highbank Lne. Neil Hey.

80 Valley Rd. Kennedy House. Don Cowey.

Oct 30, 2009

It was 1967 when the owners moved in and not much has changed since. Not Don’s finest, but a real time capsule with some familiar Cowey touches like the Pizza Hut roof & fibreglass Shoji screens inside.

…continue reading 80 Valley Rd. Kennedy House. Don Cowey.

134 Dyers Pass Rd. William Taurau Royal.

Oct 29, 2009

The house that Bill built, from concrete blocks and cedar. A standout, family home on the hill, loaded with sharp angles, a hint of origami and a splash of nautical colour. Must be the nicest carport in the city.

…continue reading 134 Dyers Pass Rd. William Taurau Royal.

40 Whareora Tce. Fogden House. Griffiths, Moffat & Partners

Oct 04, 2009

A killer hillside home built in 1967 by a practice that was instrumental in the champion of unpainted concrete blocks in Christchurch house construction – a material once reserved for cheap, commercial applications. Exceptionally maintained, this home features living, eating and cooking upstairs with sleeping underneath. A neat studio was added off the living area three years after the home was built.

…continue reading 40 Whareora Tce. Fogden House. Griffiths, Moffat & Partners

3 Brigid Pl. Warren & Mahoney.

Jun 15, 2009

A very clean, unadorned box clad in rough cut boards and perched upon a beautiful ‘off shutter’ concrete base. There’s a fair bit of vegetation concealing the in-situ concrete details, but some sharp secateurs and a barrel of napalm would make short work of it.

…continue reading 3 Brigid Pl. Warren & Mahoney.

50 Valley Rd. Architect Unknown.

May 15, 2009

Another Mervyn Seal influenced home with the distinctive butterfly roof and geometric wall of windows. This one has been recently ‘modernised’, but the striking original form is unmistakable.

…continue reading 50 Valley Rd. Architect Unknown.

279 Cannon Hill Cr. Ching House. Minson, Henning Hansen & Dines.

May 06, 2009

Multi-level, concrete block and timber design from one of Christchurch’s best mid-century architects and designer of the stellar Canterbury Society of Arts Gallery.

…continue reading 279 Cannon Hill Cr. Ching House. Minson, Henning Hansen & Dines.

12 Takahe Dr. Paul Pascoe.

May 03, 2009

A long, low roofline dominates this beautiful hilltop home, accentuating the clean 1960s lines. Large windows make the most of the views to the Southern Alps.

…continue reading 12 Takahe Dr. Paul Pascoe.

9 Balmoral Ln. David Allen.

Apr 20, 2009

Nice little number overlooking the estuary using offset roof pitch and light / dark contrast of materials to accentuate the geometric lines.

…continue reading 9 Balmoral Ln. David Allen.

128 Dyers Pass Rd. Askew House. Peter Beaven.

Apr 05, 2009

Modified, but still recognisable as the strikingly unconventional Swedish barn that Peter designed for an awkward hill site in the 60s. A lovely, unadorned design for a small family with living areas downstairs and 3 bedrooms, a bathroom and a playroom upstairs.

…continue reading 128 Dyers Pass Rd. Askew House. Peter Beaven.

32 Kiteroa Pl. Jones House. Ian Athfield.

Apr 05, 2009

This lovely 1980s home named Halcyon sits beautifully on the sloping Cashmere Hills overlooking the Canterbury plains. It shows Ian’s love of Modernist and Mediterranean architecture. In this case, hard geometric lines mixed with archways and…..it seems….timber window shutters.

…continue reading 32 Kiteroa Pl. Jones House. Ian Athfield.