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15 MacMillan Ave. Hardie House. Don Donnithorne.

Feb 03, 2009

Welcome to Cashmere and the official Christchurch Sound of Music Tour. On your left you will see the home of the famous Von Trapp family.

Hello Switzerland.

…continue reading 15 MacMillan Ave. Hardie House. Don Donnithorne.

2 Rhodesvale Tce. Millar House. Roger Walker.

Jan 09, 2009

This home was built in 1983 and is a rare example of a Roger Walker home in Christchurch. Extensive use of lattice, curves and colour mark it as a home of its time and a great example of Walker’s unmistakable style.

…continue reading 2 Rhodesvale Tce. Millar House. Roger Walker.

6 Amherst Pl. Roper House. Nicholas Kennedy.

Jan 09, 2009

Difficult to capture from the street, this beautiful concrete block home steps down the slope using rectilinear ‘pods’ and features Nicholas’ signature protruding oriel windows, a device he used on the Dorset Towers. This was the largest new home Nicholas designed – built at coast of $50,000 – and the first one after leaving Warren & Mahoney. It’s been changed and added to over the years (not well), but remains distinctive.

…continue reading 6 Amherst Pl. Roper House. Nicholas Kennedy.

71 Parklands Dr. David Allen.

Dec 21, 2008

David Allen was a contemporary of Roger Walker and Ian Athfield at the Auckland Architecture School. This idiosyncratic design borrows from, yet rallies against the formal Christchurch style established in the 60s. It looks good.

…continue reading 71 Parklands Dr. David Allen.

51a Dyers Pass Rd. Blogg House. Don Cowey.

Nov 23, 2008

Built in 1962 for motor dealer Bernie Blogg. Legend has it on completion of the job Bernie took out a roll of bills from his pocket, counted off a portion of the the architect’s fee and said “sue me for the rest”.

…continue reading 51a Dyers Pass Rd. Blogg House. Don Cowey.

1 Heaton Rhodes Pl. Cox House. Warren & Mahoney.

Nov 18, 2008

As a rule, only houses on Santorini and those owned by salty old sea dogs should be painted blue and white. But the paint disguise can’t can hide the strong Christchurch style of this home that pops out of the trees off Dyers Pass Rd. The sharp roof is particularly worthy.

…continue reading 1 Heaton Rhodes Pl. Cox House. Warren & Mahoney.

25 Macmillan Ave. S J Wilson House. Warren & Mahoney.

Nov 05, 2008

Completely contradicting the previous post: a Pixie House on the hills. The home steps up the slope and presents a fairly nondescript face to the street. An original sculpture by the entrance is a nice period touch and a rare concession to fashion from the classicists at Warren & Mahoney. Extremely original with the exception of the enclosed balcony.

…continue reading 25 Macmillan Ave. S J Wilson House. Warren & Mahoney.

131 Mt Pleasant Rd. Stebbing House. Warren & Mahoney.

Nov 03, 2008

Typically, Warren and Mahoney treated their hill houses quite differently than those down on the plains. The uniformity of the Pixie House design is discarded for more experimental and individual shapes. This early 60s house has additions that extend the original building down the slope.

…continue reading 131 Mt Pleasant Rd. Stebbing House. Warren & Mahoney.

5 Conifer Pl. Dacombe House. Barry Dacombe.

Oct 27, 2008

This house, built in 1972, was designed for the architect’s family and originally included a flat to help pay the mortgage. The rimu-clad exterior walls are unusually short, but a great sense of vertical space is achieved inside due to the three pyramid-shaped roofs. A flat site was excavated into the hill so all rooms could open on to flat ground.

…continue reading 5 Conifer Pl. Dacombe House. Barry Dacombe.

6 Millhill Ln. Barry Dacombe.

Oct 21, 2008

The exaggerated, protruding wooden and concrete structural beams give this home a sculptural presence that echoes the work of Warren and Mahoney. It also looks solid and immovable – comforting when you live on a big hill that shakes occasionally.

…continue reading 6 Millhill Ln. Barry Dacombe.

78 Dyers Pass Rd. Reed House. Minson and Henning-Hansen.

Oct 05, 2008

Looking a bit neglected, this home was originally two self-contained units. The upper floor was an open plan one bedroom home for Mr A A G Reed, featuring a split level dining and living room with a substantial deck. Below; a self-contained flat for his son.

…continue reading 78 Dyers Pass Rd. Reed House. Minson and Henning-Hansen.

21 Takahe Dr. Gainsford House. Pascoe and Linton.

Oct 05, 2008

This Cashmere Hills house was featured in Home & Building in May, 1970, who reported that ‘the main view is screened form the entrance porch and revealed in a series of confined glimpses through a combination of door and window openings before unveiling the full panorama form the living room bay windows.’

…continue reading 21 Takahe Dr. Gainsford House. Pascoe and Linton.