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46 Wroxton Tce. Don Cowey.

Jan 30, 2011

Interesting to see Don’s take on the ‘Big Fendalton House’ – there are so many today the suburb has ate itself. Instead of the exposed blocks and concrete of W&M we get more modest proportions and softer, cedar cladding. Minor updates and alterations since 1971 have added to the charm of what is still a very nice, modern manor.

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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.

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.

61 Wai-iti Tce. Don Cowey.

Jul 16, 2009

This early 60s home hasn’t fared well under heavy-handed alterations and mis-judged additions. The summerhill stone and timber has been painted over and the overall feel is of a builder’s show home. The red stuff is just plain silly.

…continue reading 61 Wai-iti Tce. Don Cowey.

15b Glandovey Rd. Don Cowey.

May 24, 2009

Hidden behind the Honda Jazz is another lovely Cowey home, unassuming from the driveway in the Christchurch style of steeply pitched roofs and white painted concrete block. Inside, beautiful woodwork and split-level open spaces combine to produce a lovely, crafted home.

…continue reading 15b Glandovey Rd. Don Cowey.

126 Centaurus Rd. Don Cowey.

Jan 26, 2009

Deceptively simple from the road, but closer inspection reveals a lovely intersection of lines and detail. The home sits elevated above the road, enjoying views to the alps, and is topped by a squat, chunky chimney design. Beautiful in its understatement.

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219 Memorial Ave. Cowey and McGregor.

Jan 03, 2009

Another 1960s gem from the pencil of Don Cowey that demonstrates his skill and versatility as a designer. The home appears flat-roofed at a glance, but the steep pitch of the central living room roof and red brick chimney add vertical presence.

…continue reading 219 Memorial Ave. Cowey and McGregor.

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.

35 Leinster Rd. Mclauchlan House. Don Cowey.

Oct 26, 2008

Don typically favoured gently mono-pitched roofs for his hillside homes, but on this flat site he went for a taller roof style – later appropriated by the Pizza Hut family restaurant chain. It enables a mezzanine level accessed via a neat, integrated brick stairway above the fireplace and sunken ‘sitting well’.

…continue reading 35 Leinster Rd. Mclauchlan House. Don Cowey.

Brougham Village. 384 Brougham St. Cowey Mills.

Oct 22, 2008

NZIA 2008 award for enduring architecture.

An ambitious attempt at low-cost living by Christchurch City Council built in 1978. The units turn their back on the less-than-serene Brougham St and included some innovative features for the time including solar water heating. The Smurf-blue paint job is an unfortunate deviation from the original white.

…continue reading Brougham Village. 384 Brougham St. Cowey Mills.

Four Houses From Four Decades

Oct 17, 2008

Christchurch Art Gallery.

18 – 24 October, 10am – 4pm on the hour.

This film profiles the interior and exterior of four modern houses in Christchurch using archival photographs and contemporary video with voiceover from architects and inhabitants.

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38 Raekura Pl. Cowey House. Don Cowey.

Sep 04, 2008

Don Cowey was one of the architects who collectively developed the Christchurch Style in the 1960s. This lovely little house is where he lives today used to live and rests on a concrete block base, a nice reference to the old times.

…continue reading 38 Raekura Pl. Cowey House. Don Cowey.