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Riverlaw Tce. Harland House. Ian Athfield.

Jul 12, 2009

Unfortunately never built, but designed in 1964 in the first year of Ian’s own practice. Gerald Melling, in his book Joyful Architecture, observes the design is clearly of the Christchurch Style and is “careful, conservative, tentative……the Architect looking over his shoulder. An uncompromisingly direct rectilineal gable hanging over a rigidly organised plan.”

…continue reading Riverlaw Tce. Harland House. Ian Athfield.

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.

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.

Architect Athfield. 1977 Documentary Film.

Oct 22, 2008

“Before he achieved worldwide fame as an actor, Sam Neill directed this documentary for the National Film Unit about lively New Zealand architect Ian Athfield. It examines the philosophy, achievements and frustrations of one of this country’s most innovative architects,

…continue reading Architect Athfield. 1977 Documentary Film.

35a St Martins Rd. Jones House. Ian Athfield.

Sep 14, 2008

This Ian Athfield 1968 house is a rare Christchurch example of his residential work, designed for his school rowing coach. Before Athfield came to prominence in Wellington, he’d spent time under the tutelage of Miles Warren and the influence in this early work is obvious.

…continue reading 35a St Martins Rd. Jones House. Ian Athfield.