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Thank you, Maurice Edward Mahoney.

Nov 01, 2018

Bad news. Sad news. The great architect Maurice Mahoney has died in his 90th year. When Maurice teamed up with Miles Warren in 1958 to establish New Zealand’s greatest 20th century design partnership, the two architects were unstoppable. They revolutionised architecture in New Zealand, developing the distinctive ‘Christchurch Style’ which, let’s face it, was the Warren & Mahoney style.

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104 Opawa Rd. Mahoney Snr House. Maurice Mahoney.

Oct 26, 2008

Maurice designed this house in 1955 for his father, prior to his partnership with Miles Warren. The house looks relatively plain today, but is interesting as it shows Maurice’s liking for long, open pavilions and pitched roofs: A theme he developed later with Warren and Mahoney in concrete block to produce the well-known ‘Noddy houses’.

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18 Butler Street. Maurice Mahoney.

Oct 12, 2008

Truly a home that reflect its surroundings, this severe glass and steel box blends surprisingly well into the landscape. It must feel quite exhibitionist on the inside and has the feel of Philip Johnson in mirrored sunglasses.

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8 Pentlow Pl. M E Mahoney House. Warren & Mahoney.

Aug 14, 2008

This is Maurice Mahoney’s house, designed in 1966, which he still occupies. The house sits in a Fendalton cul de sac and looks fantastic (despite the Toyota Echo in the drive, which we tried to push away, but the handbrake was on and the doors locked). The Mahoney house utlilises many of the Warren & Mahoney hallmarks: white painted concrete blocks, exposed structure and steeply-pitched gabled roofs

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Warren & Mahoney.

Aug 12, 2008

In a 1966 article on Warren & Mahoney’s work in the British journal Architectural Design, Norman Sheppard wrote of Christchurch: “This city, the most conservative in a fairly conservative country, has in its recent public and domestic buildings shown a direction which, if pursued and developed should make it a concrete example of what current planning and design theories propound.”

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