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9 Elizabeth Sq. Murray Cottage. Pascoe & Linton.

Aug 02, 2009

This little bach sits adjacent to the sandhills of Leithfield Beach and occupies the majority of the tiny section. Small sheltered courtyards make good use of the the minimal land and all rooms open to the outside to relieve their small size and enjoy the coastal environment.

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60 Creyke Rd. Architect Unknown.

Jun 07, 2009

Compact 1940s weatherboard cottage in the style of Paul Pascoe, Vernon Brown & Humphrey Hall. Most definitely a home from the school of early NZ modernist architects who equated modernism with modesty.

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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.

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73a Rockinghorse Rd. Graham House. Paul Pascoe.

Nov 17, 2008

Designed in 1958 as a weekender for Maurice Graham of Graham Construction on a sand spit in South Brighton, this home features a striking hyperboloid roof that was considered quite experimental at the time. The construction was complex and overseen by famed engineer Lyall Holmes, the original one piece aluminium roof having to be shipped from Australia.

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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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58 Colenso St. Piano House. Paul Pascoe

Oct 08, 2008

Everyone loves this house down in Sumner, including us. It’s built on an awfully narrow block, but cleverly uses open plan living on the upper level to make the most of the space and view – unheard of in 1945. Originally filled with Garth Chester plywood furniture, which Pascoe admired, the house has been nicely updated over the years and still stands out for all the good reasons.

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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.’

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14 Gleneagles Tce. Pascoe and Linton.

Sep 21, 2008

This beautifully preserved house was created by the partnership of Paul Pascoe and Walter Linton. For more information call 0800 DC3 FLY. Incidentally, one of the neighbours is a very well concealed George Lucking designed house at number 10.

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Looking for the Local.

Aug 20, 2008

A wonderful survey of New Zealand architecture from the 1950s and 60s featuring archival photographs from the time. Features many Christchurch homes including Paul Pascoe’s Graham House in South Shore (pictured) that was given planning exemption due to its ‘experimental’ roof.

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25a Cashmere Rd. Maling House. Pascoe and Hall.

Aug 19, 2008

A lovely example of the continental L-shape floorplans brought to Christchurch by Ernst Plischke in the late 1930s. These houses introduced multi-purpose living areas and full height glass opening onto courtyard gardens. This one, built in 1947, looks particularly well-restored and is a credit to the owners (orange door aside).

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Paul Pascoe

18 Aranoni Track. Rita Angus House. Paul Pascoe.

Aug 11, 2008

This unfinished sketch shows Rita Angus’s home her father bought the house for her in 1943.

The cottage sat high on Clifton Hill, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Paul Pascoe designed it with large windows, a flat roof, and a sunny brick-paved terrace. It was a sanctuary for Angus and remained her home until 1954.

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