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119 River Rd. H F Redmond House. Peter Beaven.

Jan 13, 2010

Strange. Is this is a house, temple or the Albanian Embassy? Peter’s designs often defy categorisation and sometimes, it is what it is: Pagoda entrance, stone columns, textured cinder bricks & full-length water feature. Fullstop.

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47 Moncks Spur Rd. Redcliffs House. Peter Beaven.

Sep 13, 2009

This home is typically unorthodox and in keeping with Peter’s design at the time, similar in style and materials to his characterful Tonbridge Mews. The home is split over three levels accessed by a spiral wooden staircase that forms the spine of the building. Extensive timber detailing, arched doorways and eccentric touches like the large red hemispherical plastic window in the living area are all pure Beaven.

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Peter Beaven. An Itinerary.

Aug 21, 2009

Andrew Barrie shas compiled another excellent architectural tour – this time it’s our favourite non-conformist, Peter Beaven. The guide features some of Peter’s key buildings from 1950-70 including a few of the houses featured right here on Christchurch Modern.

Download the guide.

116 Ilam Rd. Peter Beaven.

Aug 09, 2009

The lovely angled roofline must have been a relief from the symmetry of 1960s suburban Christchurch and a good example of Peter’s early Swedish-inspired forms. The house has been added to and modified to suit the current tenants, the University of Canterbury Child Care.

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128 Dyers Pass Rd. Askew House. Peter Beaven.

Apr 05, 2009

Modified, but still recognisable as the strikingly unconventional Swedish barn that Peter designed for an awkward hill site in the 60s. A lovely, unadorned design for a small family with living areas downstairs and 3 bedrooms, a bathroom and a playroom upstairs.

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Mabers Rd. Stevens House. Peter Beaven.

Feb 11, 2009

Why slum it in the country? One of Peter’s very best, this beautifully preserved 1960s modern manor sits in a beautiful setting by a stream, just out of Christchurch. Next Fox Hunt, March 3rd. 

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100 White St. Robin Smith House. Peter Beaven.

Nov 26, 2008

In an attempt to raise the tone of the site David has submitted this series of art shots entitled DSC00003.JPG.

Peter Beaven is unsurprisingly popular out in North Canterbury for his ability to design attractive homes sensitive to the often-harsh climate.

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358 Memorial Ave. Gormack House. Peter Beaven

Nov 02, 2008

A very early house by Peter designed in the mid 50s during his self-confessed ‘Swedish phase’. There’s no sauna, but this compact little cottage sets a good example for modest, well-designed living. The house is unpainted concrete block combined with simple weatherboard and feels just about right.

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92c Glandovy Rd. Beaven Hunt.

Oct 27, 2008

Peter doesn’t like to visit Fendalton, but made an exception in the 1960s to build this grand home on Glandovy Rd. It’s interesting to note Peter’s slightly more individual take – hexagonal chimney and asymmetrical roof lines – on the ‘big, white Fendalton house’ done so well by Warren and Mahoney.

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Tonbridge Mews. Peter Beaven.

Sep 28, 2008

Peter Beaven’s 1974 attempt at ‘village living’ is a good one and still looks tight. He avoids the repetition and uniformity of typical townhouses by varying the design of each home. Porthole windows and intersecting rooflines add some fun.

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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.

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16 Dyers Pass Rd. Carson House. Peter Beaven.

Aug 16, 2008

Featured in NZ Womens Weekly, 1963. “Mrs Selwyn Carson told Peter Beaven she admired the ‘cots’ at Akaroa and wanted ‘a modern interpretation of a traditional stye cottage with a verandah’. Mrs Carson, a doctor’s wife with four children, had also requested that the house be childproof or more specifically boy-proof.”

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