Archive for the ‘Heritage’ Category

My favourite modernist building … Wanganui War Memorial Hall

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

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It seems very restrictive to be limited to one favourite modernist building, (more…)

Karori Teachers College: VUW public meeting

Sunday, March 5th, 2017


Tomorrow night (Monday 6 March) is another public meeting about the fate of the VUW Karori Campus.  (more…)

My favourite modernist building … Rees Townhouses

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

  Rees Townhouses, photo: Jackie Meiring
In New Zealand, there is a tradition of conserving ‘old’ buildings made of timber and stone. There is also a more recent ‘tradition,’ of owners and their architects who scrub their buildings so white, they look surgically enhanced, erasing all character and grace. (more…)

My favourite modernist building … INDEX

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Here’s an index to the various entries of “My favourite modernist building …” and related posts (more…)

My favourite modernist building … BNZ, Victoria St, Hamilton

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

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In February 1996 I arrived in Hamilton to take up a lecturing position at the University of Waikato. At pretty much the same time the Bank of New Zealand (Leigh, de Lisle & Fraser, 1965) in Victoria Street was demolished (1996). (more…)

My favourite modernist building … Rietveld-Schroder House

Thursday, October 20th, 2016


This small 190m2 two level house (Utercht, 1924) located at the end of a row housing scheme in Utrecht is widely regarded as a masterpiece of early modernist architecture. (more…)

My favourite modernist building … Old Wool House

Sunday, October 16th, 2016


In the late 1950s I had cause to visit Bernard Johns & Whitwell’s office one night, (more…)