John Holmwood mural at risk..

Posted on May 4th, 2013

A large and unique mural attributed to Auckland artist John Holmwood is at risk..

Painted in the dining area at The school for the Deaf in Kelston shorty after its construction in 1960, the mural is one of a very few still surviving.

Considered a large part of the schools history, it is in need of removal as necessary improvements to the buildings are soon to be implemented which the mural no longer fits into. The school is looking at ways to preserve, fund and find a home for the 9 metre wide artwork painted straight on to the original gib-board wall.

Gerald Melling: Architect (1943 – 2012)

Posted on January 6th, 2013

Split Box, Coromandel by Melling:MorseIt was very sad to note the passing of acclaimed architect Gerald Melling just before Christmas (22 Dec ) 2012.

Gerald had been a longterm and avid advocate for local architecture, his work with Alan Morse in Melling:Morse gaining numerous accolades in recent years.

His early career in New Zealand started at the Ministry of Works in the 1960’s (briefly) where he met Alan Morse, before working for Geoff Nees on ‘Design Scape” . He was also a controversial editor for the ‘New Zealand Architect’ and worked at the Education Board.

Houses such as the Pugh house (Music Box) Wellington, 1999  and ‘Split-Box’, Coromandel, and ‘Signal Box’ in Masterton have garnered impressive reviews and respect for their sensitive and economic design.

He will be sadly missed.

Thanks from Lost Property

Posted on September 3rd, 2011

To all those that have made contact, and selflessly added to the sites background knowledge. The information on a wide range of architects and buildings is slowly being assembled, some of which will feature in an upcoming Architecture Week exhibition – (Depot Gallery 24th Sept – 6th Oct) though most will filter on to the website over the next few months as we get time.

John A Wheeler, Bruce Henderson, Imi Porsolt, George Kenny, John Goldwater, Michael Brett, A W Neale, Maurice Patience, N B Skinner and others will all be part of the new additions, as well as expanded text on Alan Fairhead and Peter Mark Brown, Adams Dodd, Ken Albert, Frank O Jones and Reg Uren… to name a few.

Long Live “Christchurch Modern”

Posted on January 3rd, 2011

Still the best (and only.?) modern architectural blog in the South Island…A paradise of homes.    

 Some wonderful new houses have appeared over the last shaky couple of months.! The ‘Langley house’ in Michael Ave by Warren & Mahoney being a standout. Almost too many to mention.. plus the Peter Beaven interview..!!

Thanks Matt for all the fab stuff and keep up the Good Work.!!

Lost Property Blog – By Greg Smith

Posted on July 26th, 2010

Welcome to Lost Property…

Friday 15th Oct saw the official book launch (and opening of ‘the Group Architects’ exhibition) at the Gus Fisher Gallery in Shortland St. The book (edited by Julia Gatley) contains a wealth of material about the practice, from early beginnings through to later period works of Wilson Juriss, etc.. Additional essays fill out the second section of the 250+ page volume. Most of the major buildings/houses are  covered with historical and contemporary images as well as redrawn plans or elevations. (From Auckland University Press) Understandably, the exhibition seems less successful, largely filled with (expensive ?) overweight reframed plans and black and white images (and some odd matte cutting). The far end of the  grey gallery contains some colourful relief with a selection of Bruce Rotherham’s design and art works, several large prints of Simon Devitt’s images from the book and a number of sponsored models by the School of Architecture students.

 The publication is a substanstial and significant advance, and will no doubt extend the awareness and appreciation of these unique buildings – and the history around them,  to a much wider public.