Entries in New Zealand (75)

Saturday
Jan172015

Working on a Saturday

Say it loud.
Say it clear.
Saturday at work?
I don't want to be here!

Unless of course it the workplace looks like this. If you have to go in go into something stylish. South Loft, an Auckland office for economists by Fearon Hay Architects.

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Thursday
Jan082015

Apartment for a writer

It's called an apartment for a writer. Perhaps an apartment for an observer. For someone who reflects on their surrounds. Holds a mirror to the world and records, writes. Or perhaps is vain? Cares about looks and style. No that would be more likely if the mirror lined the desk space. Either way I'm smitten by this clever storage by Auckland based Cheshire Architects.

Wednesday
Jan072015

Hole in the wall

Can't get by without it and there is nowhere better to feed my addiction than a hip hole in the wall. Coffee and a dose of cool. Nice Day, a 7 sqm down a laneway in Auckland's CBD by Material Creative.

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Tuesday
Jan062015

Colour blocks

A simple modern family home with mid century riffs. Mono-pitch roof, walls of glass, colour blocks and sunken lounge. It's about catching the sun and taking in the views. Sleeping zones at either end of the 4m wide building are connected by living areas that open to a sunny patio. Easterbrook House in Titirangi, Auckland by Dorrington Atcheson Architects.

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Monday
Jan052015

Down the long driveway, you'll see it ...

It seems the holidays are over and it's time to get back to work. Nose to the grindstone, bum up. Excuse me while I escape the drudgery of the workaday on day one of my return by slipping between the pages of latest fab book to land on my coffee table. Down the long driveway, you'll see it.

" ... a book of pictures of modernist, mid-century New Zealand homes. The houses aren't new, they’re old and lived in. They can be a little dusty, slightly worn around the edges and all have what antique dealers like to call “patina”. But they’re perfect in the minds of the people who live in them because of what they represent, which when designed, was a better way of living."

Photographer Mary Gaudin, along with writer Matthew Arnold, hasn't so much documented the architectural details of the homes but explored their being through her evocative images. It's about house and site and home and life and aging and fulfilling promise. My copy is dog-eared already. So if you still have some of the money Santa gave you or even as a belated present to yourself then Down the long driveway, you'll see it is a must.

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