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Birkenshaw House, Remuera, Auckland (1st of 3)

Birkenshaw House, Remuera, Auckland

At the same time as Ernst Plischke promoted the internationalism of modernism, some local architects thought it could be adapted to create a vernacular style. Among these was Auckland architect Vernon Brown. He used mono-pitched (half-gable) roofs and creosoted weatherboard cladding, sometimes contrasting with white walls or window frames, to create forms that were reminiscent of the shed-like architecture of colonial New Zealand. This is his Birkenshaw House in Remuera, Auckland, in 1945. It followed the modernist dictum for simple forms – the only decorative feature is the angled roof struts under the eaves – but the mono-pitched roof located the house in New Zealand.   

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Julia Gatley, 'Domestic architecture - Modernist houses and flats', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 July 2024)

Story by Julia Gatley, published 22 Oct 2014