Kōrero: Domestic architecture

Birkenshaw House, Remuera, Auckland (1 o 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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Architecture Archive, The University of Auckland
Photograph by Sparrow Industrial Pictures Ltd

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Julia Gatley, 'Domestic architecture - Modernist houses and flats', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/45068/birkenshaw-house-remuera-auckland (accessed 26 May 2022)

He kōrero nā Julia Gatley, i tāngia i te 22 Oct 2014