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“Time for a Change. Winkler & Eisenhofer: the New Zealand Houses of the 1960s

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Poppelreuter, Tanja (2011) “Time for a Change. Winkler & Eisenhofer: the New Zealand Houses of the 1960s. In: Paper presented in the 2011 Research Seminar Series , Department of Art History, University of Auckland, New Zealand. not published. 10 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

During the 1960s the booming economy allowed a greater clientele than before to employ architects to create modern and individually designed houses. Examples that demonstrate this are the 1965 Littlejohn House in Karori, Wellington and the 1969 Tustin House in LowerHutt. Both were built by the partnership of the Austrian immigrants Erwin Winkler and Fritz Eisenhofer. Swimming pools and carports demonstrated, among other things, the taste of the inhabitants for luxurious living and the influence of modern North American, mainly west coast, houses. The use of an American house as model was not a singular event. During the 1960s a trend can be discerned that displays the growing influence of American ‘lifestyle’ in housing, furniture, and fashion. This led to a critique of the use value of the vocabulary of a modern style outside of the socio political and cultural climate in which it had emerged. Intentions that led to the adaptation of role models were reflected upon because the long discussed question arose again as to how a distinct New Zealand identity might express itself in its built environment.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:New Zealand, Modernism, State Housing, English Cottage Style, Ranch Style House, Immigration
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > Belfast School of Architecture
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute
Art and Design Research Institute > Art and Context
ID Code:23998
Deposited By:Dr Tanja Poppelreuter
Deposited On:22 Nov 2012 21:51
Last Modified:16 Sep 2013 10:44

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