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

Tanja Poppelreuter

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    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.
    LanguageEnglish
    Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 17 Aug 2011
    EventPaper presented in the 2011 Research Seminar Series - Department of Art History, University of Auckland, New Zealand
    Duration: 17 Aug 2011 → …

    Other

    OtherPaper presented in the 2011 Research Seminar Series
    Period17/08/11 → …

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    1960s
    New Zealand
    Built Environment
    Climate
    American West
    Vocabulary
    Lifestyle
    Modern Style
    Coast
    Economy
    Immigrants
    Intentions

    Keywords

    • New Zealand
    • Modernism
    • State Housing
    • English Cottage Style
    • Ranch Style House
    • Immigration

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    Poppelreuter, T. (2011). “Time for a Change. Winkler & Eisenhofer: the New Zealand Houses of the 1960s. In Unknown Host Publication
    Poppelreuter, Tanja. / “Time for a Change. Winkler & Eisenhofer: the New Zealand Houses of the 1960s. Unknown Host Publication. 2011.
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