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

Tanja Poppelreuter

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionpeer-review


    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
    PublisherNot published
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 17 Aug 2011
    EventPaper presented in the 2011 Research Seminar Series - Department of Art History, University of Auckland, New Zealand
    Duration: 17 Aug 2011 → …


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

    Bibliographical note

    Unpublished paper delivered as part of a lecture series


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


    Dive into the research topics of '“Time for a Change. Winkler & Eisenhofer: the New Zealand Houses of the 1960s'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this