Author(s): Patrick Reynolds; Nicole Stock (Editor)
A glorious celebration of one of New Zealand's most significant residential architectural styles. If you live in a house built before 1940, chances are it's a bungalow. It may be small and utilitarian, or it may be a high-flown celebration of the Arts and Crafts movement, loaded with inglenooks, stained-glass windows and wood panelling .... either way it's a housing style that's instantly familiar to New Zealanders- well built, snug, and full of character. LIke its antecedent, the villa, its style has given our older suburbs their generous atmosphere and tone. In this splendid book, edited by Nicole Stock, New Zealand's best architectural writers and historians document the bungalow's complex past and its varied and eminently modifiable present.
Bungalow: from Heritage to Contemporary, edited by Nicole Stock with splendid photos by Patrick Reynolds, brought back childhood memories of visiting elderly relatives living in these beautiful homes with bay windows and stained glass and leadlight decorated doors. There are beautiful images of rooms with dark wood panels which often covered at least half the walls, if not the whole room. Their gloomy, slightly sinister aspect made me feel sure they must be hiding a secret passage (too much Enid Blyton, I suspect). Reynolds has a stunning image of a modest farmhouse nestled at the foot of a rocky escarpment near Whangarei Heads which takes your breath away. The heritage aspect of this book is the longest, with probably the most nostalgic appeal, but it's also interesting to see what contemporary architects are doing with the bungalow design. Apparently it's not as easy as doing up a villa. - Jan
Patrick Reynolds, the son of architects, has been photographing buildings for all of his considerable career. His work is published in both New Zealand and international magazines. He teaches part time at the University of Auckland's school of architecture. Nicole Stock is a writer and editor based in Auckland, New Zealand. She has beens the editor of architecture and design magazine Urbis, assistant editor on Architecture New Zealand and Houses New Zealand magazines and acting editor of Dwell Asia. She has an architecture degree with first class honours from the University of Auckland and is currently studying towards an MBA.