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Design Review: Volume 2, Issue 4 (December-January 1949-50)

The Demonstration House — at Karori, Wellington

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The Demonstration House
at Karori, Wellington

was opened for inspection on October 15. The design and building of this house carried out as a School project by the Architectural Centre with the support of local merchants, has aroused widespread public interest.

The house sits cleanly on the steeply sloping site. Glazing in the exposed outer walls is fixed and hinged louvres provide ventilation. External sheathing is of 10in × 1in treated insignis pine board and batten fixed vertically.

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Most interesting feature of the plan is the patio. Spacious, sheltered, and private, with direct and easy access from all parts of the house, it provides a valuable extension of the family's living area.

On warm evenings the patio will provide a pleasant and attractive area for the entertainment of friends.

In the living room the built-in fitting includes writing desk, wood and coal cupboard (accessible from outside), radiogram, and divan. The free-standing steel-jacketed flue is designed to make use of heat which is normally lost. The desk lamp is hung on a flexible coupling with spun aluminium shade.

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Dining table and chairs are of tawa with clear cellulose finish. Sponge rubber is used to upholster the chairs. Holes in the back and seat of chairs are for lightness and to allow the rubber to breathe. The wall behind is panelled in natural finish kahikatea.

Comfort with lightness is embodied in the easy chairs. The design is straightforward and sponge rubber and plywood are used to advantage.

Bunks give a nautical flavour to the children's rooms and save valuable space. The sides of the bunks hinge down for easy bed-making. A soft wall-board panel gives space for children's drawings.

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The Demonstration House,” 24 pp. illustrated. Articles on the purpose, history, design, interior and construction. The Architectural Centre, P.O. Box 1628, Wellington C.l. Price: One Shilling post free.

In the main bedroom the top of the dressing-table hinges down over a tray for cosmetics, etc., when the mirror on the underside is not in use. The lamp is adjustable.

The playroom-utility room is readily adaptable to many family uses. Dressed insignis pine is used on the walls and a clear finish accentuates the beauties of the grain. The floor is attractively laid with coloured asphalt tiles and an Esse space heater gives heat by convection and radiation.

Breakfast and light meals may be taken in the kitchen at the linotopped table over which shelves for china are suspended. A hatch opens to the living room where more formal meals are served. Cupboard doors and drawer fronts are natural wood finish.