Park Mews Apartments

Park Mews Apartments

Park Mews from above Ruahine Street.

Park Mews Apartments

The view from Moxham Avenue.

Park Mews is a 30-apartment complex at 62 Moxham Avenue, noted for its unusual design which includes pointed roofs, round windows made from concrete pipe and quirky nooks and crannies. It was designed by architect Roger Walker and built in 1973. Some locals dubbed the building 'Noddytown' and and one critic described the style as "Disneyland Gothic" but the general reception was positive. The Evening Post described the complex: "Space-age architecture has come to Hataitai. There, the old weatherboard homes of a past generation have made way for what the real estate agents call 'a new dimension in living.'"

Units range in size from a 'bachelor flat' (a bedsit) to apartments with three bedrooms and a study. Each apartment was built to a slightly different plan, and most are on two levels. The Evening Post again: "For husbands who want to watch their wives do the housework while they laze in bed, some units have bedrooms virtually suspended above the living room on a wooden platform". Each ground-floor unit had its own small private garden and upper units had small balconies or decks, some of which have since been covered in and turned into conservatories. Then-modern features such as sound-proofing, underfloor heating and earthquake-proofing were included.

Sources:
Evening Post, 20 Jun 1973
At home in New Zealand: House history people edited by Barbara Brookes.
Long live the modern edited by Julia Gatley
See also 'An essay on the critical response to 'Park Mews', a building by Roger Walker' by Thomas Rogers

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