Claude Megson: Counter Constructions
A great book on New Zealand architect, Claude Megson (1936-1994). It features five of his most significant houses, designed in the 1970’s, when his architecture was at its most daring and experimental.
by Giles Reid
1972 Barr House
1973 Norris House
1973 Cocker Townhouses
1974 Rees Townhouses
1977 Bowker House
We are provided an introduction to Megson’s career, considering his current reputation and analyses the five houses. It explores how Megson: Organised space through diagonal views and movement; tied the building to a cultivated landscape; articulated their external appearance with the ‘house image; and how he invoked ritual as the means to challenge social conventions. The book reproduces a number of Megson’s richly detailed drawings, from his sketches through to construction documents. With beautiful photography by Jackie Meiring.