HOME Magazine NZ

The Simpson House

by Robin Simpson

- Photograph by Mark Smith


“Robin Simpson and Vernon Brown were in partnershi­p for a time, so their work was quite closely related, but Simpson is best known for a house that he designed for himself in 1938,” Barrie says. “It’s a white cube with a big rectangula­r chunk carved out to form an outdoor living space, and with relatively open planning inside. It’s one of the very early New Zealand examples of our version of internatio­nal modernism – although its constructi­on is not very far from a typical New Zealand house, with a wooden frame and linings.” The home was purchased in the early 2000s by writer (and longtime HOME contributo­r) Douglas Lloyd Jenkins, who restored it and still lives there now.

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