Christchurch's experimental mid-century houses revealed in book by Mary Gaudin and Matthew Arnold - architecture and design

Christchurch's experimental mid-century houses revealed in book by Mary Gaudin and Matthew Arnold



Mary Gaudin and Matthew Arnold photography book reveals how the Christchurch Style movement produced an array of distinctive modernist houses in the New Zealand city in the 1960s.
I never met a straight line I didn't like features images by photographer Gaudin and text by Arnold, who is co-founder of design agency Sons & Co. It showcases 12 well-preserved examples of homes built in the Christchurch Style.
JH Elworthy House is an example of a Christchurch Style home
Adapted from a Danish housing model, these properties explored building materials and techniques that were highly radical in their context.
"There's a running joke that someone in 1950s Christchurch owned a book of contemporary Danish homes, and that denied all contact with the wider world, local architects set about endlessly recreating them with the limited materials they had to hand," Arnold told Dezeen. "In turn, they accidentally created one of the few original and lasting cultural movements in New Zealand's modern history."
RC Webb House is also an example of the unique style
The project builds on a previous book by Gaudin and Arnold, Down the long driveway, you'll see it, which looked at midcentury homes from all across the country.
This time around the pair chose to focus specifically on Christchurch, believing this small conservative city to have been an epicentre of architectural creativity at this point in history.
SG Erber House is one of 12 homes in the book
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