Story: Housing

Mirror house

Mirror house

The postmodern style moved away from the strongly linear, block-like forms of modernism to reintroduce curvilinear, angular and other shapes into housing design. This is evident in the 'mirror house' built in 1984 on Auckland's Takapuna beachfront. Postmodernism was also known for its eclecticism, borrowing motifs from the past – such as from classical architecture – and arranging them in new and sometimes witty ways. While it provided humour and relief from the soberness of modernism, the joke wore thin by the 1990s and the style fell from favour.

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Ben Schrader, 'Housing - Style and form', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/38648/mirror-house (accessed 17 November 2019)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 5 Sep 2013