Story: Building materials

Toilet block (2nd of 2)

Toilet block

Workers construct a concrete public toilet on the Petone foreshore in 1971. Concrete blocks are a popular building material due to the speed of construction. At this time concrete water pipes – used on this roof – were being used in houses as window frames by experimental architects such as Ian Athfield.

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Jeremy Salmond, 'Building materials - Cement and concrete', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 July 2022)

Story by Jeremy Salmond, published 11 Mar 2010