Story: Housing and government

Council flats: Christchurch, 1978 (3rd of 3)

Council flats: Christchurch, 1978

In the 1970s there was a move away from high-rise flats to low-rise developments. Among the more successful projects was Brougham Village in Christchurch, designed by the local architectural practice Cowey Mills. It was arranged to resemble a village and featured both communal courts – places to meet and greet – and private courts that tenants could make their own. The scheme included innovative features such as solar water heating. In 2008 the New Zealand Institute of Architects awarded the development a sustainable architecture award.

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Christchurch Modern
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Ben Schrader, 'Housing and government - Council housing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/32441/council-flats-christchurch-1978 (accessed 11 August 2020)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 20 Jun 2012