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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