Story: Public, commercial and church architecture

Broadcasting House, Auckland

Broadcasting House, Auckland

Auckland's Broadcasting House in Durham Street West was among New Zealand's first modernist buildings of significance. Designed by Alva Bartley and Imi Porsolt and opened in 1941, it had a facade featuring horizontal window bands and a splayed corner stairwell and entrance. This 1947 interior view of the entrance highlights the sculptural, cantilevered stairwell. The building also boasted an impressive radio theatre for live performances. It was demolished in 1990.  

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Ben Schrader, 'Public, commercial and church architecture - Modernism, 1930 to 1970', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2023)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 22 Oct 2014