Story: Public, commercial and church architecture

Harewood Memorial Gardens Crematorium, Christchurch

Harewood Memorial Gardens Crematorium, Christchurch

Brutalism was a spin-off of modernism that became popular in the 1960s and 1970s. It emphasised the honest expression of materials like concrete. Concrete blocks became a motif of New Zealand style. Among the leading practitioners were Miles Warren and Maurice Mahoney. Their Harewood Memorial Gardens Crematorium in Christchurch used white painted concrete blocks to form the two walls of a chapel. Opened in 1963, it had a wooden V-shaped roof and two glazed sides that looked out onto gardens.

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Ben Schrader, 'Public, commercial and church architecture - New directions, 1970 to 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 April 2024)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 22 Oct 2014