Story: Domestic architecture

Centennial Flats, Berhampore, Wellington

Centennial Flats, Berhampore, Wellington

In 1936 the first Labour government's state housing programme adopted the English cottage style for the design of single-unit state houses, but architects within the Department of Housing and Construction successfully argued its flat-building programme should use the modernist style. This is a model of the Centennial Flats, in the Wellington suburb of Berhampore, which opened in 1940. The U-shaped complex was built around a common garden and included a community centre (the round building) at the centre.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, New Zealand Free Lance Collection (PAColl-0785)
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Julia Gatley, 'Domestic architecture - Modernist houses and flats', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 June 2024)

Story by Julia Gatley, published 22 Oct 2014