I never met a straight line I didn’t like.

I never met a straight line I didn’t like.

This is a book about a modern architectural movement that bubbled up in a small, conservative city at the bottom of the world.

During the 1960s, Christchurch, New Zealand exploded with a creative force which developed into a distinct style of architecture that was widely admired and imitated and remains influential today.

For a decade Christchurch architects worked with a potent energy and urgency, creating hundreds of homes (and many of New Zealand’s best public and commercial buildings) in a regional style that is arguably the closest thing the country has to a modern indigenous style of architecture.

The 12 homes illustrated in the book are just a small representation of the style and architects of the period. They remain as intact examples of the ideas, materials and optimism of the time.


SJ Wilson Warren & Mahoney 1962
RC Webb Warren & Mahoney 1963
J Messervy Allan Mitchener 1964
PNG Blaxall Griffiths & Moffat 1967
O Spencer Bower DA Cowey & McGregor 1967
G Steven Beaven, Hunt & Associates 1967
JH Elworthy Warren & Mahoney 1968
HR Irving Warren & Mahoney 1968
B Jones Ian Athfield 1968
SG Erber Nicholas Kennedy 1969
ML Paynter Minson, Henning-Hansen & Dines 1970
RC Ballantyne Warren & Mahoney 1973

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Cite: "I never met a straight line I didn’t like." 23 Jan 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/955507/i-never-met-a-straight-line-i-didnt-like> ISSN 0719-8884

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