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Modernist architecture

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About modernist architecture

Today many art moderne buildings from the 1930s are protected and admired, but what was the reaction to these often revolutionary buildings at the time of their construction? Architects and journalists reported the latest styles from overseas, particularly Germany and Britain, and noted how modernist curves were beginning to appear in our own domestic, commercial and public buildings.

Some commentators appreciated the style's lack of ornamentation and the use of steel and glass to allow in more light. Others abhorred the trend as 'individualism run riot' and saw the radical idea of a verandahless home as a 'deplorable tendency'.

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Perspective view of a two-storey Moderne-style house with basement garage and two porthole windows; RM & MH King, architect; 1933–37

Modernist architecture

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