Post War International Style (1940-1960)

31 May 2013 . Tags: ,

In Australia, the Post War International Style increased in popularity during the 1950s through the curtain-walled, reinforced concrete office block and the flat roofed, cubiform glass walled house. Such houses were considered radical when they first appeared in Sydney. Harry Seidler and Sydney Ancher had several well publicised battles with Sydney councils, who were strongly opposed to houses with flat roofs. These early examples were characterised by their extensive use of steel, glass and open planning.

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Features

  • Cubi-form overall shape
  • Large sheets of glass
  • Plain, smooth wall surfaces
  • Structural frame expressed
  • Corbusian window motif
  • External sun control devices
  • Overhang for shade
  • Contrasting textures
  • Curtain wall

 

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Rose Seidler House designed by Harry Seidler, Wahroonga, NSW

 

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