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The Elegant Shed - Behind the Garden

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1984

In this episode of the influential NZ architecture series, dapper tour guide David Mitchell looks at the 'Christchurch Style'. He begins with the humble baches on Taylor's Mistake's cliffs, before focusing on the Euro-influenced brutalism of Miles Warren and the "flamboyant" practice of Peter Beaven (earthquake victims SBS House, and Lyttelton Tunnel's "fifth ship" are featured); and the cottage's modern descendent: Don Donnithorne's post-war home. Warren intriguingly compares his process designing Christchurch Town Hall with Jørn Utzon's Sydney Opera House.

There was an initial shock in the amount of exposed concrete ...
– Warren on the reaction to his brutalist design for Christ’s College halls of residence.

Key Cast & Crew

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Kerry Fowler

Director, Producer

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Owen Goodwin

Sound

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Fred Goldring

Camera

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Christine Munro

Editor

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David Mitchell

Presenter