Book: Beyond the State

Folio director Andrea Stevens co-authored the book Beyond the State: New Zealand State Houses from Modest to Modern in association with architectural historian Bill McKay. It is a biography and celebration of the iconic New Zealand state house, built in their thousands by the First Labour Government. Photography by Simon Devitt. Beyond the State was shortlisted in the New Zealand Post Book Awards in 2014. 

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Penguin NZ

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Area Design

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A SAMPLE OF WHAT WE WROTE

Mention the ‘state house’ to most New Zealanders and the stout little boxes of the First Labour Government come to mind. They are an enduring symbol of the country’s egalitarian values; romanticised by some, yet underrated by others. With the very first state house reaching 75 years old, we were curious: how are these modest houses lived in today? How do they fit into contemporary notions of what a house is, when they appear so old-fashioned, compartmental and small? The architects who designed them certainly had a modern agenda – they brought the toilets inside, planned efficient kitchens and placed living rooms on the sunny side – but the style was so backward-looking. In the 1930s when the rest of the world was opening up the concept of a house, we were closing it down; choosing to remodel the English Garden City cottage, transposing a cold-climate form to a warm–temperate South Pacific country. The houses didn’t even have verandahs.

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