Post-war international Northbourne Housing Group pair houses. Sydney Ancher (1959).

The post-war international style Northbourne Housing Group 'pair houses', designed by Sydney Ancher for the NCDC in 1959.

Canberra’s modernism explained

A number of regional and individual interpretations of modernist architecture are present in Canberra, along with the major developments of the post-war international, brutalist and organic styles. Also notable is the presence of work by both leading Sydney and Melbourne architects, resulting from the movement of government from those cities in the period after 1950.

Have you ever wondered about that house built with concrete blocks and large sheets of glazing? Or the low-slung place down the road with a flat metal deck roof and lots of timber framed windows? The various styles of modernist architecture found in Canberra are explained below.