Gardens for living in
Outdoor spaces were rethought as "rooms" that were just as vital to the liveability of a home as the family area and bedrooms. Homes were planned as L- or U-shaped to embrace courtyards. A consciousness of the natural landscape was also on the ascent. Modernists embraced the New Zealandness of the environment. "The informality of eating in an outdoor space became part and parcel of our everyday lives."

Modern: New Zealand Homes from the 1940s to 1970s (Random House, $75) is edited by Jeremy Hansen.