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Christchurch architecture joins onscreen library

Christchurch's architecture may have taken a hit in the past year or so, but the latest addition to NZ On Screen's library includes the Christchurch episode of classic New Zealand architecture series, The Elegant Shed (to go with the Wellington episode already online).

Dapper tour guide David Mitchell looks at the 'Christchurch style', starting with the humble baches on Taylor's Mistake's cliffs, moving 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).

What's more, Warren intriguingly compares his process designing the Christchurch Town Hall with Jørn Utzon's Sydney Opera House."