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A glorious celebration of one of New Zealand's most significant residential architectural styles.

A glorious celebration of one of New Zealand's most significant residential architectural styles.

If you live in a house built before 1940, chances are it's a bungalow. It may be small and utilitarian, or it may be a high-flown celebration of the Arts and Crafts movement, loaded with inglenooks, stained-glass windows and wood panelling .... either way it's a housing style that's instantly familiar to New Zealanders: well built, snug, and full of character. LIke its antecedent, the villa, its style has given our older suburbs their generous atmosphere and tone.

In this splendid book, edited by Nicole Stock, New Zealand's best architectural writers and historians document the bungalow's complex past and its varied and eminently modifiable present.


Gorgeous photographs provide beautiful examples of some of the best bungalows in the country but what appealed most to me were the segments in which Kiwi historians explained the origins of the iconic housing style and why it developed—and took hold so extensively—in New Zealand. Bungalow would be the perfect Christmas present for any devoted bungalow owner, especially those thinking about renovating. It’s a book that is so beautiful to hold and look at that you won’t want to relegate it to the bookshelf.

Susan Edmunds, Northern Advocate

Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    November 7, 2014

    RHNZ Godwit

    384 pages

    RRP $80.00

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