Inter-war 1918-1939 (colloquially referred to as ‘Art-Deco’)

Wesley Spencer

Inter-War, or Art Deco, is one of the earliest local architectural styles that uses form to express itself. 

It celebrates architecture using combinations of simple building techniques, relying less on labour and more on proportion, light and effortlessness. I think this style embraces a joie de vivre, crying out for less clutter and less order; 

Photograph: Philippe Garcia – France

Doing away with the corset as one would imagine. You’ll find curved walls, corner windows and combinations of symmetrical and asymmetrical facades in this style, as if insisting that rules no longer apply. 

 There’s a greater emphasis on the garden and biophilic design, and being able to see it. Lifestyle is a more important aspect of these homes than status or etiquette. 

Photograph: Jeff Jones

I draw on the lifestyle objective from this style, focusing on simplicity of form and outdoor utility. While never copying, allowing the new to adopt similar forms that were prominent in the style, be it curved balconies, flat roofs, deep eaves and corner windows. 


We still live by much the same mantra as we intended in the architecture of the style, so it’s one of the easiest styles to adapt into today’s modern world. 

Source: Tim Mitin,


Featured Image: Christopher Biggs,

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