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Modernist Adelaide: 100 Buildings 1940s–1970s

Modernist Adelaide: 100 Buildings 1940s–1970s

Modernist architecture was at the heart of the physical, cultural and social transformation of postwar Adelaide. This architectural revolution was based on new construction technologies, a break with traditional styles and an unwavering belief in design’s ability to shape a better society. Modernist Adelaide: 100 Buildings 1940s–1970s is the first book to provide a large-scale survey of Adelaide’s mid-century architecture. By profiling the architects and clients, specific design features and historical points of interest of 100 existing modernist buildings, Modernist Adelaide: 100 Buildings 1940s–1970s reveals South Australia’s lesser-known but substantial contribution to this architectural movement. 


Designer: Julian Montague | View profile
Size: 260 x 210mm
Pages: 236
Publication: December 2019
Format: Softbound book, proudly printed in Adelaide

ISBN: 978-0-646-81235-9
Fully indexed and referenced


“This book is splendid and beautiful and important.” – Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs

Modernist Adelaide offers an introduction to some of the key architects who transformed postwar South Australia through their progressive designs and showcases a broad range of buildings – charting the shift in architectural style over the decades.” – InDaily | Read review

“The book offers a trove of information gleaned from old design journals, records and lifestyle magazines, along with insights Symons gathered talking to homeowners and those who knew and worked with architects of the period.” 
The Adelaide Review | Read review

“This one-man powerhouse representing South Australia in all its mid-century modern glory, hosting walks and lectures and soirees, Symons has now released this book with the most beautiful cover we’ve ever seen.” | Read review

“Part coffee table book, part guidebook, Modernist Adelaide profiles 100 modernist buildings around Adelaide, highlighting noteworthy design features and delving into the stories of both the architects and clients.” | Read review


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