Australian Post War Architectural Period


1945 – 1960

Prior to the war the majority of Australians were living comfortably with an abundance of materials and produce. The post-war era however experienced a heightened degree of economic, and subsequently architectural, restraint.

 Materials and other resources were scarce. Skilled labour was also in short supply and rather than living the elegant rose-coloured dream, many newly-weds and young families were forced to live with parents and thus the ‘glassed-in sleep-out’ came to be a well-recognised feature of the suburbs.

Post-War architecture saw the emergence of the Internationalist, Late Art Deco, Austerity and Workers Cottage design styles.