1. vernacular forms

    Buildings that reflect characteristics particular to a place. Vernacular forms are based on local needs, materials, social habits, economy, and reflect common construction techniques. Such buildings have not usually come about through professional design input. In the New Zealand context it could be argued that forms that have derived from Maori construction, domestic building from pre 20th century, mid 20th century State houses and houses that respond to the New Zealand landform might be considered ‘vernacular’ forms.