A few years ago while I was on a trip back in New Zealand I photographed the Art Deco houses of Napier. Whilst going through my slides the other weekend I came across these shots. I really like the way the facades are peaking out from behind the vegetation which has grown up around them.
Napier was devastated by the Hawkes Bay earthquake in 1931 and was rebuilt in the architectural style of the time. Art Deco emphased clean simple lines & lack of ornamentation. This style was a practical solution; it was very different from the heavily ornamentated colonial buildings which had caused so much devastation in the earthquake.