Mid-Century Modern

With its emphasis on practicality and functionality, Mid-Century Modern is seeing a huge resurgence, the modern classic reimagined for 21st century living.

Mid-century Modern first garnered popularity in the 1950s for its optimistic and experimental qualities and shift away from traditional, closed floor plan houses. This design is characterised by flat or raked roof lines, floor-to-ceiling windows, raised structures, and great indoor-outdoor connections that integrate the home with the surrounding landscape.

Mid-century Modern is known for its "form follows function" approach to design, the style prioritises practicality and purpose over unnecessary, ornate decoration. However, Mid-century Modern isn't wholly utilitarian. Instead, these homes juxtapose clean, geometric lines with organic shapes and bright accent colours, evoking a sense of spirited play and light-heartedness. 

This iconic Mid-century Modern style is now seeing a huge resurgence with the updating of this design to incorporate minimalist sensibilities and ultra-modern amenities.

The Mid-century style is best summarised as being lightweight with low-lying designs that embrace colour and nature. It reflects an optimistic and experimental approach to living that rebels against ornate traditions and aesthetics. It is the 'architecture of ideas', created by those who believe that a forward-looking style could be a vehicle for social change to create a better society.

About the Trend

Design Features

Flat or gently sloped roof: Roofs are hidden behind parapet walls or are gently sloping in skillion, butterfly and gable styles. They often feature large overhangs.
Exposed structure: The building structure is revealed with exposed uprights or beams. The fixtures that attach structures together are often exquisitely detailed.
Dominant roof line: The roofline defines the shape of structure. It is over wide with deep overhangs paying homage to architectural greats including Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier.
Large windows: Floor to ceiling windows fill rooms with light and connect indoors with outdoors.
Interiors: Heavily influenced by the best of mid-20th century chic, interiors feature textured glass, breeze blocks and natural stone crazy paving. A clean, monochromatic palette ensures a feeling of contemporary comfort, with hints of bold colour in paint, furniture and greenery injecting a sense of playfulness, nostalgia and freedom.

Recommended products

Axon Panel Sooth with textured paint

Axon™ Panel Smooth:  This versatile panel can be finished with a textured paint for the rendered look or painted smooth.

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Axon™ Panel Brushed Concrete:  With the embedded swept texture reminiscent of softly brushed concrete, these panels are ideal for creating modern minimalist facades with tactility.

Light exterior, Oblique Weatherboard, staggered and vertically installed

Oblique™ Weatherboard: The wide grooves and design flexibility of board widths delivers drama and visual interest to barn facades.

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Stria™ Cladding: The deep, 15mm-wide grooves create strong, sleek lines ideal for contemporary designs that require a bold but pared-back aesthetic.

Options in select areas:

Stria™ Cladding

Stria™ Cladding:  For stand out interior feature walls.

Hardie™  Groove Lining

Hardie™ Groove Lining: Interior feature walls

Why Now?

  • We are finding renewed comfort in familiar pursuits and products from decades past.
  • The global resurgence for mid-century aesthetics
  • Features of indoor-outdoor spaces and raised structures are optimal for our southern hemisphere climate
  • Mid-century Modern has strong correlations with our relaxed and outdoor-centric lifestyle

The resurgence and growing popularity of the mid-century house continues to gain momentum, for distinctive exteriors and functional interiors, climate-friendly features and use of natural materials.

Recommended paint colours


Southern Alps
Strauss White
LRV 81
Afternoon Nap
LRV 71.52
Remutaka Range
Colorbond® Deep Ocean®


Mt Aspiring
Cotton Grey
LRV 79
Optio Bay
Tapestry Red
LRV 12
Tokomaru Bay
Adrenaline Rush
LRV 23.63
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The Design Handbook


The Hardie™ Cladding Collection has a wide variety of products to select from, creating design versatility, in which It’s Possible™ to Make Modern like never before. It’s a movement that’s reshaping perceptions and changing the way New Zealand builds. This design handbook demonstrates that with great advice, support and inspiration, it’s possible to build a house you’re truly proud to come home to.







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