Holidays at the beach, battlers in the bush, life in the suburbs… the word ‘fibro’ evokes so many images and memories for Australians – fibro is part of the Australian experience. At the peak of the 1950s housing boom one third of new houses were owner-built and most were made of fibro.
‘Gay with colour… economical to build and delightful to live in’, as the catalogues claimed, fibro helped many Australians build a home of their own, one that expressed their personality and their hopes. Fibro has long been in the shadows, but today cutting-edge architects in Australia and overseas are returning to fibro – now asbestos free – as a cheap and versatile building material. At last fibro is being recognised as part of our architectural heritage.
The Fibro Frontier looks at fibro in all its glory, from the holiday shacks, genteel bungalows and fun fairs of the past, to the international airports and award-winning houses of today.