"I met Peter Beaven in the holidays when he was down from Auckland. He was full of excitement about the School of Architecture and urged me to come. He showed me a copy of a book on Mies van der Rohe. It was a revelation. I began to understand what I was missing." wrote Warren in his autobiography.
Beaven later wrote of Dorset Street Flats in an overview of South Island architecture, originally published in "Royal Institute Of British Architects Journal", September 1967:
"The other construction system widely employed is concrete masonry, reinforced against earthquake, left fairfaced inside and out, and tied together with fairfaced in situ concrete beams and slabs disposed to create voids and spaces within. The bearing clockwork and concrete beams give geometric grids of horizontals and verticals capable of much modelling. This system of construction dominates the smaller commercial projects and much housing work in the South Island, and many architects are capable of working imaginatively with it.
Miles Warren came back from England very early with an understanding of the brutalistic approach then vitalising the young architects. In some flats in Christchurch he used, in 1957, the fairfaced concrete structure: pierced openings, concrete used for ancillary detail, as found blocks, and finishes. The shattering first view of these flats, their statement of private urban living and their frank use of materials, was a revolution to New Zealand architects. We could see the future."
PETER BEAVEN, “South Island Architecture” (1967), “New Dreamland: Writing In New Zealand Architecture”, Douglas Lloyd Jenkins (ed), Godwit Random House, 2005, ISBN 1-86962-118-2, pp. 178-179.