7 Howes Crescent, Dianella WA

For those who know what they’re looking at it’s never difficult to spot beautiful MCM homes wherever they pop up. Take this classic residence in WA, in a suburb known for its Mid-Century offerings and from the get go we can tell it’s something a little special – that flat roof, carport, breeze block and massive windows forming its low-slung countenance instantly suggesting an architect’s hand (any thoughts of who it’s could be peeps? Perhaps a project design?) The interiors, though fancifully decked in chandeliers, high-gloss flooring, blanca schema and 80s bathrooms, cannot totally conceal the original flat beamed ceilings, brickwork and pragmatically modern spaces. Similarly the backyard which although accessorised in drab and dreck still screams bossa-nova, mid-60s glamour not least that the entire wall of windows looking onto the patio and poolside. Once again this is a ripper MCM project only needing the most superficial (and thus fun!) of refurbs and landscaping to bring it back to its rightful realm of swingin’ party pad. We can see the blow up swan in that pool already.

‘Madaschi House’ 53 Shannon Rd, Dianella WA

Like a finely carved, Prussian blue, gold filagreed grenade lobbed across the country, Perth reminds us once more that they are home to one of the most outlandishly exotic, Eastern Euro architects in the history of Australian Modernism, (perhaps only Holgar and Holgar in Melbourne can compare) as Iwan Iwanoff’s ‘Madaschi House’ (c.1970) is now on the market. One of a small collection of highly prized, statement residences which (rather uniquely) manages to capture the imaginations of cashed up mansion seekers, Mid-Century architecture nerds and those in between and is perhaps the reason they remain standing, well preserved and now celebrated, when so many more understated works of Australian Modernist architects (even Iwanoff himself) have found their fate at the wreckers ball. This wild ride, though palatial in its decor and spaces (sunken lounge rooms – is there really anything better?) it is far from it in layout – a mere run-of-the-mill 2-3 bed, 2 bathroom job which is nigh on perfect for today’s smaller household requirements whilst steadfastly not giving an inch in the glamour stakes. Perfect all round for those of a certain bravado, including of the Perth’s ‘arrived creative class’ as the blurb likes tell us – tee hee! Speaking of the official listing, our only gripe in this case is the janky photos – geeze guys, way to drop a sitter. This landmark deserves better.