We’re getting Vic heavy this week, but for good reason. Being eagle-eyed architecture folk we all know the local landmarks and we each have favourites sitting apart from our usual bustling world. Buildings which command regular snooping and speculation on provenance, ownership and interiors. This evening one of our own (as seen on our instagram just last month) came on the market and and man, is it astounding! A bold triangular statement IRL (as the kids like to say) this house manages to exude an abiding homeliness even in the midst of its Besser brick monolithic front. Of course it helps to be positioned in the serene hinterland of a little coastal town with trees, lawn and racing parrots as neighbours. Without question it’s the work of an architect though unsure who** and laid out in a spectacular mezzanine configuration, complete with feature staircase, private balconies and above all the sheer dynamism of those angular walls and windows. We at MA have a serious soft spot for concrete brick homes and this one utlilises the material in such a commanding yet grounded manner, we simply cannot look away. So now the real estate spotlight sits squarely upon a previously little-known gem and we watch and wait for others to see it too, eyes ever widening, minds ever racing.
**Update! confirmed as the work of none other than Neil Everist, we are slightly embarrassed to admit we didn’t know it straight away, though one step through the front door and all is made clear – it’s the vibe, you know it when you feel it. Perhaps a later work, the selling owners (yes, first time on the market) were friends with Everist and sought to have him design their home when most of his firm’s projects had moved onto public and commercial work – making this property even more special then we thought!**
DIY activism has seen a resurgence with the advent of a baying social media audience and it’s no more visible locally than in the hostile plains of real estate and land development. Recently MA spotted this instance, where a passionate citizen of Melbourne bayside Mod hotspot, Beaumaris, has taken action of the most direct variety to voice their concerns and warn those who may not share their same appreciation.
We have seen this method used in the inner city where the battle for the first amenity rights of music venues to continue their business over the demands of new neighbours to quieten down saw handwritten signs on sparkling new apartment sales boards, warning prospective buyers of the rockin’ nightlife they will be moving into. And here we see it take a rather interesting architectural turn.
The house in question is a prime example of formative Australian Modernism (it’s a McGlashan Everist beauty – see our listing), stuck in a suburb which, for all it’s brilliant Mid-Century history, eats ‘older’ style homes for breakfast. And sadly for us at this juncture MCM architecture is still maligned by the larger public while earlier styles are steadily climbing the preservation hierarchy. That old 70/100 year rule strikes again.
We are unsure whether this notice is still there, and not really certain of it’s overall effectiveness, developers be developers after all, however it’s somewhat gratifying to see a shared frustration manifest itself in such a way. In the various the devilish ways we have dreamed of acting upon such frustrations, this real-world example is overall pretty tame and fuzzy.