Intimidating and breathtaking, we cower in its wake. Could this be one of the most beautiful, original, pedigree MCM homes in the entire country? From one of the best practitioners Modernist Canberra has to offer in Theo Bischoff, built as a commission for a power couple of formidable minds; renowned artist Rosalie Gascoigne and her professor of astronomy husband Ben Gascoigne in 1969, this residence sits at the nexus of excellence where all are concerned. And it is particularly astounding how so very current this middle-aged, immaculately constructed and cared for home really is. Should someone suggest it was built by a headlining architectural firm say, last year, few would question that statment. And that, dear friends, is the Modernist creative vision so impeccably devised that it sustains its owners (and wows its admirers) over five decades with light, air, aspect, craftsmanship and still looks brand new. A soul affirming built environment at a level of sublime so heightened most of us cannot dream it exists in order to wish for it ourselves.
The toll of first time for sale originals keeps mounting and this absolute corker in the national capital is yet another in pristine original condition. There’s a distinct project-homey-Pettit & Sevitty vibe to this one with it’s timber beams and blanc wall configuration, but with the added delight of wild wallpaper here and there and gorgeous timber detailing in the kitchen, bedrooms, window framing and unusually enough the bathrooms too. Complete the picture with a fully tiled pool and you’ve got a show-stopper which deserves to continue on being its same awesome self it has been for the last 50 years.
For purists and simplicity lovers everywhere. This remarkable, architect* designed home, of clean beamed right angles, textured brick, internal courtyard floor plan and lightest of light updating will have a lot of you planning your escape to the capital. If the photos don’t immediately draw you in (which is doubtful) let us use the words of the owner James – a long standing Modernist Australian;
“In my view the house is a marvelous example of simple, functional, light filled living. Unpretentious but sophisticated in its proportions and visually engaging in its subtly flowing horizontal lines. Wonderful floor to ceiling height doors emphasize an airiness along with multiple windows letting sunlight in throughout the day. The internal courtyard is both intriguing and revealing allowing both complete privacy from the outside as well as multiple internal vantage points through the house – especially appealing at night.”
Indeed. We can feel those long, window-lit courtyard nights from here. Get onto this Canberra Mods, you know we totally would.
*Hancock Courtney & Renfree