From the outside this home sparks the curious eye with its dramatic roofline and carport, a clear sign of the late Modernist housing experiment. Though the kitchen cork and bench still whispers of earlier times, internally the once earthy textures, warm tones and interesting spaces have been corseted into a submissive Chanel No.5 smelling nana-villa – that 1990s cream and green cannot hold! That said the floor plan is the true winner here – a lovely flexible and secretly large design (loft!) and it wouldn’t take much to peel it back into a tranquil Sydney retreat of the most beautiful nuts n’ berry kind (if it can survive the bulldozer that is).
From retro ramblers in WA > Melbourne Bayside pedigree > today, though we puff along a rapidly spinning wheel of homes to list, we are kept exhilarated and astounded by the breadth and variation found in our Australian Modern taxonomy and today we make a pit stop once again to one of our favorite junctures: The Sydney School. This sun dappled, eucalypt-scented hideout in the bush ‘burb heartland is the work of the MCM luminary Don Gazzard (c.1964) will be slaying all in the isles for its originality preserved, brilliant yet self-effacing design and deference to the natural world above all else. Such an earthy focus within elegant design is a particularly enticing balm for those burned out by the slog, speed and unending din of our current world. Surrender to the stillness here.
A c.1969 classic to finish off the working week and besides all the wonderful features (and floor plan); just a hint of magical mosaic tiles if you look closely and superb built in planter (as LP holder – genius!) for example, we’d really like to give props to the photographer here. The unusual, but inspired, choice of taking a shot of the worn shag carpeted, split levels stairs immediately, and heavily, evokes childhood memories of sliding down such stairs in similarly timbered family homes, the sunshine streaming in our eyes, the rising dust in our nostrils and the quiet of a do-nothing Saturday afternoon. Sigh.
Woah! Pool, layout, horizontal lines – but for us this one is all about the brickwork. Love it. Please leave the STCA biz out of this.
Yet another crafty den of architectural lines, earthy textures and cosy mood. Although possibly not of official Sydney School origins (though we cannot be sure – architect anyone?) it nonetheless is a striking and beautiful version of organic Modernist theory in practice. Yet again we win all out with a seemingly unaltered interior, no later ‘improvements’ or paint-overs in sight, just a lived in and loved residence (and pool!) ready for a new family to enjoy.
A stunner to start the week. Flogged as an architectural masterpiece from 1968, the agents still can’t be bothered telling us who is behind it (anyone?). But we shouldn’t nit pick, its been given the high-end-Bali-resort treatment (eeek!) yet is still sound. And if that central fireplace doesn’t get you going (for starters), then nothing ever will.
First up a lovely blank slate snapped up at auction a few weeks back. Beautifully constructed with a sensational project home front wall/roofline/window configuration, the imagination runs wild with ideas of sympathetic extending out into that gorgeous backyard (or maybe not). Dulling down those floors might also be on the agenda (what would the nuns say about seeing up your dress in this house? oh dear!) and minor tweeks here and there to renew this charming family home into Mid-Century splendour once again. Sadly the land-size and location have us uneasy about it’s future where instead of a loving owner moving in by mid-year, we may instead see a patch of rubble and hideous new plans (insert Marge Simpson grumble here)
Let us finish your working week with a BAM! For the most part our marvellous listings look the MCM ‘type’; clean right angles and flat rooflines, shapes further reinforced by large panes of rectangular glazing and perfectly squared cabinetry, however we must never forget that Mid-Century Modernism is a set of ideas for practical and considered living – not a set of motifs and not a prescriptive fashion, so it’s always great to see a different version, which brings us to this – The round house. The legacy of many twentieth century masters from John Lautner to (more locally) Roy Grounds and Peter McIntyre, circular formed houses have always been there in Modernist architecture and we’d suggest they usually possess such interesting engineering techniques and individual footprint that they often survive though the years out of sheer audience curiosity. Most examples which spring to mind have been well looked after and/or preserved by their lucky owners and today we gladly add another to the list. Though not sure who, why or what its story is, this renovated gem in a premier Mod suburb we guarantee will have people weak at the knees – such is it’s swinging’ form, humble yet magical spaces and that lounge; no one is walking away uncharmed by the stunning timber walls, fan beamed ceiling and the best of all, that show-stopping stone fireplace. In such beautiful and complete condition (finally that ubiquitous Eames chair actually looks at home) and set in large rambling gardens, this property is worthy of a fashion shoot or film set and we just know there’s gonna be some sharp intakes of breath nation wide over it this morning.