For those who live for the never ending horizon and rumble of a surfside locale but err towards a more coffee-toned, 70s aesthetic this architecturally designed ripper may be for you. Breezy as you please-y and garnering appeal on an elemental level – those straight-as lines, north/south orientation, cedar beams / panelling and glazing (plus a smidge of seagrass wallpaper) this immaculately intact residence is asking a lot, but offers a lot in return too.
Playing catchup with our listings backlog and sorry to advise but this one has just been snared, rightly so with such elegant architectural lines*, potential for restoration and ample yardage it’s all a bit too enticing for $500k. Once again we have another example of wonderfully conceived and built Modernist domesticity popping up in an unassuming regional suburb.
Admittedly it’s got some heavy ‘Behind the Candelabra’ vibes in place of core Modernist ethos but hey it’s Freaky Friday we’re still on holidays so lets go there. This sprawling, waterfront palace of excess has so much happening we are not sure where to begin – is it the structure itself? A Lucasfilm village of rounded forms and trapezium second story composed of blanc mansonry and mansard-ish slate eaves or perhaps the Italianate, no-expense-spared Futurist flair touching everything from that twirly balustrade (achieving so much that Wagner’s McMansions attempt) to the fixed bed heads, the cascading disco light fittings, sunken lounge, timber interiors and marvellous curved kitchen. We’re also curious as to its history and speculate that perhaps it’s a castle that a near extinct fish built. No matter, for whatever the story this one is guaranteed to slip anyone into Friday evening mode – so pump the Chaka Khan, don the white suit and get that party started.
One last offering from South West Vic. before we swing away and another farm spread this one huge in both scale and pedigree. A 1975 commission by the legendary Charles Duncan at the behest of a client whom (like many down in squattocracy row) has direct Scottish ancestry and street address of the same name. This compound of hefty masonry horizontals paired with dark timber displays Duncan’s distinctive and deeply organic sensibility. Throw in some great split level livings areas, planters and typically 70s wild tile and its one very swingin’ (or is that highland flingin’?) rancho on the Shipwreak Coast.
If the crashing waves, salt and scrub isn’t really your summer jam, then a south west turn from our latest beach shack will lead you into the lush forest and sweeping pastures of the greater Otways and this wonderfully homey property tucked into a special corner. Unlike your typical farm residence – a pedestrian brick veneer or 19th century Country Style homestead the owners here have carved out a thoughtfully designed, beautifully crafted and lovingly cared for homestead with late Modern architectural flair and the cosiest spaces around – cool in high summer and super toasty in winter when this neck of the woods really comes into its own. One for those whose tractor and dairy dreams run alongside their design ones.
The text book. The template. The Class A in our taxonomy of The Australian Mid-Century Beach House; this beautiful, basic home of board, timber and large sections of glass speaks volumes about a certain set of priorities (hint- it’s not fancy appliances and butler’s pantries). In peak summer break and with the new year ticking over many of us attempt to rediscover what is important and act accordingly making time for family, friends, self, quiet, fun and nature. No other architecture to our mind compliments this recalibration of values and provides the perfect environment in which to achieve it.
Our first freaky Friday for 2019 which is not so much freaky but rather insanely freakin’ sublime. Unearthered by Modernist Australian Nicholas (on a recent summer stroll) it’s not even for sale (2015 it was, 2 years too late we are) but in the case of such a heart palpitating residence we’ll break our usual conventions and list it up for adoration and collective analysis on who exactly could be behind this, because we know it must be someone notable. Bearing some McGlashan Everist hallmarks not least in those clifton grey bricks, raw timber, cork and courtyard configuration, though it may as easily be from a Canberra based heavy hitter such as Theo Bishoff – who is to say? Dear experts out there we solemnly put the provenance question to you. In the meantime we’ll simply click and sigh deeply at the stunningly pared back, pristine yet unconventional spaces (and that to-die-for floating staircase) and hope with all our hearts its lucky owners know what they have on their hands.
Our big takeaway from 2018? That although the earlier incarnations of Mid-Century domesticity will always have their fierce admirers – a 1950s Boyd cottage here, an early 60s apartment complex there – there is currently a massive wave of love crashing over the terracotta tile, exposed brick and timber bathrooms of the most purely Australian, later Modern homes. We knew the socials would (and always did) fire up the most for beautiful expressions in these generally hefty listings of an unabashed earthy and indigenous aesthetic. The Sibbels, Knoxes, Merchant Builders and Sydney Schoolers all having a moment and fanning out in desire far beyond the usual roll call of architectural and design nerds. Maybe it’s the the last babies of the 70s retreating into their first home memories; the softness of sound absorbing carpet, living spaces of both light and shade and the economic stillness of natural climate regulation. Who knows? However, our gut points to it being just the start and that we’ll see it build even more this year – in decor, design and appreciation all round, and if that means an end to mindless render, white-outs and down lights then let’s celebrate and set the first drop with this absolute stunner from the acres of outer Perth.
Hello 2019! And while the lucky ones can get out and enjoy the smaller, quieter or more remote places in our lives we’re teaming with the theme and staying out of town for the next little while too. Today we find ourselves in the home of crater lakes and Dave Graney, the staunch little boarder town of Mount Gambier which has always punched above its Mid-Century weight (you can start at The Blue Lake Motel and work your way in) and this example of a classic AV Jennings project home ‘Glenbrook/Caprice’ by architect John Campbell (c.1963)* has all your Atomic Ranch aspirations at hand, including that sensational entry and room to spare out back. The price tag too – like most of our regional fare – is sweet relief.