a Lovely little pad by a lesser celebrated, early Mod Melbourne architect, Norman Brendel. A cutting-edge-for-it’s-time (c.1960) complex of 18 flats with just a sprinkle of old-inner Melbourne Glamour (some extra plan images to be aded shortly, curtesy of the owner – thanks Eve!). upon first viewing this little home seems very compact, however when you look at that bedroom dimension, we all know they simply don’t make them like that anymore.
Blackwood, land of untouched bargains. Here is yet one more example chokers with the kind of time-frozen, squeal inducing character features not seen in just any ‘ol MCM home. Of course we have that glorious design with wall of windows, stone walls, crazy paving, thatched ceiling and original pendant lighting (natch) but we’re also thrown some sublime herringbone parquetry and seriously rad photo wallpaper frieze in the bedroom, inset joinery display cases, terraced garden oozing landscaping potential and pool complete with diving board. Oh man oh man! A light and strategic touch is required here people as there is just too much wild goodness sitting at the mercy of the endlessly encroaching bland.
A glorious rebirth to get the weekend pumping for you all. Though we privately prefer our nuts and berries, Alistair Knox homes to stay nutty (read: Keep that brick and that ceiling guys!) we totally understand the move to a slicker look and really with a swirling discussion right now of celebrating Modernism and promoting its allure to those uninitiated, this home may possibly do more for the MCM cause than some unintelligible and instantly filled away council paper on the subject. By employing an accomplished architect who ‘gets it’, keeping the design integrity of Knox’s original, Modernist vision with little adjustment to the main floor plan, promoting some of the gorgeous internal timber and beamed ceilings as a feature, banishing the faux-colonial kitchen and then splashing out on all the zhush (not least some spectacular landscaping) to send those with the cash into a frenzy, these owners have achieved a good balance of preservation, celebration and exultation to be admired and cited as one way to get the message out there.
Though hexed by the snow fairies (those tiles- begone!) this is a killer party house of breezy living spaces wallpapered with to-die-for harbor views through floor-to-ceiling glazing, extending to magnificent decking and a swingin’ kidney-shaped pool making the most of the sloping block. Best of all is the original integrity of its classic MCM form still boldly apparent with that scene-stealing butterfly roof its crowning glory. So, sorry to sound a bit confused here, but can you tell us dear buyers/sellers in this bracket why such a magnificent and sprawling home on 2 levels, with 3 bedrooms and 4 car spots requires yet another storey? Are these perfect views not enough? Is this position not enough? Is anything ever enough?
You know that bit in that movie? That not-too-distant-dystopian-adventure-drama where the band of heroes finally bush bash their way to the isolated retreat of the curmudgeon scientist who long ago turned his back on society in an act of prescient self preservation, to live quietly and work on that botanical cure which the gang have now come seeking to save the world from its own plutocrat-driven genetically modified demise? Well, here is the house. Holy moley! In the vein of some of the best off-the-grid, handmade Modern we’ve seen overseas comes a jawdropping life’s work in the hills of Adelaide. The agent claims to have never seen anything like it and we’ve got to admit, in 10 years of MA, neither have we. So for those who are pining for a hillside escape pod, their very own retro-futurist, totally Modernist, plant based compound of delight, time to crank up the fish and chip oil powered troopy, pack up the kids and furry friends and take a look.
What fresh heaven is this? Popping up on Mother’s Day is the mother of South Australian listings (well at least a rather commanding one with a price tag finally commensurate with the offering we think) sitting high on the hill and in incredible condition. Not sure of its provenance, nor year – 70s we guess – though that stuck-in-amber home office is giving off some heavy Parton-and-Tomlin-in-pussy-bow blouses-80s vibes, no matter. And we are also carried away with that exquisite joinery, especially around the windows – are they louvers above and below? Did we mention the pool and sauna combination? The beamed ceilings and flawless masonry? The sweeping drive leading up to a duel low rise skillion roofed front entry? We could go on but this one is best seen in the photos, get clicking kids.
Nonmaleficence. The first concept in the fine balance of medial ethics translates directly into updating any home of a certain age, build or character. The owners of this 2 bedroom Surf Coast beaut have successfully nailed it with a clear retention of original features, northern orientation and classic MCM materials in conjunction with a contemporary freshen up. This result is much harder to achieve than it looks and it’s difficult for even the most sensible heads caught in a refurb fever to not get carried away. Blessed are those who keep their minds focused and improvements to strategic minimum, for the rewards, as we see here, are great.
Though a little nondescript inside (though of course the photos aren’t helping) we’ve got some bones here (and killer street frontage already) which could be transformed into something special, and when you’re a breath away from some of the best coastline in the world, there’s plenty reason to snap this little barg up!
For those harbouring any wild combination of the following loves: skiiing, the romance of the Snowy High Country (which may or may not involve Tom Burlinson), rural boltholes, fresh air, besser brick, straight lines, floor to ceiling windows, seagrass matting, timber accented kitchens and joinery, 2 wood burners going full pelt in July, bold 70s red flooring, geometric patterned curtains, right angles and backyard incinerators – has ol’ mate Chippy got the place for you!