Iwanoff classic


THERE’S always a buzz when an Iwan Iwanoff property hits the market.

The iconic Perth architect is famous for his minimalist style which combined “brutalist” modernism with classical elements of Rococo.

His mid-century homes can be found in suburbs all across Greater Perth, and are so revered an exhibition of his work was held at the WA State Archives in 1991.

So folk will be scrambling to check out this Iwanoff-designed three bedroom three bathroom home in Coolbinia.

The facade has that trademark mix of stone, timber and glass with the sharp concrete lines and wide frontage creating an almost cinematic feel.

Despite it being almost 40 years since Iwanoff died, his designs still have a futurist look and conjure up visions of a minimalist, egalitarian utopia.

The open plan dining/lounge/kitchen has a nice airy feel and combines dark wood with white walls and light floorboards to create an alluring mix of textures and colours.

Again it has those classic “clean” architectural lines with everything appearing deceptively simple and uncluttered.

This is really evident in the kitchen which has handleless cupboards and drawers, making the whole thing seem like some floating white mass.

All three bathrooms have great individuality and style: one has tiles with almost a scale-like pattern and another a beautiful mosaic with splashes of colours.

The design really comes into its own in the indoor-outdoor kitchen in the back garden.

With a huge sliding wooden door you can use this area all year-round. It overlooks a rectangular lawn and lap pool, with a thatch of bamboo looming over the pathway. It reminds me of some David Hockney painting with the blue water in the pool reflecting the clear skies above. Around the corner there’s a lovely concrete patio fringed with shrubs and trees, accessed via the floor-to-ceiling glass doors in the lounge (nothing says minimalist and brutalist like those outdoor concrete floors).

The lounge has an eye-catching wall made out of rocks, adding some texture and character to the living area. Situated on a large block on Meenaar Crescent, the home includes a two-car garage and is a stones throw from all the local amenities including shops, cafes and schools. 

This is an Iwanoff classic and will be snapped up quickly.

Auction May 27
Home open today (Saturday May 20) 1pm-1.40pm
30 Meenaar Crescent, Coolbinia
Ray White Inner North 6377 8888
Helen Bond 0411 223 004 

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