Modern Gothic: The architecture of Iwan Iwanoff

Born in Bulgaria in 1919, Iwan Iwanoff graduated with a degree in architecture and engineering from Munich University in 1946 and emigrated to Perth in 1950. Initially working in Perth for Krantz and Sheldon architects, and Yuncken Freeman Architects in Melbourne, he set up his own Perth practice in 1961. A fellowship from the Australian Institute of Architects was awarded in 1972, and he was the recipient of several international design awards for residential houses during the 1970s. Iwan passed away in 1986.

Tanoa: vittinoAshe Architects

Originally one half of a duplex built in the 1960s, Tanoa was lovingly restored in the early 2000s by local architect, Gerard McCann. With the ever-increasing demands of a family with teenagers, the current occupants simply required more space in which to grow. vittinoAshe were approached to respect as much of the existing residence as possible, while adding new spaces for the family to be both together and apart.

Two good rooms

We aim to design at least one good room in a house – the living room, the one we spend our waking hours in, the one we live in. The best living rooms are also directly connected to a garden which provides fresh air, sunshine, warmth, a connection to nature, as well as another space to live in, a second living room – just outside.

Farrier Lane House: MDC Architects

Farrier Lane House stands as an exemplary model for affordable, sustainable, and well-designed homes. This abode is more than just a personal residence for architect Matt Delroy-Carr, the director of MDC Architects; it’s a manifesto, a challenge to the norms, and a tangible illustration of what he believes good architecture should symbolise.

Architect at work: Kate Hislop

When we think about architects at work, we often jump back to the idea of the drawing board, the mechanical pencil, or 3D modelling and rendering on a screen. However, it’s important to remember that at its very core, architecture is about problem solving, which often takes an unexpected form.

Bassendean Hotel: Woods Bagot

It is a truth universally acknowledged that nothing brings a community together quite like the local pub. A hub for gatherings and haven for hedonists, the local pub acts as the neighbourhood nucleus, and as such, should look like it too. The town of Bassendean is layered in heritage and hums with the history of a bygone era. And so, one would expect exactly that of the newly renovated Bassendean Hotel. After ninety years of continuous trade, the Basso (as it is known colloquially) ensured that Woods Bagot had their work cut out for them.

Celilo Springs: Western Architecture Studio

Nestled into the heritage neighbourhood of Mount Lawley, Celilo Springs by architect and owner-builder Andrew Boyne is a uniquely crafted home that works to enhance the character of suburban Western Australian homes.

Medium Density Housing

The WA Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects and the Association of Consulting Architects welcomed the news in January that the State Government’s new Medium Density Code will proceed.

Practice Profile: Architects&Co.

As the aphorism goes, running a business with someone is like being in a marriage. Based on trust, mutual respect and good communication, Felice Burrows and Tamara Brestovac have created a solid union in their practice Architects&Co.

Postal Hall Bookshop: Trower Falvo Architects with Alessio Fini

In the resplendent heart of Perth’s State Buildings complex stands the award-winning Postal Hall project – a testament to architectural ingenuity and poetic vision of designers Trower Falvo Architects with Alessio Fini. The State Buildings, a collection of iconic heritage structures, seamlessly connect pedestrians with a harmonious blend of gastronomy, retail, and luxurious accommodation at the junction of St Georges Terrace and Barrack Street.

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