April 18, 2009

Iwan Iwanoff - Ten of Perth's Best Houses

Iwan Iwanoff. Ivan Ivanoff. Cool name, cool houses. Many people know the name of this Bulgarian born architect, who decided to design some of Australia's most cutting edge homes of the 60's and 70's, right here in Perth. Those who don't are usually amazed that Dianella, of all places, is perhaps the epicentre of the Iwanoff world. Examples are also found in City Beach, Floreat, Mount Lawley, Cottesloe, Coolbinia, and Karrinyup.

UPDATE: OCTOBER 2010 - the bottom of this post has links to over thirty Iwan Iwanoff projects, all featured here!

Frank Lloyd Wright meets Mike Brady. Marsala House, 1977, Dianella. Spectacular. This, like many others here, is world class. If Marsala was in LA, there would be 30 years of magazine articles on it by now.





No matter which beach I'm heading to, it always involves passing this masterpiece. Paganin House, 1965, Floreat.



Karrinyup Shopping Center is perhaps the worst place in Perth. Just around the corner, is one of Perth's finest. Featherby House, 1970.





City Beach has at several Iwanoff's. The Roberts House, 1967,  has had a garage addition added recently.




Another City Beach cinder block example. Murphy House, 1970. Currently, the original owners are living in this amazing abode, and report that apart from a small alteration, the house is completely original. Oh, and 1995 kitchen fire meant that a new kitchen was installed.



Back to Dianella - Kessel House, 1975.



Still in Iwanella (1969)...



The 1969 Burszyten House, located in Iwanella.




The Iwanoff House, his former residence, 1966, Floreat. Detailed letter-box articulation is a recurring theme.




Two Iwanoff "town houses" metres from the beach in Cottesloe. In places, age is getting the best of them. Time for some repairs at the Glencser Duplex...




There are a few more houses I know of, the Mount Lawley and Coolbinia examples are nearby, so I will get them up here soon. Northam Town Council is possibly the most brutal looking building in all of Western Australia. I have a couple of other commercial premises to add as well. Some interior shots, and some drawings could also be on the cards. Keep checking back, or subscribe to this blog (is that even possible? ...sounds good though...)

Just like the Pet Shop Boys, Huey Lewis and the News, and Lionel Richie, Iwan Iwanoff died in 1986.

UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 2010. There are now almost thirty Iwan Iwanoff buildings featured on this website. I will add more links soon, so feel free to bookmark this page.Click on any line below for more info.

(so far 22 Iwan Iwanoff's indexed on this page ... I am increasing the size of all photos and tidying things up as I go, this list will be complete soon!)

50 comments:

Anonymous said...

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clare said...

hi, i worked on masala renovations with d+w. PS who are you?
lets talk iwanoff,,,

Yeah-Garth said...

Great post!
Didn't know these places existed in Perth.
They look awesome, very unique.

Nate VL II said...

Hi Clare, I'm a long time Iwanoff follower (passionate interest in architecture in general). It has only been fairly recently that I realised that the Golovin house, which I have lived near for the last twenty years, and the Paganin house, were both by the same architect. It all made so much sense. So, I have started to take photos. If you know of any more, or need any addresses, let me know. Nate.
PS - so the Masala renovations are going on now, right?

Angelique said...

Hey Nate i enjoyed seeing your photos... have loved those houses for years,hope your well !

Nate VL II said...

Hey Ang, thanks! I knew you were an Iwanoff fan! Hope all is well for you, all good here.

janine said...

nate

thanks for the wonderful iwanoff pics, i love his work.

do you have an address for the coolbinnia house?

Nate VL II said...

Hi Janine, the Coolbinia house is 30 Meenaar St.
Thanks for the compliments!
Nate.

Anonymous said...

Please note Ivan Ivanoff was BULGARIAN not Hungarian, so please correct....The reason for the v or the w is the translation of the Cyrillic script into Latin script with 'w' = into German/USA English and the 'v' = into English English and French.

Nate VL II said...

Thanks for the correction - I had realised this some time ago, and forgot to update. Also thanks for the latin lesson!

Anonymous said...

FYI Theres a little known Iwanoff at
13 Minora rd. Dalkeith. Its a great
little project, check it out.

kel said...

hi there,
bit of a long shot but does anyone know if iwan designed a house at 37 crescent, menora. bit of a long shot because i don't think its that similar to these other designs but someone i know seems to think it was designed by him. maybe it was early work???

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I live in the Uk and was introduced to Iwanhoff by a good mate. Every time I come to Perth I always go and look at some of this houses (from the outside). They are unique and awesome and must be preserved. My favourite ones are in Dianella Heights.

Anonymous said...

http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&ct=res&cd=8&url=http%3A%2F%2Faussiehome.com%2Fproperty.asp%3Fpid%3D109561&ei=QZeVSpnuAo3PlAeNoZGwDQ&rct=j&q=ivan+ivanoff+coolbinia&usg=AFQjCNG_yJ528NdiH78bw8kNtEpkcoTogw

Anonymous said...

try that again...

http://aussiehome.com/property.aspx?pid=109561

Anonymous said...

We live in one in City Beach - and you are right - they are amazing!

N. said...

Don't tease! Which one?

Anonymous said...

Hey there. I know the house up top in Dianella. Walked past it yeaterday - we live in the poorer cousin area down the hill. Anyway, looks like it has been abandoned or undergoing reno's. Its all fenced off. Do you know anymore?? Would love to get inside for a look....

N. said...

Renovations, not abandoned!

Anonymous said...

been like that for quite a while now. I ponder if the renovations have been abandoned...or just put on hold...???

Mark said...

hi Nate,
Mark here - very interesting site. i was talking iwanoff with Angelique.. sorry to not have followed up sooner with research etc. would be good to make contact. i got diverted in my research with residential perth architecture of the 50's 60, 70's (geoffrey summerhayes, and others in the hills) with very little published info available on perth it seems...
how are you going?

Anonymous said...

The house in the photograph labelled "another City Beach cinder block example" can be named "The Murphy House". It was built in 1970 and is still lived in by the original owners. In that time it has had only one minor alteration and a new kitchen (due to a fire in 1995).

Anonymous said...

Marsala house is definately undergoing restoration and renovation, a mamoth revival. Gotta get that disco floor back in action!!
Its the first 70's house to be recognised for its Heritage and hence has been placed on the state heritage list. Cant wait for the 70's parties to recommence. The last one before the renovations was incredible, even ABBA was there along with the original owners!!!!! Viva Iwanoff!!

Greggie-e said...

The house at 7 Cranbrook street (corner of Meenaar Cres) may not be a Iwanoff. I saw it before it was renovated and while it is a good house, it lacked any sort of flair that might suggest Iwanoff. The interior was completely gutted and remodeled so you will get no clues there.
The house at 30 Meenaar cres is however definately an iwanoff as I spoke to the old bloke that lived there just as he was moving out (I was going through his skip looking for treasure). He was a personal friend of Iwanoff and confirmed the house was designed by him. The blue glass is awesome.

Hoang Tien Nguyen Le said...

Hi Nate. Im doing my assignmetn about IWan Iwanoff and I really need you photos here. Those are awesome that can express what Im writing. WOuld you mind if i use those photos in my assignment???

N. said...

Hi Hoang, please feel free to use the photos!
Nate.

Anonymous said...

Good to see at last something on the net about this very talented mans work ....way ahead of his time.
A friend of mine has owned two of the Floreat houses both in the same street one number 16 was I believe Iwanoff's own home.

Great site

N. said...

Thanks very much anonymous. Your friend is a fortunate person indeed!

Anonymous said...

Nate,

I just discovered your blog. Keep up the great work.

Not sure if you know that his last home & studio is on the market right now. Lets hope someone buys it to preserve it and not knock it down.
We need to get Iwan's profile up and get something going to preserve them - they are heritage that needs preserving - City of Stirling is not interested. Not sure of any of the other council's maybe fellow Iwanoff owners can let you know.

I know of one that was recently knocked over on Armidale cresent.
Also the one at 7 Cranbrook st (cnr of Meenaar Cresent was definatly an Iwanoff - unfortunatly the new owners have really done a job on it. A friend of mine used to rent it. It is very similar inside to the one I bought. The very modest one at 30 Meenaar Cresent - inside though its full of Iwan's talent for inbuilt timber furniture & great light. The original owners whom i bought it off, didn't get consumed to do any renovations. They had only done an 80's bathroom & kitchen job - which I'm hoping to give an Iwanoff touch too when I can renovate them. I also have strong feeling that 8 Cranbrook is an Iwanoff - can anyone confirm?

Let's hope Lifford home of Iwanoff goes to a good home.

Alex

N. said...

Thanks for the compliments Alex.

Number 8 Cranbrook is def an Iwanoff. Congrats on your purchase, it's a great little pad! The Lifford is amazing, however, out of my budget...

(and yes, number 7, really has had a job done on it!)

Nate.

antonie manolova said...

Hi Nate,

a friend who lives in California sent me a link to your blog, and so I learned about Ivan Ivanov, the architect. In Bulgaria he is practically unknown, and I think we can do something to change that. I work as an editor for Abitare Bulgaria www.abitare.bg and would like to ask you to share your findings with us.Please contact me at antonie@abitare.bg if you are interested. Antonie

Anonymous said...

Great forum....as the current owner of 7 cranbrook st (not responsible for the renovations) i would have loved to see it in its original form...a man seriously well in front of his time!

N. said...

Thanks anon, glad you are enjoying your Iwanoff, how original is the interior?

Anonymous said...

loving it...interior unfortunately has been extensivlely tweaked during the renos...original boards and terrazo floors but new 'everything else'...

Iwan the Great said...

Marsala House Lives
It had an extensive restoration and renovation. No longer abandoned, unloved or 'put on hold' just topping up the lost blood!!

Viva Iwan the Great Revival

Anonymous said...

There is an Ivanoff house on Palmerston street, Northbridge. The original family still own it. It's the only acre block left. You can't miss it - big concrete fence wall with "private property/no trespassing" signs.

James V said...

Having stumbled upon your work less than 24 hours ago, something immediately drew me to the Iwanoff pictures. On a hunch I visited my grandmother today and asked if my grandfather, who established one of the first electrician businesses in Wembley Downs, ever worked with Iwan. As it turned out, my grandmother knew the name right away. Apparently my grandfather worked extensively with "Mr Iwanoff" on many of his projects and had a great respect and appreciation for his work. Its been great to recapture this small piece of family history through your work, thank you.

Anonymous said...

I see Abitare magazine Bulgaria will have a section on Iwanoff in their next edition. A great tribute from his home town!

http://abitare.bg/en/tags/iwan-iwanof

Anonymous said...

James V !! It wasnt your grand parents that Iwanoff built the house in Booker St Dianella for was it? Apparently the original owner of that property was an electrician. Cheers Mark, Marsala House

Anonymous said...

This is a great website. It is a shame that people have painted the concrete block houses white - the unpainted ones have aged beautifully - the whitewash that many new owners have done flattens them & destroys their organic, sculptural quality. Are these buildings heritage protected in any way?

Anonymous said...

Lifford Street Floreat on the market EOI. Check out pics on real estate webs - incredible! I live in Coolbinia but sadly don't own an Iwanoff - yet!

Anonymous said...

lovely homes , does anyone know where some of the original owners are now or what they were doing when they engaged Iwan Iwanoff to build these masterpieces ?

The Marsala family for instance what profession/business where they in at the time they built Marsala house ?

Thanks

Anonymous said...

Marsala House in Dianella on market too! The boys look like they have done a brilliant job of restoration. Two home opens I won't be missing!

Anonymous said...

I just twigged on what these reminded me of. The Pierre Koenig house in California. > http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/34/js03q.jpg/ . Maybe an inspired disciple?

Anonymous said...

I too am a massive Iwanoff fan. Happened to be driving down The Boulevard in Floreat today and discovered the Paganin House at 165 is up for auction 13th April. Home opens every Saturday 12-1pm til then. Simply can't miss this opportunity to see inside. Emily.

Anonymous said...

Hello, does anyone know how much 165 The Boulevard Floreat sold for?? Thanks

Unknown said...

That is so funny! A week ago a watch the movie King's Speech and I started hopping from link to link when I finally remembered my connection with Australia. Iwan Iwanoff's father was my father Godfather. Did you get it? Is there any way to contact his children. I am continuing my search...


I am impressed my his work.

Unknown said...

That is so funny! A week ago a watch the movie King's Speech and I started hopping from link to link when I finally remembered my connection with Australia. Iwan Iwanoff's father was my father Godfather. Did you get it? Is there any way to contact his children. I am continuing my search...


I am impressed my his work.

Anonymous said...

Another one in Claremont. 9 Park lane. Will be going up for auction very soon.

Anonymous said...

^^ my mistake above.. actually an Iwan Jordanhoff.

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