Life is fragile. So, too, is Australia’s architectural historical past

Researching a brand new e-book, I spent hours poring over images of ground-breaking Australian residential structure from the 1950s onwards. Whereas I felt delighted that these properties have been getting the prospect to declare their (typically quiet) brilliance, I used to be additionally reflective. My e-book, Iconic: Trendy Australian Homes 1950-2000, is devoted to nice architects who’ve died up to now 12 years – Enrico Taglietti, Bruce Rickard, Neil Clerehan, Ian McKay and Ken Woolley – and so I used to be reminded that life is fragile. So, too, are their designs.

Palm Beach House by Ken Woolley.

Palm Seashore Home by Ken Woolley.Credit score:Michael Wee

Pictured is the Palm Seashore Home by Ken Woolley, who handed away in 2015 at 82. To accommodate a steep website on Sydney’s northern seashores, Woolley designed a delicate timber tower in three vertical layers. The inside superbly evoked childhood recollections of the glassed-in verandahs of inns, with an open development of seen beams and rafters.

The straightforward, well-crafted home gained a number of architectural accolades, together with the Wilkinson Award and the Robin Boyd Award in 1987. The jury feedback mentioned all of it: “Ken Woolley’s quiet creativeness has made a stunning place, with care and deep regarded as discovered in all places … additionally it is a spot any delicate particular person would love.”

Sadly, one set of subsequent homeowners took a distinct view and renovated in a approach that renders it unrecognisable right this moment. It’s heartbreaking to see pictures of its new generic therapy and the lack of Australian architectural historical past.

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