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.
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.