Architectural masterpiece hits the rental market
Fancy being able to call a modernist masterpiece by acclaimed architect Iwan Iwanoff home without having to fund the hefty sale price?
This little-known Iwanoff creation, dubbed Gelencser House, is being offered for rent to the public for the first time, with the iconic home privately rented to the owner’s family until now.
Constructed between 1983 and 1985, the three-bedroom duplex in Curtin Ave, Cottesloe has retained hallmarks of the influential architect’s unique style, including brutalist brickwork and new built-in timber cabinetry replicated to Iwanoff’s original design.
The property was commissioned by renowned sculptor Peter Gelenscer who, with Iwanoff, completed a cement block mural on the wall in 1985.
“This is the first time it’s been made available to the public,” says Jay Harrison, from Mack Hall Real Estate.
“It’s relatively unpublished as well…apart from being featured in a small photographic exhibition, this is the first time anyone has seen inside this unique home.”
Born in Bulgaria, Iwanoff migrated to Australia as a refugee, arriving in Perth in 1950 after studying architecture in Germany. He later worked in Perth and Melbourne, becoming a celebrated and influential architect. He died in 1986.
Harrison says Gelencser House has been sympathetically renovated to respect Iwanoff’s original and much loved design detail.
“This is the only Iwanoff known to be built as a duplex,” he says.
“It’s just had a full head-to-toe internal renovation. They have redone some of the built-in furniture to the original designs of Iwanoff.
“Some of it is original. The owners have retained what they could, but there are little quirky things like a pull-out bar, which is an original design, but they have redone all the cabinets using the same design and specifications.”
Iwanoff has a cult following across Perth, with many of his creations highly recognisable and peppered through the suburbs including Dianella, City Beach, Karrinyup and Mount Lawley.
The Heritage Council of WA deems the Gelencser House as “significant as an individual building”.
Harrison says he expects the property to fetch a rental return of more than $700 a week.