Presenting as a time capsule of 1970s interiors, this stellar Perth masterpiece by acclaimed architect Iwan Iwanoff may be his most affordable creation.
Built by current owner Franziska Jiwkoff and her late husband Peter in 1963, the iconic home at 35 St Kilda Road in Rivervale has all the signature traits of Iwanoff’s architecture including a flat roof, wood-panelled walls, custom cabinetry and stonework.
Now dubbed Jiwkoff House, the Mid-century Modern home has remained untouched, lovingly nurtured by its sole owner.
With an original kitchen and original vintage furniture, one would be forgiven for thinking time had stood still for the past 58 years.
“It’s a definite Iwanoff,” said selling agent Emily Hiskins, from Duet Property Group – Nedlands.
“Iwan was a close family friend and they’ve even got hand-drawn caricatures of both owners signed by him in the living room now, so they had quite a close relationship.”
Born in Bulgaria, Iwanoff became known for his unique Modernist designs of the 1960s and ’70s, with his signature solar-passive design, Brutalist influences, minimalist vibe and the dramatic use of concrete blocks.
Iwanoff migrated to Australia as a refugee, arriving in Perth in 1950 and establishing himself as an influential architect. He died in 1986.
Ms Hiskins said despite few online references to the property among Iwanoff devotees and mid-century enthusiasts, Jiwkoff House included many of Iwanoff’s hallmarks.
A delightful bar that has “hosted more than a few soirees in its day” remains a centrepiece of the home.
“It’s got lots of stone and timber and angles and beautiful use of passive light and expansive windows, so it’s has all the trademarks of his Modernist style,” Ms Hiskins said.
“Its solar-passive design really was ahead of its time.”
Several Iwanoff homes have sold across Perth in recent years, including Golovin House in Mount Lawley, which is believed to have sold for $3.2 million in June this year, and Toschkoff House in Floreat, which changed hands for $1.7 million in August last year.
Wright House in City Beach sold for $2.095 million after just eight days on market in 2018 and Frank House in Menora sold for $1.37 million in 2019, while the Madaschi Residence in Dianella sold for $1.3 million in 2017.
Ms Hiskins said there had been unprecedented interest in Jiwkoff House with many mid-century aficionados attracted to the property’s link to Iwanoff and its preserved 1970s vibe.
“I’m still working through the hundreds of emails I have about this property,” she said.
“I expect it will go to either a young family or a young professional couple who have always dreamt of having something special and can finally afford their own Iwanoff.
“To be honest, we really don’t know what this will sell for. I would expect it to sell for sub-$1 million, but it may well go for more.
“We are calling for offers from $695,000. I would think the land alone would be $550,000 to $600,000 and the house is pretty special.”
Marsala House, owned by acclaimed urban artist Stormie Mills and his publicist wife Melissa Lekias, is the youngest West Australian home on the State Register of Heritage Places and Iwanoff’s only work to be heritage listed.
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