‘It’s a piece of art’: Dianella Iwanoff masterpiece up for grabs

53 SHANNON ROAD, Dianella. 53 SHANNON ROAD, Dianella.

53 SHANNON ROAD, Dianella.

53 SHANNON ROAD, Dianella.

A rare opportunity to own a landmark piece of modernist architecture, designed by the late Bulgarian-born architect Iwan Iwanoff, is up for grabs in Perth’s eastern suburbs.

The Shannon Road, Dianella, residence known as Madaschi house, after the Italian owners who built it during 1968-1970, is up for sale for the second time in its history.

Iwanoff, who died in 1986, became one of Perth’s most famous architects and was renowned for his Brutalist style, concrete blockwork, use of timber and other trademark features including, letterboxes that were futuristic looking and designed to be part of the house.

Several homes designed by Iwanoff in the 1960s and ’70s can be found in Dianella, City Beach and in Floreat.

Donna Curnow and Paul Hampton have owned the residence for 12 years, and were the first people outside of the Madaschi family to own it.

The three bedroom, two bathroom abode was designed for entertaining with an L-shaped design that features floor-to-ceiling custom-made glass and steel sliding windows and doors, with air vents at the base, bespoke cabinetry, a Murano glass door handle, an atrium at the entry and a spacious main living area.

The home still features the original ??? still operational ??? ducted vacuuming system and original handmade Japanese Seagrass wallpaper in the entry.

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Selling agent Mark Passmore, of Passmore Real Estate, said the home was set to go under the hammer in mid-December, if not sold prior.

He said he expected it to fetch somewhere in the mid-$1 millions.

“There is a lot of people into mid-century architecture and a lot of people have come along and loved it,” Mr Passmore said.

“There is probably about 20 people that are watching it and are interested in buying it. And it’s not just the home, it’s the artistic value of it – it’s a piece of art.”

Gino Madaschi’s company completed the concrete work on many of Iwanoff’s grand designs and he asked Iwanoff to build his “forever home”, Ms Curnow said.

“Madaschi spent much time and expense raising the level of the block so that it looked down on all the homes around it and no one could see in the backyard,” she said.

“Nothing was built to a budget, but rather a vision. Similarly, when the home was being built, Gino and Lina went to Italy to buy all of the tiles, fixtures and fittings.

“Gino had come to Australia and worked very hard to become successful. This home was their reward and nothing was based on economy or price.”

The home is part of the City of Stirling’s heritage inventory and has been the setting of numerous fashion parades, photo shoots, film clips and hen’s nights.

Ms Curnow and Mr Hampton have decided to sell because they want to downsize and travel.

They said Madaschi House would appeal to a buyer who has an appreciation of modernist architecture, a love of entertaining and a knowledge of building and design.

“One becomes part of a community of Iwanoff owners, architectural historians and admirers,” Ms Curnow said.

“One should enjoy answering the door to admirers, film students asking to use the home for a photo shoot, to someone writing a book and just wanting a look inside. It is a home to be shared.”

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