The Good Neighbour
It started as a retirement home in the garden of an old house and ended as a stand alone house on a new block. Sasha Ivanovich visits this gem by Philip Vivian and Madeleine Blanchfield sparkling in the light of the Indian Ocean
Cottesloe was originally created as a summer holiday location for well-heeled Perth residents to escape the heat. As the city grew to encompass it, it became increasingly suburbanised. Its wide streets, characterised by the columns of tall Norfolk Island pines, still contain some restored turn-of-the-century beach residences.
However, as its desirability has increased, there are more MacMansions being built, often incorporating coastal ‘features’ such as limestone walls and rammed earth at their entries.
Increasingly, Perth architects are making their presence felt up and down the Cottesloe beachfront. Here and in the immediate neighbourhood, there are more and more well-considered modernist incursions into a suburban domain…
Words: Sasha Ivanovich
Photography: Tyrone Branigan
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