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Dianella | Old’s cool
01. Owner Mark Etherton likens the tectonic grey brickwork
of the exterior to similarly themed experimentation with
concrete by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1920s.
02. While Iwanoff wasknown for his penchant for recessed
lighting, the Marsala home features abstract metal
chandelier-style lighting over the dining tables, sourced by
Sergio and Tina Marsala in Italy. The Murano glassfeatures,
which required restoration, are also from the owners’ travels.
The late Iwan Iwanoff is revered in
design circles, and among the many
residential marvels created by the
Perth architect, the Marsala house
in Dianella is perhaps the greatest.
The Bulgarian-born architect
designed and constructed the home
for Tina and Sergio Marsala in
1976, and now the house is up for
heritage protection – the youngest
WA home on the state register.
t’s a gem in a landscape of 90s-style
McMansions that skulk up to its
perimeter. Three concrete obelisks
stand sentinel at a long driveway that
approaches an asymmetrical facade with
a gabled roof and a stupendous tectonic
vibrancy of brickwork. The Marsala house is
an architectural phenomenon that beckons
you out of suburbia to witness something
intriguing, its grey blocking distinct against
the requisite beige render of its neighbours.
The sculptural lookout at the end of a
cul-de-sac presides over almost full-circle
views to the city and Darling Escarpment.
Even if it isn’t your style, this home
commands awe and seduces the eye.
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