For a hip game of Snap, how about Match The Public Building To The Architect’s Home? (Maybe with a snappier title.)
First up, Building 8 at RMIT. Awesome 1990s postmodern mass with colours that pop against the grey cityscape. Designed by Maggie Edmond and Peter Corrigan.
CARLTON NORTH \ 1032 DRUMMOND STREET
- Agent \ Nelson Alexander 9347 4322
- Price \ $4 million – $4.4 million
- Auction \ June 24 at 1pm
- See more \ Domain.com.au 2013630273
Now, go find the Edmond and Corrigan home.
Whoops, walked right past this capacious pile with attractively daggy front garden. Looks 1950s, is 1880s, revamped in the 1930s. Built of rendered brick, it’s freestanding, two-storey and has a rooftop terrace with a 360-degree view.
Its deep rear garden has a second two-storey building ideal for offices or a dwelling.
It looks like nothing the celebrated couple, who bought it in 1987, might have designed – until you go inside.
Big rooms, with a mixture of leadlight, deco details, fabulous flooring and conservatory ceilings and skylights, offer a wealth of places to read, eat and lounge.
First left off the hall is the art deco dining room, where the servery and etched-glass doors have a butterfly design.
Parquetry gives way to blue Marmoleum in the library wing, which is almost 10 metres long with a daybed and masses of bookshelves. (Maggie, since Peter’s death in December, has donated about 8000 books to architecture schools.)
Step down to the parquet living room, which has an elevated sunroom with french doors to the deck and garden.
The 1930s dine-in kitchen – timber with chrome knobs – has a modern 900-millimetre Eurolec range.
The adjoining laundry opens to a courtyard. Next door, the pink-tiled ’30s bathroom has a yellow ceramic bath.
At the front are the box-bay study and a large bedroom with a bay window and a wardrobe.
A green-carpeted staircase leads to the first-floor main suite, which has wardrobes and a cutaway to a retreat below a north-facing conservatory ceiling. There’s a second double bedroom, too.
The ’90s bathroom, with its walnut cabinets and green and maroon tiles, looks straight out of Italy’s Memphis school.
On the landing, a pull-down ladder leads to the rooftop.
The second building has a living room and bathroom below and a bedroom upstairs.
A pedestrian gate leads to a laneway, and the property has a gated driveway with parking.
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