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Athan House

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Town or city  Monbulk
Completed  1988
Opened  1988
Architect  Peter Corrigan
Country  Australia
Client  Louis and Sophe Athan
Construction started  1986
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Architecture firm  Edmond and Corrigan PTY LTD
Awards and prizes  RAIA awards: Outstanding Architecture, New Residential Category 1989,

Athan House was designed by the Melbourne-based architectural firm of Edmond and Corrigan. The site of the project is in Monbulk, an orchard satellite town located in the outer Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. The project team consisted of Peter Corrigan, Adrian Page and Chris Wood. The house was designed and constructed between 1986-88.


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Physical description

The owners, Louis and Sophie Athan, commissioned Peter Corrigan to design the house on the site that had previously been used by the family for camping holidays. It was to be large enough to accommodate an extended family of up to eight people. The house was built on the northern incline of a heavily vegetated gully, with access onto the site from the south.

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Architecturally the house consists of two angled structures overlooking a triangular courtyard. Both “wings” consist of a ground and upper floor. Entry to the house is via a sloped driveway along a brick wall to a castle-like closed facade.

The northern aspect of the house overlooks bushland via a series of balconies on the upper level bedrooms.

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The apex of the triangle created by the two arms of the building consists of a section housing the library and study, with large picture windows overlooking the valley.

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There is extensive use of different materials such as face-brick, glass and wood, as well as bright painted finishes on the exterior of the building.

Awards and acknowledgments

  • RAIA awards: Outstanding Architecture, New Residential Category 1989.
  • Athan House included in David Dunster’s “Key Buildings of the Twentieth Century vol 2: Houses 1945-89” published in 1990
  • References

    Athan House Wikipedia

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