Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Nice views.

This was my son's favourite house and he never passed it without taking another photo.
Now it's being torn down after the architect Frank Dixon failed to have the house put on the state heritage list. The Dixon family sold the house in 2005.
The owners will build a new home on the concrete pole, keeping the walkway and the silhouette of the house. In the original home, none of the windows opened but the new design will have retractable floor-to-ceiling  windows, a perimeter walkway with a glassed balustrade and a floating fireplace in the living area.
Another two storey, three bedroom dwelling will be built on the cliff-top behind and that's the main objection I would have.
The Dixon pole house needs to stand alone to be appreciated.
It has survived 3 bushfires including the 1983 Ash Wednesday blaze. As long as that famous silhouette remains the same I'll be happy. 
Happier still if I had the $550 a night to rent it.


JahTeh said...

I've switched off anonymous comments to stop the spam and clicked google accounts only. If you can't comment let me know and I'll turn everything back but I'm fed up with deleting 200 or so spam every day.

Andrew said...

Well, I'm glad I have not started the post I had in mind for this afternoon since you have done it already. The house is quite small I think.

The Elephant's Child said...

I would like to live there. Hell, I would like to go there now - and blow up the walkway.

R.H. said...

What building has ever been saved just for itself?
This will be a new place, totally different, lovely for the peanuts who'll live in it.
That's what you get from the money-driven: demolition; Picassos in bank vaults as investments.
Greasy developers always end making a little concession: a facade, an insult, then do as they please. The latest strategy is to deliberately lodge horrifying plans which they later scale down and get accepted.

The on-going deterioration of this ugly city reflects the weak character of its citizens. Look what you get: a traitorous Labor party, armed guards on railway stations, stand up comedians and a gas-bag cafe society.

JahTeh said...

Andrew, I thought I might have beaten you to it but my son wanted to live there since he first saw it. It was always eye catching but windows that don't open, weird.

EC, this is going to be a horrible year for you, now way else to say it. Hopefully his sister now knows the drill and will help, even if it's opening the wine bottle.

Robbert, I was surprised that the windows in the house didn't open. I would have thought that one a stinking hot day you could sit there looking at the ocean and getting a brisk southern breeze. Besides the family sold it for over a million bucks 7 years ago so I can't see the fuss. It's still going to be the same just updated although I don't fancy the house behind it.

River said...

I don't think I'd like my home to be up on a pole like that. I like my feet on the ground, so to speak.

R.H. said...

So must it conform to all the other houses in the world by having windows that open?
It won't be the same. The place is actually getting demolished and rebuilt as a floor to ceiling glass cage so common in office and apartment buildings everywhere.

R.H. said...

Who owns the Leaning Tower of Pisa? The builder? The church? Or the entire Italian nation?

R.H. said...

And cop this, arrived today:

From Mark Bahnisch

Conjoint Research Associate, Centre for Social Research in Energy and Resources at University of Newcastle
Brisbane Area, Australia


I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.

- Mark.

Darlings, I am speechless.

R.H. said...

Cat got my tongue.

JahTeh said...

River, if it's lasted this long, it should hold me.

Robbert, I'm flabbered and ghasted, Bahnisch and you????? Cat's not only got my tongue but walked off with it.

R.H. said...

The email shows his photo.

Suave? OH my golly!

He banned me twice from LP; a blog full of future prime ministers and one-legged lesbians. He even wanted to contradict me that Australia is a Christian country. That's what I recall most.

Well I don't know what he'd expect from me, maybe he's losing his marbles. The last of them.

JahTeh said...

Twice? I recall you getting banned a lot more than that or am I getting confused with every other banned blog you were hoofed off.

R.H. said...

Every time Miss Pavlov banned me I posted a flattering comment and got reinstated immediately.