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Naliandrah, Toorak, 1967

Architectural Model - Naliandrah

Image: Architectural Model - Naliandrah

Source: Museum Victoria

Naliandrah is one of the most exotic interpretations in Melbourne of what we know as the International Style of architecture. At the time of construction, this house was dazzlingly contemporary. Quartz pebble gardens and cacti were in full vogue. Built at the end of a Toorak cul-de-sac in a subdivision of the late 1960s, a giant brise-soleil (sun-screen) with a Middle Eastern pattern shades the generous expanses of plate glass on the first floor. On the ground floor, a screen of concrete arches provides another layer of decorative relief before arrival at the grandiose front door. At the rear, huge mature trees shade the west facing garden. Other houses and blocks of flats which employ similar features, though admittedly far less exuberant in resolution, can be found in Melbourne suburbs such as Caulfield, Eaglemont, Kew and East St Kilda.

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