Balwyn North’s iconic mid-century ‘Stargazer House’, designed by acclaimed architect Peter McIntyre, originally looked as if it had ‘dropped off the moon’ in the 1950s.
Balwyn North’s iconic “Stargazer House,” designed by renowned architect Peter McIntyre, awaits a cosmic sale.
The three-level, mid-century modernist property at 2 Taurus St is known for its pitched roof and wide, sky-facing windows.
The residence also features a soundproof home theater and a 500-bottle wine cellar.
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Mr. McIntyre, still practicing at the age of 95, was appointed an Officer of the Warrant of Australia for Architecture and Town Planning Services in the 1980s.
He designed Stargazer House in 1951-52 for client Mervyn Castle.
“It was the first (house) I ever designed, I had just graduated from college,” McIntyre said.
Mervyn told the young architect that he did not want a house with a view of the suburbs.
“It gave me the idea of looking up at the sky, it was the only other place to look,” McIntyre said.
Along with fellow college students Kevin Borland and John Murphy, Mr. McIntyre won a competition to design the Swimming Stadium for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.
McIntyre said that an engineer who lectured at the University of Melbourne taught them about
using part of one structure to offset another section, a central idea to both the stadium and the Stargazer House design, as the latter has “a huge cantilever” connected to a steel cable secured in a concrete base.
In the 1950s, the then Camberwell (now Boroondara) Council refused a permit to build the house “because it was too unusual”.
“It was like something came down from the moon,” McIntyre said.
Fortunately, he convinced a panel of councilors to approve the house, which is now included in a municipal estate overlay.
Mervyn built the three-bedroom property himself and took about 20 years to complete construction.
Belle Property Balwyn director Robert Ding described Stargazer House as “an iconic home in the Balwyn North area”.
“What I love about the house is that it’s like camping under the stars,” said Mr. Ding.
Owners John Pickham and Annette Briffa have renovated the home’s kitchen and bathrooms over the past two decades.
Pickham said that McIntyre visited them after his last renewal three years ago and that he was “delighted” with the work.
The house is for sale with an asking price of $1.4m-$1.54m.
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Originally published as Iconic Balwyn North Stargazer House designed by Peter McIntyre has stellar sales hopes