Book Launch / The Architecture of Iwan Iwanoff


Wednesday 15.05.24 6-7:30pm AEST 

Hosted by ACAHUCH with Stuart Harrison, please join us to hear author Warren Andersen and former collaborator for the New Horizons exhibition to discuss his recently released book ‘The Architecture of Iwan Iwanoff‘ in the Japanese Room at Melbourne School of Design.

THE ARCHITECTURE OF IWAN IWANOFF book is a comprehensive review of houses, commercial buildings, apartments, and shop fitouts from 1950 to 1986.

Iwanoff unified international modernism, Besser block relief, and innovation with material use and construction to create a unique aesthetic putting Perth, Western Australia onto the global architecture map. Including historical photography, drawings, furniture, lost structures, and unbuilt projects, this book provides a new perspective and authoritative resource.

Underpinned by five years of research in university archives in Australia, Germany, and Bulgaria, it examines Iwanoff’s legacy through recollections of his sons, Michael and Nicolai Iwanoff, professional architects, artists, contractors, and house owners.

‘One of the most exciting things was documenting all of the houses, some of which have never been open to the public. So you can look at bespoke woodwork, furniture and cabinets which are part of the whole package, not just the exteriors – Warren Andersen.’

This book takes the reader on a fresh journey through three decades of Iwanoff’s design innovation and influences from California moderne, geometric besser block, to Italian sculptural abstraction with a feast of biographical details and archive imagery.

Author Background:
Warren Andersen is a business management and urban planning consultant with over 40 years in private and public sector. A life member of the Local Government Planner’s Association, he has been an international committee member of the American Planning Association. In 2021 he secured recognition by the City of Fremantle council of Martin Clark’s 1968 recording studio building designed by architect, Iwan Iwanoff.

There will be copies available to purchase on the night, and pre-order is available.



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