IN HOUSE OUT HOUSE | Iwan Iwanoff and the designers that think beyond

IN HOUSE OUT HOUSE | Iwan Iwanoff and the designers that think beyond

Iwan Iwanoff and the 

designers that think beyond. 

Even though Bulgarian-born architect Iwan Iwanoff spent the first three decades of his life in Europe before moving to Perth, his stunning brutalist designs were perfect for the harsh Western Australian sun. His buildings capture the light, play with it and make it part of the design. He was also known for his use of mixed materials, in particular concrete, wood and glass.

AS ONE OF OUR MOST DYNAMIC ARCHITECTS, HIS OUT-OF-THE-BOX THINKING, AND INNOVATIVE IDEAS HAVE INSPIRED A GENERATION OF AUSTRALIAN ARCHITECTS. AROUND THE WORLD, THE SAME UNIQUE APPROACH TO ARCHITECTURE AND THE USE OF DIFFERENT BUILDING MATERIALS, INCLUDING BAMBOO, CAN BE SEEN IN HOMES STRETCHING FROM ASIA AND SOUTH AMERICA TO THE MEDITERRANEAN.

Villa Mediterraneo, Spain

Taking inspiration from the design of traditional Roman villas, as well as the surrounding landscape, this multi-level home on the island of Ibiza features organic curves and rounded edges. 
The custom-made bamboo sections blend seamlessly with the design, providing shade and filtered light during the day and creating unique shapes at night when the lights escape through the bamboo.

Z House, Mexico

This impressive minimalist holiday home on the highest hill in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, commands attention. 
Designed to take full advantage of the expansive views, the top level features a facade of round pole bamboo, as well as an interior sunshade under glass that casts a warm filtered light into the living spaces. 
The use of natural stone, bamboo and concrete complement the design and local environment.

The Courtyard House, Philippines

Designed around a central courtyard, this family home by Atelier Sacha Cotture has a traditionally brutalist silhouette, which is softened by the use of round pole bamboo façade panels and movable window screenings.
 A glass balcony rings the upper floor, while stone walls and flooring ground the home inside and out.

Veil House, Singapore

One of our all time favourite  designs, the Veill house in Singapore was designed with an effective tropical response, the façade was designed as a double skin. The outer skin comprises of the operable vertically-laid bamboo screen and serves both privacy and solar protection functions. The inner skin is made up of aluminium-framed windows, allowing for natural ventilation in an all-weather condition or closed for air-conditioning on hot and humid days. The design offers flexibility for natural ventilation without compromising privacy, fulfilling the owner’s expectation of a tropical yet modern home.
The legacy of asking ‘what if’ is one that continues to inspire new designers around the world. That simple question refers to more than just material choices, it’s also about making a commitment to exploring new resources that can change how we build. We need to ensure that considering sustainable design choices become the norm at the beginning of any creative journey. 
Click here to learn more about using organic bamboo for contemporary design. If you’re interested in incorporating organic bamboo in your project and pushing the boundaries of design, visit our showroom for more inspiration. 
Jen and the team are the Australian bamboo experts and can answer all your questions about bamboo materials and creating sustainable possibilities.


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