At Home: Poll House

Published on November 6, 2015
Categories - Blog, Events, Read About

This weekend we all have the chance to get inside some pretty incredible buildings as part of Open House Perth, including some homes. Homes that will leave you in awe, and also inspire. One such residence is Poll House – built in 2001-2002 and located in Dalkieth.

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Poll House is the home of Margot and Jaap Poll, and the unit at the rear of the house was home to Margot’s mother. They asked architect Gary Marinko, to build them a house that they would never had thought of themselves, that had to be “contemporary, simple, light and spacious.”  It also had to be single storey with no ramp, step or change in level in any part of the project.

“My husband and I wanted to use the entire space ourselves, we asked for a separate unit to be designed for my mother at the rear of the block and we also asked that everything be on one level, the rest was left to the architect. I always say, when you employ a super star don’t tell him what to do!” states Margot.

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Margot loves every part of the house, and if she went back and did it again she would not change a thing. “I have so enjoyed living here and this house has catered for our needs in a very practical way, although one day we may ask Gary to design something smaller for our later years.” She refers to the house as a spiritual space with wonderful curves. She especially enjoys being in the large main room that overlooks the courtyard, but overall she loves “the way the light changes coming into the building at different times of the day and month of the years.”

Gary Marinko also loves the light in the finished project: “Even after all the years of going to the house, the quality of light inside still makes me smile.”

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You can see inside Poll House as part of Open House Perth this weekend. It is located at 45 Phillip Road, Dalkeith, and will be open to the public from 11am – 4pm this Saturday 7 November.

To read about other Open House Perth destinations, head here.

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