When something is considered iconic it is usually to describe the beauty, influence and uniqueness that it has become known for.
The Paterson House is iconic. This is the house that has captured the attention of the community since its inception. Designed by acclaimed architect Enrico Taglietti in the late 60s for Canberran geophysicist and academic Mervyn Paterson and his Hungarian wife Katalin, the house was a bold and adventurous choice, showcasing Taglietti’s signature sculptural, organic style.
Powerful and fortress like from the outside yet beautifully balanced with light and fine detailing inside the house delivers the perfect balance of privacy and openness.
Incredibly original and meticulously preserved, the inside of the house is a series of stepped and interlocking geometric spaces with large windows visually connecting the home with the surrounding native garden. The living space and kitchen is expansive and extends the full width of the house, linked by glass walls to the private terrace to the east. The terrace itself is a key feature, cleverly positioned to screen rooftops of neighbouring homes and frame views of the surrounding treetops and Black Mountain. From the rear the house is less dominating, open and intricate with a curved glazed wall and circular courtyard providing a winter suntrap surrounded by a garden that extends seamlessly into the bushland reserve.
Aranda is iconic, the suburb in Canberra that has retained its true bush setting and epitomises the lifestyle our capital has grown to love. The Paterson House links beautifully with the landscape, natural tones of grey cement and weathered timber sits comfortably in the Australian bushland setting.
The Paterson House is considered Taglietti’s most important residential project in Canberra and has been listed on the ACT Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Register of Significant Twentieth Century Architecture. Our hope is that its next owner will honour and conserve the legacy for future generations to enjoy.
designed by acclaimed architect Enrico Taglietti – conceived in 1967–68
built by Meli and Eglitis – completed in 1970
four bedrooms with built in robes
two bathrooms – original features, excellent condition
elegant yet tough Johnstone River (Queensland) hardwood flooring
light-filled, open plan kitchen, dining, living space
original kitchen, brushbox benchtops, generous size
private east facing terrace
circular courtyard/ alfresco to rear
feature curved staircase
concrete brick and western red cedar exterior
Tallowwood eaves and fachias
bagged white cement walls
custom built in joinery throughout
under stairs storage
nominated for heritage register
solar passive design features
Caneite panel ceiling in living and dining area – provides thermal and noise insulation
feature corner fireplace
ducted gas heating
solar hot water
solar electricity system
air conditioning unit in living area
double carport with internal access
wine cellar, storeroom, workshop and vestibule
large block, quiet culdesac, highest position in Belconnen
nominated for ACT Heritage listing
*option to purchase fine timber table made by craftsman Chris McElhinny – commissioned for the house
Living space: 197m2
Land size: 1245m2
Land Rates: $5,397 per annum (approx)
7 Juad Place