26 Cassells Rd, Research makes unexpected and impressive use of artistic and commercial glass.
IT might have a heart of glass, but the striking Research home of artist Jacquie Hacansson is anything but fragile.
The glass artist, whose works have been displayed in galleries from the Abbotsford Convent to Queenscliff and in her local area, is selling up after more than 11 years at 26 Cassells Rd.
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And a false start last year.
The five-bedroom house was designed by architect Ross Henry and briefly listed for sale early in 2017, with hopes of a $3.8-$4.2 million sale.
The home’s leafy surrounds are as bright as the glass features inside.
Decorative glass pieces have taken up residence in most rooms of the home.
They weren’t quite ready to move on at the time, but have now come to grips with leaving the house, guesthouse and art studio — complete with three glass kilns — they had purpose built more than 13 years ago.
They’ve met the market with a $3-$3.3 million revised price, but it’s the memories that will be priceless, according to Ms Hacansson.
Many windows in the home have completely unique decorations.
And not all of them are windows to the outside world.
She created the home’s stained glass and fused-glass features in the three-bedroom-house-sized studio out the back, where she has also taught a number of students.
“All the windows, the colourful ones, I have done myself,” Ms Hacansson said.
“The beauty of glass is how luminous it is, and how it works with light — whether it’s natural or electrical.”
Other forms of glass have also been celebrated at the home.
Space abounds for the chance to share a glass or two with friends.
The entire three-storey height of the home’s southern orientation is a wall of glass panels so big they had to be winched into place by a commercial team with a crane.
They afford an impressive view, often with kangaroos or birdlife in it, but also bring in copious natural light to the multiple entertainment spaces around the home.
The large windows had to be craned in to place.
Stone is also featured throughout the home.
“Every day we pinch ourselves and think how lucky we are,” Ms Hacansson said.
Flannagan Peressini and Shaw’s Ben Flannagan said the home was breathtaking.
“It’s something I have never seen before and will probably never see again,” Mr Flannagan said.
“In this day and age you just could not replace this. With what’s gone into it and the eclectic mix of materials that just work together, it took my breath away the first time I saw it.”
In places the home is almost a gallery of glass art.
An expressions of interest campaign ends Tuesday, November 27 at 6pm.
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