Recognising the legacy of Robin Boyd
Robin Boyd believed in the importance of Australian identity and how this could be served by architecture, and how, equally, a distinctly Australian modern architecture could arise from local conditions. He sought to galvanise architecture with a sense of identity, lifestyle and place. He embraced innovation in design, materials and building technology, and advocated thinking that went beyond what was expected, offering his clients new ways of occupying space that could shape everyday life. Each client and site had its own requirements and so was approached as a unique proposition, the result embracing and reflecting those whom it would house. While Boyd’s houses were functionally well resolved, they were invested with spatial and aesthetic qualities that allowed them to operate at a deeper level, elevating the spirit and aspirations of their occupants. This he achieved through such clever spatial configurations as courtyards that would bring interiors and gardens into conversation, glass walls for natural light and transparency, and seemingly suspended elements that would give a sense of weightlessness.
While Boyd made his most enduring mark on domestic architecture, he was also responsible for several commercial and public buildings, such as John Batman Travel Lodge, Domain Park Flats and Ormond College’s McCaughy Court (all Melbourne); Churchill House and ANU’s Department of Zoology building (both in Canberra); the Black Dolphin motel at Merimbula, NSW; and the visitors centre at Tower Hill, western Victoria. His daring thinking was also on public display in his pioneering designs for the exhibits in the Australian pavilions at the 1967 Expo in Montreal, Canada, and, three years later, the Expo in Osaka, Japan.
For more information on the life, work and legacy of Robin Boyd, visit: robinboyd.org.au
Stamp and banner photography: Darren Bradley
Robin Boyd portrait: Mark Strizic, © The Estate of Mark Strizic, courtesy The Robin Boyd Foundation
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