In this, the 100th year anniversary of Robin Boyd’s birth and within the festivities taking place all this year (check out the Gillison Open House this Sunday for the next day out) we are lucky enough today to list one of the legend’s residential gems.
Its been some time between Boyd drinks here at MA but we are ever gladdened to see with every new estate listing the prominence of the godfather of Australian Modern is being celebrated and his ideas for design now a selling point. And this home in Monty is a cracker, a classic 50s (c.1956) example of Boyd’s work, with a typically groundbreaking design of open flowing spaces (in the years we must remember, when most of Australia was still living in19th century cottages with lean-to sculleries), a starling use of limited materials on hand: exposed beams and panel ceilings, entire walls of glazing and of course unbeatable solar passive orientation (when will this ever be the norm huh?!). Originally built with a modest 2 bedrooms and a den, it has been subject to change over the years, but overall remains in much loved and well-preserved condition. As with other great Boyd homes, this building is not only a private residence on a beautiful bushland block but a revered spot of Melbourne and Australian design history and with any luck it will be the charge of a new custodian who takes pride in celebrating that.