Robin Boyd’s “Victoria Modern” republished after 60 years

Out of print for over 60 years – Victorian Modern has now been republished by the Robin Boyd Foundation  Robin Boyd published his first book ‘Victorian Modern: 111 years of modern architecture in Victoria’ in 1947. Just before he died, in 1971, Robin Boyd was preparing to republish his first book, Victorian Modern. On the fortieth … read more…

Docomomo Publications, previous issues

Docomomo Publications This is a list of Docomomo publications that are available from Docomomo Australia and are offered at the same price of the euro price but without postage expenses.  (Postage is included within Australia). Art Works: Drawings by Ken Woolley – $20.00 Preservation technology dossier 2: The Fair Face of Concrete: Conservation and Repair of … read more…

Docomomo Australia AGM

The annual AGM for Docomomo Australia was held on wed August 3rd, at the Boyd House, Walsh Street South Yarra at 6.00pm. Please find attached the following documents: AGM minutes for 2011: Docomomo Australia 2011 AGM  

Borland Open Day PRESHIL

A Space For Learning: Borland Open Day Preshil School, JUNE 5, noon – 5pm. Self-guided Tour, historical display and panel discussion 2-3.15 (with Docomomo members involved) See attached flyer for booking details: Borland Open Day Flyer

Boyd Foundation Desbrowe-Annear Open Day

June 26th, 2011, open day to see 6 houses designed by Desbrowe-Annear or under his influence organised  by the Boyd Foundation, Melbourne: Harold Desbrowe-Annear was one of the most innovative architects in Australia in the early twentieth century, and this is a fantastic opportunity to see his work original work and its conservation. See attached flyer … read more…

100 Collins street shopfront in danger

100 Collins Street, Melbourne’s first ‘glass box’ office building – shopfronts in danger. A win for the streetscape of Collins Street, Melbourne: all the shop windows of 100 collins street,designed by JA LaGerche, are intact from 1955 when the building opened. Submissions on the proposed design conversion to a bank were recently heard, including those from … read more…

Centenary Swimming Pools | 1959 | QLD

date of completion: 1959 architect: James Birrell address: Gregory Terrace, Spring Hill, city: Brisbane, Queensland type:Sport, Recreation (REC) The free-form layout of the complex – pools punctuating the concourse and tower restau- rant floating above – was influenced by the sculptor Mans Arp and the Constructivist Moholy-Nagy’s posthumous publication, ‘Vision in Motion’ (I947). Birrell intended … read more…

Academy of Science | 1958 | ACT

Australian National University, Canberra ACT 1958 Grounds, Romberg & Boyd   The Academy was Roy Grounds’ first large building. Grounds, with his first partner, Mewton, was recognized at an early age in 1928 when a recent graduate, Grounds eventually joined Frederic Romberg and Robyn Boyd in partnership in 1953. The client, a learned scientific body, … read more…

Sydney Opera House | 1963-1973 | NSW

  Sydney Opera House (stage 1 and 2) 1957 | 1963 (stage 1) architect: Jern Utzon 1963 | 1973 (stage 2) architects: Hall, Todd & Littlemore location: Dennelong Point, Sydney NSW   ‘In the Sydney Opera House Jern Utzon realised the great synthesis of earth and sky, landscape and city, vista and intimacy, thought and feeling, … read more…

Robin Boyd House II | 1957 | VIC

290 Walsh Street, South Yarra, Melbourne Victoria 1957 Grounds, Romberg & Boyd   This house, the second designed by one of Melbourne’s best-loved architects and architectural polemicists for his own family, was planned as a narrow rectangle with a catenary roof of planking on wire cables. The draped roof is the guiding idea of the … read more…

Ancher House III | 1957 | NSW

Sydney Ancher Bogota Avenue, Address: Neutral Bay, Sydney NSW Year: 1957 Arch: Sydney Ancher   Sydney Ancher was the winner of the 1975 Gold Medal for Architecture as one of the Australian pioneers of the Modern Movement. His houses in the landscape evoke the essence of Australian buildings by the use of horizontality, uncomplicated flat roofs … read more…

Sidney Myer Music Bowl | 1959 | VIC

Kings Domain, Melbourne Victoria 1956 | 1959 Yuncken Freeman Brothers   Named for its retailing benefactor, whose family took a keen interest in the project, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl was the first major purpose- built outdoor venue in Melbourne. The design, with its tent-like roof supported by two tapering cigar-shaped masts, resulted from project … read more…

CB Alexander College | 1965 | NSW

  architects: Philip Cox & lan McKay date of completion: 1965 type Education location: Tocal, Paterson NSW address Tocal Road 2421, Tocal, Paterson NSW Designed for the Presbyterian Church of Australia in 1963 as a post-secondary level agricultural college it was the first major com- mission for Cox & McKay, establishing their design reputation for environmental … read more…

Woolley House | 1962 | NSW

  Current name: Woolley House I Date of completion: 1962 Architect: Ken Woolley Address: 34 Bullecourt Avenue, Mosman, Sydney NSW The architect’s own house stepped down a steep, treed site in a harbourside suburb of Sydney showing the influence of nature and the site on this example of Sydney School architecture. The School was epitomised … read more…

Japan Architecture Tours

Robert Day is leading an architecture tour to Japan in association with the UIA (World Congress in Sept /Oct 2011. The tour will visit architectural sites of Docomomo interest as well as contemporary design. For further information see http://japanarchitecturetours.wordpress.com/ Download a flyer here: Tour Flyer UIA 11