House-on-a-pole

The well known “house-on-a-pole” down on the Great Ocean Road at Fairhaven is under threat of partial  demolition and redevelopment  any day soon. In the interim a heritage assessment has been drafted for Heritage Victoria. If you are interested in following the campaign and lending support. See the following links for the story and The … read more…

Documentary Film on Modern Design

Documentary Film on Modern Design, at ACMI Melbourne. Eames: The Architect and the Painter. Screening in June see  https://www.acmi.net.au/lp_eames_architect_painter.aspx

Forthcoming International Symposium on Modern Learning Campus, “From Classroom to Campus”

Forthcoming International Symposium on Modern Learning Campus, “From Classroom to Campus”, to be hosted by The University of Melbourne, November 26th-28th. This event will span 2 days, with two evening lectures from international specialist architects (John Allan (Avanti London) and David Fixler (EYP, Boston)) on university and school campus heritage and conservation, talks and round … read more…

Astor Cinema, Melbourne

A major public campaign has been mounted by Friends of the Astor Cinema (1936 – and listed on Victorian heritage register) regarding the future use as a cinema and public status of the building. If you are interested in signing the petition see https://www.change.org/astor The will be a public meeting at the Astor, St Kilda on … read more…

Astor Terrace under consideration for heritage listing.

UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR HERITAGE LISTING: 96-98 Astor Terrace, Spring Hill, Queensland: Offices of Fulton & Colin Architects has been nominated for heritage listing. A submission to the heritage process has been made by Fulton Trotter Architects, who have contacted Docomomo regarding this initiative, and to share their report. Please see attached pdf document, which is … read more…

ROBB COLLEGE, University of New England, NSW

ROBB COLLEGE, University of New England, (Michael Dysart, NSW Government Architects, 1960-64)  is currently receiving conservation documentation attention with submissions being prepared for listing on AIA and NT registers, as there is mounting concern for its future.       SIGNIFICANCE: Robb College is one of the first modernist college buildings to be erected on … 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…