Docomomo Australia Modern Register

(arch.) Kevin Borland

Kevin Borland

Australian Architect (28 October 1926, Melbourne, Victoria – 2000, Melbourne)

Profile

Over his career, his works evolved from an International Modernist stance into a Regionalist aesthetic for which he became most recognized. Many of his significant works were composed of raw materials and considered ‘Brutalist’ typifying Borland’s renowned motto ‘architecture is not for the faint-hearted’. Borland died in 2000 leaving a legacy of work throughout Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.

Selected Residential Projects

1952-3 – Rice House, Eltham [Borland] extant in good condition April 2002
1954 222 – Springvale Rd Glen Waverley [Borland & Trewenack] extant in fair condition building is now a doctor’s surgery
1955/96 – Klepner House, 3 Trinity Court East Brighton [Borland] extant in good condition
1955 13 – Vega Street, North Balwyn [Borland & Trewenack] extant some alterations in fair condition April 2002
1957 – 28 Towers Street, Beaumaris. G. Mollar House [Borland, Trewenack & Brooks] extant in good condition.
1957 – 40 Hornby Street, Beaumaris [Borland, Trewenack & Brooks] demolished
1958 – 309 Keilor Road, North Essendon [Borland & Trewenack] demolished
1958-9 – Former McCarthy House, 335 Canterbury Rd Forest Hills [Borland, Trewenack & Brooks] extant in good condition
1959 -. 11 Penllyne, Vermont [Borland, Trewenack & Brooks] demolished
1959 – Stein House, 10 Barbara Avenue, Glen Waverley [Borland, Trewenack & Brooks] extant in good condition
1960 – 317A Camberwell Road Camberwell [Borland, Trewenack & Brooks] demolished
1963 .- Daws Road, Doncaster 3 block from Doncaster Road [Borland & Trewenack] demolished
1966 – 9 Streeton, Court Mont Albert, Baberfeld House extant in good condition
1970 – Paton House, Campbell’s Road Portsea [Borland & Brown?] Awards – RAIA Vic Chapter House of the Year Award 1972
1973 – Nicholls House, Haldane Road Eltham extant some alterations
1979 – Fitzgerald House for Dr D. Fitzgerald, Kingston, Hobart Tasmania
1979 – Colvin House Lawerence Court North Warrandyte, extant in good condition but clients do not wish to be bothered
1975 – Marshall House Coora Close Somers
1975 – McCaughey House Broadford
1975 – Crossman Flats, Grandview Road, off Don Road Launching Place extant in good condition

Awards

  • RAIA Victorian Architectural Medal for Outstanding Building, 1972. School Hall at Preshil (Junior Campus), Kew (1962).
  • RAIA Victorian Chapter, Citation in the Public Buildings category, 1969. Harold Holt Memorial Swimming Centre, Glen Iris (1968–69).
  • RAIA Victorian Chapter House of the Year, 1972. Paton House, Portsea (1970).
  • RAIA Victorian Chapter, Bronze Medal in category ‘House of the Year’, 1974. Nichols House, Eltham (1973).
  • RAIA Victorian Chapter, Citation, 1974. Crossman Flats, Launching Place (1973).
  • RAIA Victorian Chapter, Citation, 1977. New Gordon House, South Melbourne (1974–76).
  • RAIA Victorian Chapter, Citation, 1978. Mount Eliza North Primary School, (1977).
  • RAIA Tasmanian Chapter declared among the ten notable Tasmanian buildings of 1980. Fitzgerald House, Hobart, Tasmania (1979)
  • RAIA Victorian Chapter House of the Year, 1984. Roger Evans Residence, Queenscliff (1983).
  • RAIA Victorian Chapter award for Outstanding Architecture in residential alterations, 1991. Borland Residence, Newport (1989–90)
  • Dulux Colour Award for Residential Building and ‘Belle’ magazine Colorbond Steel Award, 1994. 10 x 1 bedroom housing units for Ministry of Housing, Collingwood.

Selected Bibliography

“Buildings of the Year”, in Architecture Today Annual, 1973.

Kevin Borland, Talking Architecture, Modern Twentieth Century Architecture, Recorded Seminar , University of Melbourne, Baillieu Library.

Kevin Borland, Borland on BHP, The Architect, vol 3, number 25, March-April 1973.,

Norman Day, Melbourne Houses, Brian Zouch Publications, Melbourne, 1976.

Simon Evans, Kevin Borland History Investigation Project, University of Melbourne, 1983, University of Melbourne Baillieu Library Architecture Collection

Conrad Hamann, Cities of Hope – Australian Architecture and Design by Edmond & Corrigan, 1962 – 92, Oxford University Press, 1993, pp. 3, 9.

Andrew Metcalf, ‘Seven in the Seventies’, in Architecture Australia Jan 1982, vol 71, no. 1

“Scheme proposed by Young Architect, Kevin Borland”,Smudges, vol 10, no. 69, Sept 1951

“Small Homes Competition”, Architecture and Arts, January 1954, p. 30

“Preshil Preparatory School in Kew, Victoria”, Architecture and Arts, Nov. 1963, pp 34 – 35.

“Three Houses”, Architect, March – April 1967.

“The 1972 Awards: The Bronze Medal 1972”, Architect, November – December 1972, p. 16

“Preshil”, Architecture in Australia, October 1974, pp. 64 – 67

“74 Archi-Lotto”, Architect, November – December 1974, pp. 10 – 11.

“The Winners!”, Architecture in Australia, February 1975, pp. 67 – 68.

John Barker, “House that Grew from a Rubbish Tip”, The Age – R.A.I.A. citation no. 25., undated clipping – refer to the Age – RAIA Citation clippings file in the Architecture Library University of Melbourne

John Barker, “It’s a Practical Home on Five Floor Levels”, The Age – R.A.I.A. citation no. 37, The Age – undated clipping. – refer to the Age – RAIA Citation clippings file in the Architecture Library University of Melbourne

John Barker, “Relaxed Living” The Age – R.A.I.A. citation no. 13, The Age – undated clipping. – refer to the Age – RAIA Citation clippings file in the Architecture Library University of Melbourne

John Barker “Design makes full use of a south view” The Age – R.A.I.A. citation no. 35, The Age – undated clipping. – refer to the Age – RAIA Citation clippings file in the Architecture Library University of Melbourne

John Barker “Sculptor Built his Floor”, The Age – R.A.I.A. citation no. 6, The Age 6.12.76 – refer to the Age – RAIA Citation clippings file in the Architecture Library University of Melbourne

(source: Modern in Melbourne)

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