Boyd’s Zone – How architect Robin Boyd influenced Australia.

Posted on March 2, 2010


Robin Boyd was a seminal Australian architect and author, and a member of the exceptionally talented Boyd family that included, among others, the novelist Martin Boyd and the renowned Australian painter, Arthur Boyd.

Robin Boyd was a pioneer in Australia’s modern architecture, and is arguably the country’s most influential architect, with his innovative designs finding international acclaim.

His own home in Melbourne’s South Yarra, which he designed in 1958, reflects his understanding of the need to harmoniously balance the natural environment with the living space, and there is a sense of synergy and functionality between the spaces and those that would occupy it.

Boyd’s home was simply way ahead of its time in terms of dedicated spacing and zoning. The master bedroom doubles as a reception and living area, which leads down to a more formal lounge and dining area, with a galley kitchen at one end. Separated by a courtyard garden is the pavilion-styled children’s wing, containing three bedrooms, a bathroom and Boyd’s own study, leaving the main house for the adults and entertaining. The two halves of the house face one another over the expanse of the courtyard, so that there is a communication with the outside space as well as a cohesive connection to the building as a whole.

Boyd focused strongly on urban design and strove to create a cultural identity through his architecture and, through his writing, actively promoted the benefits of design in the built environment. It was his desire to create a wider public understanding of design and its place in contemporary Australia.

Although Robin Boyd is no longer with us, his influence is still seen in many modern Australian homes, something of which he would be very proud.