Boyd Baker House
An iconic Australian home in Melbourne allows design aficionados to experience a piece of Victoria’s cultural heritage
For many of us who love design, living in an architect-designed home can seem a far-off dream. Especially when that architect is someone like Robin Boyd, one of Australia’s most prominent architects and a leader in Melbourne’s Modern Architecture movement.
Known for his contribution to domestic Australian architecture in the 1960s, Boyd explored the concepts of aesthetics in suburbia and affordable architecture. Available as a hideaway, this residence by the celebrated architect, author and public educator, more than ever celebrates these values, making design truly accessible to the masses.
Boyd Baker and Boyd Dower houses and the nearby Library building (designed by Roy Grounds) are set on 35 acres of bushland just 45 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD and 15 minutes from the local spa district and vineyards.
The aesthetic of mid-century Australia is evident, with Featherstone sofas, Wishbone chairs, Swan and Stem chairs complementing the architecture, while paintings by Charles Blackman, Rick Amor, Sidney Nolan and Brett Whitely complete the spaces. Materials such as local Bacchus March stone, polished concrete floors and a thatched ceiling represent a characteristic 1960s concern with the relationship between inside and out.
As well as a visual and tactile experience, Boyd Baker House is a history lesson. The shape of the roof structure and 12 stone cylinders acting as water tanks, inform guests of a more isolated and self-sustaining time.
These post-war residences offer a unique experience for the discerning traveller, offering iconic landscape, architecture and furniture in close proximity to the city. Five bedrooms and extensive indoor and outdoor living spaces provide space for a group or a family getaway.
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