Boyd’s Peninsula Houses Open Day

September 12, 2011

An open day of four privately owned houses designed by Boyd on the Mornington Peninsula, organised by the Robin Boyd Foundation to mark the 40th anniversary of his death.

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The Robin Boyd Foundation is running a public open day of four privately owned houses on the Mornington Peninsula, designed by architect Robin Boyd.

The four houses included in the open day each featured in Boyd’s book, _Living in Australia_, and illustrate the architect’s interest in surface, space, structure and spirit. Each house in the tour is an opportunity to examine these four qualities in Boyd’s architecture, combined with the unique personality of the clients of each house.

For Boyd, each residential project expressed the lifestyle, taste and aspirations of the client, writing in _Living in Australia_: “The individual house is a unique medium of personal expression: a composition of an architect interpreted by an occupant, to use a musical analogy; or an abstract portrait by an architect of an occupier, to use a pictorial one.” Boyd was not only an architect, but also an author, journalist, public commentator, filmmaker and academic who believed that good design could enrich our lives.

The open day coincides with an exhibition currently on show at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, entitled ‘Robin Boyd on the Mornington Peninsula’. The exhibition is a survey of Boyd’s work on the peninsula, marking 40 years since Boyd’s death. The exhibition features recently discovered work including the Marriott House in Flinders, the proposed Harold Holt Memorial at Portsea and a proposed hotel and convention centre located on Arthurs Seat. (Exhibition runs 17 August to 3 October).

*Expressing the Human Spirit: Boyd’s Peninsula Houses Open Day*
*When* Sunday 25 September 10am-4pm
*Where* Mornington Peninsula: Frankston, Cape Schanck and Portsea

The open day is a ticketed, self-guided event. Houses will be open from 10am-4pm. For more details and to book, visit ["www.robinboyd.org.au":http://robinboyd.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=68:boyd-houses-on-the-peninsula&catid=38:open-house-articles]

*Image* Robin Boyd, Kaye House ‘Kahala’ (1965). Image courtesy Robin Boyd Foundation

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