Walsh Street House - Bedroom
Designed by Robin Boyd 1959. This was the architects own house and the highest exemplar of his courtyard house designs. The roof has a suspension cable structure with a malthoid roofing membrane. Anecdotally Boyd 'pushed' the structural design of his houses to the limit. The house also features structural mullions as part of his 'window wall' vocabulary. The house remains unchanged from its original design and features furniture designed by the architect and Grant Featherston with whom Boyd had a close professional relationship and for whom he designed the equally famous Featherston House.
Robin Boyd was a member of the famous Australian artistic Boyd family. He was a very influential architect, critic and respected writer. His books The Australian Ugliness and Victorian Modern have recently been republished by the Boyd Foundation. Boyd was a key innovator of design in the post war period in Melbourne and was part of the influential Grounds Romberg and Boyd partnership. He also taught at MIT and was responsible for the Victorian Institute of Architects Small Homes Service, a service that later extended to publishing weekly house plans in The Age newspaper
The house is now the home of the Robin Boyd foundation www.robinboyd.org.au