Verge House, Robin Boyd.
Verge House, Robin Boyd.
Past event

Mid-Century Modernist Bus Tour: Boyd & Friends

Boyd & Friends

Join renowned architecture enthusiast, Martin Miles on a bus tour around Canberra's best architecture including mid-century modernist icons by Boyd and other architects.

Robin Boyd (1919-1971), born and educated in Melbourne, was a distinguished architect, writer and social commentator and throughout the 1940s and 1950s was Australia’s leading proponent of the modern movement. Boyd held a lifelong interest in modern architecture tempered by regional concerns. His early work employed structuralist solutions to overcome what he considered to be the deficiencies of most housing of the period and he was a leading practitioner of the post-war Melbourne regional style. The suburban house was often the focus of Boyd’s efforts, both in design and writing, and he enjoyed relatively few opportunities to design major buildings.

This tour will pick-up and drop-off from the corner of Watson Street and Gould Street in Turner. After the tour, participants are invited to Sunday Sessions - music by local acts, a series of large-scale graphic interventions, and an award-winning architectural pop-up wine bar, the Pop Inn.

DESIGN Canberra acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as the traditional custodians of the ACT and surrounding areas. We honour and respect their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region. We aim to respect cultural heritage, customs and beliefs of all Indigenous people.