A recent photo exhibition at the Melbourne Design Week showcased iconic Australian architect Robin Boyd’s Walsh Street house as seen through the lens of leading contemporary architecture photographers.
Presented by the Robin Boyd Foundation and Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, the exhibition ‘Fresh Eyes: Reimagining Robin Boyd’s Walsh Street’ featured a photographic series produced over two years, with the photographers capturing the modernist home called Boyd House II or ‘Walsh Street’ from their own perspective.
Regarded as a leader in Melbourne’s Modern Architecture movement, Robin Boyd designed the house for his own family in 1957 on Walsh Street, a stone’s throw from Melbourne Gardens. Now the home of the Robin Boyd Foundation, the house, which is considered an exemplar of modernist Australian architecture, continues to influence architectural thinking.
Invited by the Robin Boyd Foundation to view the iconic home with ‘fresh eyes’, the 18 photographers presented different facets of the home, visualising the Walsh Street house in their own distinctive style, with the images uniquely highlighting elements of its architecture, history and setting.
Not only does the house provide a unique insight into Melbourne’s design leaders of the 50s and 60s, but it also challenges the concept of the traditional suburban home of the time.
The photo exhibition was curated by Kennedy Nolan and Sophie Gannon Gallery.