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Go Inside Australia’s Most Incredible Architectural Homes - For A Great Cause!

Architecture

Every year, Melbourne’s Robin Boyd Foundation runs an Open House event, leading IRL tours through award-winning architecture projects across Australia. This is a major fundraiser for the not-for-profit organisation but (for obvious reasons) cannot go ahead this year.

Luckily, we have the internet.

In partnership with the Australian Institute of Architects, the Robin Boyd Foundation has launched Virtual Open House 2020, where celebrated contemporary homes from around the country will be opened up for online tours – for a small donation. Take this rare opportunity to see inside some of Australia’s most innovative, beautiful homes, and support a great cause at the same time!

6th July, 2020

The Glebe House by Chenchow Little. Photo – Peter Bennetts.

The Beaumaris House by Clare Cousins. Photo – Sharyn Cairns.

New Modern by Bower Architecture. Photo – Shannon McGrath.

Ruckers Hill House by Studio Bright. Photo – Rory Gardiner.

The Glassbook House by Sibling Architecture. Photo – Katherine Lu.

The Glassbook House by Sibling Architecture. Photo – Katherine Lu.

Park Life by Architecture Architecture. Photo – Tom Ross.

Lower Jordan Hill Road by Taylor + Hinds Architects. Photo – Michael Wee.

Lower Jordan Hill Road by Taylor and Hinds Architects. Photo – Michael Wee.

Edgars Creek house by Breathe Architecture. Photo – Tom Ross.

Good Life by MRTN Architects. Photo – Dave Kulesza.

Two Shed by Dreamer with Roger Nelson. Photo – Rory Gardiner.

CLT House by FMD Architects. Photo – Dianna Snape.

Sasha Gattermayr
Monday 6th July 2020

The Robin Boyd Foundation is a cultural organisation at the heart of the Australian design community. Their focus is on keeping heritage architecture alive in the public consciousness, through industry talks, guided tours, and design-oriented initiatives. As the custodians of Robin Boyd’s legendary legacy, we love all the work they do in preserving and showcasing the best historically relevant and modernist buildings in the country!

This year, their annual Open House fundraiser will take place online, where physical guided tours of some of Australia’s best residential architecture projects will be replaced with virtual videos, to walk visitors through each space.

Virtual tours through award-winning houses in Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales will be available, so keen architecture observers aren’t confined merely to visiting houses in their own state! Many TDF favourites will be open for viewing, including the Ruckers Hill House by Studio Bright, The Glebe House by Chenchow Little and Good Life by MRTN Architects.

Like many arts and cultural organisations, the Robin Boyd Foundation has lost major streams of revenue due to COVID-19. While registration for Virtual Open House is free, participants are encouraged to make a direct donation upon sign-up.

Video tours will be available for viewing on 8th July to 25th July. Register here to access the platform.

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