Bridging Boyd is a family home defined by a contemporary way of seeing and an attention to detail that is contextual and considered. We celebrated structure, surface, space, materiality and texture, creating new ways of engaging with this inspiring iconic building.
The original Richardson House was designed between 1953 & 1955 by Robin Boyd during the period of his partnership with Grounds and Romberg. Boyd allowed the limitations of the site to become the catalyst for an extraordinary design solution. The house celebrated its contextual location, and the concept of being suspended within the landscape above a creek bed.
Our brief was to create a new dialogue with this iconic building, using Boyd’s original principles as the impetus to celebrate what had been lost or discarded by several renovations. We deliberately chose not to rehabilitate Boyd’s 1955 vision, but rather be inspired by it.
Our response was to use bold geometry to define the interior and exterior spaces. By using the tangent of a circle we created ‘brief encounters’ between the past and present architectural concepts. We wanted each new space to celebrate the thresholds of built form and its connection with the landscape in this unique location.
Paramount to the design was to maintain clarity in our thinking and to ensure that there was a rigour in synthesising space, structure and surface. We felt indebted to Boyd to respect his preoccupation with geometry with simple and clear design intent embracing the landscape at all times.