Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Courtyard Houses 2: Baker House by Robin Boyd

Although there's a few things I'm not into about this house - mainly the 'country' overtones of Boyd's interest in the 'Aussie homestead' as a type - I really like the plan as it seems to both engage with the landscape beyond, while also defend against it.

The outer walls are very much of the landscape - quarried out of local slate - while the interior outer wall is set well back creating this great blurred threshold under the huge roof.

The other cool thing about this house is the interior courtyard covered with flyscreen - a bug-free outdoor room.

Images: Robin Boyd, Baker House, Bacchus Marsh, 1968 - Sorry they're a bit crap.

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