Originally a farming property, Riversdale was the first property in the Shoalhaven to be purchased by Arthur and Yvonne Boyd. The The Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre, designed by Glenn Murcutt, Wendy Lewin and Reg Lark, was opened in 1999.
the most influential building in Australia in the last 25 years- Architecture Review Magazine, 2008
The Boyd Education Centre was commenced in 1997 and completed in December 1998 and officially opened by Hon Peter McGauran on February 21 1999. The building comprises a forecourt and open plan hall area, a commercial kitchen and residential accommodation for 32, magnificently sited with spectacular views of the Shoalhaven River. It caters for a diverse range of activities including dining, education workshops, conferences, weddings, performances and rehearsals. It has been described as a building which heightens the appreciation of its’ surroundings.
View a gallery of images of the design and construction of the Boyd Education Centre here
a major work, exhibiting the masterly simplicity and resolution that characterises Murcutt’s best buildings.- Jury of 1999 RAIA Sir Zelman Cowan Award
Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre, designed by Glenn Murcutt, Wendy Lewin and Reg Lark, has won the following major awards:
my architecture has attempted to convey something of the discrete character of elements in the Australian landscape, to offer my interpretation in built form- Glenn Murcutt
Glenn Murcutt AO, LFRAIA, one of the three architects responsible for designing the Boyd Education Centre, is a world renowned architect and architectural educator. He has won the following awards:
In 1853 Captain Charles Wardlow gained a crown land grant on the Shoalhaven River at Riversdale which consisted of 64 acres.The property was passed down through the family until it was sold in 1954 to George Walker of Cambewarra. In 1974 the Walkers sold Riversdale to Arthur and Yvonne Boyd the Boyd's added 2 parcels of land totalling 144 acres, more than twice the original 1853 land grant.
The original Riversdale cottage dates from late 19th Century this building is now the administration offices of the Bundanon Trust. The cottage was renovated by the Boyds in 1973. They engaged Sydney architect Andre Porebski to restore the old farm house and build another in the same style, joined by a covered walkway. He also designed and built Arthur a studio. The buildings follow the original language of the house, but with colonial detail and proportions. Stone steps and verandahs link the cottages.
The building was chosen for its architectural merits, relation to a notable Australian painter and having been designed by outstanding, award-winning Australian architects.- Verdy Kwee & Antony Radford
This digital book project created by Verdy Kwee and Antony Radford from The University of Adelaide commenced as an academic exercise in 2003. Subsequently, it grew into a substantially larger project. The building was chosen for its architectural merits, relation to a notable Australian painter and having been designed by outstanding, award-winning Australian architects. Initially, the authors had considered traditional publication, but found there were too many limitations, so this ebook was created. Once you navigate to the website page, follow the instruction to download the software, and you will then be able to use this resource. Bundanon Trust thanks Verdy Kwee & Antony Radford for this great documentation.