The design spotlight shone on marvellous Moonbria on Sunday 22 May, when the building was included as an example of good apartment design in the Robin Boyd Foundation’s Open House program.
Intended to inspire greater community awareness of the benefits of good design, the Foundation’s popular self-guided tour featured nine significant apartments designed since the 1940s, including several by Roy Grounds. The itinerary included:
- Glenunga Flats (1940, Frederick Romberg)
- Clendon (1939–40, Roy Grounds)
- Moonbria (1941, Roy Grounds)
- Quamby (1941–42, Roy Grounds)
- Melbourne Terrace – Mondo Apartments (1994, Fender Katsalidis Architects)
- Republic Tower (1999, Fender Katsalidis Architects)
- Wynnstay Apartments (2001, McBride Charles Ryan
- Wynnstay Houses (2013, McBride Charles Ryan)
- Bedford Street Townhouses (2015, DKO)
More than 550 people attended the tour, including the Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, who is currently finalising a set of guidelines for apartment design to be released later this year. We’re sure his experience at Moonbria will influence his recommendations.
Moonbria came second in the popularity stakes, with 374 visitors touring the building. Only the Wynnstay Apartments received more visitors (388), proving that sixty years is little more than a blink in the eye of those interested in good design.
Tour attendees were invited to view one of the Moonbria studio apartments currently being renovated by its new owners. Stripped back to reveal the stunning original parquet flooring, the work-in-progress put a unique perspective on how Grounds’ ‘bare bones’ design continues to hold tremendous design appeal even in today's over-crowded urban landscape.
Almost 60% of those attending the tour were from the design industry, and all age groups were well represented.