A Tale of Two Motels

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A Tale of Two Motels




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A tale of two motels : the times, the architecture and the architects

by David Yencken

Part memoir, part commentary on the development of a new industry in Australia, and part tribute to the work of two architects, John Mockeridge and Robin Boyd, both outstanding designers of their generation.

The book describes the coming into being of the Mitchell Valley Motel in Bairnsdale and the Black Dolphin Motel in Merimbula, two modernist designs praised in architectural reviews of the times.

A tale of two motels concludes with a brief commentary on the work of the two architects.

About the Author

Prof David Yencken AO (1931-2019) was a builder, businessman, academic and heritage practitioner in Australia.

Remembered for his unique design work and urban planning innovations, particularly in Melbourne, his Merchant Building homes are considered a pivotal moment in rethinking Australian housing conventions of designing singular to cluster block housing, winning him the inaugural Robin Boyd Environmental Award (1972).


Weight 1.5 kg