In the guesthouse of Bundanon, a three hour drive south of Sydney, the wonders of art and nature are close together. Towards the east, views are directed to Shoalhaven River below. A nature park is situated westward. And only a few steps separate the entrance to the hotel from Bundanon Art Museum, both created at the same time. The latter houses the works of Australian painter Arthur Boyd (1920 – 99). The state-owned foundation that manages Boyd’s legacy is also the client for whom Kerstin Thompson Architects created the new structures. The building volumes could not be any more different from each other: one is a museum made of exposed concrete and largely set below grade, while the other is a steel bridge that comprises the guesthouse, 165 m long and 9 m wide, reaching far into the landscape. Flood protection, fire protection and barrier free access were essential factors that influenced the design. In addition, the new structures were not supposed to compete with the Boyd Education Center, built by Glenn.
© Rory Gardiner