Revisiting a hidden Boyd masterpiece

Posted on Apr 27, 2021

H2o Director Tim Hurburgh had the pleasure of revisiting Robin Boyd’s only work in Tasmania, Linden House, for the latest edition of Houses magazine.

Located a short drive from Hobart, on the banks of the Derwent River in Plenty, Linden House is one of Boyd’s lesser-known works. Tim visited the current owners to discover the story behind Boyd’s re-imagining of a rural farmhouse.

Boyd and the original owners shared a passion for Japanese design and were inspired by the Derwent Valley’s all-timber oast houses. Boyd designed the house to be a magnificently scaled, multipurpose glazed pavilion that “floats” between the pool and the river. Linden House is still remarkably intact after nearly 60 years — right down to the painting of the front door in Boyd’s favoured semi-gloss forest green.

Thank you to Houses editor Alexa Kempton and Architecture Media editorial director Katelin Butler for the feature. Photography by Adam Gibson.


Boyd extensively re-imagined a rural farmhouse into a masterful composition of timeless elegance and simplicity. Visit Houses for a copy of issue 139 and discover more about the magnificent Linden House.