Roy Grounds

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Serendipity are honoured to bring our readers a new page focusing on the inspirational work of architect Sir Roy Grounds. His designs which include public buildings such as the National Gallery of Victoria and the Arts Centre, have become Melbourne icons. As well as serving an important cultural and artistic function within the community, these striking buildings make exceptional backdrops for wedding day photography.

Grounds was born in Melbourne in 1905. After graduating from Scotch College and Melbourne University, he was lost no time in establishing himself within the architectural industry, working for the firm of Blackett, Forster and Craig. In 1932 he won an award from the Royal Victorian Institute of Architects. Grounds spent several years traveling and living in England and the USA, where he gained a wide circle of peers and was inspired works in the ‘International style’. After working for a variety of employers in Britain and Europe, Grounds sailed for the United States of America. He settled at Santa Monica, California, and began designing studio sets for Radio-Keith-Orpheum Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., and accepting architectural commissions.

On his return to Australia, Grounds went into partnership with fellow architects Frederick Romberg and Robin Boyd. Their firm which was established in 1953 became very successful in Victoria. In 1959 the firm was awarded the commission to design the  National Gallery of Victoria and the Arts Centre, with Grounds earning the privilege of being architect in charge. 

In 1968 Grounds was awarded the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal and was knighted in 1969.

Although Grounds sadly passed away in 1981, his legacy continues to live in the stunning and unique buildings he created. Serendipity recommend having a look at our pages on the National Gallery of Victoria and the Arts Centre. The bold lines, exquisite water features, well designed exteriors and modern décor of these centres render them great locations to visit on your wedding day, adding sophisticated tones and glamorous atmosphere to your tailor made wedding album.


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