What is significant?
'Robin Lodge' at 126 Moreland Road, Brunswick. The L-shaped block of flats at the rear of the site, dating from 1966, is of no heritage significance.
How is it Significant?
'Robin Lodge', at 126 Moreland Road, Brunswick is of local aesthetic significance to the City of Moreland.
Why is it Significant?
Of aesthetic significance as a good and intact representative example of a 1950s apartment block with original detailing that illustrates the influence of the 'International Style'. (AHC Criterion E.1)
Robin Lodge is a two storey cream brick 1940s duplex - with brown brick panels and painted rendered projecting banding - which stylistically appears to follow on from the 'International Style' hospitals and civic buildings which were being built in the 1940s.
The stairwell is enclosed within a projecting wing at the front of the building, which has a flat roof. This projecting stairwell wing is a notably striking and unusual element, with its contrasting planes of cream and brown brickwork, its slit windows, porthole and selective use of rendered trim.The flats behind have a hipped terracotta tiled roof and a cream brick chimney.
Features include: double hung multi-pane sash windows which turn the corner of the building; circular detail window to the stairwell; and stylised lettering on the front facade reading 'ROBIN LODGE'. The building appears to retain its orginal front fence, which houses the letterboxes for the building.