Glenn Murcutt: A Singular architectural practice
By Haig Beck & Jackie Cooper
...Glen Murcutt's powerful architectural poetic (is) most tellingly conveyed by the building lodged in the landscape; the building as line, holding the horizon and calibrating infinity; the building in submission - not subjugating the land; the building as an expression of ideology and rationalism; the building as embodiment of an existential contract of human freedom and responsibility, confronting the unavoidable destruction that accompanies human occupation./Haig Beck and Jackie Cooper
Glenn Murcutt's work attracts more international exposure than any Australian architect's, despite his mostly solitary mode of practice. Murcutt is seen to produce an authentically Australian architecture that speaks of regional qualities while also participating in the international modernist discourse. This blend of exotic and the universal makes his work both intriguing and accessible.
This is the first monograph in almost ten years of the Pritzker Prize 2002 laureate and recipient of the highly coveted Aalto Medal for architecture. It is both a comprehensive presentation of Murcutt's drawings, construction details, and preliminary sketches of key project, selected by Murcutt, and an inspirational photographic vision of an Australian way of life seen through his buildings.
Written by architecture critics Haig Beck and Jackie Cooper the book is divided into three sections; theory, practice, and technique, beginning with a series of brief essays, including one by Murcutt himself, on the technical, material, and aesthetic aspects of the work
Murcutt has been erroneously considered as an urban-shunning figure whose designs are for bush sites where in fact he has built extensively in crowded suburban contexts too. His use of steel and corrugated iron is understood as a vernacular reference to the tin buildings typical of the Australian outback.
In the middle section, 23 designs, illustrated with color and black-and-white photographs, are presented with brief descriptions and more insightful analyses by the architect.
In the final section, sketches, drawings, and construction details documents each of the designs.
The photographs in the book are provided by:
Max Dupain ( courtesy Eric Sierens)
Publisher: The Images Publishing Group
All material for this review has been reproduced with permission from the publishers.
The drawings are held and by the Image Library of the State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
Last updated: December 19, 2013
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