GLENN MURCUTT A SINGULAR ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE PDF

A world-famous architect who has only built in Australia. A man of many labels Following his graduation in , he travelled for a couple of years and subsequently joined the reputed firm of Ancher, Mortlock, Murray and Woolley in Murcutt set up his own firm in the affluent Sydney suburb of Mosman in , and to this day continues to work as a sole practitioner where Murcutt lives with his third wife, Wendy Lewin who is also an architect.

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A world-famous architect who has only built in Australia. A man of many labels Following his graduation in , he travelled for a couple of years and subsequently joined the reputed firm of Ancher, Mortlock, Murray and Woolley in Murcutt set up his own firm in the affluent Sydney suburb of Mosman in , and to this day continues to work as a sole practitioner where Murcutt lives with his third wife, Wendy Lewin who is also an architect. His eldest son Nick Murcutt, also an architect of Neeson Murcutt fame, died in The Murcutt Philosophy Influences of his early exposure to simple and organic architecture have never left his signature design style.

He displays a remarkable sensitivity to the environment, with due consideration given to the climate, and elements such as light, wind, water and temperature in and around the site even before he puts pencil to paper. Distinctly and consistently Australian in character, his designs are not only economical, multifunctional and energy-efficient, but also responsive to the environment where they will be sited.

His pragmatism extends to the materials he uses in his builds, keeping his choices down to those that can be produced and sourced locally such as glass, stone, brick, concrete and corrugated metal.

Touching the earth lightly with leaves of iron Taking inspiration from the Aboriginal way of life in particular its fous on Spirit of Place, Murcutt focusses on minimising the impact of the built environment on the natural environment, which explains the complete absence of extravagant detailing in his designs. His insistence on keeping the materials palette simple comes from his concerns about the ecological damage that may be caused due to mining or excavation, as well as the reuse and recycling potential of the material.

Design elements such as a lightweight frame, elevated floors, and walls of shutters and louvres that can be opened up to allow free flow of breeze, all come together to create a building that sits lightly on the ground, seamlessly and quietly merging with the environment. The contemporary design of the mosque, which has no minarets or domes, rejects stereotyped notions to become more inclusive in the suburban Australian community.

The mosque embraces both local context as well as Islamic culture, avoiding any room for potential conflict between the two by melding into the community landscape. Murcutt collaborated with a young Melbourne-based architectural designer and a practising Muslim , Hakan Elevli on the project.

Murcutt, who usually works solo, partnered with Elevli to create a design that would address the challenges of symbolism and draw a positive response from local residents as well as the Islamic community. His commitment to the environment remains consistent even in this complex project: the two-metre tall lanterns on the roof serve as a climate control mechanism by opening up when the heat builds up inside during summer and allowing the heat in when closed during winter.

The Foundation also organises Summer School, an annual week-long experiential program for architecture students and recent graduates from around the world, designed to get participants enthusiastic and passionate about architecture. Fromonot, Francoise.

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He has influenced generations of working architects and has won every major architecture award of the profession, including the Pritzker. Yet he remains obscure to many of his Australian countrymen, even as he is revered by architects worldwide. Murcutt was born in London, England, but grew up in the Morobe district of Papua New Guinea and in Sydney, Australia, where he learned to value simple, primitive architecture. On a later trip in , he remembers the modernist Maison de Verre in Paris, France, as being influential.

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