GLENN MURCUTT: BUILDINGS AND PROJECTS 1962-2003 by Françoise Fromonot
Thames & Hudson, 2003 First thus edition, 325 pp., 10 1/4" X 11 1/4" Harcover
The Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate for 2002, Australian architect Glenn Murcutt has created an oeuvre that is remarkably consistent, unusual in character, and yet curiously familiar. His buildings, principally residential, are a harmonious blend of modernist sensibility, local craftsmanship, indigenous structures, and respect for nature. Murcutt established his one-man studio in Sydney in 1969; even today, with few exceptions, he practices alone. This major monograph on Murcutt spans his entire career, from his early modernist houses to larger commissions. The first section examines his training and architectural influences, while the second identifies recurring themes in his work and analyzes how his buildings attempt to "marry modern architecture to the place, the territory, the landscape," to blend modern typology with traditional Australian models to arrive at an ecological functionalism. The final section focuses on the buildings themselves, and, for this revised edition, all thirteen of his most recent projects have been included. The structures range from Murcutt's courtyard houses in Sydney to freestanding residences set in Australia's barren and isolated landscapes. At a time when climatic considerations and the lessons of the vernacular play an increasing role in architecture around the world, this definitive monograph reveals an architect whose work is the perfect expression of these ideals. 500 illustrations, 350 in color.