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Sunday, 12 September 2010 17:46

 

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Born: July 25, 1936

Nationality: Australian

Masterpiece: Arthur and Yvone Boyd Education Centre

“I’m very interested in buildings that adapt to changes in climatic conditions according to the seasons, buildings capable of responding to our physical and psychological needs in the way that clothing does. We don’t turn on the air-conditioning as we walk through the streets in high summer. Instead, we change the character of the clothing by which we are protected. Layering and changeability: this is the key, the combination that is worked into most of my buildings. Occupying one of these buildings is like sailing a yacht; you modify and manipulate its form and skin according to seasonal conditions and natural elements, and work with these to maximize the performance of the building. This involvement with the building also assists in the care for it. I am concerned about the exploitation of the natural environment in order to modify the internal climate of buildings. Architects must confront the perennial issues of light, heat, and humidity control yet take responsibility for the method and the materials by which, and out of which, a building is made. The considerations, context, and the landscape are some of the factors that are constantly at work in my architecture.”

—Glenn Murcutt, 1996

Biography

Glenn Marcus Murcutt was born in London in 1936. The person that most influenced his life was his father who learned him the philosophies of Henry David Thoreau, who believed that we should live simply in harmony with nature’s laws.

“Since most of us spend our lives doing ordinary tasks, the most important thing is to carry them out extraordinarily well.” – Henry Thoreau

Murcutt graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1961. Later he established his own office in Sydney, Australia. The Australian architect uses it’s creativity for smaller projects and design economical buildings that conserve energy and blend with the environment.

Glenn Murcutt has won many important awards, including Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal (1992), Pritzker Prize (2002), American Institute of Architects Gold Medal (2009) and others.

 

Notable Work

The Ball-Eastaway House

The Marie Short House

The Magney House

The Done House

The Marika-Alderton House

Artists Centre on the South Coast

South Coast Visitors Centre at Kakadu

Information is used from: www.grestbuildings.com

 

 

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