Architectural model, Laurie Short House, plastic / metal, designed by Glenn Murcutt, Australia, 1972-73

Made by Williams, Hugh in Australia, 1972-73.

The Laurie Short house is one of the first houses designed by Glenn Murcutt after establishing his own practice: ‘Because I had little work, my brother asked me to design his house instead of buying a project home, and then Laurie Short came and I did his house and both buildings won awards. And then Marie Short came to me for the Crescent Head House, then a whole series of things started to happen...’[Marcus Trimble, ‘Glenn Murcutt’, Architecture Australia, January 2012].

These early houses es...

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Architectural model, Laurie Short House, plastic / metal, designed by Glenn Murcutt, Sydney, 1972-73.
The model describes a free-standing rectangular pavilion in white, black and transparent plastic, with metal detailing.

Dimensions

110 mm
62 mm

Production

Designed by Glenn Murcutt

Made by Hugh Williams, architect

Date provided by Glenn Murcutt

Glenn Murcutt (b.1936) was born in London but spent his young childhood in the Morobe district of New Guinea where his father managed a gold mine. His father Arthur Murcutt introduced Glenn to the architecture of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and to carpentry and building, building houses for his family and others at Sydney's northern beaches during the 1940s. From 1956 Murcutt studied architecture at the University of New South Wales and worked with several architects including Neville Gruzman. After graduating in 1961 Murcutt travelled for two years, returning in 1964 to work in the office of Ancher, Mortlock, Murray and Woolley.

In 1969 Murcutt established his own practice at Mosman, Sydney. Initially he struggled to find work, producing just three houses during the 1970s as well as numerous renovations and extensions. One of these was the Berowra Waters Inn where from 1976 Murcutt redesigned a 1930s teahouse for young chefs Tony and Gay Bilson; the result was a standout marriage of design and culinary art that proclaimed the talents of Murcutt and the Bilsons.

This exploratory phase saw Murcutt establish a mastery of the Miesian style. His prolific second phase was more regional in nature. Using a mixture of pragmatism and lyricism, Murcutt creates simple houses that resemble open verandas. He is admired locally and internationally for creating an identifiably Australian idiom in domestic architecture. In addition Murcutt's domestic focus and small practice contrasts with the corporate character of contemporary architecture although it also restricts the scope and impact of his work. Regardless, Murcutt and his numerous admirers are content with his embodiment of the architect as craftsman and visionary.

Glenn Murcutt's work has won several Australian awards as well as the Alvar Alto Medal (1992) and the Pritzker Prize (2002).

Charles Pickett, Curator Design and built environment.
Williams, Hugh 1972-73
Murcutt, Glenn Marcus

Source

Gift of Glenn Murcutt under the Tax Incentives for the Arts Scheme, 1999

Cite this Object

Architectural model, Laurie Short House, plastic / metal, designed by Glenn Murcutt, Australia, 1972-73 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 29 March 2017, <https://ma.as/166825>
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