99/34/5 Architectural model, Ockens House, balsa wood / metal / plastic / paper, designed by Glenn Murcutt, Australia, 1977-78. Click to enlarge.

Architectural model, Ockens House, balsa wood / metal / plastic / paper, designed by Glenn Murcutt, Australia, 1977-78

Made by Murcutt, Glenn Marcus in Australia, Oceania, 1977.

The Ockens house was built at Cromer at Sydney’s northern beaches, close to where Glenn Murcutt lived after his family moved to Sydney following the Japanese invasion of New Guinea in 1942. The sloping site has views over Narrabeen Lakes but is part of a suburban street of houses.

To some extent this design is a reposte to occasional criticism of the non-urban (or non-suburban) location and character of much of Murcutt’s work. Due to the proximity of other houses and local building regulations...

Summary

Object No.

99/34/5

Object Statement

Architectural model, Ockens House, balsa wood / metal / plastic / paper, designed by Glenn Murcutt, Australia, 1977-78

Physical Description

Architectural model, Ockens House, balsa wood / metal / plastic / paper, designed by Glenn Murcutt, Sydney, 1977-78

The model constructed primarily in balsa wood, comprises a rectangular, sloping, contoured base on which is situated a raised, rectangular, pavilion structure between two rectangular blocks. Model trees are situated in front of the house, leading down over half the sloping site.

Dimensions

Height

165 mm

Width

200 mm

Production

Notes

Designed by Glenn Murcutt

Made 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 whille 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.

Made

Murcutt, Glenn Marcus 1977

Designed

Murcutt, Glenn Marcus null

History

Notes

Model of a house designed by Glenn Murcutt for the Ockens family, built at Wabash Avenue, Cromer, Sydney, 1978.

House restored 2015.
Reference:
Kim Arlington, Glenn Murcutt's restored Ockens House part of UNSW exhibition, Sydney Morning Herald, 20 October 2015.
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/glenn-murcutts-restored-ockens-house-part-of-unsw-architecture-exhibition-20151019-gkcig2.html

Source

Credit Line

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

Acquisition Date

27 April 1999

Cite this Object

Harvard

Architectural model, Ockens House, balsa wood / metal / plastic / paper, designed by Glenn Murcutt, Australia, 1977-78 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 December 2018, <https://ma.as/166826>

Wikipedia

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