Happy Birthday Glenn Murcutt!

Marika-Alderton House, Northern Territory, , 1994 © , Courtesy the Pritzker Prize Committee

“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.” – Glenn Murcutt, 1996

Today, on the 77th birthday of Australian architect Glenn Murcutt, we would like to take a moment to acknowledge the lasting impact Murcutt’s career has left on the profession of architecture. Since establishing his practice in 1979, Murcutt has steadily developed a series of small, yet exemplary projects that have become the touchstone of sustainable architecture. 

A selection of his work, after the break…

Beach House / Clare Cousins

© Shannon McGrath

: Clare Cousins
Location: Mornington, VIC, Australia
Area: 48 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shannon McGrath

Cowshed House / Carter Williamson Architects

© Brett Boardman

: Carter Williamson Architects
Location: Glebe, New South Wales, Australia
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brett Boardman

One Wybelenna / Shaun Lockyer Architects

© Scott Burrows

: Shaun Lockyer Architects
Location: Brookfield, , Australia
Design Team: Shaun Lockyer ,Shane Marsh, Lucy Hyndman, Richard Pain, Corinne Bolton
Area: 1,012 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Scott Burrows

Elysium Playground / Cox Rayner Architects

© Christopher Frederick Jones

: Cox Rayner Architects
Location: Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Client: Pearson Property Group
Photographs: Christopher Frederick Jones

‘Spirit of Place’ – 2013 Regional Architecture Conference

Falcon Beach House / © Adrian Iredale

Hosted by the Australian Institute of Architects Queensland chapter, the ‘Spirit of Place’ – 2013 Regional Architecture Conference will focus upon the unique opportunities commonly available to practicing regionally, responding to the unique ‘Spirit of Place’. Taking place September 6-7, “the aim of the conference is to excite and inspire the practice of architecture in regional ,” according to the creative director of the event, architect Stephen de Jersey. The conference features an illustrious set of keynote speakers, whose work responds to this mandate. In addition, there will be a rich range of associated tours and events that explore the extraordinary locality of the Cairns region. More information after the break.

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Expansion / Cox Rayner Architects

© Angus Martin Photography

: Cox Rayner Architects
Location: , Australia
Client: South Bank Corporation
Photographs: Angus Martin Photography, Christopher Frederick Jones, Florian Groehn Photography

Divercity B / Turner

© Brett Boardman

Architects: Turner
Location: Waterloo, NSW,
Client: Becton
Site Area: 1.9 hectares
Gross Floor Area: 29,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Brett Boardman

VSQ2 / Tony Caro Architecture

© Brett Boardman

: Tony Caro Architecture
Location: , Australia
Design Team: Tony Caro, Simon Mather, Blair Young, Jason Fraser
Area: 29,600 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Brett Boardman

Hawthorn House / AM Architecture

© Dianna Snape

Architects: AM Architecture
Location: Hawthorn, Victoria,
Project Director: Andrew Mellios
Year: 2012
Photographs: Dianna Snape

Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum / Cox Rayner Architects

© Christopher Frederick Jones

Architects: Cox Rayner Architects
Location: Winton, Queensland,
Client: Australian Age of Dinosaurs
Photographs: Christopher Frederick Jones, Michael Rayner, Angus Martin Photography

Apex / Turner

© Brett Boardman

: Turner
Location: Waterloo, NSW, Australia
Client: Payce Communities
Site Area: 4,649 sqm
Gross Floor Area: 16,660 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Brett Boardman

Dolls House / Edwards Moore

© Frasen Marsden

: Edwards Moore
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Year: 2013
Photographs: Frasen Marsden

Little Brick Studio / MAKE Architecture

© Peter Bennetts

: MAKE Architecture
Location: , Australia
Design Team: Melissa Bright, Bruce Rowe, Gillian Hatch, Shelley Freeman
Builder: 4AD Construction
Year: 2012
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

Ross Street / BE Architecture

© Peter Clarke

Architects: BE Architecture
Location: , Australia
Builder: Good Constructions
Area: 470 sqm
Photographs: Peter Clarke

Shortlist Revealed for Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station Competition

Flinders Street Station and Flinders Street; Courtesy of the Victorian Coalition Government

The Victorian Coalition Government’s design competition to re-imagine Flinders Street Station in has entered its final phase with the six shortlisted competitors submitting their final designs. Selected from 117 entries, the shortlist includes the following Australian and international firms:

Silk Apartments / Tony Caro Architecture

© Brett Boardman

Architects: Tony Caro Architecture
Location: Pyrmont, NSW,  
Design Team: Tony Caro, Louise Chapman, Blair Young, Alex Koll, Jason Fraser, Katja Hempel, Nick Mittens, Simon Mather, Tony Camilleri, Rebecca Donoghue.
Landscape: FJMT
Area: 13,097 sqm
Photographs: Brett Boardman

Royal Adelaide Hospital Open Ideas Competition

Open to registered and landscape in Australia, and internationally, the Royal Adelaide Hospital Site International Design Competition is a two-stage process for the redesign of the current hospital site, which will be vacated in 2016. The challenge focuses on creating an iconic place within the Greater Riverbank Precinct of Adelaide. Stage One (18 July – 28 August) will see competitors anonymously submit initial design concepts while Stage Two (16 September – 8 November) is the opportunity for the shortlisted teams to further develop their Stage One submission. More information after thebreak.