March 13, 2006
M is for Murcutt
Glenn Murcutt's work is a mixture of pragmatism and lyricism, of contemporary forms, concern for landscape and respect for earlier civilizations. Murcutt's work synthesizes the high modernism of Mies van der Rohe and Alvar Aalto with such traditional precedents like the Australian wool shed creating architecture that is sensitive to their environments, and admired for being an identifiably Australian idiom in domestic architecture. In his words, "I've learned to be careful on the land, to respect the land, and to not allow the land, our mother, to be harmed."