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Monthly Archives: September 2008

“The hand reveals the answer before thought does. Drawing is thinking.” Glenn Murcutt


“The ability of things being unfinished. It always has the potential to change. The continuous search: Our role is to DISCOVER, not to Create. The potential to discover is the creative process.” Glenn Murcutt


“The idea of a building breathing so that you could open it up, feather off that amount of air coming in, shutting it down, opening up the light level, having another system on the outside of louvres that control the amount of light, that control the ventilation as well and insect screens sandwiched in between. In other words the skin of the building is in many ways like in landscape terms an ecotone. It’s the edge, it’s the most exciting parts of any landscape.” Glenn Murcutt


Research each moment during the day; the experience of arriving, walking, meeting, dining, discussing, sleeping, bathing. Draw every moment, recreate it in your mind and design the space you imagine for each. All this in terms of materiality; light and shadow; breezes, sound, private and public. Think about this for your project .” Brit Andersen


While some architects are absorbed by ideas, others are moved by the senses…
by climate, landscape, and human occupation. Our hard wired memories of what a building should look and feel like.” Brit Andersen


“Origins are the key to trusting oneself.” Peter Stutchbury


“For future projects, look to the cultural systems of buildings in your country and redefine but also inherit. Do not copy – invent. Use common sense.” Peter Stutchbury


“Learn to read the sky like a sailor does. Learn to read the land: moss lives on the side of the tree that receives less sun.” Richard Leplastrier


“Draw every place you love in both plan and in section.” Richard Leplastrier


From “Touch this Earth Lightly” book by Glenn Murcutt:


“A Hundred varieties of continuity”

Continuity in Nature – find examples of natural structures where continuity is the basic issue

Continuity in building related to Nature – take every one of these forms of continuity and find their equivalents in building.

“…And the tide would go out. You´d hear all of a sudden this terrific noise on the sand, and as far as you could see, the beach was moving with soldier crabs. Tens of thousands of crabs would be up and away marching along to gather up food. In the afternoon, they´d return down into the sand and go underneath it and send up those round spit-balls. All over, there was an entire beach of the most beautiful round balls…”

“…the visual quality of the natural phenomena of life around the sea, the deep channels, the water edge to the blue line, the seaweed, to the sand, to the shallow water, to where the water came to the edge where all this marching took place, was a remarkable thing. An experience…”

“…unless you understand the locus or nature at a specific location….the site that we are on is quite a different site from the site across the road. This is a totally different site from across the road – yet we´ve only moved twenty meters.”

“….there are conditions that define place.”


GLENN MURCUTT MASTER CLASS AUSTRALIA   http://www.ozetecture.org