GLENN MURCUTT AND EUROPE
Accompanying Programm to the Glenn Murcutt exhibition
Introduction and work presentation : Wed, January 25 2012, 7pm, Podium Az W (2)
Françoise Fromonot travelled to Australia in 1991 to research the work of Glenn Murcutt, who was almost entirely unknown in Europe at the time. The result was the book Glenn Murcutt. Buildings and Projects, which introduced his architecture to a European public for the first time. In a later edition he addressed Murcutt’s impact on the following generation primarily through his teaching work. Françoise Fromonot holds a brief lecture on Glenn Murcutt’s work and approach.
Piers Taylor is a partner in the architecture office Mitchell Taylor Workshop in Bath (UK). In 2001 he participated in the first annual Glenn Murcutt Master Class. In a presentation of works he talks about his own approach to architecture, which is deeply inspired by Murcutt — whose influence clearly goes beyonda purely formal translation of the architectural vocabulary.
7pm Dietmar Steiner, Az W, welcome address
7.10pm Francoise Fromonot, professor at the ENSA de Paris-Belleville:
Introductory lecture about Glenn Murcutt
7.45pm Piers Taylor, architect, Mitchell Taylor Workshop, Bath:
Pictures from the talk, above
Visited Peter Stutchbury’s house on Clareville Beach which he built 25 years ago, which completely blew me away. It had the most profound effect on me of any house since visiting Ric Leplastrier’s own house across the water from there 11 years ago. I loved the youthful exuberance, the playful experimentation, and the joy that ripped through every aspect of the project. I loved the lack of fear, the letting go, the demonstration that modern architecture need not be neat, sanitised and chock full of pious restraint. I loved the trees growing through it, the outside bath filled with a garden hose, the hardboard finishes and the abundant life that spilled out of it. Sure, they have a different climate from us in the UK, but why the fuck are most architects so pathetically anal and obsessed with rigour, order, control, imagined and delusional logic – as if somehow those things WERE architecture… If I could ever do a building a tenth as good, with a tenth as much spirit, I’d be happy.
Lunch at Lindsay Johnston’s on the Hawkesbury with the great trio of Australian Architecture: Glenn Murcutt, Richard Leplastrier and Peter Stutchbury
Lunch at Lindsay Johnston’s on the Hawkesbury with the great trio of Australian Architecture: Glenn Murcutt, Richard Leplastrier and Peter Stutchbury – such a pleasure to spend time with them