Essay writing time (Murcutt)

I flew back to Newcastle in order to focus on writing a short illustrated essay (1500 words) for my module Principles and Theories of Architecture. I had read two books for this essay and found them relatively helpful references. See my posts about the two books - Towards a New Architecture and Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture.

Now, I am looking at some other interesting architects that might talk about my three chosen architectural qualities. I found out one interesting architect: Glenn Murcutt, an Australian architect. He is famous for winning a Pritzker Prize. Right now I am looking through one of his books: 'A Singular Architectural Practice'. So far I was pleased to find some very interesting passages in it.

I am on the lookout for more interesting books from different architects. One easy solution to this was simply looking at books written by Pritzker Prize winners; they seem generally rather interesting. A list of all the laureates can be found on their site by clicking on this link.

Simply by reading the biographies of some of the laureates I was inspired to look at some of their books to perhaps use as references for my essay. However, we have got a limit of references and I might simply use them to increase my architectural knowledge.

I found out about a very relevant and interesting building Murcutt had designed: Magney House.




This is one of the things I was interested while looking at this building: the way it relates to my Kielder project. When one looks at the corridor that goes all the way through the building with a series of separate rooms with doors (made out of mirror)dividing the spaces. Very similar to the way I used my circulatory route in the Kielder project. Essentially this is the entrance sequence of the building.

One thing that hugely differs about my design and Murcutts Magney house, is the material used. I chose to use European Redwood, he has chosen (some sort of metal). Turns out he designed too Magney houses... I believe the one I am referring to is the earlier one in Bingie Bingie somewhere in New South Wales in Australia.

Some of my photos are from the a book called 'Three Houses - Glenn Murcutt' by E.M. Farrelly.




I know it is probably very tough to see from this photo how the building works, but I shall do my best to attempt to explain how. I might even consider drawing a small diagram of the way I understand it works, but right now I shall simply explain. There seems to be a long corridor that goes through whole building from west to east. Or east to west, whatever. There seems to be a garage/general purpose room in the west end. In the middle of the living areas there is an exterior 'court'.




This plan is much more detailed than the ones above... the writing is seriously small even in the book. I would need a magnifying glass to make sense of all that has ben written on it. I find this way of working interesting - I even tried something rather similar while designing the architectural promenade/corridor in my Kielder project.

Additionally I took two other books from the library just to get some inspiration for finalising the essay I am writing: 'The Modulor' by Le Corbusier & 'Architectural Reflections' by Colin St John Wilson. I have not read them yet, but I will certainly use them as references if I find anything important by reading them.