Glenn Murcutt  Thinking Drawing / Working Drawing
2008 6.12-2008 8.9

Glenn Murcutt, a master in the contemporary architectural world A broad introduction to a sustainable architecture responsive to the land of Australia.
Any work of architecture that has been designed, any work of architecture that that exists or has the potential to exist, was discovered. It wasn’t created.

The central design issues of architecture are humans and their history and culture; space; light; how things are put together; and responsibility to the land. Good design involves an understanding of these issues and pursuing the questions they raise until you make appropriate discoveries. Architecture is a path of discovery.

In this exhibition, which I have titled ‘Thinking Drawing/Working Drawing’, I aim to trace for you the route of my own path of discovery - from my early site observations and responses, through to the resolution of my discoveries in the completed works.

Glenn Murcutt

With a history of winning many national and international awards including the Pritzker Prize, Australian architect Glenn Murcutt is a representative master in the contemporary architectural world. After establishing his own office in 1969, he has taken the stance of doing all design-related tasks himself, employing neither staff nor secretary, and not relying on computers. Including unbuilt projects, he has undertaken about 500 designs, focused on private houses.

These works pay constant attention to the climate of Australia, and are exemplified by a group of houses emphasizing sustainability, in an admirable resonance and unity with their environment. Without relying on mechanical equipment such as air conditioning, achieving natural ventilation through space planning and aperture layout, skillfully controlling light, shadow, wind, and insect damage through openings comprising three layers of precisely movable louvers, screen doors, and glass doors, with rainspouts and rainwater tanks in order to mitigate water shortages, built with recyclable materials allowing repeated extensions and alterations… Throughout the details of Murcutt’s architecture there are devices that confront the natural environment and make maximum use of its endowments.

This exhibition will be Japan’s first broad introduction to the architecture of Glenn Murcutt. In addition, on June 12, the opening day of the exhibition, Murcutt will give a lecture on the occasion of his first visit to Japan.

Introducing the charm of the architectural works of a man who says, “I have always believed in the act of discovery rather than creativity. We do not create the work. I believe we, in fact, are discoverers. I see architecture as a path of discovery and that is very important for me,” not to mention a personage worthy of respect, please do not miss this exhibition and lecture.

◇Curation / Space Design / Supervision

Executive Committee of Glenn Murcutt Exhibition =
Tom Heneghan; Koichi Suzuno; Maryam Gusheh; Catherine Lassen; Shoko Seyama
Assistant = Sascha Crocker, Cara Doherty

◇Special Contributions to space design
Wendy Lewin

◇Special acknowledgements
State Library of New South Wales
Architecture Foundation Australia
University of Sydney
University of New South Wales

Australian Embassy
Kanto Branch of the Architectural Institute of Japan
Kanto and Koshin-etsu Branch of the Japan Institute of Architects
Tokyo Association of Architectural Firms
Tokyo Society of Architects and Building Engineers


Closed on Sun.Mon.Holidays

Admission FREE

Photo Gallery
a scene of a meeting at 'Murcutt-Lewin House and Studio'

Frederics/White House

1981-82/2001-04, Janberoo, New South Wales
photo by Koichi Suzuno

Simpson-Lee House

1988-94, Mount Wilson, New South Wales
photo by Koichi Suzuno

Fletcher-Page House

1996-98, Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales
photo by Koichi Suzuno

Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Art Center

Collaborate with Reg Lark and Wendy Lewin
1996-99, West Cambewarra, New South Wales
photo by Koichi Suzuno

House in Southern Highlands

1997-2001, New South Wales
photo by Koichi Suzuno

Murcutt-Lewin House and Studio

Collaborate with Wendy Lewin
2000-2003, Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales

photo by Koichi Suzuno

Walsh House

2001-2005, Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales
photo by Koichi Suzuno

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