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Glenn Murcutt: A Singular Architectural Practice Turtleback – 31 May 2005


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  • Turtleback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd; Reprint edition (31 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1864701366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1864701364
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.9 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,896,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M.H on 16 Aug 2009
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Some nice photos of the projects but disjointed layout of the total book. Plans are architect's original construction drawings and somewhat difficult to read in a reduced format and are separate from the house descriptions for some reason and are located at the end of the book. It would benefit from clearer plans and sections where the photos are located.
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By sardean on 9 Aug 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Glen Murcutt is more than a good architect and this publication shows his work off well. Good photographs backed up by clear plans and some details all add to the understanding of the work. Great to see someone designing as they go along, as is evidenced by some of his sketches and beautiful hand drawn (not computer generated) drawings. I would recommend this publication without reservation.
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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Finally, A Good Murcutt Book 8 Mar 2003
By Todd Evans - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have been into Murcutt's work for a few years now, but I have been disappointed by the lack of good books on his work. Until now, the best book around was Phaidon's '3 houses'. The only projects I have been able to see have been single family houses in the middle of the australian brush--so it was pretty cool to see this book with houses (or at least A house) in an urban area as well as larger commercial type buildings (like the education center).
As far as I know, all of his projects are shown in the book--built and unbuilt in great detail. The first 30 pages or so of the book is a collection of essays by both the authors and Murcutt. Then the book gets into his projects chronilogically--each with photographs, sketches and drawings.
The last part of the book is a collection of 'blue-print' drawings showing the plans and more importantly the construction details of all his buildings--all in pretty good detail showing dimensions and materials.
Im stingy with my book money--but I definately feel like I got my money's worth outta this one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Murcutt: an Engineer's Perspective 15 Aug 2003
By Brent O'Callaghan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This Review is not only an Engineer's perspective of Murcutt - it's also, in a way, a definitive statement that Murcutt has the perspective required of an Engineer.
As a marine engineer with a keen professional and personal involvement with architecture, I have grown to respect Glenn Murcutt deeply. This book expresses much of what could be said about him, about his work, his principles and his motivation.
I have been most impressed by the interpretation of Murcutt's architecture by the engineers associated with him, as well as the fruit borne in the lives of younger architects who have studied under his guidance, and have continued to co-labour with him in Australia today. If only it were so all over the world!
The influence of Murcutt in our day must surely rank with that of Aalto during the past century.
Inspired and highly recommended reading and study for all students of architecture, regional modernism and vernacular materials, as well as engineers with a passion for design.
Brent O'Callaghan
Engineer - Cape Town
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Architect's text enjoyable to read 15 Nov 2003
By misterbeets - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This basically documents the architect's work but is not a great book. The photos, although good, are not top quality. There are lots of construction drawings, in a separate section (forcing a lot of flipping back and forth, BTW), but they were not redone for the book, are tiny reproductions of the originals, so not too readable. You usually at least get a floor plan, and some rough sketches in the text section, but the point of the book is not to explain how these buildings are built.
The worst aspect is the commentary by the two authors, mere filler material. The best are the words of the architect himself, who can offer background on all his projects, and who comes across as very sincere.
a great read!! 4 July 2009
By Jacob C. Weldon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
this book greatly illustrates Murcutt's process of designing his Australian homes. His drawings and explanations give great insight into an architecture that is truly an extension of its place.
A great book for any architect or student.
Great Architect 19 Nov 2010
By Evan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Glenn Murchutt's works do "touch this earth lightly." They are beautifully done yet so simple. The book is well worth this otherwise outrageous price.
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