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REVIEW

Sean Godsell:Works and Projects With an Essay by Leon van Schaik.

Electa architecture, 2005. 162pp. £35 Briccola's beautifully severe, cuboid weekend house in Ticino - in the 'In Touch with Nature' chapter - is remarkably similar to Eduard y Luis Javier Martín Martín's equally cuboid country house near Granada, classified as 'Modern Vernacular'.

The book is illustrated by excellent photographs and there are plans and cross-sections of all the buildings. Slavid emphasises the need for careful detailing and specification to ensure the durability and performance of timber. Sadly, the book offers no large-scale details of the principal elements of the timber construction so that the reader may learn how these interesting buildings solve these problems. There is much here to inspire, but rather less to inform.

Dean Hawkes is an architect in Cambridge These days, when you think of an Australian architect and you are not thinking of Harry Seidler or Glenn Murcutt, it will probably be Sean Godsell, writes Sutherland Lyall. He is the Melbourne practitioner best known for his Carter/Tucker beach house at Breamlea, Victoria - the ar+d award winner in 2002. Standing on a steeply sloping sand dune, it is a rectangular box clad with thin, horizontal, open timber slats, some of which are actually top-hung shutters - so the owners can literally unfold the house, depending on the views they want. Godsell designed it seven years ago and is probably sick of people going 'wow' because, as this book shows, he has done equally interesting work before and since, including his Ormond Road Townhouses, pictured above.

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