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Glenn Murcutt: Buildings + Projects 1962-2003

By Françoise Fromonot Thames & Hudson, 2005.326pp. £28

This is a paperback edition of a book published in 2003.

Reviewing it then (AJ 04.12.03), Murray Fraser wrote: 'What emerges is a set of elegant projects, with the emphasis on craft, pragmatism and consistency. Murcutt is the king of the one-man practice, coming up with seemingly endless variations on a theme'.

That theme is the privately owned house, realised in an idiom that draws both on Mies and on Australian vernacular precedents, and with marked sensitivity to the landscape.

Fromonot knows Murcutt's architecture intimately, exploring such influences on it as his revelatory visit to Chareau's Maison de Verre in 1973, and her well illustrated book (which includes many drawings) remains the best single source on his work.

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