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Neeson Murcutt Architects

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Neeson Murcutt is a dynamic young practice based in Potts Point headed up by Rachel Neeson.
Some examples of Neeson Murcutt Architects work-

1. House on the Slope by Rachel Neeson and Nick Murcutt

2. Box House, south coast NSW.

3. Five Dock House

4. Ferguson House
Prince Alfred Park + Pool
The existing 50m pool is retained and upgraded, with new facilities housed within a cranked linear building. The landscape of the park is folded up and over the building as a green roof, completely concealing it from the street. Grass mounds define the pool enclosure and further integrate the facility within the park, in keeping with the principle of prioritising park over built form. Working with Sue Barnsley Design they established the conceptual framework for the park works that will contemporise it without erasing its Victorian roots.
The works include an off-form concrete framed amenity building that is built into the ground with a ‘green roof’ planted surface that hides the building within the park environment.

National architecture award for residential house architecture … Zac’s House, Sorrento, Victoria, designed by Neeson Murcutt Architects. Photo: Brett Boardman

National architecture award for residential house architecture … Whale Beach House, Whale Beach, NSW, designed by Neeson Murcutt Architects. Photo: Brett Boardman


HOUSE PROUD; The Box House: Simplicity Cubed

By ELAINE LOUIE, New York Times, June 10, 2004

WHEN Elizabeth Charles and her husband, Martin Halstead, decided in 1997 to build a weekend house here, 300 miles south of Sydney, they knew who they would like to design it: Glenn Murcutt. They also knew they could never afford him — and that was five years before he won the prestigious Pritzker Prize. But they called him anyway, just to talk.

Ms. Charles, now 44, and her husband, 43, were particularly taken with a Murcutt building they had seen in a magazine. It was, she recalled, ”a tractor shed he had pulled apart and reassembled” — classic Murcutt.

”It was a modest building,” she said. ”We liked the natural simple wood, and the way it sits in the landscape. And we’d imagined a modest building here.”

So when Ms. Charles got Mr. Murcutt on the line, she asked if he could recommend anyone to do something on a budget of $50,000.

”Call my son,” he said.

Nicholas Murcutt had just begun his own architecture practice in Sydney, and he was ”intimate with the tractor shed,” Ms. Charles said.

Nicholas Murcutt, then 33, met with Ms. Charles and Mr. Halstead, whose primary home is in Exeter, 217 miles north of here. Then he began to draw. ”What was attractive was to work with a small budget,” he said. ”If you’ve got a well-designed space, you have more space than you think.”

The house that resulted, the first stage of which was finished in 2000, is not anything like the reassembled tractor shed Ms. Charles had so admired. Called the Box House, it is a floating cube perched on concrete piers. Three sides are uninsulated timber, one and a quarter inches thick, and the fourth, the north and sun-facing side, is entirely of glass, with bifold doors on the lower level that open onto a deck overlooking fields, trees and hills.

The house is 20 feet high by 20 feet long by 20 feet wide, a scant 400 square feet. But the double-height ceiling, cubic space and transparent north facade make it feel spacious.

It is not like anything Glenn Murcutt would have designed. The elder Murcutt is known for ecologically sensitive designs that echo woolsheds and other farm structures, using materials like corrugated iron. He also builds sleekly modernist homes for the city, and last year renovated his own home in Mosman, across the bay from Sydney.

”I know he doesn’t like the Box House,” the son said cheerfully. ”He sees a building as a naturalist sees a tree. It has roots and grows upward.”