Living with Nature

Glenn Murcutt Architecture

architect Glenn Murcutt
written by Aleš Vodopivec


I cannot pursue my architecture without considering the minimization of energy consumption, simple and direct technologies, a respect for site, climate, place and culture. Together, these disciplines represent for me a fantastic platform for experimentation and expression. Of particular importance is the junction of the rational and the poetic resulting hopefully in works that resonate and belong to where they reside.

Glenn Murcutt, 2002.[1]


Peter Zumthor says that the roots to understanding architecture lie in our biographies.[2] Each new work is in a way the architect’s self-portrait. Glenn Murcutt’s architecture is also an image of himself, his steady work ethics, a high level of responsibility to the environment, nature and people, as well as his surprising personal modesty.

[1] Glenn Murcutt, on the occasion of receiving the Pritzker Architecture Prize, The Pritzker Architecture Prize, 2002, Jensen & Walker, Los Angeles 2002, p. 22

[2] Peter Zumthor, Teaching Architecture, Learning Architecture, 1996; Peter Zumthor, Thinking Architecture, Lars Müller, Baden 1998, p. 57