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Photo Max Dupain
2009 Honor Award: Gold Medal Glenn Murcutt
Laurie Short House
Terry Hills, Sydney, Australia 1974
This house for a young couple with a child shows the strong influence of Mies van der Rohe on Murcutt’s early work. Built on land vulnerable to bushfires, timber construction was ruled out, resulting in the clean, steel-and-glass material palette. The harsh Australian landscape influenced Murcutt’s decision-making, convincing him to incorporate louvers and other shading systems, a large verandah, and an 8-inch-deep rooftop pool of water for insulation and fireproofing.