Glenn Murcutt is one of Australia’s most renowned and celebrated architects. He is the recipient of countless significant awards, including the prestigious Pritzker Prize, Order of Australia and the Gold Medal of the Australian Institute of Architects. Murcutt is well known for his design philosophy, “touch the earth lightly” – a first nation’s proverb and perfect summation of his loving responsiveness to the Australian climate and landscape.
Working closely with Clare Redmond in 1977, Glenn Murcutt, designed Redmond House to sit privately within a gentle hollow, at the end of a battle-axe block. The home’s clean lines, sensitivity to site, including perfect solar orientation and easy outdoor flow, epitomise the grace and beauty of the Murcutt aesthetic.
The home, simply constructed using a timber frame, brick panels and flat roof of bowed, white Colorbond, has a modern sensibility and distinct lightness of touch. Living areas open to the west and reserve beyond; bedrooms flow to the north-east and garden – creating a gorgeous harmony of light, aspect, topography.
Square-set cornices, over-sized pivot doors, floor to ceiling windows and skylights, high ceilings, contribute to an elevated design story and simple beauty. Nobo wall-mounted panel heaters throughout, Abloy self-locking doors and original track lighting are also notable features.
Entry via the carport is demarcated by a striking slab of white marble. A small ante-space between two pivoting doors provides a sense of occasion on arrival. To the right an elegant galley kitchen has a low wall, providing garden views and social connection with the living space.
The north-east corner of the living, dining area is lit by a full height, wall of Japanese Yencken Sandy glass bricks providing a delicate sense of translucency – a play of light and shadow. Lidco sliding doors open to western veranda and pergola, laced with grape vine to protect the home from the summer sun.
A minimal bathroom and couplet of bedrooms occupy the north-east corner of the house. Both bedrooms have built-in-wardrobes and open to the private garden arena.
The block is surrounded by trees and enclosed by verdant borders. Mature silver birch, banksia trees, raised vegetable beds, and a wild (no mow) meadow of native grass and ground covers, extend a textured, organic beauty, reflective of the greater bush surrounds.
Giralang is a suburb of the Belconnen district and shoulders Kaleen and Lawson and connects to the walking and biking trails of Gungaderra Grasslands Nature Reserve. The home enjoys direct access to a civic pathway that leads to reserve, linking green spaces and meandering to local shops. The home is also walking distance to the local primary school and Community Nature Play Park. Close to the Belconnen precinct, Lake Ginninderra, the UC, AIS and Canberra Stadium and a stone’s throw from the inner-north suburbs of Lyneham and O’Connor, the home is also, a mere 17 minutes to the CBD.
1977 – year of construction
Residence – 83m2
Garage – 20m2
Block size – 873m2
EER – 1 star
6 Womba Place