Glenn Murcutt’s restored Ockens House part of UNSW architecture exhibition
The house was infested with termites. Water cascaded through the broken roof and the carpet was rotting. But none of it bothered Matt Chan.
He saw the potential of this “hidden masterpiece in the suburbs”. “I only saw the good when I walked in,” he said.
Chan had access to a wealth of resources when restoring the house: a model at the Powerhouse Museum, the original plans stored at the State Library, and the advice of the man who designed it – Australia’s greatest living architect, Glenn Murcutt.
Murcutt and Chan graduated from the University of NSW 34 years apart. The Ockens House project features in a new exhibition celebrating 60 years of graduate excellence at UNSW, where Murcutt is the Seidler chair in the practice of architecture.
Architecture by Hand and Mind showcases rarely seen sketches and models by some of Australia’s foremost architects. It officially opens on Wednesday.
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