Top French prize to book on Australian architect

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PARIS, Feb 8 (AFP) - A book on Australian architect Glenn Murcutt has won a prestigious French prize in a ceremony in Paris.

PARIS, Feb 8 (AFP) - A book on Australian architect Glenn Murcutt has won a prestigious French prize in a ceremony in Paris.

The work, "Glenn Murcutt, projets et réalisations 1962-2002" by French architect and critic Francoise Fromonot, won the Architecture Book Prize 2004 awarded by the French Architecture Academy late Monday.

Murcutt, born in 1936 in Britain but raised and educated in Austalia, where he continues to live, is renowned for more than 500 houses he has designed in that country.

The first, built in 1962, stood out for its innovative use of metal and glass.

Later designs relied on simple materials such as corrugated tin roofs and recycled wood to create harmony with Australia's often harsh, sometimes lush environment.

A Murcutt house can take up to five years to have built, in part because the architect eschews the use of computers and still sketches by hand.

His houses are "simple, fluid, amazingly elegant," said Fromonot, who spent three years in Australia for her 324-page book on Murcutt, which is on sale in France for EUR 60 (USD 80).

© AFP

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