This month's NSW At Home with the Architect visits a twentieth century classic, the 'Audette House' designed by architect Peter Muller. Located in Castlecrag, Audette House was Mullers first commission as a qualified architect and is acknowledged as a fine example of Organic Architecture. Completed in 1952, the house is exemplary of a philosophy that promoted harmony between human habitation and the natural world.
In a Karen McCartney interview with Peter Muller for her publication 50/60/70 Iconic Houses, the architect described the design of Audette House using the metaphor of music. Architecture like music has a theme, for a building this theme is the site which dictates how three dimensional spaces are composed within it.
At the time of the houses design Peter Muller had just been introduced to the work of the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright's approach to architecture struck a chord with Muller and the influence of Wright can be traced in the design of the home.
ABOUT PETER MULLER
Peter Muller was born and grew up in Adelaide. He studied at the University of Adelaide, graduating with the Degree of Bachelor of Engineering together with the South Australian School of Mines and Industries graduating with a Fellowship in Architecture in 1948. Before beginning his architectural practice in Sydney NSW in 1952, he obtained a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.
Over his career Peter Muller has completed commissions in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Bali and Lombok.
In 2002-2003 the house was renovated and an extension was added, designed by architects Peter Monckton and Kerry Fyfe. Kerry Fyfe, who is the Director of Architecture and Interior Architecture at AJ+C (Allen Jack + Cottier) in Sydney will be present on the day to give an insight into the original house and its alterations.
Location: Castlecrag NSW
Please note that the address and meeting point will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 24 September 2017
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)
Don't miss your opportunity to experience this privately owned residence, numbers are limited. Book your place on the tour, click here.
- Article: Vanessa Couzens
- Image Source: Australian Architecture Association