Iconic Australian houses

Media release: Thursday, 24 November 2016

One of Canberra architect Enrico Taglietti's designs has been included in an exhibition that brings to life iconic Australian houses of the past 60 years – now on show at the National Archives in Canberra.

The Dingle House in Hughes, designed by Taglietti in the 1960s, was chosen as one of 30 iconic houses across Australia selected for their innovation, design and response to climate and place.

The exhibition begins in the 1950s with the works of a new breed of Australian architects and culminates in key works from some of Australia's contemporary masters. Looking beyond physical structures, the exhibition also reveals stories of the architects and their clients.

'Many of the architects represented in this exhibition, including Taglietti, designed houses and also public and government buildings for the National Capital,' said Louise Doyle, Assistant Director-General of the National Archives. 'We are pleased to have the opportunity to host the exhibition here in Canberra.'

Curated by Karen McCartney for Sydney Living Museums, Iconic Australian Houses is an intimate portrait of the design, building and lived experience of the iconic house.

The selected houses represent some of the best architectural talent and thinking that Australia has produced over the past six decades.

Using material drawn from her best-selling books, Karen McCartney brought the featured houses to life with vivid photography, rich illustrations, 3D models and film interviews with the architects and their clients.

She says the pioneering architects of the 50s, 60s and 70s took international design influences and reinterpreted them to suit the Australian landscape and climate.

The exhibition brings together some of the great names in Australian architecture including Harry Seidler, Neville Gruzman, Glenn Murcutt, Ken Woolley and Canberra architect Enrico Taglietti.

The exhibition continues until 13 March 2017.

HIGH-RES IMAGES can be downloaded http://www.naa.gov.au/about-us/media/images/iconic-australian-houses/index.aspx

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