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Australian architects lead the world with louvres

Glenn Murcutt's 1973 Marie Short or "Verandah House" pioneered Australian architects' use of louvres to control light and air. Naturally.

Glenn Murcutt is best known for his use of “leaves of iron.” Perhaps his true signature isn’t corrugated iron but more significantly the control of light and air using louvres. He has been quoted as having failed ‘Sunlight and Shade’ during his architectural education, but it’s Glenn more than any other local architect we can thank for the re-discovery of the versatility of shutters to solve design challenges.

Glenn Murcutt pioneered the natural way to control light and air: louvres.

His houses are meticulously designed to manage the daily and seasonal impacts of passive solar energy, admitting welcome winter warmth and excluding unwanted summer sun. He pays particular attention to cross ventilation in his designs. A signature example of his seminal impact on Australian architects’ response to the environment is his 1973 Marie Short House in Kempsey. He later bought the home for himself and expanded from the original plan. It is constructed of simple, readily available materials – timber from a nearby sawmill form the framing and the walls.

Glenn Murcutt louvresMurcutt house controls light with louvres

Louvres feature in Murcutt's 1973 Verandah House

It is often described as the “Verandah House”, which we feel is a bit of a misnomer when you realise Murcutt dispensed with the traditional country verandah here and instead applied louvres on the edge of the interior space.  These louvres are the key to controlling light and air, naturally.

Murcutt Verandah House

"When the wind is blowing in the summer, it has a wonderful cooling effect," Murcutt says of his home. "In the winter, the louvers have a tendency to heat up, and you can warm your back against them in the mornings."

Architects & designers choose Open

Australian architects and designers have collaborated with Open for over 25 years to bring their creative visions to life with signature shutters and louvres.

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We take responsibility for our role collaborating and supporting architects and builders. Our methodology is tested and proven from project start to finish.

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From cedar interior shutters to aluminium external louvres for shading, privacy screens to shoji screens, functional requirements are resolved with bespoke product solutions. Whatever architects are tasked with, Open has a track record or delivering signature products made to exacting standards, fit for your purpose. For over 25 years Open has stood by the quality of materials, manufacture and product longevity.

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