Look home

Stead, Naomi (2007) Look home. Monument, 78: 42-50.

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Author Stead, Naomi
Title Look home
Journal name Monument
ISSN 1320-1115
Publication date 2007-04
Sub-type Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
Open Access Status
Issue 78
Start page 42
End page 50
Total pages 9
Place of publication McMahons Point, NSW, Australia
Publisher Pacific Magazines
Language eng
Subject 1201 Architecture
120101 Architectural Design
Formatted abstract
This is a building review of two houses by the late Hugh Buhrich, at 315 and 375 Edinburgh Road Castlecrag.

The story of Hugh and Eva Buhrich is one of those grand narratives, the same epic kind of story that drives many a great film or novel. A young couple, each of them talented and committed to the art of architecture, are forced to leave Germany, flying before the winds of war and persecution. Assisted by supporters in London, they arrange passage to the new world, tossing up between South Africa, America, and Australia. Almost by accident they eventually reach Sydney, but their trials as refugees are not over, since their professional qualifications are not recognised here, and work is hard to come by. Persevering, Eva goes on to become a respected architectural journalist, while Hugh pursues his craft under the title of a ‘planning consultant,’ going on to design a suite of fine but under-appreciated buildings, most of which are demolished or irreparably altered in subsequent years. But the thing that makes this particular émigré architect’s story into a unique and significant one is the quality of two of these works, two houses designed and constructed over many years by Hugh, for Eva and himself, on the same street in Castlecrag. The latter of these, usually known simply as the ‘Buhrich House,’ has been famously, and justifiably, described by Peter Myers as ‘easily the best modern house in Australia’...

The design of Buhrich house 1968-72 located in Castlecrag, Sydney, New South Wales is discussed. The project was undertaken by architect Hugh Buhrich and contains an undulating timber ceiling, concrete spiral staircase and fibreglass bath. The 1939-49 house in the same street is also explored.
Keyword Architecture - Australia
Architecture and design
Original Creative Works - Textual work
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Special Issue: "Classic Houses Volume 2".

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
Collections: ATCH (Architecture Theory History Criticism) Publications
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