The Marshall House

The Marshall House, located in Sydney, exemplifies Bruce Rickard’s architectural principles – a strong emphasis on indoor and outdoor living spaces, the use of natural materials and a connection to the landscape.

Karen McCartney is the guest curator for the exhibition Iconic Australian Houseson display at the Museum of Sydney from 12 April to 17 August 2014. She is a former editor of Inside Out magazine and author of the best-selling books 50/60/70 Iconic Australian Houses and 70/80/90 Iconic Australian Houses.Karen has been the owner of the Marshall House, designed by Bruce Rickard in 1967, since 2000.

Bruce Rickard's approach to architecture is human in both its scale and sensitivity. It is essentially life affirming, optimistic and makes a meaningful connection with nature.

Karen McCartney, 50/60/70 Iconic Australia Houses: three decades of domestic architecture

Scroll through the photographs below to see details from the house designed by Bruce Rickard. Photographs by Michael Wee for the publication 50/60/70 Iconic Australian Houses: three decades of domestic architecture, by Karen McCartney.

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View of the Australian Ballet 'The sleeping beauty (detail)' [right] and the Opera Australia 'Mariana Hong in Falstaff (detail) ' and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra 'People's choice concert (detail) [left] stairwell banners - The People's House marketing & installation photoshoot

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Equestrian Statue of the King, Astor Flats and Chief Secretary’s Building

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Plan of the Colonial Secretary's building

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