A NSW Getaway Designed By One Of Australia’s Most Famous Architects

On an 80-acre property just outside of Mudgee, New South Wales, you can book a stay inside this unique getaway designed by internationally renowned architect Glenn Murcutt.

The retreat was a three-year-long collaboration between Glenn and Penney Constructions director Justin Penney.

He approached Glenn in hopes of creating a prefabricated version of his iconic buildings, and what evolved is Strikes 3 — a simple but striking house that appears to almost float above the surrounding bushland, embodying the same signature modernist feature and architectural flair Glenn has become so famous for.

Christina Karras

Inside Strikes 3, located just outside Mudgee, New South Wales.

The self-contained retreat is a prefabricated take on Glenn Murcutt’s famous designs, that will soon be available for purchase.

Projected windows jut out on the northern side of the building.

This distinctive feature makes the house feel immersed in its country landscape.

Plywood timber lines the interiors.

A deck leads to the bold red front door.

The striking silhouette of the building is filled with nods to Glenn’s signature designs.

‘Because the main structure is held up with the columns on the outside of the building, it makes the roof feel like it’s floating,’ owner and builder Justin Penney says.

The house is actually the second iteration of the initial design, with Justin’s neighbours who ended purchasing the first build!

Christina Karras
23rd of January 2024

Glenn Murcutt


Eurunderee, NSW/Wiradjuri Country

Glenn Murcutt is undeniably one of Australia’s most famous architects. He is widely known for his uniquely Australian designs that are inspired by our diverse climate and landscapes, and in 2002, he was awarded the Pritzker Prize (considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for architecture).

Glenn had been asked several times by builders to collaborate on a prefabricated design and his answer was always ‘no’. That was until Penney Constructions director Justin Penney approached him in 2018.

Justin had been hosting guests for a few years at two self-contained retreats on his sprawling New South Wales country property, dubbed Strikes Mudgee, and had received ‘quite a bit of interest’ from visitors wanting to know if he could build them a similar home off-site.

So when he met Glenn through a job and ‘got to know him a bit’, he decided to approach him for the project.

‘I had to leave the idea with him for a while, and about six months later he was very enthusiastic and ready to have a crack at it,’ Justin says.

The brief was to design a prefabricated, moveable, one-bedroom house that would suit a variety of sites. It also had to settle quietly into the surrounding environment, while offering protection from the elements.

‘We wanted Glenn to put his stamp of beautiful, functional, and purposeful architecture on our building,’ Justin adds. ‘The challenge was to make his design elements true to intention in a prefabricated building.’

The resulting Strikes 3 getaway took two iterations, and more than three years to complete. It features plenty of Glenn’s signatures and modernist details — from the rustic material palette’s use of steel and corrugated iron, to the projected windows that overhang the exterior, and the striking flat roofline.

The interiors are lined in plywood timber, while a fireplace and the deck have been carefully adapted from some of his other famous buildings.

‘It’s a consolidation of his life’s work,’ Justin says. ‘I love the window seat, it really makes the living room feel generous when its not actually a very big building.’

While Justin’s still working on his ultimate goal of being able to offer the pre-fabricated building to customers, the finished project is now available to book for short stays, where guests can feel immersed in the private bushland views, or visit some of Mudgee’s best vineyard’s and restaurants. And even Glenn himself came to visit when it was recently completed.

‘He  stayed for a couple days and bought some other architects too,’ Justin says. ‘He’s very happy with it!’

Book a stay at Strikes 3 here.

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