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Inside the Homes of Eight Famous Architects

Originally published in Metropolis Magazine as "Inside the Homes and Workspaces of 8 Great Architects", this article shows the spaces occupied by some of the best-known architects in the world. Documented for an exhibition that will be featured at the Milan Design Week 2014, the images give a glimpse inside the private worlds of some of our favorite designers.

It's a cliche that architects have messy workspaces. From chaos comes creation, so the phrase goes. But an upcoming exhibition at this year's Salone del Mobile intends to dispel the myth. Where Architects Live will present glimpses into the personal spaces of eight significant architects: Shigeru Ban, Mario Bellini, David Chipperfield, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, Zaha Hadid, Marcio Kogan, Daniel Libeskind and Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai.

Curator Francesca Molteni interviewed each of the designers in their private homes and came away with one finding: architects are actually quite tidy. The studios are all pristinely ordered; books are neatly stowed away, figurines and objets astutely displayed, and table tops swept clean. The photographs below are part of the exhibition materials, produced with the help of scenographer Davide Pizzigoni, which faithfully document the physical environments in images, video, and audio. These will be used to recreate the architects' "rooms" at Salone del Mobile in April.

Where Architects Live is not limited to satisfying our curiosity about what these architects’ homes look like. Richard Rogers’ affirmation that “a room is the beginning of a city” resonates with the project’s aim in trying to articulate its subjects’ personal tastes and obsessions, and how those are reflected in their architectural work.

Read on to see more images of the inside of architects' homes and studios

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Studio Mumbai / Moleskine

From the Publisher. This book shows the development of Jain's personal mind-process as well as the collective dialogue through which each project evolves. Dialogues unfolded through study sketches made by both Bijoy Jain and the carpenters, as well photographs taken during journeys used as study and inspiration, showcasing a critical part of their design process. Studio Mumbai consists on a group of Indian architects and craftsmen, all resident artisans of Studio Mumbai, headed by Bijoy Jain, one of India's foremost architects.

Studio Mumbai's awards and honours include the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture from the Institute Français d'Architecture (2008), a Special Mention at the 12th Architecture Biennale (2010), the BSI Swiss Architectural Award (2012).

Utsav House / Studio Mumbai

  • Architects: Studio Mumbai
  • Location: Maharashtra, India
  • Architects: Studio Mumbai
  • Principal Architect: Bijoy Jain
  • Project Team: Roy Katz, Jeevaram Suthar, Pandurang Malekar, Mangesh Mhatre
  • Structural Engineer: Dwijen Bhatt
  • Photographs:  Courtesy of Studio Mumbai

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House on Pali Hill / Studio Mumbai

  • Architects: Studio Mumbai
  • Location: Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Architects: Studio Mumbai
  • Principal Architect: Bijoy Jain
  • Project Team: Samuel Barclay, Jeevaram Suthar, Omprakash Suthar
  • Structural Engineer: Dwijen Bhatt
  • Photographs: Helene Binet

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Copper House II / Studio Mumbai

  • Architects: Studio Mumbai
  • Location: Chondi, Maharashtra, India
  • Architects: Studio Mumbai
  • Principal Architect: Bijoy Jain
  • Project Team: Jeevaram Suthar, Punamchand Suthar, Pandurang Malekar
  • Structural Engineer: Dwijen Bhatt
  • Photographs: Courtesy of studio mumbai

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Belavali House / Studio Mumbai

  • Architects: Studio Mumbai
  • Location: Belavali, Maharashtra, India
  • Principal Architect: Bijoy Jain
  • Project Team: Jeevaram Suthar, Punamchand Suthar, Bhasker Raut
  • Structural Engineer: Shishir Kulkarni
  • Photographs: Helene Binet, Studio Mumbai

© Helene Binet © Helene Binet © Helene Binet © Helene Binet

Leti 360 / Studio Mumbai

  • Architects: Studio Mumbai
  • Location: Leti, Uttaranchal, India
  • Architects: Studio Mumbai
  • Principal Architect: Bijoy Jain
  • Project Team: Geoffrey Johnston, Roy Katz
  • Project Year: 2007

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Tara House / Studio Mumbai

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Palmyra House / Studio Mumbai

  • Architects: Studio Mumbai
  • Location: Nandgaon, Maharashtra, India
  • Architects: Studio Mumbai
  • Principal Architect: Bijoy Jain
  • Project Team: Jeevaram Sutar, Roy Katz, Mangesh Mhatre, Samuel Barclay
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Helene Binet

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