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Bringing Work Home: 9 Times Architects Designed for Themselves

12:00 - 20 January, 2019
Cien House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen. Image © Cristobal Palma
Cien House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen. Image © Cristobal Palma

Architects are often bound by the will of their client, reluctantly sacrificing and compromising design choices in order to suit their needs. But what happens when architects become their own clients? When architects design for themselves, they have the potential to test their ideas freely, explore without creative restriction, and create spaces which wholly define who they are, how they design, and what they stand for. From iconic architect houses like the Gehry Residence in Santa Monica to private houses that double as a public-entry museum, here are 9 fascinating examples of how architects design when they only have themselves to answer to.

Cien House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen. Image © Cristobal Palma Melnikov House. Image © Denis Esakov Gehry Residence. Image via netropolitan.org Lyon Housemuseum / Lyons. Image © Dianna Snape + 20

Lyons and m3architecture Selected to Design Sustainable Futures Building at the University of Queensland, Australia

16:00 - 7 August, 2016
Lyons and m3architecture Selected to Design Sustainable Futures Building at the University of Queensland, Australia, Courtesy of Lyons and m3architecture
Courtesy of Lyons and m3architecture

Firms Lyons and m3architecture have been selected to design the Sustainable Futures Building at the St Lucia campus of the University of Queensland.

The new building will house the School of Chemical Engineering, and is intended to amplify the University’s profile as a hub of chemical engineering leadership in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region, and a global stage.

New Lady Cilento Children's Hospital / Lyons + Conrad Gargett

01:00 - 9 February, 2015
New Lady Cilento Children's Hospital / Lyons + Conrad Gargett , © Dianna Snape 
© Dianna Snape 

© Dianna Snape  © Dianna Snape  © Dianna Snape  © Dianna Snape  + 22

Venice Biennale 2014: Australia to Showcase 11 Unbuilt Projects

01:00 - 25 October, 2013
Venice Biennale 2014: Australia to Showcase 11 Unbuilt Projects, Tower Skin. Image Courtesy of LAVA
Tower Skin. Image Courtesy of LAVA

Australia’s creative team for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, felix._Giles_Anderson+Goad, has announced 11 unrealized projects that will be showcased as part of the Augmented Australia 1914-2014 exhibition. Ranging from an inner-city cathedral to a treetop activist shelter, the country-wide selection of projects will be brought to life using three-dimensional augmented models, images, voice overs and animations.

La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science / Lyons

01:00 - 5 April, 2013
La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science / Lyons, Courtesy of Lyons
Courtesy of Lyons

Courtesy of Lyons Courtesy of Lyons Courtesy of Lyons Courtesy of Lyons + 25

Biosciences Research Building / Lyons

01:00 - 6 November, 2012
Biosciences Research Building / Lyons, © Dianna Snape
© Dianna Snape

© Dianna Snape © Dianna Snape © Dianna Snape © Dianna Snape + 20

University of New South Wales Law Building / Lyons

00:00 - 8 January, 2011
University of New South Wales Law Building / Lyons, © John Gollings Photography
© John Gollings Photography

© John Gollings Photography © John Gollings Photography © John Gollings Photography © John Gollings Photography + 14

Hedley Bull Centre / Lyons

00:00 - 29 December, 2010
Hedley Bull Centre / Lyons, Courtesy of Lyons
Courtesy of Lyons

Courtesy of Lyons Courtesy of Lyons Courtesy of Lyons Courtesy of Lyons + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Victoria, Australia
  • Category

  • Project Manager

    Contract Control
  • Area

    4915.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2007

University of Tasmania School of Medicine / Lyons

00:00 - 26 December, 2010
University of Tasmania School of Medicine / Lyons, © Dianna Snape Photography
© Dianna Snape Photography

© Dianna Snape Photography © Dianna Snape Photography © Dianna Snape Photography © Dianna Snape Photography + 26

Kangan Batman Institute / Lyons

00:00 - 16 December, 2010
Kangan Batman Institute / Lyons, © John Gollings Photography
© John Gollings Photography

© John Gollings Photography © John Gollings Photography © John Gollings Photography © John Gollings Photography + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Docklands, Victoria, Australia
  • Category

  • Project Manager

    Carson Group
  • Structural Engineering

    Robert Bird Partnership
  • Mechanical & Electrical Engineering

    Umow Lai & Associates
  • Acoustic Consultant

    Watson Moss Growcott
  • Builder

    Hansen & Yuncken
  • Area

    5000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

Mornington Centre / Lyons

00:00 - 5 December, 2010
Mornington Centre / Lyons

Mornington Centre / Lyons Mornington Centre / Lyons Mornington Centre / Lyons Mornington Centre / Lyons + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mornington VIC 3931, Australia
  • Category

  • Project Manager

    Atkinsons
  • Structural & Civil Engineering

    Earth Tech
  • Landscape Architect

    Rush Wright Associates
  • Electrical & Mechanical Consultant

    Umow Lai & Associates
  • Area

    4500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2007

Lyon Housemuseum / Lyons

00:00 - 1 December, 2010
Lyon Housemuseum / Lyons, © Dianna Snape 
© Dianna Snape 

© Dianna Snape  © Dianna Snape  © Dianna Snape  © Dianna Snape  + 25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kew, Australia
  • Category

  • Structural & Civil Consultant

    Bonacci Group
  • Building Surveyor

    City of Boroondara
  • Builder

    Len Bogatin & Associates
  • Area

    1350.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Warrnambool Campus / Lyons

00:00 - 19 August, 2010
Warrnambool Campus / Lyons, © Dianna Snape Photography
© Dianna Snape Photography

© Dianna Snape Photography © Dianna Snape Photography © Dianna Snape Photography © Dianna Snape Photography + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Victoria, Australia
  • Category

  • Structural & Civil Consultant

    Barry Gale Engineers
  • Services Consultant

    Umow Lai
  • Landscape Architects

    Rush Wright Associates
  • Surveyor

    PLP Building Surveyors & Consultants
  • Area

    2870.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs