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Yoshiaki Maezawa

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Bringing Work Home: 9 Times Architects Designed for Themselves

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 PalmaMelnikov House. Image © Denis EsakovGehry Residence. Image via netropolitan.orgLyon Housemuseum / Lyons. Image © Dianna Snape+ 20

Nakanosawa Project / Ryo Yamada

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Sapporo, Japan
  • Architects: Ryo Yamada
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  82 Area:  82
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015 Year:  2015