Lyon Housemuseum by Lyons won a National Commendation for Residential Architecture at the AIA's 2010 National Architecture Awards.
In this unique project, the requirements of a family home are combined with a public museum to display the owners’ large collection of contemporary Australian art.
The majority of the space is devoted to art display, with two dominant spaces, one white and one black. A white, light-filled, two-storey open cube with surrounding balconies allows for multiple views of artworks. The black room, by contrast, is closed for projection and video. Linking spaces come in a variety of shapes and sizes, designed for specific artworks.
Intermixed between the gallery spaces is the owners’ space for private living. The blurred distinction between public and private space, between light and dark, and between large and small creates a compelling intrigue.
Finely detailed, elaborately crafted joinery pieces, pivoting doors and sliding panels provide flexibility in this experiment of combining the dual requirements of public gallery and family needs.
The external form is ambiguous, a wrapped skin of recessive dark zinc. Sculpture courtyards are formed between the museum and outer fences of textured brickwork, which relate to neighbours’ buildings in the suburban context.
Generous and ingenious, the Housemuseum explores a new concept of living with and displaying art.
– Jury citation