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Top Ten Homes of 2017 · Lyon Housemuseum

Top Ten Homes of 2017

Back in February we discovered the Lyon Housemuseum in Kew. Suffice to say, we were completely blown away.

This remarkable Australian home is both a stunning architecturally designed family home, and a public art museum. Seriously!

Today we revisit this incredible museum-house, which is home to Corbett Lyon, co-director of Lyons Architecture, his partner Yueji, and their daughters Carlin and Jaqlin.

 

29th December, 2017

The Housemuseum concert organ with John Nixon’s ‘Untitled Colour Croup E (Random)’, 2008. Photo – Eve Wilson, Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Music Room orange stairs with Rose Nolan’s ‘Word Combo #1’, 1998 (centre) and John Nixon’s ‘Untitled Colour Croup E (Random)’, 2008 (right). Photo – Eve Wilson, Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

The rear gallery of the Lyon Housemuseum in Kew, Melbourne. Artworks include Christopher Langton’s ‘Runt’, 2011 (left) and ‘Death Warmed Up’, 2011 (right) and Constanze Zikos’ mirrored work ‘Chrome Theory in Exodus aka Vertical Vault View 2 (Reprise)’, 2015 (centre). Photo – Eve Wilson, Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Detail of central living space featuring Patricia Piccinini’s ‘Truck Babies’, 1999. Photo – Eve Wilson, Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

View of rear courtyard with Patricia Piccinini’s ‘Truck Babies’, 1999. Photo – Eve Wilson, Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Lucy Feagins
Friday 29th December 2017

‘Our intention has been to share with others the experience of art, interwoven with the spaces and artefacts of a living, family home’ – Corbett Lyon

 

When we first visited the Lyon Housemuseum in Kew I have to admit, I was completely dumbfounded.  Though it originally opened in 2009, somehow, this incredible project had slipped under our radar until this year, and, in fact, despite our best efforts, it still remains largely unknown to most Melburnians.

An impressive family home to art collectors Corbett and Yueji Lyon and their two grown-up daughters Carlin and Jaqlin, this family home also serves as an expertly curated art museum, housing the Lyon’s spectacular collection of Australian contemporary art. On designated days each week, the home is open to the public via private tours conducted by members of the family!

To learn more about this brilliant art-filled home and social experiment (!) please watch our short film below (captured with thanks to our video partners Sirap) and also, revisit the original story, here!

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