Review: Architects’ Homes


You have seen their projects, you have admired their work, now it’s time to step into the very private world of some of world’s greatest architect’s most personal spaces. The key that unlocks the hidden world of some of the most visually impactful and conceptually brilliant properties of our time. But these richly designed properties are not public spaces or commissioned projects, but personal homes designed by some of the most respected names in architecture to just one commission: their family’s.

Edited by Bethany Patch, Architects’ Homes is a rare glimpse into the intriguing and inspiring homes of some of the world’s best-known architects. Capturing the private architecture of industry professionals with rich photography and spectacular imagery, Architects’ Homes  is an indispensable source of inspiration for anyone looking to ground themselves in the lesser explored world of outstanding architecture in the private domain.  A treasure chest of glittering gems aching to be pried open, expect visual delights and very personal commentary as you are guided on a whirlwind tour of the world’s hidden design jewels.

From a minimalist Parisian residence to a family home at the foot of a Swiss mountain, Architects’ Homes encompasses a global array of projects that reflect the influences and values of some of the world’s most impressive design cultures. Werner Sobek’s extraordinary entirely transparent four storey German home is a wonder that leaps from the page, while Thomas Gluck’s luxurious tree house-esque structure in upstate New York will leave you aching to escape to the tree canopy.

There is something deliciously intriguing about observing innovators in their field as they design their own private domains.   As Professor John Mutlow puts it, ‘architects use the design of their own homes both as a design experiment and as a representation of their own beliefs and ideals’ and this fascinatingly insightful exploration of architect’s home sees very public figures confront deeply personal design challenges. From constructing structural integrity that reflects the needs of their families to creating the perfect balance between their own personal tastes, professional design philosophies and current trends.  Marrying conceptual design with the practicalities of family life  (note the loaf of bread sitting ready for lunch in  Terry McQuillan’s Queensland Wooloowin House and the kitchen utensils laid out in Leo Qvarsebo’s picturesque and understated  Summer House in Dalarna), it is a rare wonder to behold such  meticulously designed spaces made for everyday living.

Alongside an expansive global reach for international projects, Patch’s inclusion of Australian builds takes the pulse of contemporary Australian architecture, and registers the rich diversity of the Australian design landscape. Home grown projects include an inspiring warehouse space in Melbourne’s Northcote, where architects Cat Macleod and Michael Bellemo have married original industry features with a graphic garden that creates a trans-interior space. While Ben Edward’s Doll’s House reworks a seeming unassuming modest workers cottage in Fitzroy, Melbourne into a gloriously choreographed space that abounds in character. Perhaps most impressive is Feras Gabriel Raffoul’s Skyline Drive 1, a bold, bare and minimalist concrete structure that had the Furnishing International team driving to Meribyrnong, Victoria, to catch a glimpse of this  striking three storey home.

A uniquely private and immersively expansive insight into the design aesthetics, concepts and innovations of the world’s most acclaimed design influencers, Architects’ Homes is an indispensable treasure.

Architects’ Homes
Edited by Bethany Patch
RRP: $69.99
Published by the Images Publishing Group