The Housemuseum building was designed by collector and architect Corbett Lyon between 2002 and 2006.
In 2010 the Housemuseum won the Australian Institute of Architect's Harold Desbrowe-Annear Award and is cited by Larry's List as 'one of the world's 10 most exciting buildings of private art museums'.
The building's hybrid design juxtaposes and blurs domestic and museum architectural typologies creating a unique scenographic landscape for the display of artworks and living spaces for the Lyon family.
Spaces on the ground floor are designed to flow seamlessly through each zone of the building and open out on to a series of landscaped courtyards and sculpture gardens. The first floor of the Housemuseum is more enclosed and inward focused, with internal windows and openings framing layered vistas into and through the building's interior spaces.
Walls and ceilings in the building are clad in timber veneered panels which are over printed with small texts. Composed of over 35,000 words and spelling out the word 'ART' in capital letters across the walls and ceilings, these texts document a history of the Housemuseum's resident family.
A cladding of dark grey zinc wraps the angular form of the building which is expressed as a hybridised form of 'house' and 'museum'.