Following the news of some of our favourite drinking destinations, Port Phillip Estate Winery and Seven Seeds, winning awards at the Victorian Architecture Awards on Friday night, we found the Lyon Housemuseum among the winners too.

Lyon Housemuseum is a privately owned house in Kew, that was originally designed as an art museum by Melbourne architecture firm Lyons, where architect Corbett Lyon lives with his wife and two children. The practice have been awarded the top residential award by the Australian Institute of Architects.

The house is actually the Lyon’s family home, but functions as a contemporary art museum, open to the public at certain times. The space combines architecture, art and family life in the ‘white cube’ like space in the suburbs. The Lyon Housemuseum is exactly what is sounds like – a home and a museum - the family kitchen doubling as the museum cafe, the home cinema/guest bedroom the space where video-art pieces are shown.

Citing a lineage of private collections in domestic setting, the design of the Lyon Housemuseum is one reminiscent of The Guggenheim Museum in Venice, The Frick Collection in New York, or more locally, Melbourne’s Heide Museum.

Currently closed from mid June to October, visits to the Museumhouse area strictly by appointment, and conducted in small group tours on certain days each month. Artists talks, events, lectures and concerts are also scheduled for is open season.

Check the website for more details

Lyon Housemuseum
219 Cotham Road
Kew, 3101
(03) 9817 2300