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Museum-like house was designed around an art collection

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A collection comprising almost entirely of one artist’s work

Outside of house with pitched roof entryway Photo by Benjamin Benschneider courtesy Olson Kundig Architects

When most people love an artist, they go to a museum to see the work. This couple in Omaha, Nebraska, decided to do most people one better by turning their house into their own personal museum.

Hallway filled with art Photo by Benjamin Benschneider courtesy Olson Kundig Architects

During a remodel of their three-bedroom home, the couple decided to reshape the space around the work of Jun Kaneko, an Omaha-based artist known for his striking graphical paintings and large ceramic sculptures.

Photo by Benjamin Benschneider courtesy Olson Kundig Architects
Dining room with large mask sculpture in window Photo by Benjamin Benschneider courtesy Olson Kundig Architects

The architects at Olson Kundig, who are not strangers to working with big time art collectors, reimagined the house as a livable gallery where Kaneko’s works brush up against quotidian furnishings like sofas, tables, and lamps. It’s a juxtaposition that’s less jarring than it sounds.

Dining room table with sculpture near window Photo by Benjamin Benschneider courtesy Olson Kundig Architects

The architects were able to custom design the space with the couple’s collection in mind. Paintings fill the large, neutral walls, and windows frame two large sculptures. The whole thing is modern but cozy—rich with detail but understated enough to let the art and architecture shine.

Credenza with three paintings hanging over it Photo by Benjamin Benschneider courtesy Olson Kundig Architects

The house centers around the main floor, where the living room flows into the dining room and kitchen. A pitched wood roof hangs overhead with a skylight running down the center, allowing plenty of light to flood into the art-filled space.

Via: ArchDaily