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Different designers will tell you different stories about the role of architecture: is it functional or artistic, should it be comfortable or creative, unassuming and contextual or unique and outstanding? This building answers with a resoundingly right-brained response: a house can be not only a place to call home, but can also be a work of art and can even double as a semi-public place for displaying artworks as well.

Both clients involved in this project (designed by Ogrydziak/Prillinger Architects and photographed by Tim Griffith) are avid art collectors who not only wanted places to hang pictures and place sculptures for their own enjoyment, but also wanted a dwelling that could be opened up for friends, family and other people to enjoy. The first floor is the most overtly public – a gallery made to exhibit rotating works – but the integration does not end there.