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Sean Godsell Architects

Based in Melbourne, Sean Godsell is known internationally for his distinctive residential architecture which ranges from single family dwellings including St Andrew’s Beach House and Glenburn House to ‘compassionate infrastructure’ projects such as the Park Bench House and Bus Shelter House that provide refuge for displaced persons in the urban environment.

Portrait of Sean Godsell, 2009 by Earl Carter
Portrait of Sean Godsell, 2009 by Earl Carter

His Future Shack concept is a mass produced relocatable emergency housing unit made from recycled shipping containers.

Portrait of Sean Godsell 2009
by Earl Carter

Earl Carter says his portrait of Sean Godsell ‘uses the two elements common to all of his buildings – the use of strong minimalist space and surfaces, and his intelligent use of light and its interplay within three dimensions’. Carter’s image has not been manipulated, and is ‘a homage to the traditional photographic portrait, giving the photograph a sculptural integrity which the architect’s buildings have become renowned for’.

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Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra,
25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23 May 2009 by Ingvar Kenne
Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker,
Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra,
25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23 May 2009 by Ingvar Kenne
Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker,
Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra,
25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23 May 2009 by Ingvar Kenne
Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker,
Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra,
25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23 May 2009 by Ingvar Kenne

Portraits + Architecture

Previous exhibition, 2009

This exhibition explores creative process and identity.

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The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
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