“When I told Niemeyer I felt ‘saudade’ he understood, and wrote a letter to Le Corbusier to introduce me.”


“When I told Niemeyer I felt ‘saudade’ he
understood, and wrote a letter to
Le Corbusier to introduce me.”

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Book Information248 pp, 298x210mm
ISBN 9780 646 575 292

Publication July 2015
RRP $49.90 (excluding tax)
RAZ Publishers Pty Ltd,


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An adventurous life

From his hands-on apprenticeship with Niemeyer on the new capital, Brasilia…

"...Oscar then rapidly produced sketches of the buildings on butter paper; discussed the project with his model maker who’d create a really beautiful model … After expressing delight with the model, Oscar would pull it apart whilst explaining to the model maker the variations he wanted made...”

“The Australian Legation had an international parliamentary group who were going to take a look at Brasilia. They didn’t really want to go so asked me if I’d like to go instead … I saw Brasilia (first) as part of that group (marking the site of the Australian Embassy in true fashion).”

Lane's return to Australia

To a career spanning almost half a century, from 1969 to 2000. You can read about his design philosophy and his seminal contribution to Australian modern architecture, in his own words.

A new architecture

Lane’s particular interest in architecture for disabled people saw him as an innovator in Australia humanising post-war care institutions, becoming Australia's representative on the UN’s International League of Societies for persons with Mental Handicaps, and designer of forward thinking, custom-built facilities for people with disabilities: Warrah (Redgum and school), Inala, the Australian Quadraplegic Association, Windgap, and independent living residences for the aged, at Christophorus House and Glenaeon Belrose.

"...at the time Red Gum Cottage was built, the generally accepted residential accommodation for disabled people was ... institutional in character. Red Gum challenged that idea: its design was ... as homely as possible, similar in character and style to a normal residence but also wheelchair accessible and on one level."


About Reuben Lane

Reuben Lane’s architecture spanned a half-a-century and his innovations and the effect of his buildings will last a lifetime.

"I feel very lucky to have been an architect. I’ve had a full and varied career and been able to improve the lives of my clients, and their projects. It leaves me with a very satisfied feeling."

— Reuben Lane (1933–2012)

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Reuben Lane: Selected architectural works 1969–2000

This elegant volume, with photographs from renowned photographer Max Dupain, tells of Reuben Lane’s discovery of architecture; his travels to meet the great architects practising in the 1950s—Frank Lloyd Wright, Oscar Niemeyer, Le Corbusier, Philip Johnson and Mies Van de Rohe; and this influence on his subsequent distinguished career.

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