Exciting and original architecture recognised at 2017 Houses Awards

The pinnacle of Australian residential architecture has been rewarded at this year’s Houses Awards, where an esteemed panel of architects has recognised the most inspiring and innovative designs across the country.

From a “Japanese space capsule” ripped straight from the frame of a sci-fi flick to some stunning examples of modern sustainability, the 10 categories showcase some truly original homes.

Australian House of the Year

Auchenflower House (Vokes and Peters) – Auchenflower, QLD

Australian House of the Year – Auchenflower House by Vokes and Peters (Auchenflower, QLD). Photo: Supplied

Auchenflower House by Vokes and Peters (Auchenflower, QLD). Photo: Christopher Frederick Jones

A home of deceptive simplicity, the Auchenflower House is the result of Vokes and Peters’ investigation into the “Queensland vernacular”. Its sophisticated yet utilitarian design makes it a worthy winner of the prestigious award.

Australian House of the Year – Auchenflower House by Vokes and Peters (Auchenflower, QLD). Photo: Supplied

Auchenflower House by Vokes and Peters (Auchenflower, QLD). Photo: Christopher Frederick Jones

Australian House of the Year – Auchenflower House by Vokes and Peters (Auchenflower, QLD). Photo: Supplied

Auchenflower House by Vokes and Peters (Auchenflower, QLD). Photo: Christopher Frederick Jones

New House Under 200 Square Metres

Balnarring Retreat (Branch Studio Architects) – Balnarring, VIC

Balnarring Retreat by Branch Studio Architects (Balnarring, VIC). Photo: Supplied

Balnarring Retreat by Branch Studio Architects (Balnarring, VIC). Photo: Peter Clarke

This humble retreat, set against a landscape of tranquil beauty, is a compact and efficient home. The raw materials and simplicity of its design make it a beautiful example of architecture embracing the natural world.

New House Over 200 Square Metres

Fish Creek House (Edition Office) – Foster, VIC

Fish Creek House by Edition Office (Foster, VIC). Photo: Supplied

Fish Creek House by Edition Office (Foster, VIC). Photo: Ben Hosking

Offering extraordinary views of the landscape and coastline, the Fish Creek House’s level of quality and detail is remarkable given its relatively modest budget. Its three discrete pavilions allow the homeowners to shut down and open the house up at their leisure – an ingenious piece of design.

House Alteration and Addition Over 200 Metres

Burleigh Street House (ME) – Burleigh Heads, QLD

Burleigh Street House by ME (Burleigh Heads, QLD). Photo: Supplied

Burleigh Street House by ME (Burleigh Heads, QLD). Photo: Christopher Frederick Jones

A nod to the long-lost beach shacks of the Gold Coast, the addition of two new pavilions to the home has transformed an existing single-storey bungalow. The home’s outdoor rooms demonstrate how the structure integrates into the natural landscape.

House Alteration and Addition Under 200 Metres

(Joint winners) Auchenflower House (Vokes and Peters – description above)  & A Pavilion Between Trees (Branch Studio Architects) – Balnarring, VIC

A Pavilion Between Trees by Branch Studio Architects (Balnarring, VIC). Photo: Supplied

A Pavilion Between Trees by Branch Studio Architects (Balnarring, VIC). Photo: Peter Clarke

The new pavilion structure, adding a main bedroom suite to the existing home, couples a palette of raw materials with minimal artificial lighting to create a “natural atmosphere” in which to unwind.

Apartment or Unit

Bobhubski (March Studio) – Falls Creek, VIC

Bobhubski by March Studio (Falls Creek, VIC). Photo: Supplied

Bobhubski by March Studio (Falls Creek, VIC). Photo: Peter Bennetts

At once futuristic and nostalgic, this small, ultra-modern apartment evokes a 1970s sci-fi setting, and is an excellent space from which to sit back and enjoy a wonderful view of Falls Creek.

House in a Heritage Context

Jac (Panov Scott Architects) – Dulwich Hill, NSW

Jac by Panov Scott Architects (Dulwich Hill, NSW). Photo: Supplied

Jac by Panov Scott Architects (Dulwich Hill, NSW). Photo: Brett Boardman

This beautiful two-storey companion building has been added to the rear of an existing 1907 brick row house, and the result is an excellent example of how to integrate with a heritage site while preserving its storied origins.

Outdoor

Waterloo House (Anthony Gill Architects with Budwise Garden Design) – Waterloo, NSW

Waterloo House by Anthony Gill Architects with Budwise Garden Design (Waterloo, NSW). Photo: Supplied

Waterloo House by Anthony Gill Architects with Budwise Garden Design (Waterloo, NSW). Photo: Peter Bennetts

Every room in this house connects to or overlooks a stunning courtyard garden – an ambitious achievement in an inner-city location.

Sustainability

(Joint winners) Fish Creek House (Edition Office – description above) & Garden Pavilion (BLOXAS) – Brunswick, VIC

Garden Pavilion by BLOXAS (Brunswick, VIC). Photo: Supplied

Garden Pavilion by BLOXAS (Brunswick, VIC). Photo: Peter Bennetts

In an innovative example of social sustainability, BLOXAS has designed a home to combat insomnia. Collaborating with their client and consultants, the design team have utilised a wealth of research to explore how a home’s design can help treat a person’s sleep condition.

Emerging Architecture Practice

ME – QLD

Emerging Architecture Practice – ME (QLD). Photo: Supplied.

Emerging Architecture Practice – ME (QLD). Photo: Christopher Frederick Jones

Embracing the coastal way of life, ME’s residential work aims to enhance the lives of every home’s occupant. ME’s architecture is considered, cost-effective and climatically responsive, and their work is pushing boundaries on the Gold Coast.

 

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