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
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.
New House Under 200 Square Metres
Balnarring Retreat (Branch Studio Architects) – Balnarring, VIC
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Waterloo House (Anthony Gill Architects with Budwise Garden Design) – Waterloo, NSW
Every room in this house connects to or overlooks a stunning courtyard garden – an ambitious achievement in an inner-city location.
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
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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