These days, some of Melbourne’s most exciting architecture can be found outside the CBD. The innovation and imagination poured into residential projects have borne some truly amazing results.
The annual Houses Awards showcase the best of these projects across the country. Melbourne has a strong showing this year, including the stunning houses shown here. The winners will be announced at a gala night at the National Gallery of Victoria on August 4.
BAYSIDE RESIDENCE \ HAYBALL
A flexible forever home for three generations and a backdrop for the celebration of contemporary family and social life. The addition presents as a stark contrast to the existing Edwardian residence in terms of character, function and organisation.
THE COURTYARD HOUSE \ KISTER ARCHITECTS
The Courtyard House encompasses a new build and conversion of a modest church, creating a haven within dense, inner-city Collingwood. This context provided an architectural opportunity to rethink the family home and create a private urban sanctuary integrated with a former place of worship.
ELSTERNWICK HOUSE \ CLARE COUSINS ARCHITECTS
This renovation to an introverted Edwardian house has created a generous family home with living spaces immersed in the rear garden. The narrow double-storey addition fits neatly beside the original home, preserving the period heritage streetscape and leaving the terracotta roof intact and undisturbed.
MOVING HOUSE \ ARCHITECTS EAT
Moving House is a new residence in Kew. The external white aluminium screen forms a singular mass in the outline of a suburban gable roof, subtly referencing the immediate neighbours in form and colour, while the internal spatial volume is defined by the three repetitive in-situ concrete vaults.
IVANHOE HOUSE \ AUHAUS ARCHITECTURE
Built into a heavily treed hill, the house is split into two wings, folding away from one another to enclose wedges of outdoor space and separating the site into manicured front and untamed rear. The design obscures neighbours, giving northern aspect to living spaces and focusing views into the treetops.
BOUNDARY HOUSE \ BEN ROBERTSON (ARCHITECTURE) & MIM DESIGN (INTERIORS)
On a subdivided site of less than 500 square metres, Boundary House in Brighton is aptly named. The brief consisted of creating a clever three-bedroom home with a focus on internal outlook and amenity.