Houses Awards Winners Revealed
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Houses Awards Winners Revealed

The annual Houses Awards, presented by Houses Magazine displays the best design and architecture that Australia has on offer.

Architectural and design excellence is recognised and awarded in 9 categories, which include celebrating the best in Sustainability and Heritage amongst other divisions. The ‘best’ house is prestigiously awarded with the title of Australia’s ‘House of the Year’. Achieving a Houses Award is considered one of Australia’s most valued celebrations of residential architecture and design. 

The first category is for ‘New House over 200m2’. This award featured two winners, the first was 8 Yard House by Studio Bright, the other, Federal House by Edition Office. The former features a unique hit and miss brick screen. The perfect way to optimise light and airflow, this brick laying pattern is not only a striking design feature but also an excellent way to optimise the summer breeze whilst simultaneously offering protection from the sun.

The perfect way to optimise light and airflow, this brick laying pattern is not only a striking design feature but also an excellent way to optimise the summer breeze whilst simultaneously offering protection from the sun.
Project: 8 Yard House, Architect: Studio Bright, Landscape Architect: Peachy Green, Photography: Rory Gardiner
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The latter, Federal House, is a testament to Edition Office’s eye for composition. The almost compound-esque home sits perched amongst the lush hinterland, grounded in the surrounding landscape. The deep, submerged interior pool, enclaves filled with lush fernery and expansive floor-to-ceiling windows encapsulating the stunning vista, each an homage to the natural environment. The home itself is contemporary and modern, yet not overt in one specific style. With a natural materiality of slate, concrete and timber, the home’s interior melds into its surrounding, complementing the landscape.

With a natural materiality of slate, concrete and timber, the home’s interior melds into its surrounding, complementing the landscape.
Project: Federal House, Architect: Edition Office, Photography: Ben Hosking
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John Ellway Architect was crowned the winner of the New House under 200m2. His project, Three House is a creative solution to a difficult plot of land, straddled amongst two flood-prone gullies in Brisbane. The home is broken into three parts, each a place to sleep. The multi-build home was designed with the client’s brief front and centre; to create a home that can accommodate parents, and is ideal for cooking and hosting. The final result is a multifaceted home that still feels and presents itself as a unified form. Abundant with nooks and spaces for open-plan, breezy living, the home has an assimilation with nature and conservatively optimises space to find moments of joy and solitude throughout the home. 

Winning the category of House Alteration and Addition over 200m2, Vokes and Peters’ Highgate House Park is a testament to natural materiality. With a textural palette of slate, marble, timber and brick, the home feels connected with nature, despite its inner-city-fringe location. 

Zuzana and Nicholas’ Annerley House won the House Alteration and Addition under 200m2 category. The project is a careful and considerate renovation to an existing cottage, and as such, the extension and home’s interior had to complement the cottage, whilst having a contemporary ease and styling. 

Brunswick Apartment, by Murray Barker with Esther Stewart was awarded as winner of the best Apartment or Unit category. The home is a thoughtful reinterpretation of the original build; a 1960’s medium-density apartment block. Setting this apartment aside from others, is the Architect’s foresight to incorporate and consider the elements of the era in which the building was built, a nod to the 1960s, and the mid-century styling that goes with it. 

The home is a thoughtful reinterpretation of the original build; a 1960’s medium-density apartment block.
Project: Brunswick Apartment Architect: Murray Barker with Esther Stewart Photography: Ben Hosking
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Taking home a second win, 8 Yard House by Studio Bright with Peachy Green was awarded as the winner of the Garden or Landscape category. Their project is abundant with lush greenery, biodiversity and surprising landscape elements. The home feels more like a quaint, Japanese courtyard than an inner-city Victorian home. 

Another dual-win, receiving an accolade in the House in a Heritage Context category, SRG House by Fox Johnson, alongside The Hat Factory by Welsh and Major were the stand-outs. The former, a pair of heritage-listed semis, overlooking Parramatta RIver, the home is centrally located in Balmain, yet feels almost to be in a remote jungle, nestled and shrouded amongst greenery. A thoughtful mid-century styled restoration, the home has kept its original charm whilst being updated to improve functionality and airflow. 

The latter project is a warehouse restoration unlike any other. Maximising the project’s long-standing natural materiality of sandstone and cement amongst original metalwork and framing, the project pays homage to the building’s history, and uses the aspects of the restoration to tell this story. 

Winning the category title for Sustainability, Peter Stutchbury Architecture’s Night Sky project is strikingly connected to nature and place. The home’s design optimises the natural light and the surrounding environment to create a calming, peaceful ambiance within the home. The home’s full-brick construction is crafted from recycled bricks, whilst additional infrastructure such as double-glazed windows, an impressive solar system and a large water tank ensure the home has a year-round sustainability. 

The home’s design optimises the natural light and the surrounding environment to create a calming, peaceful ambiance within the home.
Project: Night Sky, Architect: Peter Stutchbury Architecture, Photography: Michael Nicholson
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Awarded not for a project, but for their practice, Curious Practice and Other Architects were crowned joint winners of the Emerging Architecture Practice Category.

Finally,  the Australian House of the Year was awarded to John Ellway Architect for his project, Three House. The Jury noted, “ This resourceful home reminds us that you don’t need an excessive amount of money nor a large footprint to live well; nothing here is superfluous and every detail is carefully considered. Immense joy is found in small architectural moments, such as a tree shadow cast across a wall, and daily rituals, such as the retreat into a calm sleeping zone after a long day.”

This resourceful home reminds us that you don’t need an excessive amount of money nor a large footprint to live well.
Project: Three House, Architect: John Ellway, Architect Photography: Toby Scott
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“With a textural palette of slate, marble, timber and brick, the home feels connected with nature, despite its inner-city-fringe location.”

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“With a textural palette of slate, marble, timber and brick, the home feels connected with nature, despite its inner-city-fringe location.”

Houses Awards, Winners Revealed: Credits

Project: 8 Yard House
Architect: Studio Bright
Landscape Architect: Peachy Green
Photography: Rory Gardiner

Project: Federal House
Architect: Edition Office
Photography: Ben Hosking

Project: Three House
Architect: John Ellway Architect
Photography: Toby Scott

Project: Highgate House Park
Architect: Vokes and Peters
Landscape Architect: Dan Young Landscape Architect
Photography: Christopher Frederick Jones

Project: Annerley House
Architect: Zuzana and Nicholas
Photography: Christopher Frederick Jones

Project: Brunswick Apartment
Architect: Murray Barker with Esther Stewart
Photography: Ben Hosking

Project: SRG House
Architect: Fox Johnson
Photography: Smart Anson & Brett Boardman

Project: The Hat Factory
Architect: Welsh and Major
Photography: Anthony Basheer

Project: Night Sky
Architect: Peter Stutchbury Architecture
Photography: Michael Nicholson

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