Take a peek at this year’s best crop of residential designs and architectural endeavours.
Australian House of the Year award and New House over 200m2 Award
Partners Hill for Daylesford Longhouse
We love: Appearing to be a long, rural shed from the outside (the length of two Olympic pools), and serving as an operational farmhouse, this project has successfully factored in a number of realities of the structure while still ensuring a homely and welcoming space, well set apart from its rural surrounds.
New House Under 200m2 Award
Peter Stutchbury Architecture for Bay Guarella House
We love: While this amazing home is set near the water and amongst the greenery of the forest, it’s the diagonal plan from the courtyard to the sky deck with those dog ear transverse skylights that truly has our hearts singing.
House Alteration & Addition under 200m2 Award
House in Darlinghurst by Tribe Studio
Formerly a 1930s electrical substation, this reworked Darlinghurst gem has been transformed through the architect’s desire to respect the existing grungy industrial form, while playing with the concept of an elegant and minimal interior space. With venetian glass bricks wrapped around the rooftop pool terrace and a gossamer staircase that connects four levels – each at varying heights – this is one humble abode that’s not so humble.
We love: The filtered natural light brightens this house during the day while an illuminated glowing lantern effect sets the mood at night.
House Alteration & Addition over 200m2 Award
Brisbane Riverbank House by Owen Architecture
Perched atop a small hill along the edge of a riverbank, the Brisbane Riverbank House was created to be a simple yet enjoyable addition to a pre-existing home for family and friends. Featuring two large courtyards that have been calibrated in response to the site, the house balances traditional elements of the already-existing 1930s home with the modern touch of contemporary living. The site has now become a diverse living space with indoor and outdoor areas that each offer a range of functions.
We love: This home has embraced its bushland context with the use of earth-based materials including brick and terracotta.
Apartment or unit Award
The Bae Tas by Liz and Alex
We all know less is more but truly putting these words into action takes a lot of hard work and one heck of an imagination. The conversion of this 1970s twenty-six-square-metre Hobart home achieves this and then some. With the careful and strategic use of plywood, this home gives the illusion of added volume and makes the most of every last inch of space.
We love: This retro-esque home provides a place for everything without forcing the space to be something it’s not. Perfect form and perfect function.
Garden or landscape Award
Whynot St Pool and Carport by Kieron Gait Architects and Dan Young Landscape Architecture
This isn’t your average add-on to the family home. This project saw the complex and multifaceted construction (and deconstruction) of a carport, terrace and pool on a vertically-challenged site. With river rocks replacing a timber deck and a creative approach to Australian pool fence regulations, this site hasn’t broken the rules, it’s re-written them. In celebrating the underlying nature of this steep location, the architects have enhanced the landscape and created an evocative space for everyone to enjoy.
We love: Not only was this project innovative in its ambition and thinking, but the site also boasts a pre-suburban landscape which adds to the local significance of the home.
The Garden Bunkie by Reddog Architects
Filled with natural light and intricate design details, this flexible space (it can be a guesthouse, workspace or retreat) is a modest yet highly considered structure that has discreetly found its place among the local landscape.
We love: The use of simple materials and timber has made this space affordable, sustainable and ecologically friendly. What’s more, the structure has been designed to make full use of the natural light to help heat and cool the space.
House in heritage context Award
Balmain Rock by Benn and Penna Architecture
Not only has this 1860s sandstone cottage been tastefully restored and enhanced, but it’s also received a new lease on life thanks to a range of additions that pair new and old materials. The living spaces now provide the ultimate view of the old sandstone while also linking the home with the courtyard, where all the action takes place.
We love: The light wells and balconies bring a softness and warmth to the new concrete pavilion located at the rear of the home.
Emerging Architecture practice Award
Hawthorn House by Edition Office
In just three short years, Aaron Roberts and Kim Bridgland of Edition Office, have already made their mark on local residential architecture. Not only does their work bring a boldness and sculptural quality to each project, but the purity and strength of their designs also shines through in each project they take on.
We love: Edition Office’s Hawthorn House project is a sight to behold. With two concrete shrouds that define how the interior spaces relate to one another, this bold and confident project showcases the organisation’s love of art, architecture and form.
Words by Alana Wulff
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