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2014 Houses Awards

The 2014 Houses Awards have been announced, with the top honour of Australian House of the Year going to Invisible House by Peter Stutchbury Architecture – a dwelling that connects to its undeniably spectacular setting in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales. In awarding the project, the jury commented that “being (another) rural retreat with a jaw-dropping view, this project needed to convince us that all the moves made to create it are in harmony with its location, and that it is a great piece of architecture in its own right, and this it has.” This elegant building also won the New House over 200 m2 category.

2014 Houses Awards jury (L–R): Peter Willams (architectural advice for the House in a Heritage Context category), Katelin Butler, William Smart, Emma Williamson, Maggie Edmond, Brian Donovan.

2014 Houses Awards jury (L–R): Peter Willams (architectural advice for the House in a Heritage Context category), Katelin Butler, William Smart, Emma Williamson, Maggie Edmond, Brian Donovan.

Image: Jonathan Butler

The full list of the 2014 Houses Awards is as follows:

Australian House of the Year

Invisible House (NSW)Peter Stutchbury Architecture

New House under 200 m2

Dogtrot House (NSW)Dunn & Hillam Architects

New House over 200 m2

Invisible House (NSW)Peter Stutchbury Architecture

House Alteration and Addition under 200 m2

Cabin Two (Vic)Maddison Architects

House Alteration and Addition over 200 m2

Skylight House (NSW)Andrew Burges Architects

Apartment or Unit

Loft Apartment (Vic)Adrian Amore Architects

House in a Heritage Context – joint winner

Westgarth House (Vic)Kennedy Nolan Architects

House in a Heritage Context – joint winner

Middle Park House (Vic)Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

Outdoor

The Garden Project (NSW)Welsh + Major Architects

Sustainability

The Commons (Vic)Breathe Architecture

Commendations

Twenty-one projects across all categories recieved commendations.

Now in its fourth year, the annual Houses Awards program celebrates design excellence across eight categories, with an overall winner receiving the premier award of Australian House of the Year. This year’s celebration took place at Sydney’s Doltone House Hyde Park on Friday 1 August. Hosted by Houses magazine editor Katelin Butler and Architecture Media editorial director Cameron Bruhn, the event brought together leading architects and designers from around Australia for a cocktail party with peers, colleagues and clients. The generous awards supporters took to the stage to present the accolades (and $13,000 in prize money). On behalf of the 2014 Houses Awards jury, architect Maggie Edmond spoke about the extremely high calibre of residential work recognized from across the country.

The jurors for the 2014 Houses Awards were: Brian Donovan (BVN Donovan Hill, Qld), Maggie Edmond (Edmond and Corrigan, Vic), William Smart (Smart Design Studio, NSW), Emma Williamson (CODA Studio, WA) and Katelin Butler (Houses magazine). Architectural advice for the House in a Heritage Context category was provided by Peter Williams (Williams Boag Architects) on behalf of the Heritage Council of Victoria.

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The Houses Awards is presented by Architecture Media, publisher of Houses magazine. Many thanks to award supporters Cult, Artedomus, Fisher & Paykel, Geberit, Haymes Paint, Heritage Council of Victoria, Think Brick Australia and Verosol, as well as jury host SC Land and accommodation partner The Hatton. See the full image galleries for shortlisted projects here.

Issue 99 of Houses contains a full report with coverage of the award winners, commendations and finalists, and there are even more images in the gallery on the Houses Awards website.

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