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2016 Houses Awards: Australian House of the Year

Australian House of the Year Darling Point Apartment by Chenchow Little 2016 Houses Awards

Jury comment

Nothing about this home is average – from the significant collection of Australian art it houses to the spectacular view it embraces – and Chenchow Little’s refined and surprising design is the perfect match. The interior is reminiscent of the 1950s dwellings of postwar immigrants, where an appreciation for art was reflected in every part of the home design. This project represents a refined interpretation.

The bright Esther Stewart artwork in the lift sits in contrast with the floating American oak and painted white steel joinery that define each room and elongate the sense of spatial depth. The timber is repeated on the floors and ceiling, intensifying the contrast to the views of the harbour beyond.

There is much joy in what lies behind the surface. Open the moveable panels and you might find a Jeffrey Smart or John Coburn painting. Open the door to a bathroom and you step into another world – each is unique, providing contrast to the monochrome palette of the main rooms. The striking interior is immediately appealing but reveals its beauty in the detail.

That an apartment has been named the Australian House of the Year reflects a shift in the way many Australians live today. This project also demonstrates that an apartment can be designed with the same warmth and sophistication as a detached house.

See full image galleries of all the winning and shortlisted projects here.

Australian House of the Year is supported by Cult.


Chenchow Little
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Project Team
Tony Chenchow, Stephanie Little, Kate McCowage, Joshua Mulford, Laura Meyer
Art installation Esther Stewart
Builder Pacific Plus Constructions
Engineer Partridge
Lighting Haron Robson
Site details
Location Sydney,  NSW,  Australia
Category Residential buildings
Type Apartments, Residential
Project Details
Status Built
Completion date 2015



Published online: 22 Jul 2016
Images: Peter Bennetts


Houses, July 2016

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