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Now in its ninth year, the 2019 Houses Awards had more than five hundred entries submitted, with a total of 181 entries and five emerging architecture practices shortlisted. This year’s jury was particularly impressed by the entrants’ emphasis on place and space making, rather than architecture that is typologically or formally driven.

Our Australian House of the Year is Daylesford Longhouse, in rural Victoria, designed by Partners Hill. The project is a simple, yet compelling response to a brief that required living quarters, a cooking school and a working farm building. It is a home that focuses our attention on the fundamentals of how we exist, at once embedding us in, and protecting us from, nature.

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The building presents possibilities for self-sustained living, ever relevant in our changing environment. Congratulations to all those recognized and thank you to our generous Houses Awards supporters – Cult, Artedomus, Asko, Blum, Haymes Paint, the Heritage Councils of Victoria and New South Wales, Maximum, PGH Bricks and Pavers, Sussex and Tractile.

Alongside the announcement of the 2019 Houses Awards, this issue includes a selection of exceptional projects by Taylor Knights, Fitzpatrick and Partners, Kennedy Nolan and Myers Ellyett. We also revisit Kerry Hill Architects’
Ooi House in Western Australia’s south-west, and profile the work of CO-AP Architects.

Gemma Savio, associate editor
Katelin Butler, editorial director

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Published online: 27 Jul 2019
Words: Katelin Butler, Gemma Savio
Images: Benjamin Hosking, Cathy Schusler, Christopher Frederick Jones, Derek Swalwell, Rory Gardiner

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