Rural house, tiny apartment win 2019 Architeam awards

A “refreshing take” on the typical Australian rural house on the hill has taken out the top prize at the 2019 Architeam Awards, the national program that celebrates the best work from small, medium and emerging practices.

Designed by Lovell Burton, Springhill House in Victoria was announced as the recipient of the Architeam Medal on 13 November, with the jury praising its response to context and brief.

“Through the respect paid to the local vernacular, this project is linked to the Macedon Ranges and broader Australian context,” the judges said. “The siting and utilitarian material palette reference local hay sheds with detailing that is highly skilled.”

Owl Woods Passive House by Talina Edwards Architect, Sustainability Medal winner.

Owl Woods Passive House by Talina Edwards Architect, Sustainability Medal winner.

Image: Tatjana Plitt

Springhill House has received a number of awards since its completion in 2017, including the award for New House Under 200 square metres in the 2018 Houses Awards.

It was selected as the overall winner from more than 140 entries to the Architeam Awards, with 13 other entries taking home awards across a range of categories.

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Talina Edwards Architect took home the Sustainability Medal for Owl Woods Passive House. The judges said the project “raises the bar for what is achievable in sustainable architecture and home building.”

“The Owl Woods Passive House pavilions reach into the landscape and contain beautiful spaces that achieve a level of energy efficiency that all architects should aspire to in their work,” they said.

Winning the Small Project Medal was Torquay Compartment Apartment by Winter Architecture, which was recognized as an ingenious reimagining of a tiny footprint.”

Existenzminimum by WHDA, People’s Choice Award winner.

Existenzminimum by WHDA, People’s Choice Award winner.

Image: Sherman Tan

The 45-square metre apartment is a home for a family of four, which is “light, bright and utterly welcoming.”

A number of the finalists for this year’s awards will be presenting their work at the office of Big Plans Melbourne on 15 November. Plans for the projects will be projected onto the floor at 1:1 scale, allowing guests to walk through them.

The 2019 winners are:

Architeam Medal

Springhill House – Lovell Burton

Sustainability Medal

Owl Woods Passive House – Talina Edwards Architect

Small Project Medal

Torquay Compartment Apartment – Winter Architecture

People’s Choice Award

Existenzminimum – WHDA

Brickworks Materiality Award

Kalora Park Sports Club – Wowowa

Emerging Architect Award

Ben Callery, Ben Callery Architects

Residential New – Joint winners

Springhill House – Lovell Burton

House at Otago Bay – Topology

Residential Alteration and Additions – Joint winners

House N – Joyce Architects

Limerick House – Solomon Troup

Commercial Award

Future Future – Olaver Architecture

Community Award

Kalora Park Sports Club – Wowowa Architecture

Unbuilt Award

Förföra – Tessellate a+d

Contribution Award

EBD Journal – EBD Architects

To see the full list of finalists, head here.

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