‘Sensitive’ and ‘tactile’: The winners of the 2019 Houses Awards announced

A 110-metre-long shed has been named Australian House of the Year at the 2019 Houses Awards, announced on Friday 26 July.

Daylesforld Longhouse by Partners Hill is at once a “remarkable home”, a “hardworking farm building” and a “verdant greenhouse,” commented the jury, and a demonstration of “a compelling idea executed in its purest form” and an “innovative approach to a complex brief.”

“This year’s winning projects are all very sensitive to site and context … and they’re tactile,” said juror Lindy Atkin. “They’re much more about place-making and space-making than they are about form-making, which is a really good thing. They are also respectful of what’s come before them, particularly in the alteration and addition and heritage categories.”

Daylesford Longhouse was also awarded winner of the New House over 200m2 category. Elsewhere in the awards House In Darlinghurst by Tribe Studio clinched two categories: House Alteration and Addition under 200m2 and House in a Heritage Context.

The full list of winners are:

Australian House of the Year

Daylesford LonghousePartners Hill

New House under 200 m2

Bay Guarella HousePeter Stutchbury Architecture

New House over 200 m2

Daylesford LonghousePartners Hill

House Alteration and Addition under 200 m2

House in DarlinghurstTribe Studio

House Alteration and Addition over 200 m2 – joint winners

Brisbane Riverbank HouseOwen Architecture

Teneriffe HouseVokes and Peters

Apartment or Unit

The Bae TasWork by Liz and Alex

House in a Heritage Context – joint winners

Balmain Rock Benn and Penna

House in DarlinghurstTribe Studio

Garden or Landscape

Whynot St Pool and CarparkKieron Gait Architects with Dan Young Landscape Architects


The Garden BunkieReddog Architects

Emerging Architecture Practice

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A total of 26 entries and two emerging practices received commendations across nine categories.

Now in its ninth year, he program has become one of the country’s most sought-after accolades, with 502 entries submitted in 2019 – five percent more than the previous year.

On the 2019 jury were: Lindy Atkin (co-director, Bark Architects), John Choi (partner, Chrofi), Luigi Rosselli (director, Luigi Rosselli Architects), Rachel Nolan (principal, Kennedy Nolan) and Katelin Butler (editorial director, Architecture Media), with sustainability adviser Dominique Hes (director, Place Agency) and architectural advice in House in a Heritage Context category provided by Bruce Trethowan (director, Trethowan Architecture).

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

The Houses Awards is presented by Architecture Media and supported by Cult, Artedomus, Asko, Blum, Haymes Paint, the Heritage Councils of Victoria and New South Wales, Maximum, PGH Bricks, Sussex, and Tractile.

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