Winners announced: 2018 Houses Awards

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Cabbage Tree House by Peter Stutchbury Architecture.

Cabbage Tree House by Peter Stutchbury Architecture. Image: Michael Nicholson

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Springhill House by Lovell Burton Architecture.

Springhill House by Lovell Burton Architecture. Image: Benjamin Hosking

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Cabbage Tree House by Peter Stutchbury Architecture.

Cabbage Tree House by Peter Stutchbury Architecture. Image: Michael Nicholson

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Terrarium House by John Ellway.

Terrarium House by John Ellway. Image: Toby Scott

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Hole in the Roof House by Rachel Neeson and Stephen Neille.

Hole in the Roof House by Rachel Neeson and Stephen Neille. Image: Brett Boardman

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Morningside Residence by Kieron Gait Architects.

Morningside Residence by Kieron Gait Architects. Image: Christopher Frederick Jones

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Boneca Apartment by Brad Swartz Architects.

Boneca Apartment by Brad Swartz Architects. Image: Tom Ferguson

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Bolt Hole by Panov Scott Architects.

Bolt Hole by Panov Scott Architects. Image: Murray Fredericks

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 Coastal Garden House by Neeson Murcutt Architects with 360 Degrees Landscape Architects.

Coastal Garden House by Neeson Murcutt Architects with 360 Degrees Landscape Architects. Image: Brett Boardman

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Nightingale 1 by Breathe Architecture.

Nightingale 1 by Breathe Architecture. Image: Peter Clarke

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Loft House x2 by Brad Swartz Architects, joint winner of Emerging Architecture Practice.

Loft House x2 by Brad Swartz Architects, joint winner of Emerging Architecture Practice. Image: Katherine Lu

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Monash Road House by Zuzana and Nicholas, joint winner of Emerging Architecture Practice.

Monash Road House by Zuzana and Nicholas, joint winner of Emerging Architecture Practice. Image: Toby Scott

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The winners of the 2018 Houses Awards have been announced, with awards going to a diverse group of “truly Australian” homes. Stuart Vokes, 2018 Houses Awards juror, said “Australia is witnessing a growing diversity of housing product as a consequence of changing social and economic forces. Architects are responding with exciting examples of innovative typologies, diverse spatial scales and socially responsible models evident amongst this year’s awarded projects and practices.” 

The awards program’s top honour, Australian House of the Year, went to Cabbage Tree House by Peter Stutchbury Architecture, which the jury described as a “complete Australian house that authentically and poetically embraces its landscape setting.”

Anchored in a rock shelf on Sydney’s northern beaches, the masonry structure leans back into the hillside as a “physical manifesto of the character of its place.”

“Although this house is undeniably an impressive piece of architecture, it has the warmth, layers and inhabitation of a welcoming home,” the jury stated.

Other projects recognized include an “economical and delightful” author’s house on a disused farm, a quiet addition to a 1920s Queenslander, and a subtle and sophisticated rethinking of an existing twenty-four-square-metre apartment.

The winners are: 

Australian House of the Year

Cabbage Tree House – Peter Stutchbury Architecture

Springhill House by Lovell Burton Architecture. Image:  Benjamin Hosking

New House under 200 m2

Springhill House – Lovell Burton Architecture

New House over 200 m2

Cabbage Tree House – Peter Stutchbury Architecture

House Alteration and Addition under 200 m – joint winners

Terrarium House – John Ellway

Hole in the Roof House – Rachel Neeson and Stephen Neille

House Alteration and Addition over 200 m2

Morningside Residence by Kieron Gait Architects. Image:  Christopher Frederick Jones

Morningside Residence – Kieron Gait Architects

Apartment or Unit

Boneca Apartment – Brad Swartz Architects

House in a Heritage Context 

Bolt Hole Panov Scott Architects

Garden or Landscape

Coastal Garden House – Neeson Murcutt Architects with 360 Degrees Landscape Architects

Sustainability

Nightingale 1 by Breathe Architecture. Image:  Peter Clarke

Nightingale 1 – Breathe Architecture 

Emerging Architecture Practice – joint winners

Brad Swartz Architects

Zuzana and Nicholas

Commendations

A total of 29 entries and two emerging practices received commendations across the nine categories.

Now in its eighth year, the Houses Awards program has become one of the country’s most sought-after accolades for residential design, with 477 entries submitted in 2018 – six percent more than the previous year.

Each year the Houses Awards entries are judged by a panel of jurors, who are appointed on the basis of their practical expertise, professional standing and high profile.

On the 2018 jury were: Kerry Clare (director, Clare Design), Albert Mo (director, Architects EAT), Jenny Officer (director, Officer Woods Architects), Stuart Vokes (director, Vokes and Peters) and Katelin Butler (editor, Houses magazine). Advice for the House in a Heritage Context category was provided by Peter Williams (founding director, Williams Boag Architects) on behalf of the Heritage Councils of Victoria and New South Wales.

See the full image galleries for winning projects here.

The Houses Awards is presented by Architecture Media and supported by CultArtedomusAsko,  BlumHaymes Paint, the Heritage Councils of Victoria and New South WalesMaximumSussex,  Think Brick and Tractile.


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