Winners announced: 2018 Houses Awards

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.”

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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 HousePeter Stutchbury Architecture

Springhill House by Lovell Burton Architecture.

Springhill House by Lovell Burton Architecture.

Image: Benjamin Hosking

New House under 200 m2

Springhill HouseLovell Burton Architecture

New House over 200 m2

Cabbage Tree HousePeter Stutchbury Architecture

House Alteration and Addition under 200 m2 – joint winners

Terrarium HouseJohn Ellway

Hole in the Roof HouseRachel Neeson and Stephen Neille

House Alteration and Addition over 200 m2

Morningside Residence by Kieron Gait Architects.

Morningside Residence by Kieron Gait Architects.

Image: Christopher Frederick Jones

Morningside Residence – Kieron Gait Architects

Apartment or Unit

Boneca ApartmentBrad 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


Nightingale 1 by Breathe Architecture.

Nightingale 1 by Breathe Architecture.

Image: Peter Clarke

Nightingale 1 – Breathe Architecture

Emerging Architecture Practice – joint winners

Brad Swartz Architects

Zuzana and Nicholas


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 Cult, Artedomus, Asko, Blum, Haymes Paint, the Heritage Councils of Victoria and New South Wales, Maximum, Sussex, Think Brick and Tractile.

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