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The kitchen and living areas are filled with colour and texture, which makes this a home of unmatched vibrancy and energy.

Small but mighty: Il Duomo

A contemporary take on elaborate Italianate ornamentation by Wowowa Architecture embraces colour and texture, and defies the diminutive footprint of a worker’s cottage in Melbourne’s inner-north.

Interiors, Residential buildings
Made of roughly 34 tonnes of steel, the stairwell twirls effortlessly above a garden bed.

On a good buzz: B:Hive Smales Farm

This co-working space on Auckland’s North Shore by BVN is, by all accounts, a success story for its owners and its tenants.

The marble of the kitchen’s bespoke island and splashback punctuate an otherwise moody colour palette.

Moody hues: 1906

A compact apartment in inner-city Sydney is transformed into a bijou home distinguished by rich colour and decadent materiality: 1906 by Amber Road.

Residential buildings
The square’s design integrates architecture, landscape and art, including a nine-metre statue, Wirin, designed by Tjyllyungoo (aka Lance Chadd) and sculpted working with Stuart Green from Big Spoon Art Services.

‘Genuinely inclusive’: Yagan Square

Lyons Architecture with Iredale Pedersen Hook and Aspect Studios

The collaborative design for Yagan Square in the heart of Perth returns the site to its origins as a people’s meeting place and links previously disconnected parts of the city.

Landscape / urban design
A void above the living areas lets plenty of light in, which is perfect for the owners, who spend a lot of time entertaining in the kitchen. Artwork: Michael Muir.

Hospitality at home: Millswood House

Studio Gram with Kate Russo

Distinctive for the “cat’s ears” roof profile, this addition to a double-fronted cottage in Adelaide is the result of a three-year labour of love for its architects.

Residential buildings
The kitchen island functions as the home’s backbone, around which everyday activities take place.

Spirited simplicity: Skylit House

Downie North

A 1950s bungalow is thoughtfully replanned with a utilitarian yet welcoming design that follows the philosophy of “less but better.”

Residential buildings
The kitchen benchtop and sink are wrapped in burnished brass that will patina with use.

Garden room: Mount Stuart Greenhouse

Bence Mulcahy

This addition to a grand early-20th-century home in Hobart reads as a generous garden room, housing a new dining and kitchen space that captures the scale and movement of the nearby cypress tree.

Residential buildings
The home’s kitchen and dining area is a light, bright and airy space that’s instantly calming and incredibly tranquil.

Minimalist tryst: Leichhardt Oaks

A reductive aesthetic and plentiful natural light interlace in Benn and Penna’s elemental extension to a cottage in the Sydney suburb of Leichhardt.

Residential buildings
Significant expansion and remodelling work of the Kurt Popper-designed Elwood Talmud Torah occurred in 1972–73.

A story of migration, refuge and reconstruction: Elwood Talmud Torah

Viennese émigré Kurt Popper was a remarkable and prolific architect who helped introduce European modernism to the design of Australia’s places of worship.

On a treed escarpment above Margaret River, the long, east–west axis of Ooi House captures and amplifies the essence of the place.

Revisited: Ooi House

Ooi House by Kerry Hill Architects is a seminal project in Australia’s modern architectural canon. Revisiting the icon more than two decades after its construction leaves the striking impression of a nuanced home inextricably bound to its site.

Residential buildings
The varied and unexpected ceiling heights at Fitzroy Terrace result in spatial clarity and delight. Artwork: Brooke Holm.

Surprising grandeur: Fitzroy Terrace

Within a seemingly typical Victorian terrace house, new shifts in volume and dramatic apertures to the sky create the illusion of impossibly spacious proportions.

Residential buildings
Witty woodwork: Seed House

Witty woodwork: Seed House

Adding to the architectural legacy of a salubrious Sydney suburb, this home for the architect’s own family is a volumetric study that celebrates the inherent qualities of timber.

Residential buildings
The seasonal transformation of the birch tree at New Farm Park House is a focal point in the landscaped garden.

Choreographing the domestic: New Farm Park House

A choreographed sequence of landscaped gardens enriches the experiential qualities of this addition to a Brisbane home, whose regional sensibility befits its locale.

Residential buildings
The bold geometry at Oak House is balanced by subtle site-specific gestures and modestly scaled spaces that respond to family life.

Eclectic yet unified: Oak House

Colour and geometry permeate this bold addition to a double-fronted Victorian terrace house that offers new-found connections to an established oak tree.

Residential buildings
The house occupies a site that, for two decades, had been maintained as a fenced private lawn. A cloister at the street corner preserves the memory of this emptiness.

‘Memory palace’: Subiaco House

A new house in Perth at once recollects and reconsiders the suburban house, employing a garden room to mediate between individual and collective suburban life.

Residential buildings
The south facade overlooks a park and Fitzroy Town Hall. Two courtyard houses occupy the top floor, their courtyards seemingly carved out of the glazing.

Community, not commodity: Whitlam Place

Freadman White and Anon Studio

A self-initiated housing venture in Melbourne’s Fitzroy, replete with conceptual clarity, delicate form-making and extraordinary quality of finish, is a rare counterpoint to the uniformity of multiresidential development.

Commercial / public buildings
Concrete panels on the facade recede, tilt and fold to provide solar protection yet also reveal sliced silhouettes of life within. A dramatically cantilevered volume accommodates a recital hall.

Coalescence of art and city life: The Ian Potter Southbank Centre

The new home of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music is a sensuous architectural vessel that supports musical learning as it mediates between performer, audience and city.

Commercial / public buildings
Porosity at the three public-street frontages, 
in particular the arcade on James Street, strengthens the building’s civic gestures.

Urbane luxury: The Calile Hotel

A new hotel in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley is evocative of luxury tropical resorts yet also carefully assimilates into the emerging urban character of the James Street precinct.

Commercial / public buildings
The bulk of the Green Square Library is buried underground, with parts emerging from the ground plane as a series of built elements and sunken voids.

A diorama in a messy city: Green Square Library and Plaza

Studio Hollenstein ‎in association with Stewart Architecture

In the evolving urban precinct of Sydney’s Green Square, the unconventional organization of a library and its plaza – designed by Studio Hollenstein in association with Stewart Architecture – is driven by an urban approach that loosens the division between inside and outside.

Commercial / public buildings
The 2018 NGV Architecture Commission Doubleground reflects on the fractured nature of memory and the iconic Roy Grounds-designed spaces of its location. Bottom left: Draped Seated Woman (1958), Henry Moore.

Memory lane: Doubleground

Muir, Openwork, Higgins Coatings

Marked by fluid boundaries and tilted terrain, Muir and Openwork’s installation is a potent reflection on architecture, experience and the relationship of memory to place.

Landscape / urban design
In the dining and sitting spaces, solid walls give way to operable glazed panels that allow the pavilion to be transformed into a platform.

A strong sense of place: Three Capes Track Lodges

Part of an evolving tradition of place-sensitive architecture in the Tasmanian wilderness, these walking lodges sit back in the landscape and let the spectacular scenery take precedence.

Commercial / public buildings
The apartment’s main living space bends with the arc of the crescent-shaped roof terrace.

Revisited: Droga Apartment

Sitting atop a nineteenth-century brick warehouse in Sydney’s Surry Hills, the celebrated Droga Apartment, completed in 1997 by Durbach Block Jaggers, embodies the architects’ idiosyncratic design sensibilities.

Residential buildings
William adopted a modern approach to heritage in his design for the conversion, which he completed just months after finding the site.

First House: 632 Bourke

When architect William Smart found a pair of dilapidated buildings in Sydney’s Surry Hills, he immediately saw their potential and set to work designing a new home for himself and his partner and for his then burgeoning practice.

Residential buildings
The central courtyard articulates the new kitchen, dining and living rooms and offers each space flexibility.

Integral solutions: Fitzroy North House

Preserving the integrity of its existing heritage condition, this addition to a single-fronted Victorian terrace uses clever spatial solutions and seamless detailing to simplify the daily lives of a growing family.

Residential buildings
Interior spaces are redefined alongside terraces, courts and gardens, resulting in a warm and unpretentious home.

Deep thinking: Camp Hill House

An inventive, restrained reworking of form, space and landscape by Twohill and James enhances the qualities of this old timber cottage, long-loved by a couple, their children and two canine companions.

At night when the apartments are lit from within, the rhythm of life inside is projected on the building’s facade. Photograph: Rory Gardiner.

A neighbourly narrative: North Fitzroy by Milieu

Fieldwork, Flack Studio

This modern take on the classic walk-up apartment – by Fieldwork and Flack Studio – is arranged around a verdant central courtyard, designed to foster community.

Residential buildings
Storybook House inspires a childlike delight with its playful details, including secret compartments and an arched entry to the living room. Artwork: Sally Smart.

Childlike delight: Storybook House

Folk Architects’ addition to a terrace in Melbourne’s inner-north stretches the limits of its compact site to create a pragmatic and surprising family home.

Residential buildings
The central courtyard, lined with a landscaped garden, frames the sky and forms a pivot point around which daily life revolves.

A calming plan: Courted House

Breakspear Architects

Embracing the elements inherent in traditional courtyard houses, this home by Breakspear Architects in Sydney’s inner-west uses rational geometry in a way that is poised, powerful and surprisingly flexible.

Residential buildings
Each house in this “dichromatic duo” has a unique identity inspired by the materials and geometry of Port Fairy’s built fabric.

Dichromatic duo: Hello Houses

Perpetuating the verandah culture that exists in Port Fairy, a coastal town in south-west Victoria, this pair of houses designed by Sibling director Nicholas Braun for his sister make a friendly addition to the neighbourhood.

Residential buildings
The black and white palette is tempered in the kitchen by a marble splashback and spotted gum timber floors.

Exploiting the vertical: House in Darlinghurst

This former electrical substation at the end of an inner-Sydney lane is recast as a couple’s contemporary home by Tribe Studio through the empathetic and dexterous use of vertical space.

Residential buildings