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Aligned with a shift in floor level, a narrow skylight marks the point at which the addition and existing house adjoin. Artwork: Jai Vasicek.

Simple wishes: Lansdowne Crescent

A request for increased amenity rather than more square metres was the impetus behind this deceptively compact addition to a period Hobart home by Preston Lane Architects, where shifts in level and volume help create light-filled spaces and a connection to the garden.

Residential buildings
The floating roof ties together the home’s concrete and timber elements and gives lightness to its form.

Tropical textures: Cove House

A thoughtful response to its unique setting and climate in the Gold Coast’s Sanctuary Cove, this house, by Justin Humphrey Architect, embodies principles of subtropical modern architecture to create a textured home for living and entertaining.

Residential buildings
Sliding panels and bifold doors allow the interior to return to its original singular volume. Artwork: Elliott “Numskull” Routledge.

‘Changing the performance’: Camperdown Warehouse

Fusing concepts inherent in furniture design and architecture, this conversion of a former motor vehicle factory in Sydney serves as a prototype for a novel approach to adaptive re-use.

Residential buildings
On the northern verandah, netted hammock seats lean in unison with the architecture, appearing to float over and into the landscape.

Trademark lyricism: Stradbroke House

Gabriel and Elizabeth Poole Design Company

Well versed in designing for the tropical Queensland climate, the Gabriel and Elizabeth Poole and Tim Bennetton have collaborated to deliver an exuberant South Stradbroke Island holiday home for the owner and her four grandsons.

Residential buildings
The primary living space in Tierney Drive House is bush-bound, locating its inhabitants in a kind of pre-suburban site condition.

Subtle occupation: Tierney Drive House


At once fluid and contained, this family home embraces the opportunities for connection and retreat offered by its sloping, bush-bound site near the Gold Coast’s Currumbin Creek.

Residential buildings
The commercial kitchen is visible through the glass walls of the kitchen, allowing customers to see the food production and delivery.

A study in yellow: McDonald’s in the Sky

Landini Associates’ design of McDonald’s In The Sky at Sydney International Airport combines familiarity with inventiveness to deliver a memorable customer experience.

Commercial / public buildings
Twin skylights meet to form an abstract infinity symbol, which represents the owners’ relationship.

Coming together: His and Hers House

Sculpted around the simple daily enactment of the owners’ newly shared life, this addition to an inner-Melbourne terrace by FMD Architects represents a binding together of stories, memories and moments.

Residential buildings
Rather than demolish the original cottage, the designers and their clients opted to refresh
it with an extension that addresses the street and landscape.

Coastal character: Piz House

Barnacle Studio

This characterful addition to a beach shack in a former coal mining village in New South Wales, by Barnacle Studio, speaks to its historical narrative and neighbouring ancient landform.

Residential buildings
Screens of rosewood timber, left to grey with age in Bondi’s coastal conditions, give natural colour to the home’s exterior.

Artful apertures: Cloud House

Akin Atelier

A restful sanctuary for a couple who share their time between Singapore and Sydney, this new house in Bondi by Akin Atelier uses carefully considered apertures and subtle texture to create a sense of unencumbered space and levity.

Residential buildings
A terraced garden, filled with vegetables, herbs and blooms, descends to the architecture studio on the lower floor of the house.

A verdant reimagining: Jacaranda House

Verdant terraced gardens and finely crafted joinery, stitch this reimagined Queenslander by SP Studio to its place and past to create a relaxed home and studio for the architect and his young family.

Residential buildings
The proportions of the new marble hearth have been exaggerated to register the length of the living room.

The art of inhabitation: Kia Ora

International Style modernism tempered by a youthful Italianate spirit instils this Melbourne apartment by Baracco and Wright Architects with a new layer of architecture that nimbly resists periodization.

Interiors, Residential buildings
Eucalypt timber battens belie the domestic scale of the building, instead responding to the vast proportions of the landscape.

Birdsong and rain: Rosebery House revisited

Responding to a ridgeline that runs west across the gully, this Brisbane home designed by Brit Andresen and Peter O’Gorman illustrates the expressive capacity of Australian hardwood timber and creates a visceral connection to the rainforest.

Residential buildings
Implied geometries overlaid onto the landscape by Lutyens, uncovered using research by Hector Abrahams, informed the siting of the new building.

The maintenance of memory: Sir John Monash Centre

A partially subterranean building dedicated to the maintenance of memory is a seamless and subtle addition to the Australian War Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux, France.

Commercial / public buildings
Giving off an opalescent shimmer, hand-cast Japanese glass blocks reference the site’s original use as a glass factory.

Through the looking glass: 75 Myrtle Street

In Sydney’s Chippendale, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer has transformed a two-storey former glass factory into purpose-built offices that take cues from their early-twentieth-century past.

The roof, a “simple and singular signature,” makes the stadium a recognizable gateway to the city.

Maximizing intensity: Optus Stadium

Hassell Cox HKS

As the centrepiece of an urban rehabilitation project east of Perth’s CBD, this sporting landmark is uniquely of its place while also serving as an international gateway to the city.

Commercial / public buildings
Located in the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills, Woods Bagot’s residential and retail building presents a memorable facade of staggered concrete forms and dense foliage.

Tall ambitions: Short Lane

As Sydney pursued a public conversation about brutalist architecture, a new building in Surry Hills was making its mark.

Residential buildings
At the entry to Pt. Leo Estate, a dramatic sculptural courtyard featuring a Queensland bottle tree is an intense, dry space that contrasts the vineyards surrounding it.

In vino veritas: Pt. Leo Estate Cellar Door and Sculpture Park

The design for this vineyard and sculpture park on a coastal site in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula skilfully orchestrates architecture, landscape and art into a cohesive and integrated whole.

Commercial / public buildings
Plastic Palace is the first iteration of what will be an annual commission by Albury City Council and Murray Art Museum Albury. The project makes visible the growing problem of waste management.

Loving and confronting: Plastic Palace

In the face of Australia’s accelerating waste crisis, a temporary structure in Albury by Raffaello Rosselli Architect lays bare the true cost of our reliance on hard plastic.

Commercial / public buildings
The Riverlink Building is part of a broader masterplan to reconnect the parallel corridors of Maitland’s High Street and Riverside Walk.

Ebbs and flows: Maitland Riverlink

Chrofi with McGregor Coxall’s revival of the city centre of Maitland, New South Wales, is a sublime lesson in addition and subtraction. Chrofi’s gateway building is a delicate aperture in the otherwise solid streetscape, forging a strong connection between city and river.

Commercial / public buildings
The lantern-like entry tower exaggerates the scale of the building and celebrates its structure.

Delicately rigged: Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre

Bud Brannigan Architects’ building for a fish hatchery and interpretation centre in Karumba, Queensland is a poetic and uncompromising celebration of the town’s industrial legacy.

Commercial / public buildings
The new work is clearly articulated off the side of a 1960s red-brick building. A fly roof and colonnade encourage occupation of the outside space.

Civic ambition: Lismore Regional Gallery

Dominic Finlay Jones Architects in Association with Phil Ward

In the regional city of Lismore, Dominic Finlay Jones Architects in association with Phil Ward has paired a modest, thoughtful intervention with community-minded thinking to design a thoroughly successful civic space.

Commercial / public buildings
The living and sleeping arms of each pod embrace a private deck, providing shelter and privacy.

Coastal cubbies: Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions

Liminal Architecture

On the east coast of Tasmania, Liminal Architecture has designed a series of sensitive and masterfully crafted accommodation pods that amplify the experience of the distinctive landscape of Freycinet National Park.

Commercial / public buildings
In colour, texture and form, the building appears as a geological monolith that belongs to the outback landscape.

Ode to an anthem: Waltzing Matilda Centre

Cox Architecture’s Waltzing Matilda Centre is a tribute to the community of Winton, embedded in the rugged landscape that inspired the ballad to which it is dedicated.

Commercial / public buildings
A knuckle in the plan establishes the main entry to the buildings and efficiently connects public-facing elements to the laboratory and workshop components.

Precisely calibrated: AGT Southern Crop Breeding Centre

Ashley Halliday Architecture Interiors

Ashley Halliday Architecture Interiors has reinterpreted the shed as a vessel for advanced technology, science and innovation in a new plant breeding and crop research facility.

Commercial / public buildings
Programmatic shifts are expressed externally, signalling the transition from barn to shed and alluding to the collection of buildings that typically characterize farm settings.

Crème de la crème: The Creamery, Bannister Downs Dairy

In its expansion plan for a successful dairy business based in Northcliffe, Western Australia, Bosske Architecture has explored the architectonic potential of the farm, finding a solution that is utilitarian and agricultural, yet corporate and spectacular.

Commercial / public buildings
Brass accents, buttery caramel leather banquettes and the use of the Featherston Scape dining chair, an Australian mid-century classic, hint at 1950s Italian spaces.

Seoul food: Caravan II

In South Korea’s capital, Melbourne-based Flack Studio has designed a layered, textured restaurant with nods to Australian design.

Working with an experienced engineer, Andrew devised a structural timber exoskeleton.

First House: Essex House

Working with an experienced engineer, a young Andrew Maynard used his first project as a testing ground for ideas, many of which form the basis of the design fundamentals he applies today.

Residential buildings
The single gable roof and expansive plate glass windows make for breezy interiors befitting a coastal location.

Revisited: Bridgford House 1953

Thanks to dutiful custodianship and light-handed restoration, Bridgford House, designed in 1953, is transportive. Harking back to 1950s summer vacations, the house in Black Rock, Victoria, is a testament to Good Life Modernism.

Residential buildings
Twin first-floor pavilions and ample openings connect the house to the garden and sky.

Double feature: Naremburn Twin Peaks

Simple yet impactful alterations and additions to an interwar bungalow by Benn and Penna on Sydney’s North Shore elevate once-dark period interiors to bright contemporary living spaces.

Residential buildings
Operable screens to the laneway offer natural ventilation, light and privacy.

Breathing room: Darling Lane

Challenging the ubiquity of open-plan living, a series of flexible rooms has been added to this historic inner-city warehouse, forming the latest “chapter” in the building’s narrative.

Residential buildings