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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Past the front gate, the monolithic form dissipates to reveal a crafted and comfortable family home.

Uncompromising geometry: Hawthorn House

Two monolithic pavilions shrouded in concrete rise from a landscaped platform in an skilful balance of architectural expression, material composition and comfort.

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The Garma Cultural Knowledge Centre, located at Gulkula in Wiwatj (North East Arnhem Land). Architecture is used by the Indigenous clients as a medium to convey oral histories and tell their story.

Revisited: Garma Cultural Knowledge Centre

Build Up Design, Klaus Helms

In North East Arnhem Land, the realization of a cultural centre – led by the Yolngu people – sets an important precedent for the creation of sacred Indigenous architecture.

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The Wayside Chapel comprises two brick buildings – one new, the other refurbished – flanking a community hub. The brick structures are designed to assimilate into the surrounding neighbourhood context.

Revisited: The Wayside Chapel

An ambitious scheme for a new home for the Wayside, designed by Environa Studio and completed in 2012, led to the salvation of this vital community organization.

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The delicate timber structure of the old Queenslander house has been rotated 90 degrees and raised onto concrete stumps.

Out from under: Teneriffe House

In rethinking the “raise and build under” renovation strategy so often applied to Queenslander houses, Vokes and Peters has added an elegant layer to the narrative of this historically rich dwelling.

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The Kooroomba Chapel adapts the traditional chapel form and orchestrates a carefully calibrated balance between architecture and landscape.

For love of whimsy: Kooroomba Chapel

Through inventive tectonics, Wilson Architects has overlaid a picturesque landscape experience with allusions to an earlier settler culture.

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Glazing on the main facade, a generous forecourt and a covered verandah are designed to make the mosque more visually open.

Radical and poetic: Australian Islamic Centre of Newport

Glenn Murcutt and Elevli Plus

In the western suburbs of Melbourne, a landmark mosque designed by Glenn Murcutt and Elevli Plus assumes a contemporary architectural language that abstracts the conventional symbols of Islamic places of worship.

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The building’s structural geometry is derived from the Star of David. Other abstractions of religious symbols include the geometric pattern on the northern glazed wall, which interprets the Seven Species.

Exuberant allegory: Emanuel Synagogue

Lippman Partnership’s exuberant addition to a synagogue campus in Sydney responds to two significant twentieth-century architectural works in a dialogue that reflects the plurality of the Jewish faith.

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Living, farming, cooking and teaching functions coalesce in Daylesford Longhouse, where “common sense yields all sorts of poetic pleasures.”

Magical sequencing: Daylesford Longhouse

Partners Hill

In rural Victoria, a vast industrial shed is the veil for a rationally planned yet intriguing program of living quarters, cooking school and productive farm.

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Cadogan Song School by Palassis Architects.

‘Delicate and beguiling’: Cadogan Song School

A small but reverential addition to the Cathedral Precinct in Perth reinvigorates its heritage context and reintroduces site to citizen.

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Entry from the street leads to a forecourt. The minaret, traditionally a tower to amplify the call to prayer, here contains the separate women’s entry.

A ‘modern architectural masterpiece’: Punchbowl Mosque

In the south-west Sydney suburb of Punchbowl, the ritualistic and formal traditions of the Islamic faith find contemporary expression in a monumental ode to prayer.

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Constructed of predominantly prefabricated components, the Incubator meets a challenging brief for a building that was quick to construct, was easy to relocate in the future and would allow flexibility of use.

Next level prefabrication: Macquarie University Incubator

In this temporary education building by Architectus, which requires flexibility of use, prefabrication and swift construction offer a design-driven vision for the demountable building of the future.

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The curving, singular form, which occupies the south-east corner of the campus, acts as a grandstand-like backdrop to the adjacent oval.

Geoff Handbury Science and Technology Hub

Enveloped in an intriguingly veiled and aptly futuristic form, this new facility at Melbourne Grammar School offers some compelling insights into the future of science and technology education.

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Studios are contained within the two-storey stables wing. First-floor studios on new floors are broken up with floor-to-roof voids that allow views of the original structure.

Intricate recasting: The Stables, VCA

This considered refurbishment honours a once-vital part of Melbourne’s infrastructure, transforming the formal rhythm of stables and riding halls into flexible studios and performance spaces for the Victorian College of the Arts.

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The student hub’s internal face brick walls are topped with a sawtooth roof that provides great natural light.

Show the ropes: Notre Dame University Student Hub

In Fremantle, Cox Architecture’s sensitive reworking of a former rope-making warehouse aims to make a university hub more appealing and accessible to students.

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Pinboards running the length of the office are essential to the team’s design process, encouraging dialogue and acting as a communication mechanism for staff.

Work wonders: Techne Studio

For its new home in Melbourne’s Carlton, Techne Architecture and Interior Design has created a workplace expressed as a venue for creative production.

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As seen in suite six, galvanized steel, carpet and timber create an unexpected but comforting mixture of materials and textures.

Luxury in restraint: Drift House

Melbourne architecture firm Multiplicity has revisited a boutique hotel they designed in the Victorian coastal town of Port Fairy and added a suite of new spaces that redefine what luxury means.

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Rattan panels accentuate the form of the ceiling and are a reminder of “a straw hat that would have been worn on a paddle steamer.”

A sense of ceremony: Bert’s Bar and Brasserie

Akin Atelier

Designed by Akin Atelier, Bert’s Bar and Brasserie in Sydney’s Northern Beaches is reminscent of the grand hotel dining rooms of the 1930s.

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Built by hand on site, the cabin was constructed from hardy, readily available materials.

First House: Zigzag Cabin

Drew Heath Architects

Acting as a “billboard in the bush” for architecture, this colourful cabin that was completed almost twenty years ago, was a first foray into the design-build process for architect Drew Heath.

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Located behind Kerr and Knight’s Parliament House, the members’ annexe provides 102 offices for members of the Parliament of Victoria.

Parliament of Victoria, Members’ Annexe Building

A companion building delicately grafted into the garden setting of Victoria’s Parliament House realizes the long-anticipated extension to one of Melbourne’s most prominent civic landmarks.

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Sly Brothers Semi by Archisoul.

A lesson in collaboration: Sly Brothers Semi

Taking a neighbourly approach to design and construction, this addition to one in a pair of historic attached cottages by Archisoul in beachside Sydney preserves a connection to Australia’s coast-dwelling past.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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