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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Commercial / public buildings
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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