An unusual Victorian terrace house with ties to Ned Kelly and the Eureka Stockade has been sensitively updated, with a geometrically imaginative addition creating new living space while respecting the original house’s character.
Hovering above the garage of a terrace house, this unassuming studio creates a calm space to listen to and make music, while also breathing life into an existing courtyard.
A bold, sculptural form rising among quaint weatherboard bungalows, this Northcote house playfully addresses its heritage context while providing a warm and joyful home for a family of five.
Before making the decision to launch their practice, architects Chris Major and David Welsh were presented with a friend’s small single-storey worker’s terrace that was in need of renovation. Sixteen years later, David Welsh reflects on this seminal project.
An addition to a cottage that had been home to members of the architect’s family since 1939, this project by Deicke Richards balances memory and nostalgia with the need for better connection to the landscape.
Subverting the traditional suburban layout, this robust, materially honest house by Those Architects creates a series of interconnected indoor and outdoor spaces across an unremarkable Freshwater block.
Cutting a dramatic curve through its inner-Melbourne lot, this distinctly “Wrightian” house by Multiplicity is grounded in its garden setting and built for family life.
This new apartment block by Woods Bagot with Hecker Guthrie fits neatly into the fabric of its village street, while perfectly suiting its inhabitants, who wish to simplify life.
Built as an escape from everyday life, this off-grid cabin by Maguire and Devine Architects celebrates the Tasmanian landscape and is a reminder of simple pleasures.
This new beach house by Architects Ink is an elegant and respectful re-imagining of the original modernist-style shack that once stood on the site.
A collage of the textures and colours of Fitzroy’s built history, this playful addition to an 1850s terrace by Austin Maynard Architects aims to ‘give something back’ by creating a lush oasis in the heart of the inner city.
Inspired by the tiger prawn, this terrace house renovation by Wowowa Architecture is both a gesture designed for public delight and a series of playful spaces to be privately enjoyed.
Distinctive for its geometric clarity and minimalist material palette, this precisely curated extension to an existing Queenslander by Hogg and Lamb responds to the intensity of the sun and evokes a sense of calm.
Agius Scorpo Architects’ clever reconfiguration of a twenty-three-square-metre apartment within Melbourne’s early modern Cairo Flats preserves the modernist spirit while creating space for a contemporary life.
Architect Simon Pendal reflects on his first project, his own house in Fremantle WA, which he built with his life partner Rebecca Angus.
One of Adelaide’s best maintained examples of mid-century residential architecture, this 1958 house offers a model of clarity for what matters in daily life.
Challenging the culture of housing in Darwin with this compact, climatically appropriate duplex for defence personnel, Troppo Architects has designed a spearhead for built advocacy, imbued with local identity.
Surrounded by off-the-plan project homes on a new estate, this house by Eldridge Anderson marries pared-back simplicity with the joy of detailing to deliver an outcome that is rational rather than boisterous.
Drawing on existing constraints and opportunities, this renovation to a nineteenth-century terrace house by Tom Robertson Architects has transformed a “cramped and dark” space into a home that works perfectly for its owners.
Strategic vistas and subtle shifts in plan enhance informality and openness in this addition to a Californian bungalow by Mark Szczerbicki Design Studio.
This “low and wide” addition to a freestanding cottage by Rob Kennon Architects minimizes impact on its site and surroundings while prioritizing a life lived outdoors.
With a form derived from the welcome intrusion of two jacaranda trees and a focus on ease of mobility, this large but nuanced house by Popov Bass is an exemplar of complex architectural problem-solving.
An abstraction of the postwar cottage, this addition to a Brisbane hillside house by Owen Architecture is expressed not as a fragment or extrusion but as a hipped-roof whole.
Architect Kate Fitzgerald of Whispering Smith prevailed against government regulations to create this compact home in Perth that represents a novel approach to increasing density in the suburbs.
A permanent residence for ten adults with disabilities, this group home in Sydney by Candalepas Associates demonstrates how a building designed specifically for group housing balances independence and care.
Schored Projects’s Coburg Townhouses, a community housing development in Melbourne’s north designed for women in need, reminds us of the capacity for social architecture to make change.
Drawing on design details of North Melbourne’s eclectic housing stock, this addition to a grand Victorian terrace by Matt Gibson Architecture and Design delivers a cohesive and simple built form, which reveals its adaptations over time.
This bold, minimal addition to a hillside house by Preston Lane Architects makes the most of a relatively modest budget, with the new spaces designed for diverse modes of use.
Kerion Gait Architects’ elegantly crafted garden pavilion set in a newly formed landscape evokes a sense of openness and sociality, in contrast to the existing 1920s Queenslander.
Marked by an impressive attention to detail and an idiosyncratic handling of materials, this house by Ritz and Ghougassian eschews the traditional backyard in favour of an “inward-looking” approach.