The unusual obstacle of an underground sewer line bisecting this South Fremantle block has led to a nuanced architectural treatment and a house brimming with moments of unexpected delight.
Located on an exposed corner in Melbourne’s Brighton, this uncompromising new house by Chamberlain Architects was conceived as a “concrete bunker,” with luxurious, private space washed in light by multiple skylights.
In the leafy Brisbane suburb of Tarragindi, this house wraps around a generous central courtyard to strike a delicate balance between nurturing family life and responding to its natural setting.
Light-filled and airy, this dwelling by Tzannes re-imagines the suburban home and experiments with new modes of multi-generational living.
A garden pavilion designed by Christopher Polly Architect provides a striking counterpoint to a 1960s brick bungalow, subverting the physical and conceptual limitations of an “unapologetically suburban” setting.
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.
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.
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.
Architect Simon Pendal reflects on his first project, his own house in Fremantle WA, which he built with his life partner Rebecca Angus.
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.
The maverick move of inserting a lush, tree and fern-filled void in the place of a front verandah distinguishes this unorthodox reworking of the Queensland cottage type.
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.
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.
In Melbourne’s bayside suburb of Brighton, March Studio’s Compound House offers a considered response to site and planning constraints and continues the firm’s keen interest in experimental fabrication.
In his design of this thoughtful and “radically judicious suburban villa” in coastal New South Wales, Andrew Power has appealed to strict classical sensibilities with artful familiarity and wit.
Through a forensic and addictive process of discovery, John Wardle Architects has painstakingly added to and restored this cliffside cottage on Bruny Island with “humble deference” to its history and the world-wanderer who called it home.