Australia’s best houses of 2017

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Auchenflower House by Vokes and Peters.

Auchenflower House by Vokes and Peters.

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Balnarring Retreat by Branch Studio Architects.

Balnarring Retreat by Branch Studio Architects.

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Fish Creek House by Edition Office.

Fish Creek House by Edition Office.

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Auchenflower House by Vokes and Peters.

Auchenflower House by Vokes and Peters.

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A Pavilion Between Trees by Branch Studio Architects

A Pavilion Between Trees by Branch Studio Architects

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Burleigh Street House by ME.

Burleigh Street House by ME.

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Bobhubski by March Studio.

Bobhubski by March Studio.

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Waterloo House by Anthony Gill Architects with Budwise Garden Design.

Waterloo House by Anthony Gill Architects with Budwise Garden Design.

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Fish Creek House by Edition Office.

Fish Creek House by Edition Office.

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Garden Pavilion by BLOXAS.

Garden Pavilion by BLOXAS.

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Jac by Panov Scott.

Jac by Panov Scott.

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Burleigh Street House by ME.

Burleigh Street House by ME.

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The winners of the 2017 Australian Houses Awards have been announced, with a sensitive, yet memorable adaptation of a traditional Queenslander taking out the top honour.

Deceptive simplicity,” “an atmospheric palette” and “minimal intervention for maximum outcome” are some of the hallmarks of the winning projects in the 2017 Australian Houses Awards.

The awards’ top honour, Australian House of the Year, went to a sensitive, yet memorable adaptation of a traditional Queenslander, Auchenflower House by Vokes and Peters, which was also awarded joint winner of the Alteration and Addition under 200m2 category.

“Auchenflower House offers an inventive model for working with traditional housing on suburban blocks and provides an intelligent and poetic paradigm for current practice,” said the jury.

The 2017 Houses Awards celebration took place in Melbourne at the National Gallery of Victoria on Friday 4 August. Each category winner received a $1,000 prize and the winner of Australian House of the Year was also awarded $5,000. 

The winners are:

Australian House of the Year

Auchenflower HouseVokes and Peters

New House under 200 m2

Balnarring Retreat – Branch Studio Architects

New House over 200 m2

Fish Creek House – Edition Office

House Alteration and Addition under 200 m – joint winners

Auchenflower House – Vokes and Peters

A Pavilion Between Trees – Branch Studio Architects

House Alteration and Addition over 200 m2

Burleigh Street House – ME

Apartment or Unit

Bobhubski – March Studio

House in a Heritage Context 

Jac – Panov Scott

Outdoor

Waterloo House – Anthony Gill Architects with Budwise Garden Design

Sustainability – joint winners

Fish Creek House – Edition Office

Garden Pavilion – BLOXAS

Emerging Architecture Practice

ME

Commendations

Sixteen projects and three emerging practices received commendations across the nine categories.

The Houses Awards is one of Australia’s most sought-after accolades for residential design. This awards program has enjoyed growing entries year on year and 2017 is no exception, with 448 entries, which is up by five per cent on 2016.

Each year the Houses Awards entries are judged by a panel of  jurors, who are appointed on the basis of their practical expertise, professional standing and high profile. On the 2017 jury were: Richard Kirk (Kirk), Wendy Lewin (Wendy Lewin Architect), Ian Moore (Ian Moore Architects), Juliet Moore (Edwards Moore) and Katelin Butler (Houses magazine). 

There are more images of all winning houses in the gallery on the Houses Awards website.

The Houses Awards are presented by Architecture Media, publisher of Houses magazine (Australia) and ArchitectureAU website.


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