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2016 Houses Awards: celebrating Australia’s best



Ever wondered how those architecturally awarded houses get that kind of recognition? Or maybe you have an eye for exceptional architecture? The annual Houses Awards, held by Houses Magazine is coming up and it is the residential industry’s night of nights.

Running since 2011, the 2016 Houses Awards recognises the outstanding work from Australia’s architecture and design professionals; and provides a unique insight into contemporary residential design. Held at Doltone House Hyde Park in Sydney on Friday 22 July, winners are awarded $1,000 cash for each of the 9 categories with the Australia House of the Year winning $5,000!

With the Australia’s leading architects and designers making up this year’s Houses Awards jury, there were 427 entries from around the country, a 30% increase from the preceding year. The 2016 jury  comprises Karen  Alcock, MA  Architects (Vic),  Adrian Iredale, Iredale Pedersen Hook (WA),  Virginia Kerridge, Virginia Kerridge Architect (NSW),  Charles Wright, Charles Wright Architects (Qld)  and  Katelin  Butler, Editor,  Houses magazine.

Jury chairperson Katelin Butler stated “from  tiny  apartments  and  updated  mid-century  homes  to  beachside  retreats  and  luscious  gardens,  this year’s Houses  Awards shortlist uncovers  Australia’s diverse ways  of being at home.”

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Taking home the major prize, Planchonella House by Jesse Bennett Architect was named ‘Australian House of the Year’ in 2015 with a Jury member stating “Living in Planchonella House would be a true delight. Immersed in a luscious rainforest in Far North Queensland, the dwelling embraces its tropical climate and is handcrafted at every scale.”

If you think your house has what it takes next year, eligibility for The Houses Awards is restricted to individual dwellings designed primarily for residential living. Both Australian and International designers are eligible, as long as the property is within Australia.  You can attend the awards ceremony and judge the projects for yourself or check out the full results which will be published in the August 2016 issue of Houses.

Credit – Feature image by Michael Nicholson