Shortlist Revealed: Australia’s Best Residential Architecture

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As one of the country’s most sought-after architectural accolades, the Houses Awards celebrate Australia’s best residential projects in eight categories, and will culminate in the announcement of the 2014 Australian House of the Year.

Now in its fourth year, the awards recognise the outstanding work of Australia’s architecture and design professionals. The annual program continues to grow each year with projects commanding world-wide attention. 261 entries were submitted in 2014, a 5% increase on the previous year. A total of 120 projects have been shortlisted and can be viewed in the online gallery at

Awards and commendations across the following categories will be presented at Sydney’s Doltone House Hyde Park on Friday 1st August, with one project being awarded with the prestigious title ‘Australian House of the Year’. The Australian House of the Year Award winner stands to win a $5,000 cash prize, while individual categories offer a $1,000 prize.

The categories for 2014 are as follows:

• Australian House of the Year • New House under 200 square metres • New House over 200 square metres • House alteration and addition under 200 metres • House alteration and addition over 200 metres • Apartment or Unit • House in a Heritage Context • Outdoor • Sustainability

Each year, the Houses Awards attracts Australia’s s leading architects and designers to form a highly qualified jury. The jurors for 2014 are:

• Brian Donovan, Principal, BVN Donovan Hill (Qld) • Maggie Edmond, Founding Director, Edmond and Corrigan (Vic) • William Smart, Creative Director, Smart Design Studio (NSW) • Emma Williamson, Co-Founder, CODA (WA) • Katelin Butler, Editor, Houses magazine (Vic)

Architectural advice in Heritage category is provided by Peter Williams, Williams Boag Architects, on behalf of the Heritage Council of Victoria.

In announcing the shortlisted projects, the jury applauded the wide spectrum of design principles and approaches that were applied to both new and refurbished properties. Katelin Butler, editor of Houses magazine says “Once again the jurors were impressed with the array and calibre of projects entered into to the Houses Awards – a testament to the high quality of work being produced across Australia.

Winners will be announced during a celebration at Sydney’s Doltone House Hyde on Friday 1 August.


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