Deceptive simplicity, minimal intervention, and a smaller footprint were some of the key themes of the 2017 Houses Awards. 

2017 Houses Awards winners announced

The Houses Awards, presented by Architecture Media, is one of the most well-regarded accolades for residential design. With 448 entries in 10 categories, the event has never been stronger. Taking place in the National Gallery of Victoria, the awards night on the 4th August was another evening to remember and the winners didn’t disappoint.

The 2017 Houses Awards’ top honour of Australian House of the Year went to Auchenflower House by architects Vokes and Petes. This deceptively simple form played on the humble weatherboard ‘Queenslander’, making “beautiful connections” with the quiet suburban streetscape.

2017 Houses Awards
Auchenflower House, Queensland | Photography: Christopher Frederick Jones

“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 Auchenflower House was also awarded joint winner of the 2017 Houses Awards’ Alteration and Addition under 200m2  category.

Australian House of the Year
Auchenflower House by Vokes and Peters (Auchenflower, QLD)

New House Under 200 m2
Balnarring Retreat by Branch Studio Architects (Balnarring, VIC)

New House Over 200 m2
Fish Creek House by Edition Office (Foster, VIC)

House Alteration and Addition Over 200 m2, 
Burleigh Street House by ME (Burleigh Heads, QLD)

House Alteration and Addition Under 200 m2 – joint winners
Auchenflower House by Vokes and Peters (Auchenflower, QLD)
A Pavilion Between Trees by Branch Studio Architects (Balnarring, VIC)

Apartment or Unit 
Bobhubski by March Studio (Falls Creek, VIC)

House in a Heritage Context 
Jac by Panov Scott Architects (Dulwich Hill, NSW)

Outdoor 
Waterloo House by Anthony Gill Architects with Budwise Garden Design (Waterloo, NSW)

Sustainability 
Fish Creek House by Edition Office (Foster, VIC)
Garden Pavilion by BLOXAS (Brunswick, VIC)

Emerging Architecture Practice 
ME (QLD)

More information about the 2017 Houses Awards project winners and entries can be found on the Houses Awards website.