Australia’s top five houses of the year revealed

A tubular two-bedroom home built on stilts, a heritage pub conversion and a Grand Designs-inspired sanctuary for a family of four: Australia’s top five houses of the year revealed

  • A list comprising five of Australia’s most recognised architecturally-designed homes has been unveiled 
  • This collection is showcases a range of properties including modern constructions and heritage renovations
  • Also included in the roundup is a two-bedroom home set in the Kallista bush that’s tubular in its construction

A list showcasing some of Australia’s most brilliant architecture has been unveiled.

The collection, as revealed by property website Domain, highlights the work of some of the best in the business and features a range of heritage and modern constructions.

While a few took out top awards, there were also some spectacular creations that escaped recognition. Here, FEMAIL takes a look at some of the standout entries of 2018.

Inverleigh, Victoria: Making this home somewhat of a standout is the fact it has embraced its heritage past without comprise

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Nulla Vale, Victoria: This barn conversion, created by Melbourne’s MRTN Architects, was shortlisted for a Houses Award in 2018 

The interior of this home features wood panelling, reclaimed corrugated iron and exposed red brick – all of which contribute to its rustic yet modern charm

1. Nulla Vale, Victoria

This property, located in Nulla Vale, Victoria, was shortlisted for a Houses Award, and while it didn’t win, it’s a home worthy of celebrating for its fresh approach to design.

Built from red brick, wood panelling and reclaimed corrugated iron, the minimalist home, designed by Melbourne’s MRTN Architects, is one that’s very much an exercise in restrained elegance and style.

‘The buildings are equal parts shelter and landform art, rendered in materials that are shaped by their environment rather than resistant to it,’ a statement on the Houses Awards site reads.

Inverleigh, Victoria: The heritage section of this home was originally built in 1865 

The addition of a new wing to the home provides ample living areas and a master bedroom 

2. Inverleigh, Victoria

Making this home somewhat of a standout is the fact it has embraced its heritage past without comprise, despite the addition of a thoroughly modern wing.

The building originally built in 1865 was in ruins when first purchased by the family who now reside there.

McSteen Tan Architects oversaw the renovations as well as the construction of a new addition which would serve to house the home’s main living area and master bedroom.

Renovations of the original building, which had served as a pub in its day, saw a library, study, guest bedroom, games room and family room installed on the ground floor.

The upper level gave the family’s four children their own bedrooms and a shared bathroom. The main suite has a walk-through wardrobe accessing an en-suite.

Bulleen, Victoria: his Michael Ong-designed home makes incredible use of limited space

The four-bedroom property, which sprawls over two levels, is built on 500sqm of land

3. Bulleen, Victoria

This home may be situated within a suburban Melbourne street, however, it couldn’t be further from its bland beige neighbours in both construction and style.

This Michael Ong-designed home makes incredible use of limited space. The property itself is built on 500sqm meaning the land has been used length as well as height wise.

Although boxy in appearance, the home offers four bedrooms which sprawl over two levels. It also includes a courtyard garden.

Domain explains the architect ‘had fun’ using different floor levels to define the functions of the internal spaces.

Kallista, Victoria: Inspiration for this home came after the architect spotted a charred log lying on the ground at the site where the home was built

The interior of this home follows tubular curves and lines in a natural, seamless and effortless manner 

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    4. Kallista, Victoria

    This tubular home nestled deep within the bushland’s of Kallista, Victoria, is a standout example of modern architectural thinking.

    The 20-metre-long, two-bedroom property, designed by Sven Maxa of Maxa Design, isn’t just an exercise in innovation, it’s also ‘energy conscious’ – a central feature of Maxa’s work.

    According to Domain, the inspiration for the home came following a visit to the property by the architect after he spotted a charred mountain ash log lying across the land.

    The home is elevated 4.5 metres above the ground a grid of steel supports. Stilt houses are in keeping with a trend to lighten people’s ‘footprint’, especially in natural areas. 

    The 20-metre-long, two-bedroom property, designed by Sven Maxa of Maxa Design, isn’t just an exercise in innovation, it’s also ‘energy conscious’

    5. Swan House, Canberra

    This modernist, three-bedroom family home situated just outside the nation’s capital is built atop a bridge that crosses a dam.

    Swan House, an intriguing property created by architects Collins Caddaye Architects, was seven years in the making from when it was first commissioned, Domain reports. 

    ‘On the day of the initial visit to this semi-rural site, the dam was flooded after heavy rain. This was the inspiration for the concept of the house,’ reads information on Collins Caddaye Architects site.

    The unique property saw architect Andrew Collins awarded this year’s ACT chapter AIA award for new residential. 

    Inverloch House: This architecturally-designed home by Micheal Ellis was built as a getaway for a family of four

    Mr Ellis’ work has been featured on shows such as Grand Designs so it’s no wonder this home is far more than your average weekender 

    This circular fireplace is just one of many unique features this artisan home boasts 

    Inverloch House, Victoria

    And lastly, while Inverloch House wasn’t part of Domain 2018 best homes roundup, this Micheal Ellis designed home is one that is worth taking a look at.

    The home was built as a weekend getaway. However, given Micheal Ellis’ work has featured on shows such as Grand Designs, it stands to reason the home would be so much more than that.

    ‘As the grandest built expression of self a family will likely ever realise,’ reads a statement on Michael Ellis’ website.

    ‘We believe an architect-designed home should first serve the needs of its inhabitants, carefully considering a family’s collective physical, emotional and financial wellbeing.

    ‘Our designs consider the private and public requirements of home: the sanctuaries families retreat to, and the spaces they choose to share with others.’ 

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