10 of Australia's most inspiring homes

While quirky and aesthetically pleasing homes are, more often that not, hard to come by in day-to-day life (and sometimes seem like a far away Pinterest dream), reality proves they are often closer than you think - hidden away in a nearby corner, nestled in a forest or lodged on the edge of a cliff.

Australia is home to some of the world’s most skilled and high calibre architects, and in this year’s House Awards, the 477 entries show a 6% increase in talent and submissions than in 2017; proving that homegrown talent is on the rise.

So with the 2018 House Awards soon approaching, what better time to marvel and celebrate the creative craft of residential architecture?

Here are 10 of our favourite shortlisted homes.

1. Sunset House

Located in Manyana, a small town of New South Wales’ South Coast, the Sunset House is a beautiful modern holiday home with an industrial vibe designed by award winning Peter Stutchbury. It overlooks the Pacific Ocean and comprises of 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and an open living area - perfect for a weekend beach getaway.

sunset house in manyana

sunset house in manyana

sunset house in manyana

2. Farm Hill House

Developed by Preston Lane, the Farm Hill House is built on the windswept suburb of West Hobart. It overlooks the beautiful city skyline and breathes in the panoramic view of the River Derwent.

The home encompasses lightweight forms and clean structures fashioned with timber, textured elements and a neutral colour palette to broaden space and welcome user interaction.

Photographer: Adam Gibson

farm hill in west hobart

farm hill house in west hobart

farm hill house in west hobart

3. Datum House

Shortlisted for the ‘New House Under 200m’ category, the Datum House is designed by Figr Architecture Studio and sits in Melbourne’s Ascot Vale. The resident home is a compact envelope inspired by its surrounding environment, but packs a massive interior personality with its open living plan, study, 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.

Photographer: Tom Blachford

datum house in ascot vale

datum house in ascot vale

datum house in ascot vale

4. Bruny Island Hideaway

Hidden away in Tasmania’s Bruny Island, this off-grid cabin is a minimalist’s dream brought to life by Maguire and Devine Architects.

Engulfed by tall trees and expansive views of the south, the cabin features a sleeping loft, a bathroom and a tub on the afternoon deck.

Photographer: Rob Maver

bruny island hideaway tasmania

bruny island hideaway tasmania

bruny island hideaway tasmania

5. Fitzroy House

Located in Fitzroy, Melbourne, the Fitzroy House by Rob Kennon is a collision of Victorian heritage and modern architecture. With raw brick walls, rustic archways and a contemporary interior design, the home expresses both worlds harmoniously by infusing elements of each without taking away the significance of one or the other.

Photographer: Derek Swalwell

fitzroy house melbourne

fitzroy house melbourne

fitzroy house melbourne

6. Moreton Manor

Right in the heart of Sydney’s iconic Bondi is the Moreton Manor, designed by CO-AP. Like the Fitzroy House, the manor is a modern transformation and restoration of a Victorian heritage home.

It boasts stone and timber floors, lavish fireplaces, original sandstone structures and a modern poolside pavilion - contrasting and complementing the surrounding environment.

Photographer: Ross Honeysett

moreton manor bondi

moreton manor bondi

moreton manor bondi

7. Beach House

Situated on New South Wales’ South Coast, Beach House by Clayton Orszaczky is a contemporary beach shelter that bares itself to the coast. It comprises of a natural wooden exterior and an encapsulated sleek interior that provides options for beach retreat.

Photographer: Chris Warnes

beach house nsw south coast

beach house nsw south coast

beach house nsw south coast

8. Minallo Residence

Commissioned to enhance and extend the home of a family in West Hobart, Jaws Architect designed an indoor-outdoor living area extension that doubles as a garden conservatory. It features a serene water fountain, a beautiful garden deck and a new bay window that not only drenches the room with natural light, but also seamlessly connects the home with the open backyard space.

Photographer: Peter Matthew

minallo residence west hobart

minallo residence west hobart

minallo residence west hobart

9. Bulleen House

Located in Bulleen, Victoria, the MODO designed home is fashioned to be open, light-filled, natural and connected to the lush green environment.

With a clean colour palette, a combination of neutral textures and sharp lines, the residence makes for a breathable and comfortable living space.

Photographer: Ben Hosking

bulleen house victoria

bulleen house victoria

bulleen house victoria

10. Loft House x2

Last, but not least, is the Loft House x2 in Pyrmont. Designed by Brad Swartz, the home compartmentalises furniture to create a wider and more decluttered living space in the midst of urban hustle.

Photographer: Katherine Lu

loft house pyrmont sydney

loft house pyrmont sydney

loft house pyrmont sydney

To view more of the 2018 House Awards shortlist, click here.

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