‘Beautifully executed’ terrace extension wins the 2022 Houses Awards

For the first time In the history of Houses Awards, one house has taken home an unprecedented three categories, as well as the award’s highest honor, the Australian House of the Year.

Studio Bright’s Autumn House was the standout project in the 200+ square meter Home Alteration and Addition and Garden or Landscape categories, and it was also a joint winner in the Home category in a Heritage Context category.

“It is a beautifully done conversion of a Victorian terrace house in the north of Melbourne. Every inch of this change and addition has been considered and handled with precision and skill by Studio Bright,” said jury chairman and Houses editor Alexa Kempton.

“Over the past two years, we have expected more from our homes than ever before. They had to be places for interaction and retreat, work and learning, play and rest at the same time. Autumn House meets all these needs and more. It shows how comprehensive design thinking can transform a simple terraced house into one of the most striking examples of residential design in our country.”

The 2022 jury also included Clare Cousins ​​(Clare Cousins ​​Architects), Matthew Eagle (ME), Isabelle Toland (Aileen Sage Architects) and Kieran Wong (The Fulcrum Agency), with Clare Parry from Development Victoria as sustainability advisor, and Helen Lardner, director of HLCD, as heritage consultant.

The winners are:

Australian House of the Year

autumn house – Studio Bright

New house over 200 m2

Always – Kennedy Nolan

New house under 200 m2

Corner house – Archier

Home adaptation and addition more than 200 m2

autumn house – Studio Bright

Housing alteration and addition under 200 m2

Cascade house – John Elway

Apartment or Unit

Inala Apartment – Brad Swartz Architects

Garden or landscape

autumn house – Studio Bright

House in a heritage context – joint winners

autumn house – Studio Bright

Fusilier house – I think Mulcahy


The passive house Hütt 01 – Melbourne Design Studios

Emerging Architecture Practice – Joint Winners

Placement studio


See the 24 acclaimed projects.

The winners were announced at a gala presentation at the State Library of Victoria on Friday, July 29, 2022. Each category took home a cash prize of $1,000 and the winner of Australian House of the Year received $5,000.

View full photo galleries of winning and acclaimed projects here.

Houses Awards is organized by Architecture Media and supported by Cult, Artedomus, the Australian Institute of Horticulture, Blum, Brickworks, the Heritage Council of Victoria, James Hardie, Next Level Elevators, Sussex, Taubmans and Latitude.

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