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Nine stunning Mornington Peninsula properties have been shortlisted for the eighth annual Houses Awards.

The finalists are in three categories — New House Over 200m2, House Alteration & Addition Under 200m2 and House Alteration & Addition Over 200m2 — and the winners, including  the Australian House of the Year, will be announced at the 2018 Houses Awards at The Ivy Ballroom in Sydney on Friday, July 27. This year’s awards attracted a record 477 entries, a 7 per cent increase on last year.

Developed by Australia’s leading architectural magazine, Houses, the awards recognise the pinnacle of Australian residential architecture and design, and editor and 2018 juror Katelin Butler said the shortlisted entries revealed the high calibre of contemporary Australian residential architecture. “It’s great to see our talented architects and designers experimenting and challenging the status quo, resulting in a series of surprising and delightful architectural moments,” Katelin said.

Each year, the shortlist provides integral insight into the country’s highest calibre of contemporary design and visionary professionals. The shortlisted projects and eventual winners are selected by an esteemed panel of jurors from across the country. The nine categories are:

• New House Under 200m2

• New House Over 200m2

• House Alteration & Addition Under 200m2

• House Alteration & Addition Over 200m2

• Apartment or Unit

• Garden or Landscape

• House in a Heritage Context

• Sustainability

• Emerging Architecture Practice

The Mornington Peninsula finalists are:

New House Over 200m2

Parkside House (Cera Stribley Architects)

“With its dramatic juxtaposition of its timber batten cladding inside and out and block work walls of the ground-level living area, this house takes inspiration from the classic Mornington bathing boxes and the foreshore and is a contemporary take on the classic modernist beach house.”

Red Hill Farm House (Carr with Jackson Clements Burrows Architects)

“A sense of purpose and rigour is immediately evident in the rural character of this home sited on a unique parcel of farmland on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. Situated on a small rise, the home identifies strongly with the local vernacular and rural language but with a very contemporary approach.”

Tucks Ridge House (Adrian Bonomi, Architect) 

“A modern rural dwelling of modest scope and elegant simplicity, expressing a profound relationship and response to the landscape and the client’s design brief. Internal spaces strive for serenity and the most direct and intimate connection to place and landscape.”

House Alteration & Addition Under 200m2

Dark Light House (MRTN Architects)

“Dark Light House is a modest addition to a family home designed and built in the late ‘60s. Originally built as a holiday home, the owners’ required additional living space but not at the expense of the detail and character of the original.”

Merricks Guest House (Studio Esteta) 

“Informed by the existing infrastructure, a rustic timber-clad form nestled within lush landscaping, the design transforms a country outhouse into a refined guest house on a 4ha rural property in Merricks, Victoria.”

House Alteration & Addition over 200m2

Boneo Country House (John Wardle Architects) 

“An existing house is reimagined as part of a larger schema. The new house branches from the old across the slope, engaging with expansive views stretching beyond. The new wing contains living spaces and the main bedroom. The splitting of the house offers excellent zoning for adults and adult children.”

Green Gables (Studio Tate)

“Studio Tate completely renovated and restored this Tudor-style beach house, referencing the historic hilltop home’s identity and stunning location. With great respect for heritage architecture, the overall design concept was inspired by coastal textures of bleached coral and sand, echoing the brisk Victorian seaside climate, and avoiding coastal clichés.”

Halo House (Bayley Ward) 

“With the bones of a brutalist style structure, the grand proportions were recut to make way for this family holiday retreat. The original house was cut and opened up into two discernible spaces, one facing the newly transformed gardens and the other enjoying the infinity pool and bayside panorama.”

Red Hill Residence (Travis Walton Architecture) 

“This residence is a modern rural retreat, a second home away from the client’s inner-city penthouse. In contrast, this house was designed to be minimalistic in detail, robust and functional yet maintain a country charm and strong connection to the rural landscape.”

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