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2013 Australian House of the Year and New House over 200m² winner - Bisley Place House by James Russell Architect.

2013 Australian House of the Year and New House over 200m² winner - Bisley Place House by James Russell Architect. Image: Toby Scott

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2013 Australian House of the Year and New House over 200m² winner - Bisley Place House by James Russell Architect.

2013 Australian House of the Year and New House over 200m² winner - Bisley Place House by James Russell Architect. Image: Toby Scott

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The exterior of the 2013 House of the Year by James Russell Architect.

The exterior of the 2013 House of the Year by James Russell Architect. Image: Toby Scott

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The judges' citation recognised it as "a modest structure of enormous ambition; an assured work of architectural innovation...".

The judges’ citation recognised it as “a modest structure of enormous ambition; an assured work of architectural innovation…”. Image: Toby Scott

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James Russell Architect's winning design.

James Russell Architect’s winning design. Image: Toby Scott

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Apartment, Unit or Townhouse winner - Pyrmont Apartment by bokor architecture-interiors.

Apartment, Unit or Townhouse winner - Pyrmont Apartment by bokor architecture-interiors. Image: Stuart Scott

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The judges said: This is a versatile, comfortable home for contemporary family life."

The judges said: This is a versatile, comfortable home for contemporary family life.” Image: Stuart Scott

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The title of best individual dwelling within a multi-residential building was awarded to this Sydney apartment in an old wool store.

The title of best individual dwelling within a multi-residential building was awarded to this Sydney apartment in an old wool store. Image: Stuart Scott

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Apartment, Unit or Townhouse winner - Pyrmont Apartment by bokor architecture-interiors.

Apartment, Unit or Townhouse winner - Pyrmont Apartment by bokor architecture-interiors. Image: Stuart Scott

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Heritage Award winner - East Melbourne House by Zoë Geyer Architect.

Heritage Award winner - East Melbourne House by Zoë Geyer Architect. Image: Dianna Snape

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Heritage Award winner - East Melbourne House by Zoë Geyer Architect.

Heritage Award winner - East Melbourne House by Zoë Geyer Architect. Image: Dianna Snape

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Heritage Award winner - East Melbourne House by Zoë Geyer Architect.

Heritage Award winner - East Melbourne House by Zoë Geyer Architect. Image: Dianna Snape

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A building built in 1886 - and once a doss house and brothel - is home to this charming Melbourne residence.

A building built in 1886 - and once a doss house and brothel - is home to this charming Melbourne residence. Image: Dianna Snape

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Judges described the Heritage Award winner as "a find, beautifully detailed, modern dwelling befitting its location and heritage status".

Judges described the Heritage Award winner as “a find, beautifully detailed, modern dwelling befitting its location and heritage status”. Image: Dianna Snape

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House Alteration & Addition over 200m² and Outdoor winner - Lilyfield Warehouse by Virginia Kerridge Architect.

House Alteration & Addition over 200m² and Outdoor winner - Lilyfield Warehouse by Virginia Kerridge Architect. Image: Michael Nicholson

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This conversion of an industrial warehouse features dual courtyards and a spacious interior.

This conversion of an industrial warehouse features dual courtyards and a spacious interior. Image: Michael Nicholson

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This project was declared by the judges to be "remarkably liveable and sustainable".

This project was declared by the judges to be “remarkably liveable and sustainable”. Image: Michael Nicholson

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House Alteration & Addition over 200m² and Outdoor winner - Lilyfield Warehouse by Virginia Kerridge Architect.

House Alteration & Addition over 200m² and Outdoor winner - Lilyfield Warehouse by Virginia Kerridge Architect. Image: Michael Nicholson

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House Alteration & Addition under 200m² winner - Tir Na NÓg by Drew Heath Architects.

House Alteration & Addition under 200m² winner - Tir Na NÓg by Drew Heath Architects. Image: Brett Boardman

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This Sydney renovation "challenges the traditions of inner-city living by replacing security and privacy with openness," said the judges.

This Sydney renovation “challenges the traditions of inner-city living by replacing security and privacy with openness,” said the judges. Image: Brett Boardman

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House Alteration & Addition under 200m² winner - Tir Na NÓg by Drew Heath Architects.

House Alteration & Addition under 200m² winner - Tir Na NÓg by Drew Heath Architects. Image: Brett Boardman

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House Alteration & Addition under 200m² winner - Tir Na NÓg by Drew Heath Architects.

House Alteration & Addition under 200m² winner - Tir Na NÓg by Drew Heath Architects. Image: Brett Boardman

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New House under 200m² joint winner - Keperra House by A-CH.

New House under 200m² joint winner - Keperra House by A-CH. Image: Derek Swalwell

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The exterior of the award-winning house designed by Queensland's A-CH.

The exterior of the award-winning house designed by Queensland’s A-CH. Image: Derek Swalwell

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New House under 200m² joint winner - Merricks Beach House by Kennedy Nolan Architects.

New House under 200m² joint winner - Merricks Beach House by Kennedy Nolan Architects. Image: Derek Swalwell

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Merricks Beach House by Kennedy Nolan Architects - a single-storeyed 155m² weekender in Melbourne.

Merricks Beach House by Kennedy Nolan Architects - a single-storeyed 155m² weekender in Melbourne. Image: Derek Swalwell

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Joint winner of the New House under 200m² category - Merricks Beach House.

Joint winner of the New House under 200m² category - Merricks Beach House. Image: Derek Swalwell

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Sustainability winner - Mihaus Studio by Sue Harper Architects.

Sustainability winner - Mihaus Studio by Sue Harper Architects. Image: Michael Nicholson

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These portable modular pods increased the size of this beachside home in Sydney.

These portable modular pods increased the size of this beachside home in Sydney. Image: Michael Nicholson

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Sustainability winner - Mihaus Studio by Sue Harper Architects.

Sustainability winner - Mihaus Studio by Sue Harper Architects. Image: Michael Nicholson

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Sustainability winner - Mihaus Studio by Sue Harper Architects.

Sustainability winner - Mihaus Studio by Sue Harper Architects. Image: Michael Nicholson

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Every year, the best contemporary homes in The Lucky Country are chosen. This year, a team of five judges – architects Alice Hampson, Debbie Ryan, Peter Stutchbury and Jon Clements, and Katelin Butler, editor of Australian Houses – canvassed the entire country to find winners in eight categories and a winner for Australian House of the Year.

The champions are all different from each other but have a few things in common; they are of their time, cleverly designed, made to suit their environments and endlessly covetable.

James Russell Architect’s winning design. Image:  Toby Scott

Scroll through the image gallery above for the winners — and for plenty of design elements to inspire you in your own home.

  • Australian House of the Year and New House over 200m² — Bisley Place House, James Russell Architect
  • Apartment, Unit or Townhouse — Pyrmont Apartment, bokor architecture+interiors
  • Heritage — East Melbourne House, Zoë Geyer Architect
  • House Alteration and Addition over 200m² and Outdoor — Lilyfield Warehouse, Virginia Kerridge Architect
  • House Alteration and Addition under 200m² — Tir Na NÓg, Drew Heath Architect
  • New House under 200m² — Keperra House, A-CH, and Merricks Beach House, Kennedy Nolan Architects
  • Sustainability — Mihaus Studio, Sue Harper Architects

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