‘Superbly executed’ terrace addition sweeps 2022 Houses Awards

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

Studio Bright’s Autumn House was the stand-out project in House Alteration and Addition Over 200 Square Metres and Garden or Landscape categories, and it was also a joint winner in the House in a Heritage Context category.

“It is a superbly executed alteration to a Victorian terraced house in Melbourne’s inner north. Every inch of this alteration and addition is well-considered and has been addressed with precision and skill by Studio Bright,” said jury chair and Houses editor Alexa Kempton.

“For the past two years, we have expected more of our homes than ever before. They have simultaneously needed to be places for interaction and retreat, working and learning, play and rest. Autumn House meets all of these needs and more. It demonstrates how comprehensive design thinking can shape a humble terraced house into one of the most outstanding examples of residential design in our country.”

The 2022 jury also comprised 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 advisor.

The winners are:

Australian House of the Year

Autumn HouseStudio Bright

New House over 200 m2

AlwaysKennedy Nolan

New House under 200 m2

Corner HouseArchier

House Alteration and Addition over 200 m2

Autumn HouseStudio Bright

House Alteration and Addition under 200 m2

Cascade HouseJohn Ellway

Apartment or Unit

Inala ApartmentBrad Swartz Architects

Garden or Landscape

Autumn HouseStudio Bright

House in a Heritage Context – joint winners

Autumn HouseStudio Bright

Fusilier Cottage Bence Mulcahy


The Hütt 01 PassivhausMelbourne Design Studios

Emerging Architecture Practice – joint winners

Placement Studio


See the 24 commended projects.

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

See the full image galleries of winning and commended 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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