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  1. Coopworth by FMD Architects

The gusty shores from Bruny Island in Tasmania are no strangers to winter cold. This new farmhouse located on a sheep farm has a compact footprint in a shed-like profile built to withstand roaring westerly winds. Inside, a warm plywood interior provides a comfortable perspective on the wild landscape. Read more…

Polychrome House by Amber Road (now YSG).

Image: Prue Ruscoe

2. Polychrome House by Amber Road (YSG)

This eclectic and expressive home in Sydney’s Cronulla has shaken all expectations of residential typology and embraced an artful vernacular. Featuring a fearless combination of colors, textures and surfaces, the once conventional 1960s brick interior is now at the height of adventure and the unexpected. The centerpiece of the living room, an industrial style fireplace above a burgundy tiled hearth. See more of YSG Studio’s work…

Always by Kennedy Nolan

Always by Kennedy Nolan

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3. Still by Kennedy Nolan

The reclusive coastal setting of Flinders on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula requires a comfortable interior to withstand the bites of the ribs. This humble Kennedy Nolan-designed home provides the perfect refuge from adverse conditions, creating a stark contrast between the cozy interior and the sweeping panorama of the beach skyline. Read more…

Fusilier Cottage added by Bence Mulcahy

Fusilier Cottage added by Bence Mulcahy

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4. Fusilier Cottage added by Bence Mulcahy

This bluestone Georgian cottage in Hobart was originally built in the 1830s for the Scottish conductor of the 21st Royal Scots Fusiliers Regiment. Inside, dark-stained original wood, distressed brass and limestone create a warm canvas for sunlight streaming through screens and skylights. A pedestal cast iron fireplace pays homage to the historic charm of the house. Read more…

Arthur Circus by Circa Morris-Nunn Chua

Arthur Circus by Circa Morris-Nunn Chua

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5. Arthur Circus by Circa Morris-Nunn Chua

Hobart’s Battery Point is a former colonial settlement that has remained virtually untouched for nearly 200 years. This quirky Georgian cottage houses a small but lively house manages to create a sense of generosity within a confined envelope and strict site constraints. Beneath a steeply pitched pyramidal roof, the gabled space below is simply and elegantly finished, featuring a stunning chrome chimney with efficient built-in log storage. Read more…

Federal house by publishing office

Federal house by publishing office

Image: Benjamin Hosking

6. Federal house by publishing office

Edition Office designed this new home in the NSW Northern Rivers outback to offer a bunker-like shell from the outside that hides a warm and intimate inner sanctuary. Inside, a fireplace occupies a corner of the room, which can be completely open to the weather. But closed, the suspended fireplace transforms this living room into a perfect winter haven. Read more…

Elwood Bungalow by Rob Kennon Architects

Elwood Bungalow by Rob Kennon Architects

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7. Elwood Bungalow by Rob Kennon Architects

Rob Kennon Architects celebrate Melbourne’s Art Deco suburb and Elwood’s interwar heritage in this 1920s bungalow redesign, with its rounded exterior walls, exposed roof rafters and its shingled roof tiles. Inside, Kennon has created fun times with high-level windows that bring natural light into what would otherwise have been the dark core of the existing home. Read more…

Escarpment House by Virginia Kerridge

Escarpment House by Virginia Kerridge

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8. Escarpment House by Virginia Kerridge Architect

Virginia Kerridge Architect has revived an aging farmhouse in a lonely landscape to create an off-grid oasis on the south coast of NSW that blends in with the natural surroundings. Inside, the pitched roof of the new addition is experimented with in the first floor living room and mimics the style of the original chalet. A remnant chimney sits at the junction between the new and the old. Read more…

Y House by Andrew Simpson Architects.

Y House by Andrew Simpson Architects.

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9. Y House by Andrew Simpsons Architects

Andrew Simpson Architect designed this Great Ocean Road home from the 2015 bushfires that swept through Wye River and Separation Creek. Building in what is known as a “landslide” zone, Simpson created a Y-shape to make the most of the newly created views. Read more…

Courtyard House by Bill Shugg

Courtyard House by Bill Shugg

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10. Bill Shugg’s Courtyard House

This understated modernist home was built by architect Bill Shugg for his family in the 1960s. Today it is almost perfectly preserved in its near original condition. Located in the garden of a colonial mansion, this modest house wraps around a courtyard and is accessible from many points. The south living room is the highlight, with an enviable freestanding brick fireplace that retreats from the hustle and bustle of the family rooms. Read more…

Poinciana House by Nielsen Jenkins.

Poinciana House by Nielsen Jenkins.

Image: Tom Ross

11. Poinciana House by Nielsen Jenkins

Poinciana House is a redesign of an Edwardian wooden bungalow in Brisbane’s inner south. Situated on a pocket of quiet street, the site steps back from the road and offers a glimpse of the western ranges with tall trees stretching from the ravine behind. At the back of the house, a generous living space opens onto a protected courtyard-patio with swimming pool, tamed lawn and outdoor fireplace. Read more…

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