A contemporary Australian farmhouse in Daylesford, Victoria was named Australian House of the Year at the 2019 Houses Awards, held in Melbourne on 26 July. Designed by Partners Hill, Daylesford Longhouse is a “garden oasis” that combines a working farm, cooking school, reception venue and home within a single 110-metre-long shed. “The project explores opportunities for volume within its form and the discovery of terrain inside makes it all the more exciting,” said juror Rachel Nolan of Kennedy Nolan.
The house was among eight projects to win awards across nine categories, with the winners spread across rural, regional and urban Australia. Also presented was an award for Emerging Architecture Practice, which went to Melbourne studio Edition Office. Linda Atkin, a juror and director of Bark Architects, said: “Noteworthy in this year’s entries and made evident through much of the photography, is that these are homes not just houses.” Now in its ninth year, the Houses Awards are presented by Architecture Media and supported by Cult, Artedomus, Asko, Blum, Haymes Paint, the Heritage Councils of Victoria and New South Wales, Maximum, PGH Bricks, Sussex, and Tractile. housesawards.com.au