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Habitus House of the Year: A New Celebration of Regional Excellence

Habitus House of the Year: A New Celebration of Regional Excellence

Habitus House of the Year: A New Celebration of Regional Excellence

We celebrate ten years of Habitus and sustained design excellence in the Indo-Pacific region with a new program.

For ten years, Habitus has shone a much-needed spotlight on the unique architecture, design, and art of the Indo-Pacific. Produced in the region but beloved around the world, Habitus has emerged as the leading global destination for design hunters in search of unique, inspiring projects that challenge conventional ideas about residential architecture and design. Over the years we’ve evolved across both our print and digital platforms to present the best of regional design to you in the most original, engaging ways – an evolution that reflects the amazing progress of architecture and design in our part of the world. The past ten years have seen astounding growth in our region, and the emergence of a number of leading lights who are changing what it means not only to design but also to live in the vibrant Indo-Pacific region.

In spite of this growth, Habitus has remained faithful to its origins as a labour of love: a magazine for design lovers by design lovers. Both our print and digital platforms cover architecture in a way that you won’t find anywhere else, combining stunning imagery with thoughtful, immersive writing that finds the real stories behind the stories. To this day, we remain driven by a desire to highlight the incredible talent within the Indo-Pacific and honour the growing role of design as a way of life.

Introducing Habitus House of the Year

As we celebrate ten years of championing regional excellence, Habitus is pleased to announce ‘Habitus House of the Year’, a new program honouring outstanding residential design in the Indo-Pacific. Our upcoming special edition will showcase a handpicked shortlist of the twenty best homes completed in our region in the past twelve months, and will be supplemented by an exclusive online showcase of five projects hosted right here on Habitus Living.

In true Habitus fashion, the shortlist will honour homes by established practitioners and emerging talents alike, creating a snapshot of the current state of regional design and a tantalising glimpse into what the next ten years may bring. From this shortlist, and independent jury of design heavyweights will award top honours for the Habitus House of the Year, Exemplary Integration of Environment, and Outstanding Interior Architecture.

Competition Jury

The inaugural Habitus House of the Year competition jury has been carefully selected to represent a cross-section of the leading thinkers and doers in regional residential design. Habitus Founding Editor Paul McGillick is joined by Cubes magazine and Indesignlive.sg Editor Narelle Yabuka, architecture writer Karen McCartney, Burley Katon Halliday founder Neil Burley, and architect Howard Tanner. Stay tuned for more information on each of the judges and their exciting, varied backgrounds in design.

Get Involved

In addition to the jury selections and special mentions, the ‘People’s Choice for the House of the Year’ will give Habitus readers the opportunity to have their say. Watch this space for more details about the voting process and how to get involved with the program.

Partnering with the Best

Helping us realise the House of the Year program is a suite of sponsors who lead the design industry. We are proud to work alongside Stylecraft, Sub-zero & Wolf and Zip as we search for the Region’s most outstanding new homes. More about our partners will be revealed soon.

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We would like to extend a special thanks to our Major Sponsors for their support in the inaugural year of the Habitus House of the Year initiative. Thank you to StylecraftHOME, Sub-Zero Wolf and ZIP Water.