The First Word From Habitus #49

For the past three years, the Habitus team has pulled together a collection of 20 diverse and wide-ranging residential projects dotted throughout the Indo-Pacific Region for the annual Habitus House of the Year special edition. We’ve looked at all sorts of typologies, from alterations and additions to new builds; compact inner city dwellings to rural homes in sprawling landscapes; full time residences to holidays homes; and briefs from families that are expecting to grow, disperse, age in place or house multiple generations.

But there are a few key elements that each and every project we’ve selected has in common. One is a genuine connection to the land on which the building sits. Another is that the architects have clearly understood and responded to their clients’ brief and unique way of life. In addition, while social, economic and environmental sustainability is typically taken into account, it is still worth celebrating when the solutions are innovative and imaginative.

These core attributes form the basis of the judging criteria for our jury of independent experts who come together to select which projects will receive Habitus House of the Year awards and commendations to be announced later in the year.

And who will you choose for the Habitus House of the Year People’s Choice award? Head to habitusliving.com/houseoftheyear for exclusive online content to help further inform your decision. Submit your vote online to enter the draw to win the Ultimate Design Hunter Package.

Holly Cunneen
Editor


Ruckers Hilly House by Studio Bright. Photography by Rory Gardiner

 

Habitus would like to acknowledge the support of our Major Partners for 2020: Gaggenau, StylecraftHOME and Zip; and our Supporting Partner: Rocks On. Our Trophy Partner, Axolotl, and our Design Hunter Partners: About Space, Didier, Euroluce, Phoenix Tapware, The Green Room, Savage Design, Stylecraft and Top3 By Design.