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Habitus Magazine | Issue 41 – House Of The Year

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Welcome to our 10th anniversary issue of Habitus. For me, Habitus has been unwavering in its mission: to seek out the best architecture and design from our Region, the Indo-Pacific, and show how it both serves and expresses the way of life of the people who live there.

Each issue has been a snapshot or moment in time capturing the state of the industry: the ideas that compel us, the issues we face, the innovation that thrusts us forward, and the success that motivates us. One could easily chart the movements of our design community using issues 1-41 as timestamps.

So, for this very special issue, the team is proud to present our 2018 Habitus House of the Year selection. Carefully curated at the hands of myself and founding editor, Paul McGillick, whose editorial note is overleaf, 25 recently completed residential projects – five of them wildcard, online exclusives to Habitus Living – champion what it means to live through design in Australia, New Zealand, South- and South- East Asia.

Marking each project as worthy of our selection – and your attention – is the distinctive, brilliant gold “Habitus House of the Year” stamp. When you see that stamp, either here in this issue or online at habitusliving.com/houseoftheyear, you’ll know immediately we’re talking about oustanding, exemplary architecture exclusive to our Region.

We will be consulting a jury of industry grandées to award one project the title of 2018 Habitus House of the Year in November. However we also value you, our readers’ opinion. So, I encourage you to cast your vote for the People’s Choice, announced at the same time.

I may not have been with Habitus for 10 years, but I’ve loved it for just as many for its innovation and ingenuity. This year, we’re celebrating the Habitus House of the year, but you know us: we’re always evolving. So don’t expect the same thing in the years that follow. Enjoy the issue.

Holly Cunneen | Editor

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