/ 02 November 2023

Small home, big award

Image: Sardaka via Wikimedia Commons
Image: Sardaka via Wikimedia Commons

The country’s top architecture awards have given their highest honour to a tiny house built on a 30m2 “scrap” of land wedged next to a factory. The home in Surry Hills in Sydney used a bunch of rejected materials like broken bricks and turned them into something that’s quite the showstopper. The judges reckon because of our housing crisis, it’s time to move beyond rewarding the traditional 4-bedroom standalone home (that now averages 229m2 FYI). Another big gong went to the Rockhampton Museum of Art, and kudos to designer Lindsay Clare, who created a space where “you can wander in there in your shorts and t-shirt”. And not to be left out in its 50th birthday year – the redeveloped concert hall at the Sydney Opera House also won two awards for heritage and interior architecture. Encore…

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