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Every year, an Australian publication, Houses Magazine, recognizes the best new builds in the country with its Houses Awards. The entries are sorted into nine different categories and are judged by a series of architects and designers, with the most coveted prize earning the Australian House of the Year Award. Other submissions are recognized for their ingenuity and charm. New Atlas’ Nick Lavars has details on the winning projects.

The Cabbage Tree House by Peter Stutchbury Architects took out the category for best New House Over 200 square meters (2,100 sq ft), in addition to the top gong. It is a magnificent multi-level home set into the hills of northern Sydney, anchored into the rocky landscape.

Another interesting winner from the event is the Hole in the Roof House, in Bronte, New South Wales, which took out the award for House Alteration and Addition Under 200 Square Meters. Designed by Rachel Neeson and Stephen Neille, this suburban bungalow has a section cut out of its roof to allow a frangipani tree to poke out of the top from a courtyard below.

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