Art & Design

Take A Look Inside The Melbourne Houses That Were Big Winners At The 2020 Houses Awards

By Ben Tyers
12th Aug 2020

The entrance at Fitzroy North House 02, a 2020 Houses Awards winner.

While you're sitting around your house in lockdown, you're no doubt noticing all the things in your home that really annoy you.

So what better way to escape all of that than look at amazing houses you can only dream about living in?

The 2020 Houses Awards were awarded earlier this month with a couple of Melbourne houses coming up big. Fitzroy North House 02 by Rob Kennon Architects took home wins in the 'New house Under 200 Square Metres' and 'House In A Heritage Context' categories, while Ruckers Hill House by Studio Bright won in the 'House Alteration And Addition Over 200 Square Metres' category.

Interested? Here's a bit more about both of the homes.

Fitzroy North House 02

Rob Kennon Architects

A courtyard at Fitzroy North House 02, a winner at the 2020 Houses Awards.

This design by Rob Kennon Architects packs a real punch. The house takes advantage of its heritage and is surrounded by classic Melbourne terrace houses.

The historic worker's cottage is unassuming at the front, but once you step inside you'll find a two-storey home filled with concrete, glass, and steel. The home has two courtyards, one facing east and the other west, that take advantage of amazing sunlight.

"On a tight inner-city site, this project is a contemporary response in a heritage context that learns from the vernacular, explores abstraction and rethinks the typical urban massing of the terrace house typology. The result is in an experience of freedom and openness more connected to nature than built form." - Rob Kennon Architects.

Winning the 'New house Under 200 Square Metres' and 'House In A Heritage Context' categories, you can read more about Fitzroy North House 02 here.

Ruckers Hill House

Studio Bright

The front of Ruckers Hill House, a 2020 Houses Awards winner.

Northcote is home to the Ruckers Hill House which was designed by Studio Bright. 

The Edwardian home in Melbourne's north has had an alteration that added a floating metal staircase which acts as a divider between the home's level changes.

The original central corridor has been extended and bisects the garden into an entry court and indoor pool.

"A prominent, corner sited Edwardian, on the crest of Ruckers Hill has been restored and enlarged with new living spaces in a separate rear-garden pavilion. To the long street edge, new stepped levels mediate the street, working the balance between defending internal privacy and yet sharing inner workings and activity." - Studio Bright.

The home won in the 'House Alteration And Addition Over 200 Square Metres' category.

Read more about Ruckers Hill House here.

You can read the full list of the 2020 Houses Awards winners here.

For more home inspiration, head to our Style section.

Image credits: Fitzroy North House 02 | Derek Swalwell, Ruckers Hill House | Rory Gardiner

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