Announcing Grand Designs Australia Magazine
House of the Year Awards 21/22 FIRST FINALISTS
Brought to you by Cosh Living and Rylock Windows & Doors

Hundreds of entries arrived at Grand Designs Australia magazine HQ in May, the last month of submission for the House of the Year awards, making the choice all the more difficult for the judging panel selecting the finalists.

“We are pleased to see members of the architecture profession in particular embracing an awards program that focusses on residential work,” said Publisher Janice Williams. “We have a field of professionals who take client outcomes very seriously, and it is clear that we have some brilliantly designed projects.”

April Ossington, Editor of Grand Designs Australia magazine, said, “Australian architects are some of the world’s best, so it’s no surprise that the standard of projects was so high.”

Entry is now closed for the 21/22 program and the first four finalists have been determined. They are:

1. Tent House by Sparks Architects and Jaicon Construction. “In response to its sublime rainforest surroundings, Tent House recreates the magical feeling of camping among the stars. To make the home habitable year-round, a dual concept was employed. The home consists of an operable insulated box for cooler months that makes way for a tent-like feature in the warmer weather — seamlessly connecting indoors and out.”

2. Bellbird Retreat by Steendijk Architects. “Everything from its architectural form, positioning and building materials to its climatic sensitivity and framing of views connects this bold bushland masterpiece to the natural environment in which it’s situated.”

3. Bendalong Beach House by Sanders Construction Projects and Madeleine Blanchfield Architects. “Good architecture doesn’t have to be ostentatious and nor should it stick out like a sore thumb. A home for a retired couple, Bendalong Beach House is visually impressive but assimilates perfectly with the environment, neighbouring residences and the tight-knit community it’s located in.”

4. Upside Down Akubra House by Blue Eco Homes and Alexander Symes Architect. “This architecturally designed, sustainable, off-grid home ended up becoming a conversation tool for sustainable living, while celebrating the beauty and opportunity of doing so in this amazing country of ours.”

Additional finalists will be selected by the end of June when the full finalist list is announced.

Finalists will receive coverage in the editions of Grand Designs Australia magazine that publish for the remainder of the year, and a winner will be announced in March 2022. As this program awards professionals for creating brilliant client outcomes, finalists will also be loaded into an online voting portal for consumer votes, the results of which will be sent to the judging panel for final considerations.The Judging Panel consists of Editor, Grand Designs Australia Magazine April Ossington, Editor-at-Large and TV Show Host Peter Maddison, Justin Hutchinson, Design Director of Kett, and Emma Truong Marketing Manager of Rylock Windows & Doors with a component of Audience Vote – real Clients responding to what they see.

What’s different about the Grand Designs Australia Magazine House of the Year Awards?

Anyone who has watched the Grand Designs Australia TV show admires the commitment of the homeowners as they deal with the ups and downs of creating a brilliant home lifestyle. Behind those clients are the professionals – architects and builders – who are managing the process as each project comes to life. Grand Designs Australia magazine is launching the House of the Year Award to recognise the work of those professionals who make clients’ dreams come true. In the real-world practice of delivering brilliant client outcomes, design must take cues from client desires and their expectations have to be managed. There is a real challenge in delivering what the client wants, in the available location, on budget. This is a program that celebrates cases where the right balance has been achieved.


Grand Designs Australia House of the Year is pleased to have the following sponsors onboard:

Cosh Living – Gold Sponsor

Cosh Living represents several world-wide leading furniture brands in conjunction with its own brand, Kett, led by renowned designer Justin Hutchinson, designed and mostly made in Australia. “We are pleased to be involved with Grand Designs Australia and recognising the incredible talent evident amongst Australia’s residential design professionals,” says Colin Kupke, Director, Cosh Living. 

 Rylock Windows & Doors – Silver Sponsor

Rylock Windows & Doors is an Australian-made and -owned innovative leader in the design and fabrication of high-performance window and door systems. “Rylock Windows & Doors has a true appreciation for delivering the design aesthetic clients want and the comfort they need. Our custom-made products are supplied to many upmarket projects across Australia and we are pleased to have this opportunity to showcase the excellence in craftsmanship across the residential design and construction industry, which deserves to be heralded,” says Emma Truong, Marketing Manager, Rylock Windows & Doors.

Trade Partners – Geraldton Bricks, Loewe and Indi

Trade Partners to this program include:

·     Geraldton Bricks One of the few boutique brickworks in Australia, producing upmarket clay bricks and pavers.

·     Loewe TV & Audio Beautiful TVs and audio systems from Germany’s premium electronic entertainment brand.

·     Indi Imports The importer of leading European electronic brands including Loewe, M&K, Krell and Canton.

About Grand Designs Australia magazine

 Grand Designs Australia magazine is published by Universal Media Co under a license agreement with Fremantle Media. Fremantle Media is the producer of Grand Designs Australia TV, which appears on the Lifestyle Channel.

For further information, review copy of Grand Designs Australia magazine, or an interview with Publisher Janice Williams, please contact Srashti Singh at Universal on (02) 9887 0354, or


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