Brisbane-based architectural firm Vokes and Peters has won the House Awards Australian House of the Year for Auchenflower House.

The deceptively simple house fuses a straightforward application of traditional Queensland styles with the sensory qualities of utilitarian materials. Vokes and Peters modified the modest timber cottage to accommodate a young family and orientate the occupants towards the garden.

Auchenflower House was also the joint winner of the Alteration and Addition under 200 square metres category. The award was shared with A Pavilion Between Trees from Melbourne-based Branch Studio Architects.

Burleigh Heads-based ME Architects was the other Queensland winner, taking home the House Alteration and Addition over 200 square metres for Burleigh Street House. The existing bungalow received two new pavilions that created a series of gardens, natural light, and privacy.

The firm also won for Emerging Practice.

The winners were selected from a competitive 448 entries, five percent more entries than 2016. The House Awards is one of the country’s most sought-after accolades in residential design. Winners were chosen by a panel of jurors including Richard Kirk (Kirk), Wendy Lewin (Wendy Lewin Architect), Ian Moore (Ian Moore Architect), and Juliet Moore (Edwards Moore).

Click here to view the full list of winners.

Read about local National Architecture Award finalist Mitti Street House here.