AUSTRALIA'S House of the Year is a "unique, cave-like abode" that's going to make you seriously jealous of its lucky owners.
The Cabbage Tree House on Sydney's northern beaches has just taken out the top prize in the prestigious 2018 Houses Awards, as well as best new house over 200sq/m.
The house, by Peter Stutchbury Architecture, is described as a "unique, cave-like abode" that "responds to the landscape" and "defies residential norms".
Anchored in a rock shelf, the home boasts views of "vast bushland" and has been designed to stay cool in summer and warm in winter.
The jury named The Cabbage Tree House as this year's winner thanks to its "timeless qualities, impressive sculptural forms and connection to place".
Each year, the Houses Awards feature the best Australian residential architecture and design and recognise how existing and emerging professionals embrace architectural challenges while developing the meaning of "home".
Other category winners were also announced, including Brad Swartz Architects and Zuzana & Nicholas, which were the joint winners of the emerging architecture practice category.
The complete list of winners and commendations is available on the Houses Awards website and in the August edition of Houses magazine.