Winners announced! 27 Smith Street competition


From the Hyde Park Barracks to the Californian bungalow of the 1920s and on to the landmark UTS Business School building, bricks are fundamental to how Sydney architecture has developed.

The 27 Smith Street architecture competition, run by Sydney Living Museums in partnership with Austral Bricks, invited entrants to re-imagine the traditional Aussie red brick home. Entrants were challenged to design the home of tomorrow and make the brick the new black.

The competition, which is now in its second year, attracted a number of high quality entries, which sought to tackle the tricky design brief of devising an innovative, sustainable, functional and aesthetically pleasing family home, attainable for a budget of $500,000 and with the potential to be adopted and implemented by others.

Designs were accepted in two categories – student and professional, with the winning entries determined by our expert judging panel.  The judges were Architect Andrew Burns; Editorial Director of In Design, Guy Allenby; General Manager Marketing at Austral Bricks, Brett Ward; and Director Curatorial and Public Engagement for Sydney Living Museums, Dr Caroline Butler Bowdon.

Student category winner

Manus Leung and Yun Fu: ½ Garden House

The panel were particularly impressed with the winning entry in the student category, ½ Garden House, designed by Manus Leung and Yun Fu.  The judges felt that Leung and Fu had put together a beautiful design, which expands the way we might think of using brick and showcases a different idea of how we might live in response to the changing dynamic of society. 

Artist rendition of house design.

Professional category winner

Polly Harbison and Jennifer McMaster: Street House

The judges were also enchanted with the winning design in the professional category, Street House, designed by Polly Harbison and Jennifer McMaster. The judges commented that the design ticked all the boxes and presented a highly liveable concept with a fabulous indoor/outdoor transition and skilful use of brick.


Peoples' Choice Award winners

In the People’s Choice category, our winners were Anderson Architecture in the professional category (with 42% of the votes) and Joshua Tait in the student category (with 45% of the votes).

Anderson Architecture

Joshua Tait

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