Multi-level cliff home wins highest Australian housing award

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A cascading home with panoramic views by New South Wales builder Mallinger Constructions has won the coveted HIA–CSR Australian Home of the Year at the 2021 HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards.

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) Awards were announced virtually last month in front of an international audience of industry leaders and home-buying consumers.

The winning home is grand in stature and undulates across multiple levels, embracing the steep slope of its location.

The living wing hovers nine metres out over a sandstone cave, while the open-plan kitchen flows onto a courtyard that contours around protruding boulders.

The judges were impressed by the building team’s engineering feats in overcoming a site fall of more than 17 metres, a plunge pool cut into the rock, and the workmanship of an internal timber feature that conceals a hidden room.

“Rather than removing obstructive site features, the home’s clever design instead binds its internal spaces to them,” the judges commented.

The home also won the HIA Australian Custom Built Home award, partnered by Beacon Lighting.

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