A garden pavilion designed to combat insomnia, a futuristic space capsule, and a glass box that floats on a lake’s edge are among the winning residences at this year’s Houses Awards, which celebrates small-scale architecture that you wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to admire.

The awards are distributed across 10 categories that cover a range of different housing typologies – from apartment design to heritage architecture to homes that are more than 200 square-metres in size. The most prestigious of the accolades, the Australian House of the Year award, has this year gone to a Queensland home.

The Auchenflower House, designed by architects Vokes and Peters, is a deceptively simple structure. It looks like a run-of-the-mill weatherboard "Queenslander" house from the outside – a lack of ostentation that grabbed the jury’s attention.

Vokes and Peters’ modification of the humble timber house-on-stilts was the result of extensive research into the “vernacular” of Queensland’s suburban buildings. According to the jury, the finished product is a model of “quiet suburban spaces” that makes “beautiful connections” with its street-corner setting.

Auchenflower Home also took out a second award in the House Alteration and Addition Under 200 Metres category.

On the other end of the spectrum, one of the more unusual homes recognised at this year’s awards took its inspiration from the idea of a “Japanese space capsule”. Looking to the 1962 Capsule House by Ekuan Kenji and Kurokawa Kisho’s 1972 Nakagin Capsule Tower as sources of inspiration, the architects at March Studio designed a small, bright, ultra-modern apartment that calls to mind what it might be like to live on the inside of a pill.

Within a lean 27-square-metre space, March Studio’s Bobhubski home incorporates all the storage, amenities and lounging space one could need. Plenty of lush curves and creamy colours make clear the project’s Japanese influence.

Winners of the Houses Awards 2017 were announced at a gala presentation held at the National Gallery of Victoria on Friday August 4, 2017.

Australian House of the Year
Auchenflower House by Vokes and Peters (Auchenflower, QLD)

New House Under 200 Square Metres
Balnarring Retreat by Branch Studio Architects (Balnarring, VIC)

New House Over 200 Square Metres
Fish Creek House by Edition Office (Foster, VIC)

House Alteration and Addition Over 200 Metres
Burleigh Street House by ME (Burleigh Heads, QLD)

House Alteration and Addition Under 200 Metres
Auchenflower House by Vokes and Peters (Auchenflower, QLD)
A Pavilion Between Trees by Branch Studio Architects (Balnarring, VIC)

Apartment or Unit
Bobhubski by March Studio (Falls Creek, VIC)

House in a Heritage Context
Jac by Panov Scott Architects (Dulwich Hill, NSW)

Outdoor
Waterloo House by Anthony Gill Architects with Budwise Garden Design (Waterloo, NSW)

Sustainability
Fish Creek House by Edition Office (Foster, VIC)
Garden Pavilion by BLOXAS (Brunswick, VIC)

Emerging Architecture Practice
ME – Matthew Eagle (QLD)

More information on the projects can be found on the Houses Awards website.