PHOTO: Childhood house Newtown, Geelong. Photo: Tatjana Plitt.

Fabulous new and refurbished houses star in numerous annual Australian architecture awards, and many are such standouts they garner multiple prizes. But there are gems that either aren’t entered or are overlooked that are just as interesting.

Choosing any among hundreds of worthy projects is always a subjective exercise; nevertheless, here is a varied collection of 10 from Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney practices that in 2018 I was able to explore in depth.