NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes has launched a design competition calling on Australian architects and designers to create liveable, sustainable and affordable homes.

The winning design of the “My Ideal House” competition, which has been created by Australian House & Garden magazine and Mirvac, will be built at Mirvac’s Crest master-planned community at Gledswood Hills in south-west Sydney. The winning designer will also get $25,000, with the profits from the house’s sale donated to charity.

“We’ve made the land available now it’s up to the architects and builders to push the boundaries and come up with new ideas that exemplify what for some will be the ideal family home,” Mr Stokes.

Australian House & Garden editor in chief Lisa Green said the competition was an attempt to get Australia talking about what makes an ideal house.

“Our magazine was launched during the post-war scramble to house Australians, and we witnessed a golden age where new homes designed by architects met the needs of a growing nation,” Ms Green said.

“Today there is a similar critical need to build more homes but we have to ensure that we match quantity with quality. It’s time to question what the ideal family home is, and explore innovative designs that reflect the needs and lifestyles of Australians today and in the future.

“The ideal house has to please and inspire its occupants but it also has to respond to a number of other challenges. It must make best use of its site, embody sustainable principles, be adaptable to the changing composition of the modern family and promote good relationships within the home and the wider community.

“It must fulfil all these criteria and still be within reach of the aspiring home owners and families who are chasing the great Australian dream of a home and a backyard.”

The competition is open to architects, designers, builders and innovators.

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