The annual Cubby House Challenge has revealed Australia’s best cubby house for 2017, and saw all auction records broken.

From the shortlist that was announced in October, a cubby house called Glowb by Playce and Agency of Sculpture was awarded Australia’s Best Cubby and Best Interior Designed Cubby at the competition run by youth homelessness prevention charity, Kids Under Cover.

Glowb along with the four other finalists were auctioned on Thursday night at a preview of the designs at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.  

Playce and Agency of Sculpture’s cubby house broke auction records at $26,000. The remaining cubbies auctioned secured a combined $66,500 for the charity, and the total amount will be met by a dollar-for-dollar grant of $70,000 by Gandel Philanthropy – far exceeding the target of $150,000 of funds raised for the night. 

Grimshaw’s cubby house, MySpace (built by Warrick Home Builders) was named the Most Imaginative/Interactive Cubby, Kid’s Choice award, and FMSA Architecture’s Kooky Cubby with RMIT received Best Architectural Cubby. Other cubbies came from Porter Davis, and Probuild. 

For the ninth year, the challenge called for entrants from the building and design industry to compete for Australia’s best cubby house by embracing their inner child and designing the cubby they would have loved to play in as a child.