2017 National Architecture Awards: Heritage Commendation

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Captain Kelly’s Cottage by John Wardle Architects.

Captain Kelly’s Cottage by John Wardle Architects. Image: Trevor Mein

Captain Kelly’s Cottage by John Wardle Architects
Heritage: National Commendation
Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

The decaying Captain Kelly’s Cottage on Tasmania’s windswept Bruny Island has been delightfully brought back to life for contemporary occupation. Conservation of this cottage relied on exhaustive research on both its built and personal histories, guiding the strategies adopted. Two remnant elements were standing: a formal two-room structure with intact verandah and a separated kitchen outbuilding. New elements heal the old with sympathetic material choices and inventive reinterpretations of original forms. Entirely modern devices hit just the right level of contrast. Retained heritage elements were restored using a method that reveres precious textural details and reveals the patina of time in this masterful rebirth.

Captain Kelly’s Cottage will be reviewed by Philip Goad in a future issue of Architecture Australia.

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