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2017 National Architecture Awards: Heritage Commendation

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.


John Wardle Architects
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Project Team
John Wardle, Andrew Wong (design and project architects), Danielle Peck
Architectural historian John Matthews
Builder Cordwell Lane Builders
Building surveyor Holdfast Building Surveyors
Heritage consultant Bryce Raworth
Structural engineer Gandy and Roberts Consulting Engineers
Site details
Site type Rural
Category Residential buildings
Type Heritage, Houses
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 2 Nov 2017
Words: 2017 National Architecture Awards Jury
Images: Trevor Mein


Architecture Australia, November 2017

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