The founding father of John Wardle Architects has remodelled Kew Residence, his Melbourne house of 25 years, utilizing Victorian ash and handmade glazed tiles from Japan.
John Wardle and his spouse Susan have owned the two-storey home, which has been shortlisted for Dezeen Awards 2020 home inside of the 12 months, for 1 / 4 of a decade and renovated it a number of occasions.
Wardle has owned Kew Residence for 25 years
“My first 12 months of apply coincided with my first 12 months of homeownership,” he advised Dezeen.
“I undertook the pre-purchase inspection of the home and utterly missed the tell-tale signal of termite infestation all through which required a extra substantial re-build than first anticipated!” he added.
“Three kids wore out the final iteration.”
Victorian ash strains the partitions, flooring and ceilings
With the couple’s grownup kids now grown up and moved out, the kitchen and the first-floor examine turned the point of interest of the home. For this model of Kew Residence, the architect targeted on creating areas to show his artwork assortment.
“Of explicit curiosity to me is the examine particularly throughout this time in lockdown, as I spend nearly all my daylight solely on this house,” stated Wardle.
Right here, built-in cabinets kind a casual show for the couple’s assortment of ceramic artwork and sculpture.
Constructed-in bookshelves line the examine
Victorian ash clads the flooring and ceiling to create the feeling of a “cocoon” with views of the leafy backyard past.
“The nook window association is a direct reference to a composition of the window seat in the lounge of the Fisher Home in Pennsylvania by Louis Kahn,” defined the architect.
“My association of 5 windowpanes, air flow panel and a window seat is abstracted from the unique as I’ve organized them round my view out throughout Melbourne.”
The architect collects Japanese sculptures
The wooden additionally kinds plinths for displaying sure sculptures and acts as a impartial backdrop for the artwork displayed on cabinets.
“For a few years I’ve had a fascination for ceramics each as objects and the method of their making and have collected many objects from many locations over time,” stated the architect.
“My travels to Japan have resulted in lots of my favorite items.”
The staircase can be comprised of Victorian ash
Hid sliding panels, discrete hand pulls and hidden cabinets conceal storage all through Kew Residence.
Wardle designed the joinery, together with the built-in bookcases and essential staircase, himself and had it constructed by professional craftspeople.
Wooden and ceramic tiles within the kitchen
His alternative of timber, Victorian ash, is the principle materials used all through the home.
“I’ve at all times had an affinity for this stunning major indigenous species,” stated Wardle.
“Huge forests of this majestic tree have been decimated in bushfires right here in Australia earlier this 12 months, sadly. It isn’t one thing I’d really feel assured in specifying once more till substantial regrowth happens.”
Grooved tiles kind a tall splashback within the kitchen
The timber options within the kitchen too, alongside darkish and hanging ceramic tiles made by INAX in Japan. These slender, concave tiles have been organized vertically to create an apparently textured splashback that reaches to the wood-lined ceiling.
INAX tiles additionally line the grasp rest room, which was inbuilt an earlier extension to Kew Residence.
INAX tiles from Japan characteristic within the rest room
Wardle has visited Tokoname, the place the makers reside, and Kew Residence options 5 completely different kinds of the ceramic tiles.
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“Our apply has a protracted affiliation with INAX, the Japanese tile producer, having used their tiles within the suspended gallery in our Phoenix venture, in addition to 60,000 plus particular person tiles embedded into the concrete facade panels of our Melbourne Conservatorium venture,” stated Wardle.
“The ancestors of INAX produced the tiles so cherished by Frank Lloyd Wright and his companions and used to nice impact on the Imperial Lodge.”
5 completely different sorts of tiles enhance the home
Phoenix Central Park, an arts venue designed collectively by John Wardle Architects and Durbach Block Jaggers, has additionally been shortlisted for Dezeen Awards 2020.
Earlier this 12 months Wardle was awarded the Gold Medal from the Australian Institute of Architects.
Images is by Trevor Mein and Sharyn Cairns.
Architect: John Wardle Architects
Venture director: John Wardle
Mannequin maker and designer: Andrew Wong
PA: Luca Vezzosi
Inside Designer: Jeff Arnold, Elisabetta Zanella
Building: Overend Building
Structural Engineer: four Web site Engineers
Constructing Providers Engineer: JWA
Constructing Surveyor: Sampson Wong