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Renovated Kew Residence stands as an Australian Modern House by John Wardle

Australia Architecture News - Mar 29, 2021 - 10:04   1400 views

Renovated Kew Residence stands as an Australian Modern House by John Wardle


Kew Residence is originally designed by Horace Tribe in 1951 and now beyond recognition after undergoing two modifications sparked by a slight oversight of termite infestation. John and Susan Wardle took in a newfound opportunity to reinvigorate the home to suit their current and ongoing needs with three children and moving out of the three-storey residence. Kew Residence is located in Melbourne’s quiet suburb of Kew, the house is easily missed by its orientation on the site. 


Image © John Wardle architects


Image © John Wardle architects

"Only a large window, stretching over two floors rests on top of the basement garage, is visible at street level. It is only when taking the subtle stone steps besides the garage that a sculptural façade of stone-like neutrals is revealed, crafted from the rough-textured walls paired with corrugated iron. This arrangement conceals a bungalow towards the North of the property, offering a peaceful escape from the main house" reported by yellowtrace.


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"The home doesn’t represent just one architectural style and instead leans on various influences. Kew Residence’s character whispers a growing treehouse to me. Filled with secret yet not-so-secret cabinetry, and a treasure trove-like display of childhood archaeological trinkets – somewhere within a sound design resides a youthful and nostalgic charm, bursting with pure joy," said John Wardle.


Image © John Wardle architects

Image © John Wardle architects

"A generous study lined in Victorian Ash overlooking the leafy garden is the culmination of the new works. Unique moments of finely designed and crafted joinery celebrate the value of the hand made. Bespoke shelving concealed behind sliding panels houses a collection of ceramics on one side of the room, in conversation with the vast built-in bookshelves opposite. Timber seamlessly moves from wall to floor to joinery uniting the space in a cocoon of material delight," said John Wardle.


Image © John Wardle architects

Image © John Wardle architects

Folded steel shelves are partially obscured by sliding smoked glass doors. Interestingly, dark concave Japanese tiles covered the walls of the open plan kitchen. 

"A neatly tucked away powder room on the ground floor features an exceptional tile that has been resurrected from a rare sample found in a factory in Taijimi, Japan," added John Wardle.


Image © John Wardle architects

Image © John Wardle architects


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