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Captain Kelly's Cottage John Wardle Architects

Published 12 / 01 / 2019

Captain Kelly was a 19th century Australian explorer. In the 1830s he built himself a small house in a secluded bay on Bruny Island in Tasmania. The original chalet consisted of two main structures: the bedrooms and the kitchen, surrounded by a large veranda.

The restoration and extension of this chalet was entrusted to the Australian agency John Wardle Architects. A new living space has been placed between the two existing structures and the kitchen has been restored and accompanied by a dining room. During the new construction, John Wardle set himself the challenge of using only one wood. It was then the Tasmanian oak that was used for the walls, coverings, floor, ceiling and joinery, creating a very beautiful monochrome harmony.