No more blog 'babble' today. Simply a web-link to the the remarkable work of John Wardle Architects.
Beautiful design thoughtfully connected to place. It's an uncommon event in a world where signature buildings dominate their environment and try to trump the neighbours.
None of this for Wardle and his clients. Down to earth yet light on their feet his designs are all faceted beauty.Featuring the Fairhaven House on Victoria's rugged surf coast, we include the Bruny Island House and Nigel Peck Centre for Learning and Leadership. Work of this standard inspires our photography at hyattgallery.com.au
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Well the title is a small white lie. Actually our visit to John Wardle's Fairhaven House led us to expect something very good. What we discovered was the exceptional. And the house isn't quite as we imagined set just back from the surf coast. It's sited well above the coast where para-gliders regularly ply the prevailing winds that lick the cliff and carry them between Airey's Inlet and Eastern Beach.
The real phenomenon for us wasn't so much the floating craft variety but the astonishing craft John Wardle and his team have created. Mesmerising and beguiling in equal measure, Jenny and I were quickly won over by Australia's architecture practice of the moment. If the truth be told it's a position the practice has occupied for quite some time.
The full story and a wider selection of images will be available shortly through Vision magazine but in the meantime we wanted to sing his praises and feature some of the more oblique views of flight and furniture we discovered.
It's the second Robin Boyd Award winning house of Wardles' we visited, photographed and reviewed and each one has been an absolute privilege. As photographers behind the fine art online gallery it's difficult to make bad work appear beautiful or compelling to the eye, but with Wardle, the hard work is done.
All we needed was to wait for the finishing touches to paint the sky here and there with parachute silk to complete the composition of the architect as artisan.
Architectural photography and critique have been a large part of our work for around three decades. It began when I created the industry magazine Steel Profile way back in 1981. Since then I have captured many of Australia’s very best buildings for a wide range of local and international publications. Steel Profile continues to hold a special place as I remain one its contributing writer/photographers.
The latest issue – August 2013 – has just arrived on my desk and features John Wardle’s Bruny Island Shearer’s Quarters. Here is a truly striking and memorable structure delicately folded into the landscape. Jenny and I stayed as guests and experienced the full beauty and majesty of this extraordinary island around one hour’s south of Hobart.
Wardle has the knack of making a grand statement from supreme understatement. It’s capital ‘A’ Architecture with none of the conceits that shape plenty of the profession’s work.
Bruny Island is a beautiful stage for architecture and photography to intersect. When the two elements of the natural and man-made combine in such a wonderful way it’s hard for the photographer to put a foot wrong. It occurs to me that of the photographers who have been there, all leave with distinctly different images.
And that’s the way it should be. No-one has the final word with any image as best, or most beautiful. It is simply another piece in the mosaic that interprets a place in time. In a sport such as athletics, the stopwatch decides who is fastest; who is best. Such linear measurements are absurd in photography. We can only hope to run our best race against the speed of light and leave it for others to judge.