House for an architect-collector in Melbourne

The residence refurbished by John Wardel Architects presents numerous ad-hoc solutions to satisfy the fantasies of the client, who is a collector (and also the director of the studio).

For the renovation of this house in Melbourne, the client and the designer coincided. The architectural practice headed by John Wardel therefore had to respond directly to the client's needs and desires. First and foremost is the wish to display his personal collections in the best possible way. The interiors therefore present ad hoc solutions for a number of sculptures, ceramics, paintings and books.

Wood is the main material used for the Kew Residence project: a neutral backdrop that enhances the precious goods displayed and dialogues with the other material textures chosen for the interiors. The renovation is a celebration of craftsmanship and tailor-made design. There are many unique details that respond to the architect-client's fantasies. One of them, in his studio – completely clad in wood – an integrated window seat is a clear homage to the one designed by Louis Kahn for the Fisher House, which has been one of John Wardel's favourite projects since he was a student.

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