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CAPTAIN KELLY’S COTTAGE

Bruny Island, Tasmania

Project Details:

Bricks: Emperor and 76mm Ghost bricks by Krause Bricks

Architect: John Wardle Architects

Photography: Trevor Mein


Originally built in the 1830’s, Captain Kelly’s Cottage on remote North Bruny Island in Tasmania was painstakingly restored by John Wardle Architects in 2015-16. Following a meticulous research process which involved the review of original diaries and logbooks, the award-winning restoration honours its original heritage while creating a new iconic legacy.

Conservation of this cottage relied on exhaustive research on both its built and personal histories, guiding the strategies adopted. New elements heal the old with sympathetic material choices and inventive reinterpretations of original forms.
— Jury Citation – Eleanor Cullis-Hill Award for Residential Architecture
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A highlight of the restoration is the new brick chimney, located in the position of the original chimney which has long since been removed. For this highlight design feature, the architects selected custom Emperor and 76mm bricks in Ghost by Krause Brick.

This reinstatement of the chimney helps to define and warm the courtyard space, and is constructed of prototyped custom made white ‘ghost’ bricks.
— John Wardle Architects

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