Volume: John Wardle Architects
Publisher: Thames and Hudson 2008Author: Leon van Schaik et al. ISBN: 9780500500156 Format: Hardcover, 314pp, 295x235mm
Volume: John Wardle Architects is a complex and intricate monograph that pays homage to the incredible architecture and fastidious detail of John Wardle Architects.
This study of 21 years of John Wardle Architects, takes us through the recognised small masterpieces through to recent major works – all the ‘wondrous objects’ of the practice.
We see the Balnarring beach house, with its suitcase analogy, the grafts and slips of the Vineyard House, the theatricality of the South Yarra House, and the formality of the Shubui salon ‘a hair follicle cut to length’.
We see the all this domestic work ‘piled into the sky’ in the QV1 Building, Melbourne, the petri dishes in the air in the RMIT Biosciences Building, the floating building above the colonnade at the Kaurna Building at University of South Australia, the historical allegories in the Urban Workshop, Melbourne, the subtle geological and cultural collisions of the Waitangi Precinct in Wellington.
The philosophy and practice of John Wardle Architects is explored here by Leon van Schaik, Paul Carter, Andrew Hutson, Davina Jackson, Chris McAuliffe and, with a photo study of 32 projects, a pictorial catalogue or works and photo essays of the ‘theatre of occupation and the ‘theatre of construction’ by photographer Max Creasy.
This pre-owned, very rare copy is in near-new condition. There is some slight damage to the front corners of the cover and some yellowing on the back cover, however the inner pages are in perfect condition.