John Wardle – Not Like You’d Expect

An architect’s life is one of calculation, certainty, mathematics, and cold hard facts presented in a black and white manner. They don’t believe in coincidences – or do they?

“Can a foyer have the intimacy of a living room? How might a house have the civic atmosphere of a university hall?” These are the questions posed by architect John Wardle in his latest exhibition, Coincidences.

Twenty-six photographers were asked to visit two John Wardle Architects buildings each and take one singular photo to capture the essence of the site. The resulting 26 images are presented in pairs to draw out points of commonalty: coincidences.

Contributing photographers include Sharyn Cairns, Erieta Attali, Sam Noonan, Kristoffer Paulsen, Brett Boardman, Earl Carter, Peter Hyatt, Dianna Snape, Peter Bennetts, John Gollings, Shannon McGrath, Trevor Mein, Max Creasy and artist Peter Kennedy.

Following on from the photographic chamber is an immersive film installation by Coco and Maximilian describing a survey of John Wardle Architects work across varying scales. It is accompanied by a series of 3D visualisations of projects soon to commence construction.

Coincidences doesn’t so much push the boundaries between public and private spaces as it does point them out, bring them to the forefront of the conversation, and silently leave them there for the patrons to muse on and form their own opinions.

The exhibition runs from 27 April – 26 May 2017 at the University of Sydney in the Tin Sheds Gallery, Wilkinson Building, 148 City Rd, Sydney.

Find out more here.

Words by Holly Cunneen

Coincidences by John Wardle Architects | Habitus Living

Coincidences by John Wardle Architects | Habitus Living

Coincidences by John Wardle Architects | Habitus Living

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Coincidences by John Wardle Architects | Habitus Living

Cover image: Coincidences at Nishi Gallery. Photography by Lee Grant, Molonglo Group, Hotel Hotel





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