Wrong Champ is a home for collectors, a cluster of intimate courtyard spaces infused with curiosity and crafted collisions. WOWOWA’s addition to the home has carefully embellished the Arts and Crafts-inspired detailing of the existing Californian Bungalow, stretching the structure toward the unexpected while reinforcing connections to context. Intimate light wells have then been carved from the form to allow a sequence of spaces that balance separation and visual connection through curved cathedral windowed walls.
A confident mix of forms, references, colours and materials, the project combines a careful study of context and client without constraint. A nod to the clients’ European heritage as well as their desire to create a set of spaces for regular gatherings with a large extended family, Wrong Champ’s colour palette situates the creams and greens of its suburban context amongst a sprawling, mezze-like range of appetizing citrus and berry hues of varying intensity.
Wrong Champ is a vibrant sanctuary, harmoniously blending tradition with contemporary design. The architects elegantly expand an arts-and-crafts inspired Californian bungalow, introducing light-filled courtyards and cathedral-like windows. More than a home, it’s a thoughtfully curated space for collections, with a complex Mediterranean colour palette breathing life into every corner.
The reuse of stained glass and detailed ornamentation reflects a deep respect for its heritage. More than a stunning backdrop for a collection of precious items, the project celebrates the client’s individuality within the architecture itself, resulting in a striking testament to the power of thoughtful, client-centred design.
Monique Woodward, Design Architect
Zoe Diacolabrianos, Project Architect
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Inner West Joinery, Joiner
Straw Brothers, Landscape Consultant