Wrong Champ | WOWOWA Architecture

Wrong Champ | WOWOWA Architecture | Photographer: Derek Swalwell

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Wrong Champ | WOWOWA Architecture

Traditional Land Owners
Wurundjeri
Year
2023
Chapter

Victoria

Category
Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Builder
Topp Constructs
Photographer
Derek Swalwell
Project summary

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.

2023
Victorian Architecture Awards Accolades
Commendation for Residential – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Shortlist – Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Victorian Jury Citation

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.

We absolutely love our WOWOWA home and it’s been so satisfying seeing our vision translated into a reality.

The Project has truly transformed the way we live; the fluidity of the floor plan, the colour palette, curved walls and courtyards, soaring ceiling heights, the sculptural quality of the fireplace, the glass panelling amplifying the dialogue between the outside and inside, has delivered us a home,reminiscent of our travels through the Mediterranean, but one equally, sympathetic to the humble Brunswick bungalow we call home. These elements have not only altered our mood but has shaped our daily living habits and behaviour.

Project Practice Team

Monique Woodward, Design Architect
Zoe Diacolabrianos, Project Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Idle Hands Joinery, Metal Work Fabricator
Inner West Joinery, Joiner
Straw Brothers, Landscape Consultant

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Wrong Champ | WOWOWA Architecture | Photographer: Derek Swalwell

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