After working together at some of Melbourne’s most celebrated architecture firms Jen Wood, Scott Woodward and Monique Brady-Ward established their own practice WOWOWA in 2010 which has been winning many admirers with the freshness and vibrancy of their creations. WoodWoodWard Architecture, quirkily abbreviated to WOWOWA has quickly established a reputation for combining the experimental with the programmatic while maintaining a strong environmental consciousness. The friendly team are passionate about their clients’ involvement in the design process so it truly reflects their lifestyle not only now but in the future.
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Silverleaves, Phillip Island, 2012
Nestled in amongst the banksia trees and coastal scrub on the Silverleaves foreshore is a pair of glistening red fins ‘ a bold response to the client’s brief for a ‘grand gesture on limited means.’ Reminiscent of a Richard Serra sculpture, the two striking red glazed-brick blade walls slice through the site, organising program into linear bands. The colour of the glazed bricks varies slightly as they are mostly seconds ‘ a ‘defect’ that has been celebrated in this project by interspersing the colours to create a mottled, reflective sheen. Wedged between the fins are the discreet private spaces. Beside this to the east, a generous lighting-filled glass box clings to the luminescent bricks and contains the more public program. Cleverly located between the two blade walls, a corkscrew staircase guides the visitor between the three distinct programmatic zones through thresholds in the brickwork, emphasizing the red walls as the separator and mediator. The Finn house achieves a maximum effect through an economy of means by employing glazed bricks throughout the interior of house ‘ amplified in the double height living space ‘ and as an almost civic gesture that projects out towards the street, offering striking colour to an otherwise muted neighbourhood.