Catch WMK on national TV this October!

Australia By Design Innovation aims to bring good design into the hearts and minds of Australians. Renowned architect Tim Horton has been announced as the host for 2017 alongside Dr Brandon Gien from Good Design Australia and Terri Winter, Founder from Top3 by Design.

"Australia by Design Innovation features some of the best and brightest ideas in Australia. The series uncovers the inspirational stories behind these amazing innovations,” Dr Gien explained.

“NBCS and Sargood are excellent examples of how innovative design can make a real difference to peoples’ lives,” said WMK Managing Director, Greg Barnett.

Created to enhance the lives of individuals living with spinal cord injury, the WMK-designed Sargood on Collaroy is a world-first accessible resort located on Sydney’s northern beaches.

Also on Sydney’s northern beaches, NBCS is a unique school – WMK has created an indoor/outdoor environment with no classrooms, no desks, and no staff room. Students learn beneath a 3000sqm canopy that collects rainwater, generates electricity and cools the spaces below using automated windows and misting.

Australia By Design Innovation will air on TEN from 2pm Saturday October 28 and on ONE from 3.30pm Sunday October 29.


Posted by Marianne Fessl


Steptember 2017

The WMK Melbourne Team is currently taking part in the annual month-long Steptember challenge.

After the success of last year’s challenge, we decided to again sign up for this great cause. With each dollar raised helps people with cerebral palsy, a condition that affects movement and occurs when a part of the developing brain is damaged. It is not known how this is caused as it is not genetic nor a disease and there is no cure at this point in time.

For this challenge the office has split up into four teams. Each person has been given a pedometer and has set out to achieve 10,000 steps a day for 28 days straight. You can move any way you like, whether it’d be dancing, surfing or swimming, as most physical activity can be recorded on the Steptember app.

Steptember has encouraged everyone in the office to take a break and step out of the office whilst promoting physical movement like taking the stairs instead of the lift or riding their bike to work instead of catching public transport. Not only has this been beneficial for health and wellbeing it has been positive for overall productivity in the office.


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Bridge to Brisbane 2017

The WMK Brisbane team took part in the 2017 Bridge to Brisbane at 6am on a Sunday.

More than 30,000 participants took to Brisbane’s streets and bridges for the annual run! This year, the event raised more than $700,000 for charity.

The course starts by Roma Street Parklands and winds 10 kilometres down Milton, through QPAC, Brisbane City and Kangaroo Point before the race reaches its final destination – Southbank.

While the majority of the WMK team crossed the finish line in around 1 hour and 10mins, WMK’s star runner was Studio Coordinator Veronique Fecteau-Charette with a stellar time of 50:39.

As part of its health and wellbeing program, WMK sponsored employees’ entries in this year’s fun run.


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2017 IDEA Awards: three projects shortlisted

The shortlist has been announced for the 2017 Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) Awards. WMK has been shortlisted in three categories: multi-residential, workspaces under 1000sqm, and public space.

“It’s a great achievement for WMK to have two projects from Brisbane shortlisted in this year’s prestigious IDEA Awards. We’re absolutely delighted,” said Brisbane-based Director – Projects, Lindsay Nunes.

The Brisbane office has 127 Creek Street’s end-of-trip facilities and a workspace for a leading software company short listed.

In NSW, The Lincoln has been shortlisted for an IDEA Award. The project is a boutique residential development in Sydney’s prestigious eastern suburbs.

"We were able to create living spaces of thoughtful design that respond to how people live, and enhance the quality of their lives. We were fortunate to have clients who agreed with our emphasis on superior finishes, beauty and function," said Lauren Oneile, Director - Projects.

The IDEA Awards are Australia's largest and most successful independent interior design awards program.

The winners will be announced in November.

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Darling Harbour hotel: DA approved

The DA has been approved on the new Darling Harbour hotel on Sussex Street.

With architecture and interiors by WMK, the new hotel will feature an all-day dining restaurant, 145 well-appointed guest rooms, fully-equipped gym, rooftop pool and proposed future garden bar.

WMK won the design competition with a chic, New York inspired design. The architecture reflects its environment, referencing the forms, scale and materials of an adjacent heritage school while activating the Sussex Street and James Lane streetscapes.

Informed by a Manhattan design aesthetic, the interiors draw on the vibrancy of the surrounding neighbourhood to bring an international feel. Rooms feature an array of lifestyle amenities including curved rainfall showers and embedded window day lounges.

“Achieving DA, particularly in less than six months, is a significant accomplishment,” said WMK’s John Andreas, Design Director.

“We have delivered a design that has not only pleased our client and the hotel operator but is also stirring strong interest within the hotel market – all within the City of Sydney’s strict requirements.”

The hotel is being developed by Icon Oceania, a Sydney-based property developer.

Now that the DA has been granted, the tender process is in final stages with construction commencing late 2017 and targeted completion in early 2019.

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2017 City2Surf

The WMK Sydney team took part in the 2017 City2Surf on a glorious Autumn day.

More than 80,000 participants took to Sydney's streets for the annual City2Surf – the largest fun run in the world. This year, the event raised more than $4 million for charity.

The course starts by Sydney’s Hyde Park and winds 14 kilometres through Double Bay, Rose Bay, Vaucluse and Dover Heights before the race reaches its final destination – sparkling Bondi Beach.

While the majority of the WMK team crossed the finish line in around two hours, WMK’s star runner was Architectural Lead Todd Read with a stellar time of 1:12:19.

“It was the best way to enjoy a Sunday – a great community event,” said Interior Designer, Troy Andronicos.  

 As part of its health and wellbeing program, WMK sponsored employees’ entries in this year’s fun run.

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WMK Melbourne: growing and on the move

We are excited to announce WMK Melbourne will relocate on Monday 14 August.

Our new address will be Level 3, 95 Queen Street, Melbourne.

The move marks an exciting new chapter for our growing team.

With the new location and space, our Melbourne team will deliver even more exceptional architectural and interior design services.

We look forward to seeing you in our new studio soon.

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Kristina Tarle to speak at 2017 Sydney InDesign

Kristina Tarle, WMK’s Director – Practice, will speak at this week’s Sydney Indesign WorkLife Seminar.

WorkLife is a series of panel discussions among industry experts and global thought leaders exploring where workplaces are headed, with an emphasis on translating insights to the local market.

Join our panel of renowned speakers and leaders in their industry as they discuss and diffuse the topic: “Mobile Working is the new agile: How to design for an ‘out of office’ workforce”. The panel will explore how the sector is being revolutionised by other environments like hospitality and residential spaces.

Kristina has extensive experience in commercial interior design and runs WMK’s Melbourne studio. She has designed workplace environments for many major brands such as ANZ, Coles, Slater+Gordon, Bosch, CSIRO, JP Morgan, SAP and Netwealth. 

The event will be held at the Tongue N Groove showroom in Sydney’s Waterloo on Friday 11 August. Ticket holders will receive 1 X CPD point towards their professional accreditation.

To purchase tickets visit: https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/worklife-seminar-mobile-working-is-the-new-agile

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WMK announced as finalists in the SBID Awards

WMK has been shortlisted in the Public Space Design category of the SBID International Design Awards 2017.

NBCS has been selected as one of the qualifying projects by a panel of judges in the first stage of the process. The public are now invited to cast their votes for their favourite entries at www.sbidawards.com. Last year, the awards received over 40,000 unique votes.

Click here to vote now.

Founder and President of SBID, Dr Vanessa Brady OBE says, “The range of finalists this year, across all 14 categories, is a true reflection of the creative scope of the global design industry, depicting an international portfolio of projects from over 40 countries worldwide.”

The SBID Awards is regarded as one of the most prestigious accolades in the interior design industry representing talent and design excellence across all corners of the industry. Each entry undergoes an exclusive two-tier judging process by panels of leading industry experts for both technical content and aesthetic creativity and evaluates essential elements such as brief compliance, budget, health and safety, and fit-for-purpose design.

The closing date for the public voting will be on Friday 25 August 2017 at 5.30pm GMT.

Winners will be announced at The Dorchester Hotel in London on Friday 27 October.

To find out more, visit www.sbidawards.com


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Getting closer at work

Office workers are getting closer, but density isn't a dirty word.

WMK's workplace strategist, Donna Wheatley, examines density and why we're getting closer at work. 

Read LinkedIn Pulse for more. 

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WMK Directors to speak at HotelsWorld 2017

Held at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth over three days in July, more than 500 CEOs and key decision makers are expected to attend HotelsWorld 2017 and be addressed by global, regional and local leaders and industry experts.

Two WMK Directors will be speakers at the leading industry event.

John Andreas, Director WMK Architecture will speak as part of a panel on Tuesday 25 July about creative room design. Once upon a time a room was just a room and designing it was formulaic. Not anymore – John will present innovative approaches to hotel room design.

On Wednesday, Mat Dalby, Director – Hotels and Lifestyle, will speak with the James Wyndham, GM of Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, and Victor Osumi from Prince Hotels about how luxury consumer brands are a natural fit for hotels. The question is: what makes a perfect marriage, how much value do they add, and how do design and brand standard needs converge?

HotelsWorld kicks off on Tuesday 25 July. For more information visit http://www.hotelsworld.com.au/

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Dr Donna Wheatley, leading workplace and education strategist, joins WMK

Dr Donna Wheatley, award–winning international workplace and education strategist, has joined WMK.

Donna believes that workplace design should motivate individuals and promote their aspirations to ensure the success of the organisation, and that education environments should inspire life-long learning.

Living and studying in Australia, Finland and Germany, and with a PhD from the University of Sydney, Donna has worked with architectural firms BVN and Warren & Mahoney as well as lecturing at top-tier universities. She has led the design of leading-edge, large-scale commercial, workplace, education and master planning projects for clients such as PwC, Air New Zealand, Medibank, Minter Ellison, and University of NSW.

With her vast experience and in her role as Head of Workplace & Education Strategy, Donna will lead and expand WMK’s strategy capabilities in these sectors.

“A big point of difference for WMK has always been our strategic thinking. Donna’s immense experience and capabilities will add even further value to our clients and their strategic needs,” said WMK Managing Director, Greg Barnett.

WMK has delivered leading-edge workplace and education projects for clients such as CBRE, ANZ, HCF, ASICS, Panasonic, Sydney University, UTS, and the multi-award-winning and highly innovative Northern Beaches Christian School. Donna will lead the strategy for workplace and education projects for WMK’s current and future clients.


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WMK wins AIA William E. Kemp Award for educational architecture

The Australian Institute of Architects announced the 2017 NSW Architecture Awards at Luna Park on 1 July. WMK took out the top gong for educational architecture, the William E. Kemp Award, for the innovative Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) project.

NBCS is unique – students learn in flexible indoor/outdoor environments beneath a spectacular living canopy which generates energy, harvests rainwater, and uses misting technology to cool the spaces below. In addition, the facility's windows and louvres are automated to provide ventilation in direct response to climate conditions using a sophisticated building management system.

“NBCS is a world-class, leading facility,” said WMK Director and Architect, John Andreas. “Working with such an expansive client looking to push the boundaries of learning environments is rare and exciting.”

The multi-award winning project won the Milo Dunphy Award for sustainability in the 2016 AIA Awards and a Good Design Award.

Find out more about NBCS.

The AIA Awards are considered to be the most prestigious architecture awards in the country.

The project is now in the running for the National Architecture Awards to be announced in November.

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Reimagining the call centre environment

Designed by WMK Architecture, the Allianz Worldwide Partners Broadbeach workplace counters the density and intensity of a call-centre environment by taking inspiration from its beachfront surroundings to reflect a space that embodies a casual and playful culture where staff have the opportunity to relax, recharge and be engaged in a collaborative environment.

Providing 24/7 call centres and emergency support across Australia, the brief for Allianz Worldwide Partners involved consolidating two of Allianz Worldwide Partners’ call-centre offices, along with an operational business unit, into one singular 2100sqm workplace located on prime Gold Coast Beachfront. Since its completion in October 2016, employees have had access to a workplace that supports collaboration, cross-pollinisation, and celebration amongst staff from the various departments.

The business unit workspaces border the central café-inspired hub and strategically incorporate localised ad-hoc collaboration pods to assist staff in connecting with colleagues. These social and collaboration spaces (the pods, the breakout, and other key zones, such as the informal reception area) are blended with natural greenery on the white and timber screening structures which, once fully grown, will create a higher level of privacy, and further cultivate a sense of wellness and stress relieving calm.

Arranging the space around a large central café-inspired hub encourages staff to socialise easily while access to the adjacent open terrace and training room with ocean views and greenery bolsters staff wellbeing. The large pivot doors and flexible furniture arrangements within the training room and breakout also allow staff to successfully host larger ‘town hall’ type functions.

Right from the point of entry, staff and business partners are greeted with a ‘beach-themed’ design aesthetic which takes cues from the coastline through an ephemeral palette of neutral tones and natural materials, with playful ‘sun and sea’ inspired accent colours. The contextual beachside surroundings are featured throughout the design detailing, and are reflected in the selection of finishes, furniture, feature lighting, wayfinding signage, and glazing graphics.


By successfully achieving a casual and collaborative environment with a strong focus on staff health and wellbeing, Allianz Worldwide Partners’ workplace culture has been elevated through a dynamic and desirable workplace environment that inspires staff to connect and recoup in new ways.

Posted by Lindsay Nunes


Home growth: WMK residential full steam ahead

It’s an exciting time for residential projects at WMK as we lead the design on some of the largest and most complex residential developments around the country.

Park Sydney, Erskineville - DA submitted
WMK recently won the City Of Sydney design excellence competition to design the first stage of Park Sydney – the Erskineville development by Greenland and Golden Horse – one of Sydney’s largest urban transformation projects.

In this first stage, WMK’s design will transform an industrial site into a dynamic, leafy, residential mixed-use development featuring approximately 325 apartments, pocket parks and public spaces, child care, a central shopping market and cafés.

Villa De Ma III, Rouse Hill - DA submitted
Meanwhile, at Cudgegong Road, Villa De Ma III by MetroAward is the largest apartment development ever seen in Rouse Hill. With architecture and interiors by WMK, 44 and 56 Cudgegong Road combined will feature more than 720 designer apartments and townhouses surrounded by urban resort-style landscaping.

Banc, Brisbane - construction commencing soon

In Brisbane, Ideal Property Australia’s $70 million luxury riverfront building, Banc, will soon start construction. WMK’s architectural design features 33, high-end residences over 15 levels – all with sweeping views of the river. The development bucks the trend of investor stock apartments to appeal to the exclusive owner occupier market.

The Quayhouse, Perth - construction commencing soon

In Perth’s Port Coogee, WMK has designed The Quayhouse. The 38-apartment complex offers spacious one, two and three bedroom apartments, while the private rooftop terrace will feature a movie screen and pool.

IDA, Potts Point - under construction

Back in Sydney, construction has started on the highly complex boutique development, IDA, in inner-city Potts Point. The scheme adaptively reuses a mix of new and refurbished buildings, as well as retained heritage cottages. When completed, the development will feature 30 exclusive apartments with exceptional views to the city and harbour.

Bourke Street, Zetland - competition won

WMK has won yet another City Of Sydney design excellence competition – this time in the rapidly changing inner-city suburb of Zetland.

The brief was to design a residential development with apartments and an active retail frontage along Bourke Street. WMK’s solution incorporates 145 apartments into two elegant buildings running predominantly north/south with infill buildings between. The buildings’ podium knits together the ensemble through a strong scale relationship and by providing a continuity of spaces at ground level that allows visual and physical access through the building. The intent is that the building will contribute to the quality of the urban fabric and becomes a unique experience in this part of the city.

With a number of recent competition wins, highly innovative designs, and construction beginning on many projects it is a very exciting time for residential at WMK.

With offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and a burgeoning team, we look forward to helping more clients with their new projects. For more information contact Greg Barnett, Managing Director, or Rae Gallagher, Client Services Manager, on 02 9299 0401.

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WMK's Biggest Morning (Afternoon) Tea

On Friday 26 May, WMK hosted a ‘Biggest Morning Tea’ relatively late in the afternoon (3pm).

“The Biggest Morning Tea is an opportunity to get together over a latte and enjoy some tasty treats while raising money to help the Cancer Council beat cancer,” said WMK charity group member, Loretta Nagy.

Crowd favourites included Trish’s homemade passionfruit tart, Mat’s bacon-sprinkled chocolate muffins, Kylie’s gluten-free polenta cake with rosemary infused lemon syrup and Team Charlotte, Kristelle and Alice with their classic Aussie-styled toasties.

WMK raised $300 on the day. The funds raised will help the Cancer Council continue its vital work in cancer research, prevention and support services. Cancer Council is the largest independent funder of cancer research in Australia.

We’d like to especially thank our WMK bakers and toasters for another incredible effort for charity fundraising (and weight gain).



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WMK wins 2017 Good Design Award

WMK took out the best in architectural design: commercial and residential architecture at the 2017 Good Design Awards.

The celebration was held last night at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney, where we were treated to spectacular views across Circular Quay during the Vivid Festival.

The Good Design awards are the highest design honour in the country, recognising the significant achievements of Australian designers from digital and graphics through to strategy, social innovation, and of course, interior design and architecture.

WMK’s winning project was ‘Sargood on Collaroy’ – a highly innovative accessible resort designed specifically for people with spinal injuries. The building resonates with its spectacular beach-side location and is a world-first.

The judges were effusive in their praise and noted that the facility set a new benchmark in design and made a real difference to people’s lives.

WMK Managing Director Greg Barnett said, “Receiving this award has been a big honour; congratulations to The Sargood Foundation and everyone involved in this fantastic project.”

Read more about the Sargood on Collaroy project.

Photo by Anna Kucera



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Blurring the lines between work and play

The intertwining of business and lifestyle is a definite trend that has been evolving for some time writes WMK Managing Director, Greg Barnett. 

The lines have certainly become blurred between business and lifestyle environments; workplaces are becoming more like hotels and homes, and cafes are becoming alternative workspaces. It’s a trend that we have seen emerging and evolving for a number of years.

Read more on LinkedIn Pulse.

Posted by Greg Barnett


NBCS named finalist in 2017 AIA Awards

The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the shortlist for the prestigious NSW Architecture Awards. WMK’s Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) has been shortlisted in the educational architecture category.

The design of NBCS’ new facility is unique – students no longer sit at desks in classrooms. Instead, students learn in interactive indoor/outdoor spaces enabled with wireless technology, beneath a spectacular 3000 square metre intelligent canopy which harvests rainwater, generates energy, and cools the spaces below.

The AIA program offers an opportunity for public and peer recognition of the innovative work of architects.

NSW Chapter President Andrew Nimmo said, "‘This year’s shortlist displays the important and varied contributions architects make to our environment and quality of everyday life. Encompassing a broad range of scales and focus, these projects highlight the importance of promoting design excellence at all levels of our built environment.

“I am thrilled we have been shortlisted in the NSW AIA Awards,” said WMK Director, John Andreas. “It was an honour to work with such a visionary client that looked to push the boundaries of traditional school environments.” 

The winners will be announced at the presentation evening on 1 July at Luna Park. An exhibition of 2017 award entries will be on display at the Institute’s NSW Chapter throughout June.


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Holiday Inn St Marys Tops Out

A significant milestone was reached this week with the progress of the new Holiday Inn at the St Marys Leagues Club with a topping out celebration.

FDC were the gracious hosts for the St Marys Leagues Club board of directors and various consultants including WMK to mark the occasion with a barbeque lunch and a signing of the final structural beam ready to be installed. 

Progress continues at pace on the new hotel which is due for completion towards the end of 2017.

An artist's impression of the completed hotel



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Million Paws Walk 2017

On Sunday 21 May, seven WMKers and their very excited pooches took part in the Million Paws Walk, an annual fundraising event for tens of thousands of people and their pups to walk together to fight animal cruelty.

The team trotted through 4km of scenic bush track at Sydney Olympic park on a perfectly crisp, blue-skied Autumn day.

Money raised at the annual walk helps care for more than 35,000 animals that enter RSPCA NSW’s shelters every year. The organisation receives less than 2 percent of funding from the government, relying almost entirely on the goodwill of the community. Proceeds from the walk assist the RSPCA to operate its shelters, support its inspectorate and provide education on animal welfare issues.

It was a great morning out, doing something fun, social and healthy while raising money for charity.

WMK raised $220 for the RSCPA with the charity team’s recent 'hot dogs for dogs' BBQ lunch.

(L-R) Layla and Kiff, Sisi and Millie, Brittany and Admo, Loretta and Laika, Kylie and Poppy, Marianne and Frank; Brittany and Admo

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Global hotel design expert joins WMK

Mat Dalby, a hotel and lifestyle design expert from London with more than 20 years’ global experience, is joining WMK in Australia.

Working in London, Rio, Dubai, Mumbai, Hong Kong, and New Zealand, Mat has collaborated with many of the world’s highest-profile brands and designers, including Valentino, Hermes, Philippe Starck, Kelly Hoppen, Steve Leung and Marcel Wanders and developed the prestigious Harrods Hotel concept.

“Mat will bring a global perspective and a wealth of hotel and lifestyle experience to our already highly-regarded team,” said WMK Managing Director, Greg Barnett.

WMK is designing many leading hotel projects, including Vibe Darling Harbour, Shorter House Sydney, Lido Way Shanghai and the recently built five-star Pullman Sydney Airport.

As Director – Hotels & Lifestyle, Mat will further strengthen WMK’s experienced and award-winning hotel and resort team.

Hotel operators, developers and industry professionals who would like to learn from Mathew’s expertise can hear him speak at the HotelsWorld conference in July.


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Luxurious surgery spaces

These rich tones and curvaceous joinery aren’t from an elegant residence – it’s WMK’s latest health care project: an ultra-high-end plastic surgery consultation space and treatment room in Double Bay.

The Luxa Room at renowned plastic surgeon Doctor Tavakoli’s Sydney surgery feels more like an opulent hotel than a consultation space. It’s all part of WMK’s approach to create welcoming lifestyle spaces – even for medical environments.

WMK designed a consultation space and treatment room masquerading as a luxurious residential environment; perfect for the clinic’s discerning clientele.

To create a space that is opulent and not clinical, WMK selected finishes more commonly seen in residential environments such as carpet, timber veneer, velvet and leather. In contrast to the typical cold, white clinical environments, dark tones were selected for timbers and carpets, combined with warm metals and jewel coloured furniture while bespoke joinery cleverly conceals its medical purpose.

As a result, Doctor Tavakoli now has a much larger and more sumptuous consultation space and office – perfect for consulting with his high-profile clientele and in line with his premium positioning in the market




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Snag squad: raising funds for the RSPCA

During May, the WMK charity team held a BBQ to raise funds for the Million Paws Walk.

On Sunday 21 May, the team will take part in the Million Paws Walk – an event held by the RSPCA to raise funds and awareness to fight against animal cruelty. The WMK office enjoys many regular canine visitors; so we're big supporters of pooches in this workplace.

With Grant wielding a set of tongs, and Sisi, Layla and Loretta serving the hungry hordes, WMK staff were served up a range of beef or vegetarian snags courtesy of the very generous Stanley Street Butchery.

The Snag Squad managed to raise $220 including WMK’s contribution.

Thank you to everyone who contributed and good luck to our walkers on Sunday!

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WMK Melbourne: health and wellbeing advocates

In a bid to escape the busyness of meetings and deadlines the team at WMK Melbourne has been stepping out of the office and taking part in F45 training sessions and once a week lunchtime yoga and meditation. The team members are advocates for improving and maintaining physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.

Conveniently located a couple of blocks away from the office we have taken advantage of the free lunchtime sessions held every Tuesdays for yoga and meditation at The Atrium in Federation Square.

Just like many others, a typical work day is spent on our computers and sitting at our desks. It has been extremely beneficial for all since taking part in the yoga sessions as it has helped us become more aware of thoughtful movements. Stretching and postures focus on controlled breathing have assisted to improve core strength and flexibility. The yoga sessions are guided by Derrick Leduc and Kaya Pilates Yoga Fitness. We have now incorporated daily stretching in the office!

We have also attended the meditation sessions before yoga which focuses on mindfulness held by Buddhist Monk Gen Dornying who is a resident teacher at Kadampa Meditation Centre Melbourne.

We are fortunate enough to have these sessions available for us until December and we aim to continuously attend throughout the rest of the year!



Posted by Sarah Mu


WMK wins The Ashmore Competition

WMK has won the Ashmore Estate design excellence competition for Greenland Golden Horse.

The competition is related to the first stage of the Park Sydney project in Erskineville, which forms part of one of the largest urban renewal projects in NSW.

WMK's winning design sensitively responds to the surrounding urban texture and community aspirations – creating an activated neighbourhood with sun-drenched cafes, pocket parks, child care facilities and marketplace retail.

To find out more, please contact WMK's Julian Venning, Director Design & Delivery.

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Sargood receives Good Design Selection

Good Design Australia announced the 2017 Good Design Selections today marking the countdown to Australia’s most prestigious awards for design and innovation on June 8th 2017.

After an extensive evaluation process involving more than 35 Australian and international design experts, the Jury has finalised their results and awarded only the best entries to receive the Good Design® Selection.

Sargood On Collaroy was one of only 244 entries to receive the 2017 Good Design® Selection and is now in the running to receive the coveted Australian Good Design Award, which will be announced at the Good Design Awards Ceremony on June 8 at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney.

On receiving the Good Design® Selection for Sargood On Collaroy, the Jury commented: “This project presents a potentially exemplar innovation in aiding recovery by taking advantage of the healing qualities of the natural landscape. The interior provides a comfortable domestic atmosphere rather than an institutional one. It also shows a holistic sensitivity to its purpose and its place in the surrounding urban space.”

The Jury set the bar very high this year with only the very best submissions receiving this level of recognition.

Australia’s Good Design Awards date back to the 1950's and have an enviable record of unearthing globally recognised talent and products.

Last year, the Flow Hive, an innovative beekeeping device that has taken the world by storm took out the prestigious Good Design Award of the Year, the highest design honour in the country.

The 2017 Good Design Awards Ceremony and Festival will coincide with Vivid Sydney, now the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

Winners will be celebrated at the black tie Awards Ceremony in Sydney, where guests will be invited to the exclusive opening of the 2017 Good Design Showcase, which will feature the winners of this year’s Awards.

“The Australian Good Design Awards attracted innovative entries from all corners of the world and the standard of submissions this year has really been incredible,” said Dr Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia and Chair of the Good Design Awards program.

“This is one of the few design award programs in the world where design and innovation are celebrated so broadly. This year’s Good Design® Selections represent excellence in design across the widest spectrum of design including Product Design, Service Design, Architectural Design, Design Strategy, Digital and Communication Design and Social Innovation,” Dr. Gien commented.

“Good design is about making our lives better, safer and happier. It extends to everything around us – from the products we use in our daily lives and the services we interact with to the buildings we live and work in – they can all be improved through better design. That’s what lies at the heart of these Awards”.

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WMK's NBCS shortlisted in the INDE.Awards

Over 400 projects, people, products and ideas were submitted for the 2017 INDE.Awards, demonstrating the strength and prowess of architects and designers across the Asia Pacific.

WMK’s NBCS learning space has been shortlisted in ‘The Building’ category. The Building is granted to a project that advances architecture and its capacity to respond to place-specific, cultural needs.

The design of NBCS’ new learning facility is unique – students no longer sit at desks in classrooms. Instead, pupils learn in interactive indoor/outdoor spaces enabled with wireless technology, beneath a spectacular 3000 square metre intelligent canopy which harvests rainwater, generates energy, and cools the spaces below.

The groundbreaking project has already won an Australian Institute of Architects National Award for Sustainability and a Good Design Award.

More about the NBCS project


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Five minutes with Julian Venning

Meet our Director Design & Delivery, Julian Venning, based in Sydney.

After a number of years working with the multi-award-winning Tzannes Associates, Julian worked his way up at Mirvac to become a Design Director in this highly regarded multidisciplinary company.

Since joining WMK in 2016 to lead our residential architecture team in Sydney, he led our entry for the City Of Sydney Ashmore residential design competition.

We decided to take five minutes to get to know him a little better, and to understand what makes him tick as an architect... 


What inspired you to become an architect?

Growing up in six countries and numerous homes meant exposure to a range of living environments and houses. I became interested in those lifestyle differences and the houses and gardens of different countries and climatic environments. 

How would you describe yourself as an architect?

Very connected to the environment and the context. I think nature has a significant role in our lives and therefore should have an equal role in our built environment.

If I wasn't an architect, I'd probably be a...

An author, although I believe it is more difficult than the other creative pursuits. Maybe the idea of being one’s own client is appealing.

Tell me about your biggest career highlight to date.

I have had a series of highlights. In many ways I think your latest project is always the biggest career highlight, which makes your work always interesting and I hope progressive.

What is your biggest design influence?

Many influences with nature and people being at the centre.

What is it about residential architecture that fascinates you?

How the home influences people’s lives and enjoyment and how we can always strive to make our built environment special.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Camping and being in remote places with my family such as the Flinders Ranges in South Australia.


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Dance For Life — double win!

WMK has taken out the top spot at Dance For Life in more ways than one.

Thanks to our generous donors, WMK landed top of the leaderboard with an impressive $23,382 raised for ReachOut.

ReachOut is a not-for-profit organisation providing practical support to help young people tackling mental health issues, in particular those who may be struggling with bullying, depression and contemplating suicide.

WMK also took out the top spot for best dance as one of ten architecture and design firms that battled it out for the title on Friday night at Dance For Life. Our 10 WMK dancers, dressed in black and white as Sia, were announced the winning team in front of a very excited crowd.

“It was an incredibly fun night and a great team effort. It was wonderful to raise so much money to support a fantastic and deserving charity. Thank you so much to our friends, suppliers and clients who contributed so much,” said WMK organiser and dancer, Melanie Wright.  

Watch the video now >

Posted by Marianne Fessl


Designers play ping pong for a purpose

Sweat, competition, rivalry, triumph for some, embarrassment and tears for most — all in the name of sportsmanship and good deeds.

Thirty-two of WMK’s most valiant staff members went arm-to-arm in a confronting game of classic ping pong to raise funds for Reachout.com. It was an ultimate battle of the greats — many players breaking out of their professional cocoons and exposing the nature of a truly combative Olympian.

Day 1 had staff biting their lip in curiosity of what to expect — surely it would just be a standard game of ping pong — right? Wrong.

Each seven-minute match ignited a spark in each competitor that on-lookers would easily not forget. Even our generally conservative staff were surprising us with their most savage Venus Williams grunts.

Pre-matches bought us eight of our most competent contenders, Steve and Mark on 36 points, Belle and Connie on 25 points, Todd and Altaf on 34 points and Kristelle and Allison stealing wins from Troy and Christina on 26 points.

On the day of the grand finals, emotions were peaking in anticipation for who would be awarded the Ping Pong Champions of WMK. Whispers around the office circulating about whom would be returning home to their partner with a great achievement accomplished.

TopDog Todd and Agile Altaf exhibited robust techniques—serves being made with the sound of a cracking whip — they certainly were not making it easy for their opponents. This, however, was no match for the Macho Mark and Stealthy Steve who treated their bats as an extension of their arms —manoeuvring artful hits to victory.

With their sweatbands soaked in the sweet perspiration of winning, Macho Mark and Stealthy Steve were awarded with glorifying battle cries of their peers and of course an official certificate to honour such a masterly performance.

Posted by Christina Cooley


Sargood welcomes its first guests

In what may be a world-first, a new accessible resort designed specifically for people living with spinal injuries has opened its doors on Collaroy Beach.

With 17 new guest rooms, community living spaces, learning zones, gym, and an absolute beachfront location, the centre will revolutionise care facilities for people with spinal injuries.

Despite only just opening to the public, Sargood On Collaroy has even seen bookings from as far away as Norway.

Designed to be more like a quintessential beachside getaway than a care facility, Sargood on Collaroy is part of a changing paradigm in the health and wellness industry. 

Read more about lifestyle care LinkedIn Pulse >

Posted by Marianne Fessl


Lifestyle care: a changing industry paradigm

Architecture can indeed make hearts soar. But I believe our latest healthcare project, Sargood On Collaroy, has the power to help heal the body and mind. The facility is a world-first, providing unique resort-style health and wellness care for its guests – people who have sustained spinal injuries.

Sargood merges with its environment and looks and feels like a quintessential beachside getaway - and it's all part of a changing industry paradigm.

Read more on LinkedIn Pulse >

Posted by Greg Barnett


Johnny Fongs is now open!

Mounties latest dining destination, Johnny Fongs, is open for culinary delights.

With fresh and contemporary interiors and a bold brand identity, all designed by WMK, the 300-seat restaurant serves modern Chinese cuisine and yum cha.

Breaking away from the typical club restaurant experience, WMK has created a design that celebrates Asian street food culture within a casual atmosphere. The design features graffiti art, bold patterned features, copper detailing, and neon lighting. Diners can enjoy watching dumplings being hand crafted in the show kitchen.

WMK worked with Mounties, MPA and Pure Projects to not only create the interiors, but to develop a confident brand identity that features throughout the venue.

With two private dining rooms, a range of seating areas, and fresh interiors, the new restaurant is proving to big hit at the club.

Johnny Fongs is open seven days for lunch and dinner.

Posted by Marianne Fessl


Tennis By The Bay

This February, WMK took part in ‘Tennis By The Bay’ hosted by Prototype Commercial Furniture.

The event was an opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of round robin tennis, and meet fellow designers, architects and property professionals. In keeping with tennis tradition, the dress code was ‘all white’.

WMK took part in doubles tennis, with Interior Designer Troy Andronicos and Architect Steven Whisker forming one team going up against Architect Todd Read with Project Manager Adam Pinches from Horizon Habitats.

Troy and Steven were knocked out before the finals games, While Todd and Adam went on to the Grand final which they lost 9 -13 in an epic final.

Interior Designer Melanie Wright was the main spectator, helping to hydrate the two finalists. 

Posted by Todd Read


Happy Lunar New Year

We wish you health and prosperity for the Year Of The Rooster. 

The team would like to wish you and your family good luck, good health, and much happiness throughout the year. 

Happy new year, 


Posted by Marianne Fessl


The Beach at Barangaroo

As part of the 2017 Sydney Festival, the Cutaway at Barangaroo is playing host to ‘The Beach’, a monochromatic installation of 1.1 million recyclable polyethylene balls that make an ocean to float in without getting wet and gently lapping against a 60-metre wide shoreline free of sand.

“We continue to see the Cutaway used in a variety of innovative ways. The sheer expanse of the space lends itself to incredible uses, limited only by imagination,” said WMK Architect and Director, John Andreas. 

WMK worked with Lendlease and the Barangaroo Delivery Authority as the architectural design consultant for the cultural space including the Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve.

For more information about the event, visit http://barangaroo.sydney/whats-on/sydney-festival-the-beach/



Posted by Marianne Fessl


Wilson Residence Site Visit

There’s a buzz in the air on site at the Wilson Residence. After a couple of months of shop drawing and fabrication, and Christmas less than a week away, the steel and laminated timber framing has arrived! The steel workers are starting and will be continuing over the Christmas break, so in the New Year we’ll get to see a glimpse of the final form.

The concreters have been kept busy, forming, pouring and currently stripping the ‘off form’ concrete walls to the pool area and stepped landscape, revealing more of the beautiful ‘class 2’ finish.

The pool floor was being poured while we were there and the ‘off form’ concrete pool walls will be formed and poured next.

The one man band stonemason continues to chip slowly and surely away at the sandstone clad blade wall, which is looking fantastic. It will almost certainly be the centrepiece of the house as it cuts its way down the site weaving from inside to out. The existing house on the site is looking more and more out of place as the new building takes shape.

2017 will be off to an exciting start, will keep you posted!

 Take a virtual walk-through The Wilson Residence which is currently under construction >


Posted by Steven Wisker, Project Architect


Mounties Charity Golf Day

This December, WMK took part in the Mounties Charity Golf Day.

The day, held annually at Liverpool Golf Club, raises funds for Liverpool Hospital. The event is an 18 hole four ball Ambrose competition followed by lunch.

This year, former Australian Open winner and dual Australian Masters Champion, Craig Parry, was the guest speaker.

Director Mark Pellen and team members Todd Read, Matthew Davies, Steven Wisker, and Andrew Eaddy all took part in the competition, while WMK sponsored a hole for the event.

“We looked good from the start, but after a few refreshments the birdies turned to bogeys and we finished off with the wooden spoon!” said Architectural Lead Todd Read.

WMK has completed a range of work for popular community club Mounties, including a new entrance, foyer and port cochere, as well as restaurants and bars currently under construction.

Posted by Todd Read


Dance For Life

WMK Sydney team members have banded together to support a fundraising initiative ‘Dance for Life’ for Reachout.com, Australia’s leading online mental health service for young people.

ReachOut is a not-for-profit organisation providing practical support to help young people tackling mental health issues, in particular those who may be struggling with bullying, depression and contemplating suicide. ReachOut was started in 1996 in direct response to Australia’s growing suicide rates. Out of the one in four young people who have a mental health disorder, only 30% are accessing help.

The flagship service Reachout.com increases young people’s knowledge of mental health and wellbeing, increases their help-seeking skills, and ensures they feel less alone in times of need. Money raised by WMK will go towards reaching these young people in need.

WMK is one of ten architecture and design firms that will perform a three minute dance in front of hundreds of people in a bid to raise awareness and funds for ReachOut. The WMK team is asking suppliers and clients to rally behind them to support this vital initiative - simply visit https://danceforlife.raisely.com/wmkarchitecture.

“We understand the importance of ReachOut and their efforts to create a network of encouraging people for those who may not have the support they need. We are excited to be a part of this great cause and to help others!” said Melanie Wright, WMK Interior Designer and Dance For Life organiser.

The event will be held on the 17 March at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney.  

Dance For Life is organised by Business Interiors and Thinking Works and is kindly supported by KnowledgeCore. 

Thank you for your support!

Posted by Elizabeth Fahey


WMK Brisbane steps up

The WMK Brisbane team recently went head to head against national contractor SHAPE in a four week long Step Challenge. The team with the highest average steps would win bragging rights and be treated to drinks by the losing team.

The competition was kicked off with a meet and greet breakfast in WMK’s office and after a month of dedicated stepping to and from work, around the office, and through the city, WMK took home the prize of top steppers, averaging 13,375 steps per person per day. Go team!

WMK and Shape will do it all again next year only this time tie it into Steptember to add a great charity event to the bragging rights!

Posted by Rebekah Reid


2016 Basket Brigade

The WMK team is spreading some cheer by helping out families in need this Christmas.

The not-for-profit Magic Moments Foundation arranges annual Basket Brigades, delivering food, toys, and other necessary items to needy families. This year, Sydney Basket Brigade will deliver around 500 baskets throughout Sydney.

The WMK Sydney team decided to get on board with this fantastic cause, bringing in a mountain of goodies. We had three boxes of food and wrapped presents for women and children of all age groups.

WMK contributed a truck load of goodies and were picked up by the organisers of the basket brigade.

In early December, several WMK team members from the office helped to pack baskets and wrap presents and all baskets were sorted and distributed on 10 December.

The WMK Basket Brigade was arranged by interior design team member, Loretta Nagy.

“We are very thankful for the team’s kind contributions and generosity,” said Loretta.

Basket Brigades are happening all around Australia. Simply visit magicmoments.org.au/basket-brigades/ for more information.


Posted by Elizabeth Fahey


World-class health & wellness resort opens

Sargood on Collaroy, an innovative new beachfront resort for people with spinal injuries designed by WMK, was opened by NSW Premier Mike Baird. Architect Cecelia Wells attended the official opening...

It really feels like a resort now. Styled to the max. Sea breeze flowing through light, spacious airiness. Lush growth all round. Even on a steamy November day it looks and feels cool. 

Opening day was a very special event, attended by Sargood ambassadors, personalities, dignitaries, and well-known sportspeople like Rod Macqueen, Peter Fitzsimons, and Rob Stokes. So many incredible people supporting a world-first crossover – a spinal health retreat.  It takes those external to our process to help us realise what has been achieved.  The common refrain was that it’s clearly going to be an amazing place to stay. 

The best part was seeing the delight on people’s faces and hearing the comments about how spacious it is and what a relief it was to not have to think about their environment and instead just enjoy.  Sargood Ambassador Heidi Hayden’s mum said if they’d had a place like Sargood when Heidi first came home from hospital, it would have made such a difference to them.  Early care and support can shave off that time “to get that hope, that attitude, that inspiration happening again”. 

Did you know:

— One person sustains a spinal cord injury every day

— 53% of injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents

— 35% are the result of an everyday fall or sporting injury

— Most injuries occur in young people, particularly males aged 18 to 24

— Only 30% of people with a spinal injury return to work

— The cost to Australia from spinal cord injuries is $2b annually

At times we may think all our hard work goes by unnoticed. And then on a day like the Sargood on Collaroy opening day, you experience the project through the eyes of those who will get a massive lift from the place, and it’s all worth it.

To find out more about Sargood on Collaroy visit http://sargoodoncollaroy.com/

Posted by Cecelia Wells


Happy holidays from WMK

As the end of 2016 approaches, we would like to thank our clients, consultants, suppliers, and friends for their support throughout the year. 

We wish you a happy holiday break and a prosperous 2017.

While we take a break to refresh for the new year, our offices will close from midday 23 December and reopen on Monday 9 January.

Best wishes from the WMK team!

Posted by Marianne Fessl


ANZ's retail design shortlisted in the Premier's Design Awards

Together with their project partners Blue Sky Design Group, JLL and Lendlease, WMK is celebrating the announcement that the ANZ Digital Design Retail Branch Roll-out Project is a finalist in the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards.

ANZ Banking Group commissioned a complete redesign of its retail model, bringing the customer experience to the forefront of its new digital banking concept.

Led by a Blue Sky Design concept, WMK developed ANZ’s new ‘digital design’ detail and developed the architectural base. This included preparing a comprehensive design standards manual prompting an efficient construction program of sites delivered by Lendlease and JLL, which continues across Victoria as part of a national roll-out.

The reinvention of ANZ’s retail space has been enthusiastically received, generating overwhelmingly positive feedback from staff and customers, whilst delivering against the bank’s strategic growth goals.

The Premier’s Design Awards recognise and reward Victorian designers and businesses using exemplar design effectively and sustainably. Entries are judged by an eminent panel of national and international design experts.

The project has been shortlisted in the architecture category and the winner will be announced at the ceremony in December. 


More about the project.



Posted by Marianne Fessl


Is this the office of the future?

I am often asked, “What is the workplace of the future?”

Picture this: an adaptive, agile workplace, engaging multi-use indoor/outdoor spaces and flexible mobile furniture with fully-connected mobile technology. All this is complemented by natural daylight and ventilation, automated windows and glazed walls, and fully powered by the sun. At its heart sits a café serving organic food.

Is this the office of the future? Well no. And yes.

It isn’t the future – it’s now.

And it isn’t an office – it’s a school. But it is a forerunner to the office of the future.

Read more on LinkedIn Pulse.

Posted by Greg Barnett


Rainforest Rescue Lego Competition

Several WMK teams participated in an interstate Lego competition to raise money for Rainforest Rescue, an organisation that supports the protection and restoration of rainforests in Australia and internationally.

Entries consisted of a wide range of designs, including Halloween and Melbourne Cup inspired designs, to architectural forms, and abstract conceptual models. Staff had limited Lego pieces with only a two-week building period.


Below: 'Scale', Layla and Steve

The judging panel consisted of staff from each office, who narrowed down 19 entries to just five finalists.


Below: 'Should Have One', Mark

The grand prize was taken out by Sydney team of Pegah, Trudy, Tom, Todd and Sisi with their architectural model ‘LIT’ featuring a built-in light set, illuminating the model from the inside. An announcement ceremony was held via Skype at all three offices during Friday night drinks, with Managing Director Greg Barnett announcing the winner.

WMK raised a total of $381 in support of Rainforest Rescue. 


Below: the winning entry, 'LIT' by Pegah, Trudy, Todd and Sisi

Posted by Loretta Nagy & Elizabeth Fahey


WMK wins National Award for Sustainable Architecture

WMK has won the 2016 National Award for Sustainable Architecture from the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) for the Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) project. The project was one of only 40 to be nationally honoured at last night's awards ceremony. 

Held annually since 1981, the National Architecture Awards are the most prestigious in the design and construction industry. 

“We are delighted to win this national award for such a ground-breaking project,” said WMK Managing Director, Greg Barnett.

“The AIA Awards are highly regarded within the industry, and I’m thrilled that WMK has received this recognition from our peers,” he added.

NBCS is unique – students learn in flexible indoor/outdoor environments beneath a spectacular intelligent canopy which generates energy, harvests rainwater, and uses misting technology to cool the spaces below. In addition, the facility's windows and louvres are automated to provide ventilation in direct response to climate conditions using a sophisticated building management system.

“NBCS is a world-leading facility that has changed the paradigm for learning space design,” said WMK Director and Architect, John Andreas.

“It was been a rare pleasure to work with such an engaged and inspiring client who looked to push the boundaries of learning environments as well as incorporate so many sustainability innovations,” John added.

Find out more about NBCS.



Posted by Marianne Fessl


WMK shortlisted - 2016 National AIA Awards

WMK has been shortlisted in the nation’s most prestigious architecture awards.

After winning the 2016 Milo Dunphy Award for sustainable architecture at the NSW Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Awards for the Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) project, WMK has now been shortlisted in the national awards.

“It is a great honour to be in the running – it is the top architectural award for sustainability in the country,” said WMK Managing Director, Greg Barnett.

NBCS is a school unlike any other – students learn in flexible indoor/outdoor environments beneath a spectacular living canopy which generates energy, harvests rainwater, and uses misting technology to cool the spaces below. The facility's windows and louvres are automated to provide ventilation in direct response to climate conditions using a sophisticated building management system.

“The project is a unique learning environment with sustainability at its core,” added Director and Design Architect, John Andreas.

The winners will be announced in Sydney at the award ceremony in early November.

Posted by Marianne Fessl



The WMK team in Melbourne has made the commitment to raise money for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. The campaign, named ‘Steptember,’ encourages participants to make 10,000 steps daily – which can often prove to be a fair challenge for office workers!

WMK Melbourne has come together as a team, getting active by raising money and participating in daily activities to increase steps and awareness.

The Cerebral Palsy Alliance is raising money for children with the disability, with much needed funding going towards equipment and rehabilitation for development and wellbeing.

Well done to the team for participating in this worthy cause!

Posted by Sarah Battaglia


Blackmores Running Festival

On Sunday 18 September the WMK Sydney team took part in the Blackmores Running Festival.

The festival is run on one of the most spectacular courses in the world, taking in all of the Sydney iconic landmarks and providing all runners with a unique opportunity of crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge traffic-free.

The grey, drizzly weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the WMK team, with everyone powering on to cross the finish line.

We had a variety of walkers and runners completing several different courses – from the 4 kilometre family fun run through to the 21 kilometre half marathon.

Architectural Lead Todd Read was WMK’s star competitor, completing the 9 kilmetre bridge run in just 39 minutes.

The Blackmores Running Festival started in 2001 and now boasts more than 32,000 participants from over 66 countries each year.

As part of its health and wellbeing program, WMK sponsored employees’ entries in this year’s fun run.

“What a fabulous day we had,” said WMK's HR & Operations Manager, Jenny Haynes.

“Huge congratulations to Todd and his fantastic result, and to the various nine kilometre walkers, joggers and runners – and of course to the four kilometre family fun runners!” she added. 


Posted by Marianne Fessl


2016 Sustainability Awards

WMK’s highly innovative Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) project continues to receive a whole range of attention – and for good reason.

After taking home the top architectural gong for sustainability at the recent NSW Australian Institute of Architects Awards, the project has been shortlisted in the 2016 Sustainability Awards.

Established in 2007, the Sustainability Awards recognise excellence in sustainable design and building. Now in its tenth year, the awards attract the highest calibre of entries.

“WMK’s NBCS project is a unique indoor/outdoor environment with sustainability at its core,” said Design Architect, John Andreas.

“Sustainability has been intertwined in the DNA of the structure – not simply tacked on to tick boxes or meet targets,” he added.

At NBCS, students learn in flexible indoor/outdoor environments beneath a spectacular living canopy which generates energy, harvests rainwater, and uses misting technology to cool the spaces below, while windows and louvres are automated to provide ventilation in direct response to climate conditions using a sophisticated building management system.

“This is more exciting news for WMK and NBCS,” said WMK Managing Director, Greg Barnett.

“Not only has this project taken home a NSW AIA Award and a Good Design Award, it is also in the running for an IDEA Award, and was a finalist in the Urban taskforce Awards. This was certainly a ground-breaking project for a forward-thinking client,” he added.

The winners of Sustainability Awards will be announced in October in Sydney. 

Posted by Marianne Fessl


Five minutes with Ben Wilkie

Meet Ben, our Director – Projects based in Melbourne.  We asked Ben some quick questions to get to know him better, and to understand what makes him tick as a designer… 

What inspired you to become an interior designer?

I had always been interested in design from a young age but could never settle on one particular discipline.  Interior design stood out as it combines facets from all areas of design and allows for a lot of freedom and collaboration.

What aspect of design is most important to you?

I am constantly drawn to the narrative aspect of design and the opportunity it provides to engage in a dialogue between people and place. 

What is your biggest design influence?

Travel – both here and abroad. I’m constantly influenced by the places I’ve been and inspired by the objects and materiality I see along the way.

What are your three must-check-out places in Melbourne and why?

1. Heide Museum of Modern Art – I’m slightly biased as I got married there but it’s such a fantastic piece of Melbourne’s artistic heritage.

2. Higher Ground – easily the most impressive hospitality space in Melbourne right now and a true Cathedral to good design.

3. The Townmouse – one of my favourite restaurants in Melbourne and a great example of good, honest, NZ hospitality

What has been your favourite project with WMK and why?

Working with one of our major banking clients has been a true collaboration between all parties and we’re constantly pushing each other to find better outcomes together.  As a result of this collaboration, we’re challenging not only how people move within a workplace but also how that space can move and change with them. It’s incredibly exciting.

What is your favourite city in the world and why?

Kyoto. I have a love for Japan in general, but Kyoto is a city I will always return to. It balances the past and present alongside the slow and the fast perfectly and I always feel at ease when I visit. You get a real sense that there are two worlds existing in parallel with each other when you are there.

Posted by Marianne Fessl


Sargood: showing its final form

The Sargood Centre’s final form is beginning to emerge.

Insulation and services are complete, plasterboard installation has commenced, and external hardscape in the upper south courtyard is underway.

Sargood will be a resort-like residential centre for people with spinal cord injuries to relearn and rejuvenate.  Located at the south end of beautiful Collaroy Beach, Sargood is set to open in late 2016.

It is a unique partnership between the local community, the Lifetime Care & Support Authority, and a private foundation who have raised more than $21mil in funding. Once opened, the centre will be operated by Royal Rehab.

Sargood will create a pathway to independence, offering state-of-the-art living by the beach with 17 apartments and on-site life learning and education. The facility will offer short-term residence, rehabilitation, day learning programs and respite care.

Find out more about the Sargood Centre project.



Posted by Cecelia Wells


WMK shortlisted in 2016 IDEA Awards

WMK’s Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) project continues to receive significant attention – this time, for its interior spaces. The project has been shortlisted in the ‘public space’ category of the Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) – Australia’s largest and most successful independent design awards program.

As the architects and interior designers of NBCS’ new learning environment, WMK reinvented the notion of a school. The design is a sequence of fluid indoor and outdoor spaces, from fully enclosed, to semi-enclosed, and covered areas – melding interiors and architecture together seamlessly.

Students learn in flexible pavilion buildings and outdoor interior spaces beneath a spectacular 3,000sqm canopy which generates energy, harvests rainwater, and cools the spaces below.

Under the canopy classrooms are superseded by flexible indoor/outdoor spaces. With a variety of flexible settings enabled with wireless technology, and no separation between classes, teachers and students create a multitude of learning opportunities within one shared environment.

“This is more exciting news for WMK and NBCS,” said WMK Managing Director, Greg Barnett.

“WMK won the top award for sustainability at the prestigious NSW Australian Institute of Architects Awards just last month. I’m delighted our interiors team is now gaining well-deserved recognition for their work on this unique project.”

“This is a truly innovative project,” added WMK Director – Interiors, Garry Slater.

“We have created interior spaces within an indoor/outdoor environment, pushing the boundaries of how school buildings are designed and used.” 

The winners of the IDEA Awards will be announced on the 18 November in Sydney.

Posted by Marianne Fessl


Melbourne Indesign: WMK's pop-up bowling alley

As part of this year’s Melbourne Indesign, WMK created a pop-up bowling alley for Signature Floor. And, it proved to be a huge success!

Given the brief of designing a stand that could not only showcase Signature Floor’s new 101 carpet range, but would also encourage fun and interaction with the public proved to be an entertaining and enjoyable exercise.

Showcased at the Gent Factory in Richmond, the bright and colourful stand was easily spotted on entry, with the public eagerly getting involved in bowling strikes and winning prizes.

The team was also fortunate to attend Signature Floor’s Indesign after party at Taxi Kitchen in Federation Square.

Thank you to Signature for inviting us to play a part in the day!

Posted by Sarah Battaglia


WMK Brisbane: growing and on the move

We are excited to announce WMK Brisbane will relocate on Friday 19 August 2016.

Our new address will be Level 4, 168 Edward Street, Brisbane.

The new location and space will mark a new chapter for the growing WMK Brisbane team and will enhance the overall experience for staff and our clients.

With a new space, our Brisbane team will deliver even more great architectural and interior design services.

We look forward to seeing you in our new studio soon.

Posted by Laura Gillett


RSPCA Cupcake Day

On 15 August, WMK Sydney held RSPCA cupcake day.

Cupcake Day is a fantastic excuse to get family, friends and workmates together to eat delicious cupcakes. But, more importantly, it’s an opportunity to raise much-needed funds for the many abandoned, injured, neglected and sick animals who come into the RSPCA’s care each and every year.

Keen WMK bakers brought in their home creations in return for a gold coin donation to support the RSPCA. There were even dog-friendly treats for sale!

Project Director Mark Pellen brought in his beautiful Labrador Jeffrie to join in the fun, while Senior Interior Designer Kylie Heslop brought in the very cute Oodle, Poppy. 

"Thank you again to everybody (both bakers and eaters) for participating in our RSPCA Cupcake Day," said Architectural Assistant, Layla Stanley. 

"It was a delicious morning and we raised $187 for the RSPCA. With WMK matching dollar-for-dollar, a total of $374 was raised!"

"Thank you as well to Mark and Kylie for bringing in Jeffrie and Poppy - hearing the puppies pold around made the day extra special," she added.


Posted by Marianne Fessl


New headquarters for Youth Projects

The Melbourne team has eagerly awaited the outcome of the newly renovated headquarters for Youth Projects here in Hosier Lane!

WMK showed its support to the neighbouring charity group by attending the official ribbon cutting and presentation for this space.

Youth Projects focuses on helping disadvantaged young people where they can receive the tools, confidence, support and skills to create a more sustainable life for themselves. The ‘hub’ provides various spaces and amenities for the development of their skills and wellbeing. 

The WMK team has a great relationship with the charity, from buying their morning coffees at their café and also having donated furniture and supplies to their space. Congratulations to all involved!

Posted by Sarah Battaglia


WMK wins AIA sustainability Award

WMK has won the 2016 NSW Milo Dunphy Award for sustainable architecture from the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) for the Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) project.

The AIA Awards are considered to be the most prestigious architecture awards in the country.

“This is the most exciting award. The AIA Awards are highly regarded within the industry, and I’m thrilled that WMK has received this recognition from our peers,” said WMK Managing Director, Greg Barnett.

NBCS is unique – students learn in flexible indoor/outdoor environments beneath a spectacular living canopy which generates energy, harvests rainwater, and uses misting technology to cool the spaces below. In addition, the facility's windows and louvres are automated to provide ventilation in direct response to climate conditions using a sophisticated building management system.

“NBCS is a world-class, leading facility,” said WMK Director and Architect, John Andreas.

“Working with such an expansive client looking to push the boundaries of learning environments and incorporate so many sustainability innovations is rare,” John added.

Find out more about NBCS.

The project is now in the running for the National Architecture Awards to be announced in November.

More about the 2016 NSW AIA Awards.


Posted by Marianne Fessl


Travelodge transforms the atrium at Travelodge Phillip Street

WMK has transformed an outdated atrium into a striking, sculptural focal piece.

Travelodge in Sydney’s Phillip Street featured a large, several-storey space featuring a mural in need of an update. Mirvac contacted WMK to devise a concept to transform the space within a very tight budget.

Based around the concept of ‘flight’, the WMK team worked with a sculptor to create abstract birds suspended from the skylight, combined with geometric wall artwork in striking dark tones. To keep within the budget, the team retained elements where possible, such as the planting and stone flooring. 

“The birds naturally animate the space and create a sculptural focal point,” said Senior Interior Designer, Caroline Pearce-Borg.

“We managed to work within the budget and the result is a beautiful atrium space and a very happy client,” she added. 

Posted by Marianne Fessl


Take your dog to work day

Take Your Dog to Work Day (also known as TYDTWD) took place on Friday 24 June in Australia and around the world. The day celebrates the benefits of companion animals and helps to inspire those without pets to adopt.

Sydney-based architect Steve Wisker brought his four and a half month old puppy, Leo, to the WMK office for the day. Leo enjoyed a day full of pats, treats, and naps next to his owner at his desk.

A study by Randolph Barker, a professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business, found animals in the workplace buffer stress for workers and make work more enjoyable. In addition, a 2010 study by Michigan University found the presence of a dog in the office helps employees to collaborate more effectively.

“It was such a nice break in routine to bring him in,” said Steve.  

“Normally we’d be worried about how he’s coping on his own at home – instead it was great to have him here, bringing smiles to everyone’s faces, and loving the attention!”

TYDTWD began back in 1999 and has grown over the past few years to include countries like America, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

Posted by Marianne Fessl


Sydney's newest five-star hotel opens

Dubbed as ‘Sydney’s newest business playground’, the Pullman Sydney Airport is officially open. Designed by WMK Architecture, the 299-room luxury hotel is the first internationally branded five-star new-build hotel to service the airport.

“I am thrilled that the Pullman Sydney Airport is now open to the public,” said WMK Managing Director, Greg Barnett.

Located on a prominent site along O’Riordan Street, Mascot, and spanning 12 floors, the classically contemporary building will act as a strong visual marker to the precinct.

The hotel will be popular with international and domestic business and leisure travellers, due to its exclusive offering and prime location a stone’s throw from Sydney’s domestic and international airports.

“With its refined architectural palette, the hotel sets a new standard for the precinct. It will become a stylish and welcoming sanctuary for weary travellers,” said WMK Director & Architect, John Andreas.

The new hotel is part of the WMK-designed Connect Corporate Centre for Goodman that will incorporate 34,000 square metres of retail and office spaces close to Mascot, Sydney’s airports, and the CBD.

Find out more about the Pullman Sydney Airport Hotel project. 

Posted by Marianne Fessl


Using smart design to reposition a building for optimum returns

To maximise tenant satisfaction and increase their rental returns, savvy building owners are turning to quality architecture and interior firms to revitalise and reposition their assets.

Recent office building refurbishments by WMK have included shared tenant facilities and lettable spaces like cafes, bars, restaurants, end-of-trip facilities, alternative working areas, bookable meeting rooms, function centres, and even a rooftop entertaining terrace. 

Read more on LinkedIn Pulse.

Posted by Greg Barnett


Biggest Morning Tea

During June, the WMK team hosted a Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea.

The morning featured a raffle, a delicious morning tea, and gold coin donations, which were matched dollar-for-dollar by WMK, raising a total of $452 for the Cancer Council.

The whole office participated – not just in eating, but also donating and contributing food.

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is an opportunity for friends, family or workmates to come together, share a cuppa and some delicious food, and help those affected by cancer. The funds raised from the event help Cancer Council save lives through the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer.

Find out more about Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.

Posted by Marianne Fessl


WMK wins Good Design Award

A group of WMK team members attended the Good Design® Awards Gala night during May.

The awards recognise excellence in design, innovation, and creativity at a national and international level. WMK was selected as a finalist for the Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve in the urban design category and NBCS in the commercial and residential architecture category.

Held at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, we were treated to spectacular views across Circular Quay for the opening night of Vivid.

Many of the presenters were well-known in their respective fields and empowered all of us to strive to achieve even greater designs that better enrich our everyday lives.

We were proud to win a Good Design Award® for the NBCS project. The Good Design Award® is awarded to products, services, or projects that have not only met the criteria for good design, but exceed them.

Congratulations to all award recipients – it was an inspirational evening and a great night for the design community.

Finally thank you to Shaw Carpets, who treated members of our interiors team with tickets to the event.

Read more about the NBCS project.


Posted by Emily White


WMK shortlisted for two AIA Awards

The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the shortlist for the prestigious NSW Architecture Awards. 

WMK’s Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) has been shortlisted in two categories – educational architecture and sustainable architecture.

The project also won a Good Design Award® in May – read more.

The design of NBCS’ new facility is unique – students no longer sit at desks in classrooms. Instead, students learn in interactive indoor/outdoor spaces enabled with wireless technology, beneath a spectacular 3000 square metre intelligent canopy which harvests rainwater, generates energy, and cools the spaces below.

"This project has created the community heart within the school. The variety of spaces make it a truly spontaneous learning environment, connecting all elements of the community. We appreciated working with WMK, they understood us and were able to think differently about school for the future," said NBCS Principal, Stephen Harris.

“I am thrilled we have been shortlisted in the NSW AIA Awards,” said WMK Managing Director, Greg Barnett. “It was an honour to work with such a visionary client, looking to push the boundaries of traditional school environments.” 

The AIA program offers an opportunity for public and peer recognition of the innovative work of architects.

The winners will be announced at the presentation evening on 1 July at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney.

More about the NBCS project.


Posted by Marianne Fessl


Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicks off at Barangaroo

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is a celebration of fashion and culture. It is the Australia’s premier fashion and lifestyle event showcasing the country’s leading designer brands.

This year, the opening show by Melbourne-based designer Toni Maticevski was held in the Cutaway beneath Barangaroo Reserve.

On a 40 metre-wide catwalk, within the cavernous concrete and sandstone interior of the Cutaway, Maticevki’s show played out in front of 1200 guests including celebrities like Jennifer Hawkins, Isabelle Cornish, Delta Goodrem, and Terry Biviano.

Maticevski joins a prestigious list of designers at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Australia including Kym Ellery, Carla Zampatti, and Easton Pearson.

Photo: Caroline McCredie/Getty Images

The Cutaway is a flexible shell space, 6,500m2 in footprint and capable of containing three floors, carved within the headland. This flexible multi-use events and cultural space features 14 metre high ceilings and a dramatic sandstone cliff face running the length of the interior, illuminated by skylights set into the landscaping above.

WMK worked with Lendlease and the Barangaroo Delivery Authority as the architectural design consultant to deliver the Cutaway.

Photo: Caroline McCredie/Getty Images

Prior to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the Cutaway had already been tested by a diverse range of events, including the Sydney Festival, OzHarvest CEO Cook Off, and the Myer Fashion Showcase.

Find out more about WMK and its role in delivering the Cutaway.

View the live feed of photographs being taken at the Cutaway on Instagram.


Photo: Caroline McCredie/Getty Images

Photo: Caroline McCredie/Getty Images

Posted by Marianne Fessl


A4LE event  at Northern Beaches Christian School

During May, WMK Director John Andreas presented at an Association for Learning Environments event at Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS).

The Association for Learning Environments is a worldwide organisation sharing knowledge, experiences and best practices in planning, designing and building great learning environments.

The event was an opportunity to introduce professionals involved in the education field to the spectacular new facility at NBCS, designed by WMK.

Principal Stephen Harris spoke about the school and its unique teaching methods. John Andreas followed, presenting WMK’s design for the school, taking the audience on a journey from the brief through to realisation.

The design by WMK comprises a sequence of multi-level pavilion buildings sitting beneath a spectacular 3,000sqm intelligent ‘living’ canopy which generates energy, harvests rainwater, and cools the spaces below. No longer sitting at desks in classrooms, students learn in interactive indoor/outdoor spaces enabled with wireless technology.

“NBCS is truly unique,” said John. “The visiting group was impressed and amazed with the school.”

“It was a fantastic for these educators and built environment professionals to gain an introduction into the school, and to demonstrate the thinking and the strategies behind it,” he added.

Discover more about this unique learning environment.


Posted by Marianne Fessl


Who is WMK's best baker?

To raise money in support of Legacy, WMK held an ANZAC Day bake-off on Tuesday 26 April.

Encouraging a bit of friendly office competition, the Sydney office was split into teams and asked to create one Australian or New Zealander dish – think lamingtons, Pavlovas, or even the humble ANZAC biscuit.

The team was treated to delicious chocolate raspberry Pavlovas, Tim Tam cakes, lemon macadamia cakes, chocolate crackles, and sausage rolls (that disappeared far too quickly!)

All the treats were available for gold coin donation, with all money raised going to Legacy – an organisation that cares for the families of deceased and incapacitated veterans. Today Legacy's service assists over 80,000 widows and 1,800 children and dependants with a disability.

“We had a great morning – looks like we have some amazing bakers in our midst!” said organiser and interior designer, Loretta Nagy.

“Thanks to everyone who got involved, and thanks to WMK for matching our employee contribution dollar-for-dollar – Legacy is a very worthwhile cause.” 

Posted by Loretta Nagy


Barefoot bowls

The WMK Sydney team recently took advantage of the last of the lovely warm sunny weather before winter hits, spending a social afternoon at Clovelly Lawn Bowls Club with its spectacular ocean views.

The afternoon of barefoot bowls, full of plenty of laughs and friendly competition, was organised to raise funds for the Red Cross Brussels bombing relief.

There was a great atmosphere – teams got into the spirit of the day, with some even dressing in themed outfits for the event.

The day also featured lots of cuddles. To the delight of the Sydney team, Senior Interior Designer, Kylie Heslop, brought her puppy Poppy along to the club.

WMK regularly organises team events for both social causes and to give back to the community.

The day was organised by Administration & Business Development Assistant, Rachelle Guillamun.

“It was great weather to be outdoors, with an amazing cliff-side view,” said Rachelle. “It was nice to see everyone in such high spirits as they kicked back and relaxed.”






Posted by Emily Lea


Slater+Gordon - flagship office in Brisbane unveiled

WMK has delivered a sleek and detailed design for Slater+Gordon’s latest flagship office on Ann Street in Brisbane.

Slater+Gordon now enjoy a new, expansive 3,500m2 workspace, spanning three levels – right in the heart of Brisbane.

The new workspace is a versatile environment that embraces an agile working environment. With a variety of spaces on offer for meetings and collaborative work, quiet spaces for private desk work, a large boardroom, a secure reception, and a vibrant kitchen breakout area for staff, WMK has created a flexible and functional environment.

This new workspace is one of several offices WMK completed for Slater+Gordon around Australia.

WMK has created a successful design standard, resulting in highly workable interiors for this successful law firm.



Posted by Sarah Battaglia


John Andreas to present at Green Cities

WMK Architecture Director John Andreas will speak at the Green Cities Conference in March.

Co-hosted annually by the Green Building Council and the Property Council, Green Cities is a celebration of disruptive ideas and is Australia’s leading sustainability conference for the built environment.

John will speak on day two at ‘design disturbance’ – a dynamic panel session which will showcase seven disruptive ideas with regard to sustainable design and truly great buildings.

As the design architect on the ground-breaking and innovative Northern Beaches Christian School project, John will speak about ‘the architecture of spaces: meeting the vision for a new learning model’.

The project delivered a unique, interactive indoor-outdoor learning environment designed for multiple learning modes and non-hierarchical interaction – all beneath a spectacular canopy that generates energy, harvests rainwater, and cools the spaces below.

Green Cities will be held in Sydney 22-24 March.

To find out more visit the Green Cities website >



Posted by Marianne Fessl


The Ephemeral City

French artist Olivier Grossetete has been in Sydney overseeing workshops and the creation of a mini-city known as The Ephemeral City within ‘The Cutaway’ at Barangaroo Reserve as part of the Sydney Festival.

It’s a community participation event. The collection of towers and turrets, all made from cardboard and sticky tape, are built by the people of Sydney. A flying fox runs through the space, allowing the public to view the cardboard city from above.

Several members of the WMK team visited The Ephemeral City to experience it first-hand.

“It’s fantastic to see a project we delivered being used and embraced like this by fellow Sydney-siders,” said WMK Interior Designer, Loretta Nagy.

The team at WMK was proud to work with Lendlease and the Barangaroo Delivery Authority as the architectural design consultant for The Cutaway at Barangaroo.

The 19-metre high towers were demolished on site on Australia Day. 

Read more about the project >


Posted by Loretta Nagy


Happy holidays from WMK

As the end of 2015 approaches, we would like to thank our clients, consultants, suppliers, and friends for their support throughout the year. 

We wish you a happy holiday break and a prosperous 2016.

While we take a break to refresh for the new year, our offices will close from midday 23 December and reopen on Monday 4 January.

Best wishes from the WMK team!

Posted by Marianne Fessl


Spreading some holiday cheer

The WMK team is spreading some cheer by helping out families in need this December.

The not-for-profit Magic Moments Foundation arranges annual Basket Brigades, delivering food, toys, and other necessary items to needy families. The baskets help children, the elderly, refugees, the hungry, and the homeless. This year, Sydney Basket Brigade will deliver around 1,100 baskets throughout Sydney.

The WMK Sydney team decided to get on board with this fantastic cause, bringing in a mountain of goodies as well as raising $255 cash.

In mid-December, volunteers from the office will also help to pack baskets and wrap presents.

The WMK Basket Brigade was arranged by interior design team members, May Fong and Denisse Milton.

“It was an amazing effort by all. A big thank you to the team for their generosity and time,” said May.

Basket Brigades are happening all around Australia. Simply visit magicmoments.org.au/basket-brigades/ for more information.


Posted by Marianne Fessl


Northern Beaches Christian School Official Opening!

The WMK team was delighted to be part of last night’s official opening of Northern Beaches Christian School's breakthrough multi-modal learning environment – designed by WMK – which reinvents the notion of what a school building should be and creates a built environment that actively shapes a new culture for learning.

In a highly successful collaboration of education and built environment vision, the architectural design delivers a unique learning environment that identifies with the learning style of the next generation to engage young adults, reshaping our thinking about how school buildings can be used to actively promote better learning and prepare students for future work environments.

John Andreas, Laurie Day, Denisse Milton and the wider project team joined students, teachers, and the school community at a spectacular event last night which included live musical performances, special guest speakers and even a student flash mob!

Congratulations to Stephen Harris, Alan Schultz, and everyone at the Northern Beaches Christian School.

Click here for further information











Posted by Natasha Nicholls


Barangaroo Reserve Officially Opens to the Public

WMK attended the official opening of Barangaroo Reserve, which was opened by the Premier of NSW and joined by the former Australian Prime Minister. The opening gave the public a chance to explore the new space and to be involved in activities throughout the day.

The Reserve includes new walkways capturing breathtaking views of Sydney’s prestigious harbour, while featuring 75,000 native plants and individually crafted sandstone blocks which have been placed within the reserve including the foreshore. WMK co-ordinated with an extensive team of specialist consultants to deliver a new cultural space ‘The Cutaway’ which sits within Barangaroo Reserve. The space also includes a carpark below, skylights, an existing sandstone escarpment and is designed to be flexible.

A magnificent and successful addition to the Sydney Harbour that can be enjoyed by many generations to come. 

Please click here to read an article on the project published by Illumni. 





Posted by Natasha Nicholls


Virgin Active on Collins Officially Opens

Melbourne's most prestigious health club is finally open and ready for business.

Located at 567 Collins Street, Virgin Active health club is a boutique gym designed for Melbourne's bustling business precinct. A strong addition to the popular health club chain by Virgin, the gym serves multiple purposes including a lounge area and in-house café which is located within the bold reception area featuring an impressive void with hexagonal feature lighting. 

With the large club spanning over two levels, WMK has delivered an inviting and highly usable space with open planning, decorative finishes, high end facilities and state of the art gym equipment. The health club also features a 25m lap pool, spa pool and sauna, multiple work out zones, rock climbing wall, dedicated rooms for classes and a mind and body relaxation area.

Virgin Active Collins Street is a great addition to Melbourne’s CBD facilitating a high end work-out environment through impressive design and culture.






Posted by Natasha Nicholls


Barangaroo Picnic Day

The Barangaroo Delivery Authority hosted the Barangaroo Headland Park project wrap picnic on Sunday for all the people involved in the project and their families.  

It was a beautiful warm, sunny day for the occasion, and the park was looking particularly good. It was great to see the park being enjoyed and tested before the big opening this weekend.   

Posted by Natasha Nicholls


The Quay Wins 2015 Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Award!

We are pleased to announce 'The Quay’ has won the mixed uses development category at the 2015 Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards.

The entry was a joint submission with Ausbao and Parkview who attended the award evening with WMK.

The Quay is a highly successful example of a high density, urban mixed use development that reflects the best of inner city living.

Please click here to see a full list of winners.


Posted by Natasha Nicholls


Ringwood Presentation to Government Minister of Employment

Anne Cerezo and Olivia Matkin from our WMK Melbourne team have been working on an exciting project alongside members of Schiavello and CBRE. 

The Salvation Army Employment Plus will commence the job active program as the largest not-for-profit organisation under the government’s new job active program, operating within 13 employment regions, with a job seeker caseload of approximately 52,000.

The objective of the project is to provide motivating environments for employers and job seekers, which can speed up the progress to sustainable employment.

The Ringwood site recently opened its doors at the beginning of this month.


Posted by Natasha Nicholls


The Quay delivers success

'The Quay' in Haymarket continues to deliver spectacular results, demonstrating the very real benefits that a high quality product can bring to developers and residential property investors.

WMK’s innovative architectural solution, refined design details and premium palette of materials and finishes have resulted in a unique product in the Haymarket precinct and a market-leading project within Sydney.

Click here to check out this recent SMH article featuring the Quay and its design-driven success.

To learn more about the project, click here 


Posted by Rachelle Guillamun


Happy Holidays from WMK

As the year draws to an end, WMK would like to take a moment to wish everyone Happy Holidays!!

We’d like to thank our clients, consultants, suppliers and friends for a great 2014 - and we wish you all a prosperous 2015!

Our offices will be closed from 12 pm Tuesday 23rd December 2014 and will reopen on Monday, 5th January 2015.

Best wishes from the WMK Team!


Posted by Rachelle Guillamun



WMK Melbourne’s supreme architectural athletes are now four games in to the Bldg.Eng Archisoccer Cup and with one win and one draw under our belt so far, we are pumped up and enthusiastic about the rest of the season to come! 

Archisoccer is a 6-a-side mixed soccer competition between 40 of Melbourne’s leading architecture practices, including WMK for the first time this year in standout bright green uniforms!

The games are played on Tuesday evenings in Royal Park over the summer months, and with the whole WMK Melbourne family gathering on the pitch every week (including our adorable green mascots, Finn and Lucia!), the games have already become a mid-week, computers-off ritual.

Drawn in by the excitement of the FIFA World Cup earlier this year, the Melbourne studio’s designers (some who are experienced players, and others who had never kicked a ball before) have taken to the field with passion and fearless attitudes. With only a few broken ribs so far, the team are yet to play a game we don’t enjoy immensely, and getting to bump heads with our rivals on and off the field is always great fun (all with good humour and friendly sportsmanship, of course!) 

Posted by Pip Barby


WMK Joined the Melbourne Cup Festivities

It’s the race that stops the nation, and WMK joined in for the festivities for the Melbourne Cup.

Fascinators and hats, where bigger is better, were one of the major highlights of the day while champagne was passed around while we eagerly waited to see who was this year’s winning horse.

This year, WMK hosted a 1920s Melbourne Cup celebration, where everyone was dressed to impress around the office.

Caroline Pearce-Borg and David Macready were crowned our best dressed of the day where they took away a token prize for their iconic fashion statements. 

Celebrations continued at Vicolo Café where canapés flowed while we waited for the big race. Karina Simpson and Peter Napier picked the winning horse, Protectionist, at our workplace sweeps, each taking home the grand prize.

Marking the best WMK Melbourne Cup celebration to date, we are definitely looking forward for the next ones to come.

Posted by Rachelle Guillamun


WMK Melbourne On The Move

Our WMK Melbourne team has relocted to Flinders Lane, corner of Hosier and Flinders Lane, one of Melbourne's famous grafitti lane.

Our new address is Level 5,165 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

With a new space, our Melbourne team will still be able to provide you with top-notch architectural and interior design services that we are known for.

We look forward to seeing you in our new studio in the coming months. 




Posted by Rachelle Guillamun


WMK Charity Group Sponsors Caroline Pearce-Borg

This year WMK sponsored our Senior Interior Designer, Caroline Pearce-Borg, for an awareness cause for Cancer Council NSW in Seven Bridges Walk.

Held on Sunday, 26 October 2014, under a 32-degree heat, participants put on their joggers, hats and a positive attitude and as a community took on a 27km closed loop circuit around Sydney Harbour to raise money for charity. Showcasing magnificent views around the iconic Sydney Harbour along with some entertainment, music and activities, the day did not feel like a race - but more of a typical Sunday with the family.



Caroline thought this was a great cause to not just get out and have some sun and fresh air, but also to raise funds and help Cancer Council NSW raise awareness in the community. 

Posted by Rachelle Guillamun


WMK team visits the Barangaroo Headland Park site

WMK staff took a tour around the Barangaroo site on Thursday, led by two well informed and enthusiastic Project Engineers, Mike and Josh from Baulderstone. 

A highly impressive aspect was that once on site, the enormous scale of the work involved in the project and the complexity around the expansive area was very apparent.

Barangaroo Headland Park was once Sydney’s major container port and now, once transformed, will blend in and be an extension of our city.

WMK is the appointed Architectural design consultant for the Barangaroo Headland Park Cultural Space.
The Cultural Space is a flexible shell space with 6,500sqm in footprint and capable of containing three floors, carved within the headland with a purpose built green-roof. 

The use of sandstone for the steps down to the waters edge is a nod to the past and to how the site had appeared in earlier times. There are huge numbers involved in the creation of this impressive area, including 12,000 tonnes of sandstone which was extracted from the site with a total of 30,000 tonnes being used overall. To populate the 6 hectare parkland, native trees, plants and shrubs have been grown off site and brought in.

Looking across to Anzac Bridge. Once completed there will be a Harbourside walk, linking 14km of foreshore between Woolloomooloo and The Anzac Bridge.

WMK is proud to be involved in such a historical and significant project that will expose Sydney’s beautiful harbour and provide a public space for thousands of visitors and locals to Sydney.

Posted by Kathryn Croxson


Five Minutes With WMK's Lauren Oneile

Lauren Oneiele recently joined WMK as Senior Interior Designer so we asked her some quick questions to get to know her better...


One aspect of design most important to you?

Having a strong concept is really important, which then leads on to having a strong, clear design

Which design magazine do you read on a daily/weekly basis and why?

Wallpaper for images, Domus for cool ideas, Indesign for the articles. Also there are some great blogs that I’m addicted to – Design Milk, Domus Web, Design Sponge

Most memorable moment in your career so far?

Every project has memorable moments, and it’s always inspirational and a proud moment to see any design built on site. One stand out for me was travelling to India to design hotels over there. A completely different client experience, and a completely different level of design and detail within the design from anything I had ever experienced.

Top three must-check-out places in Sydney?

All restaurants – Atavola, Bootleg, Spice Temple

Favourite city you’ve lived in so far? Why?

London – exciting, amazing, inspirational

Current must-have accessory?

Anya Hindmarch - anything

What are your passions outside Interior Design?

Good food, fine wine, shopping and spending time with my husband and our dog Poppy


Lauren has worked on projects from boutique residential developments to high end luxury hotels for a variety of global companies across Australia and Europe. She is currently working on CBRE Melbourne which is due to complete at the end of April.




Posted by Sarah Gill


The Quay Unveiled

The Quay is being unwrapped!

The scaffolding enveloping the two residential towers is currently being dismantled to reveal the glistening facade for the first time.

WMK has been eagerly anticipating this milestone for some time and is delighted with what has been revealed so far. Head Contractor, Parkview, has done an excellent job and the project is on track for completion in August 2014.





Utzon Popov unveils Fresco at Rydges Airport Hotel

WMK is pleased to announce the custom wall fresco by Mika Utzon Popov has finally been unveiled at the Rydges Airport Hotel.

The mural, which took 6 weeks to complete, is the finishing touch on the newly completed hotel by WMK for hotel developer Denwol Group. Spanning 17 metres long by 4.5 metres high and wrapping around the lobby, the mural showcases Sydney’s most recognisable icons in a hand drawn aerial illustration of Sydney Harbour.

The artwork is worth a visit, whether staying at the hotel or just passing through.


Posted by Kathryn Croxson


Project Barcelona Stage One Completes

WMK recently celebrated the completion of the Northern Beaches Christian School Administration Building project in Terrey Hills. The Admin building was stage one of the larger scale project nicknamed 'Project Barcelona' and includes the school’s new main reception, collaboration/meeting rooms and office spaces.

The reception sits in a striking double height glazed void, boasting polished concrete floors, exposed concrete structure and natural plywood joinery. Acoustic feature panels sit nestled amongst the large exposed steel roof trusses.

The building was designed with environmentally sustainable principals in mind and incorporates roof mounted photovoltaic cells for generation of power, rainwater harvesting for landscaping irrigation and flushing of toilets, and large glazed louvres to the facade that automatically open and close according to weather conditions to naturally ventilate the building.

Meanwhile, stage two of Project Barcelona has now commenced on site with some impressive demolition works (see aerial photos below). This second stage will include a new Senior Learning Centre and Science building, Student Administration Building, Café and Market Place food offerings, performance areas and flexible indoor/outdoor spaces under a large canopy roof structure.

Project Barcelona will completely transform the school campus, facilitating a twenty first century learning environment through sustainability, connection and innovation.


Stage Two demolition begins...


Posted by Greg Barnett


The Quay Tops Out

A significant milestone was reached last week with structural completion of the two residential towers at The Quay, Haymarket. A small ‘Topping Out’ ceremony was held on the roof of the 17-storey high South Tower where WMK presented the client with a Dwarf Eucalyptus Gum tree to mark the occasion.

After an inspection of the completed prototype apartment on site, drinks and nibbles were enjoyed by the client and project team at the nearby marketing suite.

Progress continues apace on the mixed use development which is due for completion in August 2014. All but a handful of the 286 apartments are already sold along with a majority of the retail component, complete with a major supermarket as its anchor.





Rydges Sydney Airport Lobby Art

WMK is excited to report that the spectacular custom wall mural being installed in the lobby of Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel, is well underway.

To complement WMK's innovative and contemporary public spaces within the newly designed hotel, Denwol Group, the hotels developer, commissioned Mika Utzon Popov to conceive an artwork which captures the essence of Sydney and makes a dramatic statement for guests and visitors to the hotel. Mika is the grandson of Architect Jorn Utzon, who is most notable for designing the Sydney Opera House.

Mika's concept is a hand-drawn aerial illustration of Sydney Harbour. Installed at high level, the mural is 17 metres long and 4.5 metres high, wrapping around the expansive lobby space. The mural celebrates Sydney's most recognisable icons and illustrates them in a fresh, whimsical way which is sure to delight local and international travellers arriving at the hotel.

Mika uses a traditional process of projecting his sketch onto paper strips on a purpose built wall in his studio, with graphite blocks for tracing transferral onto the wall. He is now at stage 2 on site, installing paper strips and applying pressure to transfer the image onto the wall.

Stay tuned for the final artwork completion in a few weeks.



Posted by John Andreas


CBRE Head Office Wins MBA Award

Vicki Murphie, Director - Interiors at WMK attended the 2013 Master Builders Association Awards Evening for National Excellence in Building and Construction as a guest of FDC on Saturday.

WMK congratulates FDC for its win for CBRE's new Australian Head Office workplace in Sydney for the Best Interiors Fitout, $3-4 Million category.

To read more about the project, click here.

Posted by Kathryn Croxson


Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel Wins MBA Award

WMK congratulates Lipman for its win in the Hospitality Buildings, Construction category, for Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel, at the 2013 Master Builders Association Awards Evening for National Excellence in Building and Construction.

The project which opened in May was completed in 14 months, one month ahead of schedule.

To read more about the project, click here.

Posted by Kathryn Croxson


WMK Wins Melbourne Design Award

WMK are proud to be announced as the winners of the Commercial Design award for Doncaster BMW, at the Melbourne Design Awards last night.

Danny Juric, Director of the WMK Melbourne practice, attended the awards evening alongside David Jenkins of Chick Constructions and jointly accepted the award on behalf of the project team.

The Melbourne Design Awards launched in 2010 and focuses on design rather than architecture, celebrating creativity, courage and innovation in design. The eclectic categories range from set design to architecture to graphics and digital apps, showcasing the best and brightest of Melbourne’s creative scene. 

For more information about Doncaster BMW click here.


JOHN ANDREAS at the Design Inn Hotel Design Symposium

John Andreas, Director at WMK was invited to speak as a panellist alongside Lyndsay Leeser, Director Development Pacific for Accor and other industry professionals, for 2013's much awaited Design Inn - Hotel Design Symposium.

Over 200 hotel owners, operators, designers and consultants attended the 2nd annual conference held on the 9th October at Doltone House. ISIS and HM Magazine were key sponsors.

Highlighting WMK's expertise in business and lifestyle design, John delivered a compelling presentation discussing the change in workplace environment and it's influence on today's hotel experience. Examples included some of WMK's current and recently completed projects spanning the education, workplace, commercial and hotel sectors.

If you would like to watch the presentation and discussion, click here.

Posted by Guy Blunden


DONCASTER BMW Melbourne Design Awards Finalist

Doncaster BMW is a finalist in the 2013 Melbourne Design Awards.

To view entry and vote click below:

BMW Doncaster

Watch this space for updates.

For more information on Doncaster BMW Please click here

Posted by Emily Lea


WMK Goes The Distance With ASICS

WMK has just completed a new 400m2 showroom and office space for the sports brand ASICS. WMK previously designed the Sydney office and showroom and was appointed by ASICS to deliver a Melbourne office that whilst aligning with the Sydney space, reflected the edginess of its Melbourne location. The space represents both ASICS and its sister brand Onitsuka Tiger, with bold use of graphics, raw materials and colour in the design to articulate the life and vibrancy of the two brands throughout.

WMK also recently completed the office and showroom space for ASICS Brisbane.

Posted by Karina Simpson


Official Airport Hotel Launch

Greg Barnett, Managing Director and John Andreas, Director, are attending the Official Hotel Launch of the Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel today. VIP guest the Honourable Barry O’Farrell MP, Premier of NSW, will be leading the opening ceremony.

WMK is proud to have designed the interiors for the first Airport Hotel located at the terminal, which completed in early May.

To read more about the project, click here.

Posted by Greg Barnett


Ribbon cutting ceremony of Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel

Last night was the Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for new Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel. The WMK Design Team, John Andreas, Justin Condon and Ryu Ogino attended the ceremony to celebrate the opening with client Denwol Group, head contractor Lipman, and project manager Construction Assignments.

The delivery of the completed hotel was one month ahead of programme with first day of trade scheduled for Tuesday 7 May 2013. Over 70 rooms are already booked!

Closer than the airport cab rank, the hotel is just a one minute walk from the Sydney International Terminal. The hotel offers 318 keys, Touchdown sports bar and café on ground level with the Blackwattle Grill on mezzanine offering an a la cartè dining experience. The hotel’s features also include a Gymnasium, fully equipped meeting and function rooms on level 1, and a rooftop Conference Centre with external deck on level 9.

WMK was responsible for the interior design of all areas of the hotel. The fluid organic lines of the lobby lead guests to the hospitality areas on the ground floor and up to mezzanine and level 1, via the sinuous curves of the “grand stair”. The journey is highlighted along the way with punches of Sydney colour in the curvaceous FF&E and off form concrete columns.

With the comfort of double glazed windows to ensure a good sleep you can enjoy spectacular city and airport views from level 2 and above.

Fly In, Drink, Dine, Relax and Fly Out!

For further information about this project please click here

Posted by Guy Blunden



Stage one of ‘Project Barcelona’, an innovative project set to transform the Northern Beaches Christian School, is underway.

Construction kicked off with the Administration Building and is well on the way to seeing the two storey hub taking shape.

Architectural features include tapering precast concrete columns, automated operable glazed facades and a soaring exposed roof structure.

The building will house the new double height school reception, administration areas, collaborative space and ideas hubs.

Stage one is due for completion in August this year, causing a buzz of anticipation amongst students and teachers alike.



Posted by John Andreas



Last week Guy Blunden, Director-Projects, attended the grand opening of the B1 Tower on Church Street in the heart of Parramatta.

The launch was a spectacular success with VIP guests NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell, Lord Mayor of Parramatta Councillor John Chedid and Anne Bi, founder of the B1 Group, in attendance.

WMK undertook the Interior Design for the apartments, residential amenities and three levels of retail for the tower which holds the title of tallest residential building in Parramatta.

B1 Tower is the first major development for the B1 Group and WMK are delighted to continue the partnership with B1 Group for their next development, B1 Square at Burwood.


Posted by Guy Blunden



Construction reaches the ground floor level at the Quay with tonnes of steel, concrete, formwork and an army of construction workers.

Hidden behind a temporarily clad wall covered in marketing sales is a living construction site with a heritage façade and a steady rise in structural concrete forming the base for “The Quay” two residential towers.

The lower ground floors will form the retail component of this mixed use project, with the apartment lobby entrances on both Thomas Street and Ultimo Road.




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Posted by Emily Lea



From magnificent temples to beachside ‘coco-huts’, WMK’s Pip Barbary toured some of South India’s most beautiful and bustling destinations.

The small seaside town of Mamallapuram plays host to the amazing Shore Temple, a UNESCO heritage site which is believed to be one of India’s most ancient structures and the last remaining of a series of sister seaside temples that have been destroyed by nature.

Pondicherry’s French Quarter looks like a suburb plucked straight out of a European village, but thrown in with India’s typical car-honking, street-side-enterprising semi-chaos.

A speedy and seedy 5 hour train trip south brings us to Madurai, home to the vast and splendidly colourful Meenakshi Amman Temple and at two millennia old, is one of the most ancient cities in the world.

Across the mountains to South India’s west coast is the sea port city of Kochi, which was hosting India’s first Biennale, (the Kochi Muziris Biennale) showcasing local and international contemporary art around the city’s unused spaces and heritage buildings.

The last stop was Mumbai, and with a population almost that of the entirety of Australia, it’s no wonder that the city houses some of India’s finest architecture, particularly that of the Gothic and Indo-Saracenic Revival (British Indian) styles. The University of Mumbai, the Prince of Wales Museum, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Train Terminus, to mention a few.


Posted by Pip Barbary



For the past 4 years, WMK staff have been committed to sponsoring a boy called Diego Isaac Ugarte and his community in Chile. Late last year we heard good news from World Vision that the community Diego lives in had become self-sufficient – a great outcome for WMK and a testament to the hard work and education World Vision bring to many areas.

The staff of WMK have taken on the challenge of sponsoring another child in need from World Vision– Lazaro Augusto Bacacheza. Lazaro is 6 years old and is from the Marara Project Area Development Program in Mozambique. Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world today, lacking a health care system or schools due to years of war and neglect. World Vision is supporting primary healthcare programs, providing agricultural and business training, improving access to clean water and sanitation and improving the quality of education for children.

We look forward to getting to know Lazaro and supporting him and his community as he grows up.

Posted by WMK Charity Group


Christchurch NZ, Container Mall

Following the devastating earthquake of 2011, Christchurch NZ has been slowly pulling itself out of the rubble to become a thriving city once more.

On a recent visit, Sarah Jelliffe explored the city centre. Despite large areas still waiting for demolition and many blocks sitting bare, there is a colourful glimmer of hope and positivity breaking through.

The temporary container mall sits at the heart of the Christchurch, a vibrant and edgy solution to draw life back into the city centre. Resembling a quirky art installation, multi-coloured shipping containers house stores where traditional shop fronts once stood.

On the other side of the city, a new container bar has arisen using materials and objects salvaged from the earthquake wreckage. Shopping trolleys and luggage trunks have been re-fashioned as seating, whilst an eclectic mix of recycled timbers clad the walls.

Although the initial feeling in the city is one of quiet and emptiness, don’t be fooled. Take the time to look around; the spirit and determination of the locals to bring their home back to life is truly inspiring.


Posted by Sarah Jelliffe



As 2012 draws to a close WMK would like to take this time to wish everyone Happy Holidays!!!

This year, WMK decided to move away from the ‘traditional’ Christmas gift idea, instead purchasing school books through World Vision. These books help children in disadvantaged communities by providing them with the building blocks of education. They inspire their learning and help build formal education, as well as vocational and skill set training.

Over the years WMK has taken part in a lot of charity initiatives, including the long running support of World Vision. So if you’re stuck for present ideas… or just left it a little late, check out World Vision’s range of gifts online.

We would also like to say a big THANK YOU for an amazing 2012 and we are all looking forward to what 2013 will bring.

Our offices will be closed from 1pm Friday 21st December and reopening on the 7th January 2013. 

Posted by Emily Lea & Sarah Jelliffe



On the 26th of October WMK’s staff got together at their latest refurbishment project - 1 Market Street, Sydney, to host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast to raise money for Breast Cancer research.

Delicious food was served in a first rate venue, everyone had the chance to catch up over a coffee whilst raising money for a very worthy cause.

Also, did you know that ever since the National Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 1994, 30% of women diagnosed with breast cancer lost their battle but in less than 20 years, through research, this percentage has been halved?

A grand total of $430 was raised on the day, so a huge thanks to everyone who took part.

For any additional donations please click here

Posted by Emily Lea



WMK’s Jade Hudson was invited by Clint Zammit of Savills Project Management to join Savills for the 2012 Canberra Off Road Cycling (CORC) Scott 24hr Mountain Biking Championships at Stromlo Forest Park in Canberra on 13 & 14 October.

The largest event of its kind in the World, the Scott Australian 24 Hour MTB Championships where the "Fat Tyred Fools" ended up riding a gruelling 19 laps of the mountain course totalling 265km, with half of these laps being completed at night! Each rider completed around 65 kms.

Savills’ entered two teams – the “Fat Tyre Fools” and the “Flat Tyre Fools” – which both gave it a red hot go with "Fat Tyre Fools" posting an impressive 48th place out of 283.

Not to undermine the "Fat Tyre Fools" effort, "Flat Tyres" Shaun Diamond was injured while riding (and flying) and split his helmet in half (leaving a nasty cut above his right eye), impressing the organisers enough to give him a brand new helmet.

Experienced head chef, support crew member and Savill’s Senior Project Manager Mark Lederer was sadly unavailable due to work commitments but the team members enjoyed delicious BBQ chicken seasoned with LED lights by Leon Kenney. Thomas Woronowicz experienced “snow” on the mountain during his solo night ride and also rode the fastest recorded team day time lap.  David “Triple lap” Simpson performed faultlessly until “sleep deprivation” kicked in while driving back to Sydney.

Overall, the event was a huge success, with the remaining team members John Critchley, Damian Milani “surviving” with minimal injuries and the team completing the event in high spirits.

Jade has been invited to participate in the next bi-annual event as part of the Savills crew, and has already started training for the event!





Posted by Jade Hudson



WMK Architecture was selected as the Australian winner of the 2012 “Fly Forbo” competition for the YUM! project, for which the prize was a design-based 7 day tour for two to Europe, led by the Forbo team.

Petra Bonamy and Vicki Murphie jetted off in September to Amsterdam and London to soak up the sights. Highlights in Amsterdam were the visit to Forbo’s design studio in Krommenie to see first-hand how Forbo products are manufactured, the Van Gogh Museum, dinner at the gorgeous glasshouse Restaurant de Kas where organic regional produce delighted the tastebuds, and an architectural tour of Amsterdam’s newer architectural precincts. Of particular interest was the area known as the “Islands” of Java and Borneo which blends contemporary architecture with the traditional design of old Amsterdam.

The London tour included time at the V+A Museum viewing numerous art installations and a retrospective of Heatherwick Studio’s work, the 100% Design interior trade exposition, dinner at Asian fusion restaurant Hakkasan, and a walkthrough of Tent London which brought together over 200 international exhibitors of furniture, lighting, ceramics, textiles, materials and accessories.

Posted by Sarah Jelliffe


 WMK wins 2012 Australian Timber Design Award!

WMK is delighted to receive the prestigious award for the 2012 Australian Timber Design Award for Office Fitout Featuring Veneers for the ASX Exchange Square refurbishment project on Bridge Street, Sydney.

In its thirteenth year, this prestigious award is Australasia's most recognised stamp of excellence in timber design, awarding Architectural and Interior Design projects that explore the dynamic and versatile application of timber.  The ASX Exchange Square project beat some strong competition to take the award in the category of Commercial Office Fitout featuring Veneers.

John Andreas, Director of WMK and design director for the ASX project, was presented the award at a gala dinner on Thursday evening at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

Timber veneer used in the project were sourced from Briggs Veneers, one of Australia’s most respected and experienced suppliers of timber veneers.

This is the second award that the ASX Exchange Square has collected since its completion in late 2011. Early this year, WMK received an award for excellence in lighting design at the NSW IES Lighting Society Lighting Awards. 

For more information about ASX Exchange Square, click the link below.

ASX Exchange Square

Posted by May Fong


Fly Forbo Awards 2012

As winners of the Fly Forbo Award 2012 for their project ‘Yum!’, WMK won two tickets to Amsterdam and London for a tour around the Forbo Design Studios in Amsterdam, and access to 100% Design in London.

Director - Projects Vicki Murphie and Senior Interior Designer Petra Bonamy are jetting off to Eurorpe today, watch this space for a full update on their return.

Click here for more information on Fly Forbo 

For more information about YUM! please see the below links

WMK's YUM! Australia Office Fitout


Posted by Sarah Jelliffe


Melbourne Design Awards

AMP Financial Planning & Mercure Treasury Gardens are finalists in the 2012 Melbourne Design Awards.

The Awards Night is on at the Business and Investment Centre, Melbourne on Wednesday 19th September to which May Fong & Melanie Scragg will be attending. You can Vote for our projects via the below links

Mercure Treasury Gardens

AMP Financial Planning

Watch this space for updates.

Posted by Emily Lea


18th Biennale of Sydney

On the fine Saturday morning of the 14th July, Sarah Jelliffe and May Fong journeyed across a sunny Sydney Harbour to Cockatoo Island for the 18th Biennale of Sydney.  As always, the island venue never ceases to amaze, with its dramatic location, industrial architecture and stunning views. 

During the Biennale, the place comes alive with Australia’s largest and most exciting international exhibition of contemporary art. Highlights included the interactive installations of Dune in the Dog-Leg tunnel and the cyborg-like mechanical creatures in the Hylozoic Series. Others worth seeing include Sand lace by Cal Lane and the strange but mesmerising paper cutting session by Sachiko Abe. Definitely worth a visit before it closes on 16 September.

Click here for more information on the event  

Posted by May Fong


Bondi Soft Sand Run

An early Sunday morning start and a brisk 10˚C coastal wind didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of WMK’s bare-footed, singlet-clad soft sand run team. 

Following the fun and excitement of the recent Andrew Boy Charlton biathlon, WMK’s team of Justin, Pip, Guy and Richard decided to start training (sporadically for some of us!) for the Bondi Barefoot 4km Soft Sand Run. 

Each year, the event attracts over 400 recreational runners of all ages, and involves four laps of Sydney’s infamous Bondi Beach. Funds raised go towards the new club house for the North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club. Under the guidance of one of our more experienced soft sand team members, Justin, we grasped the technique, dug our toes in and finished with varying time results but all with bright spirits.

Thanks to our small but dedicated fan club for braving the early Sunday chill with us and making the day even more enjoyable!

Posted by Pip Barbary


Vivid Festival

Saturday evening saw Sarah Jelliffe, Interior Designer, venturing out to explore her second Vivid Sydney; A yearly creative treat that turns Circular Quay into a hub of bright lights and excitement.  Various light sculptures are dotted throughout the area, each surrounded by a curious babble of kids (young and old!).

The MCA, Opera House and Customs House are turned into enormous blank canvasses for the most amazing 3D moving projections. We won't try to explain them, you have to see to believe. The festival is on until the 11th June so check it out, it is well worth it.

For more information on the Vivid Festival -Vivid Sydney

Posted by Sarah Jelliffe


WMK in Milan for the Salone del Mobile 2012

Guy Blunden, Director-Projects, visited Milan in April to attend the Salone del Mobile 2012. As the largest and most prestigious trade fair for furniture in the World, the Salone is held at the spectacular 350,000sqm FieraMilano exhibition complex designed by architect Massimiliano Fuksas and located on the outskirts of the city.

Each year, furniture designers and manufacturers from around the world present their latest and greatest new products and ideas. And this year was no exception with well-known manufacturers such as Vitra, Minotti, Arper & Magis all unveiling new products and collections.

As always, the most interesting work was the result of collaborations with leading Architects, Industrial Designers and Fashion Designers, with high-profile names such as Jean Nouvel, Issey Miyake, Konstantin Grcic and Antonio Citterio delivering innovative and commercially appealing furniture collections, individual pieces and accessories.

Noticeable trends across the Salone were an emphasis on the strategic expansion of existing product ranges, a focus on sophisticated detailing, quality construction…and comfort, in design, materials and colour palettes.

Overall, the mood was upbeat among exhibitors. While the global economic crisis remains top of mind, it was encouraging to see a growing confidence and renewed vigor across the Salone del Mobile and throughout the city during Milan Design Week.

Guy travelled to Europe as a guest of Artemide, the Italian lighting manufacturer famous for its design focus and broad range of architectural and decorative fittings.

While in Milan, Guy visited Artemide’s headquarters and also dropped into the Frankfurt Lighting Fair, the largest of its kind in the world. Look out for blog posts on these visits soon! 

Posted by Guy Blunden


The Quay in Financial Review

Read the article from the Australian Financial Review below. Or click through to the AFR online (subscription required)

Posted by Greg Barnett


The Quay in SMH

WMK’s competition-winning Quay Apartments has been officially launched and is under construction!

Check out SMH Article Here

Posted by Greg Barnett


Project Barcelona

‘Project Barcelona’, as it is affectionately called by NBCS, will set a new paradigm in multimodal learning environments.

With innovative indoor/outdoor learning spaces, flexible pavilion buildings, a market place food offering, and environmental sustainable energy production, rain-water harvesting and building elements, Project Barcelona will define the heart and spine of the school campus and lead the way in new innovative learning.



Futher information on Project Barcelona 

Posted by John Andreas


The Quay in Construction

The mixed use development known as ‘The Quay’ in Haymarket, Sydney is progressing on schedule.

Ground works have commenced on site, with the existing heritage façade being retained by a new steel structure located on the pavement outside the site. This structure not only houses the site accommodation, it allows the entire site to be excavated down to its 4 basement storey levels.

The marketing suite has been completed in the building opposite the site (in the Prince Centre) and not only offers a fabulous example of what the completed apartments will look and feel like, it has a bird’s eye view of the construction site in progress.

Watch this space for further updates. Completion due 2014.

For more information on The Quay 

Posted by Richard Webster


ABC Biathlon

For a bit of fun (and fitness) some of the WMK family participated in serval of the Andrew Boy Charlton Biathlon series races, this Biathlon consists of a 4km run followed by a 300m swim at the Domain Sydney.

For the weeks leading up to it the training begun (and so did the competitive streak) including special diets and the running to (and from) work, until eventually the day of the race came… along with the nerves, but all was good and the guys did amazing.

For more information on this Biathlon - http://www.andersonevents.com.au/CompetitionsEvents/Biathlons/tabid/841/Default.aspx


Posted by Guy Blunden



The evening of 1 March 2012 saw the presentation of the NSW IES Lighting Society 2011 Lighting Awards at the AIA in Manning Street, Potts Point, Sydney. This was a chance for all the winners, both architects and lighting designers, to talk about their winning schemes.

The design concept for ASX Exchange Plaza evolved out of the idea of an “urban room”. ASX required a space that could adapt from a few people engaged in casual meetings through to large groups for official functions and media releases, as well as a large ante space for the auditorium below.

The design is bold and elegant, utilizing sculptural planes and forms which fold, wrap and intersect throughout the space, creating a welcoming space which nevertheless commands attention from within and without.

The lighting design was a critical component and had to provide for the variety of uses within as well as reinforcing the spaces colours and its sculptured forms. To achieve this, a number of direct and indirect lighting strategies were employed along with some specific low level lighting to stairs and seating areas. 

WMK worked in collaboration with the Simpson Kotzman lighting design team on this project, culminating in a very high quality space which won an award of commendation.

For more information on ASX

Posted by John Andreas