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