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