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