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WMK has transformed an outdated atrium into a striking, sculptural focal piece.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