SARGOOD CENTRE:
SHOWING ITS FINAL FORM

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

2016 IDEA AWARDS
WMK'S NBCS SHORTLISTED

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Under the canopy classrooms are superseded by flexible indoor/outdoor spaces.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

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 & ON THE MOVE

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

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