WMK shortlisted - 2016 National AIA Awards

WMK has been shortlisted in the nation’s most prestigious architecture awards.

After winning the 2016 Milo Dunphy Award for sustainable architecture at the NSW Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Awards for the Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) project, WMK has now been shortlisted in the national awards.

“It is a great honour to be in the running – it is the top architectural award for sustainability in the country,” said WMK Managing Director, Greg Barnett.

NBCS is a school unlike any other – 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. The facility's windows and louvres are automated to provide ventilation in direct response to climate conditions using a sophisticated building management system.

“The project is a unique learning environment with sustainability at its core,” added Director and Design Architect, John Andreas.

The winners will be announced in Sydney at the award ceremony in early November.

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The WMK team in Melbourne has made the commitment to raise money for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. The campaign, named ‘Steptember,’ encourages participants to make 10,000 steps daily – which can often prove to be a fair challenge for office workers!

WMK Melbourne has come together as a team, getting active by raising money and participating in daily activities to increase steps and awareness.

The Cerebral Palsy Alliance is raising money for children with the disability, with much needed funding going towards equipment and rehabilitation for development and wellbeing.

Well done to the team for participating in this worthy cause!

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Blackmores Running Festival

On Sunday 18 September the WMK Sydney team took part in the Blackmores Running Festival.

The festival is run on one of the most spectacular courses in the world, taking in all of the Sydney iconic landmarks and providing all runners with a unique opportunity of crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge traffic-free.

The grey, drizzly weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the WMK team, with everyone powering on to cross the finish line.

We had a variety of walkers and runners completing several different courses – from the 4 kilometre family fun run through to the 21 kilometre half marathon.

Architectural Lead Todd Read was WMK’s star competitor, completing the 9 kilmetre bridge run in just 39 minutes.

The Blackmores Running Festival started in 2001 and now boasts more than 32,000 participants from over 66 countries each year.

As part of its health and wellbeing program, WMK sponsored employees’ entries in this year’s fun run.

“What a fabulous day we had,” said WMK's HR & Operations Manager, Jenny Haynes.

“Huge congratulations to Todd and his fantastic result, and to the various nine kilometre walkers, joggers and runners – and of course to the four kilometre family fun runners!” she added. 


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2016 Sustainability Awards

WMK’s highly innovative Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) project continues to receive a whole range of attention – and for good reason.

After taking home the top architectural gong for sustainability at the recent NSW Australian Institute of Architects Awards, the project has been shortlisted in the 2016 Sustainability Awards.

Established in 2007, the Sustainability Awards recognise excellence in sustainable design and building. Now in its tenth year, the awards attract the highest calibre of entries.

“WMK’s NBCS project is a unique indoor/outdoor environment with sustainability at its core,” said Design Architect, John Andreas.

“Sustainability has been intertwined in the DNA of the structure – not simply tacked on to tick boxes or meet targets,” he added.

At NBCS, 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, while windows and louvres are automated to provide ventilation in direct response to climate conditions using a sophisticated building management system.

“This is more exciting news for WMK and NBCS,” said WMK Managing Director, Greg Barnett.

“Not only has this project taken home a NSW AIA Award and a Good Design Award, it is also in the running for an IDEA Award, and was a finalist in the Urban taskforce Awards. This was certainly a ground-breaking project for a forward-thinking client,” he added.

The winners of Sustainability Awards will be announced in October in Sydney. 

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Five minutes with Ben Wilkie

Meet Ben, our Director – Projects based in Melbourne.  We asked Ben some quick questions to get to know him better, and to understand what makes him tick as a designer… 

What inspired you to become an interior designer?

I had always been interested in design from a young age but could never settle on one particular discipline.  Interior design stood out as it combines facets from all areas of design and allows for a lot of freedom and collaboration.

What aspect of design is most important to you?

I am constantly drawn to the narrative aspect of design and the opportunity it provides to engage in a dialogue between people and place. 

What is your biggest design influence?

Travel – both here and abroad. I’m constantly influenced by the places I’ve been and inspired by the objects and materiality I see along the way.

What are your three must-check-out places in Melbourne and why?

1. Heide Museum of Modern Art – I’m slightly biased as I got married there but it’s such a fantastic piece of Melbourne’s artistic heritage.

2. Higher Ground – easily the most impressive hospitality space in Melbourne right now and a true Cathedral to good design.

3. The Townmouse – one of my favourite restaurants in Melbourne and a great example of good, honest, NZ hospitality

What has been your favourite project with WMK and why?

Working with one of our major banking clients has been a true collaboration between all parties and we’re constantly pushing each other to find better outcomes together.  As a result of this collaboration, we’re challenging not only how people move within a workplace but also how that space can move and change with them. It’s incredibly exciting.

What is your favourite city in the world and why?

Kyoto. I have a love for Japan in general, but Kyoto is a city I will always return to. It balances the past and present alongside the slow and the fast perfectly and I always feel at ease when I visit. You get a real sense that there are two worlds existing in parallel with each other when you are there.

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