NBCS named finalist in 2017 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 the educational architecture category.

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.

The AIA program offers an opportunity for public and peer recognition of the innovative work of architects.

NSW Chapter President Andrew Nimmo said, "‘This year’s shortlist displays the important and varied contributions architects make to our environment and quality of everyday life. Encompassing a broad range of scales and focus, these projects highlight the importance of promoting design excellence at all levels of our built environment.

“I am thrilled we have been shortlisted in the NSW AIA Awards,” said WMK Director, John Andreas. “It was an honour to work with such a visionary client that looked to push the boundaries of traditional school environments.” 

The winners will be announced at the presentation evening on 1 July at Luna Park. An exhibition of 2017 award entries will be on display at the Institute’s NSW Chapter throughout June.


Posted by Marianne Fessl


Holiday Inn St Marys Tops Out

A significant milestone was reached this week with the progress of the new Holiday Inn at the St Marys Leagues Club with a topping out celebration.

FDC were the gracious hosts for the St Marys Leagues Club board of directors and various consultants including WMK to mark the occasion with a barbeque lunch and a signing of the final structural beam ready to be installed. 

Progress continues at pace on the new hotel which is due for completion towards the end of 2017.

An artist's impression of the completed hotel



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Million Paws Walk 2017

On Sunday 21 May, seven WMKers and their very excited pooches took part in the Million Paws Walk, an annual fundraising event for tens of thousands of people and their pups to walk together to fight animal cruelty.

The team trotted through 4km of scenic bush track at Sydney Olympic park on a perfectly crisp, blue-skied Autumn day.

Money raised at the annual walk helps care for more than 35,000 animals that enter RSPCA NSW’s shelters every year. The organisation receives less than 2 percent of funding from the government, relying almost entirely on the goodwill of the community. Proceeds from the walk assist the RSPCA to operate its shelters, support its inspectorate and provide education on animal welfare issues.

It was a great morning out, doing something fun, social and healthy while raising money for charity.

WMK raised $220 for the RSCPA with the charity team’s recent 'hot dogs for dogs' BBQ lunch.

(L-R) Layla and Kiff, Sisi and Millie, Brittany and Admo, Loretta and Laika, Kylie and Poppy, Marianne and Frank; Brittany and Admo

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Global hotel design expert joins WMK

Mat Dalby, a hotel and lifestyle design expert from London with more than 20 years’ global experience, is joining WMK in Australia.

Working in London, Rio, Dubai, Mumbai, Hong Kong, and New Zealand, Mat has collaborated with many of the world’s highest-profile brands and designers, including Valentino, Hermes, Philippe Starck, Kelly Hoppen, Steve Leung and Marcel Wanders and developed the prestigious Harrods Hotel concept.

“Mat will bring a global perspective and a wealth of hotel and lifestyle experience to our already highly-regarded team,” said WMK Managing Director, Greg Barnett.

WMK is designing many leading hotel projects, including Vibe Darling Harbour, Shorter House Sydney, Lido Way Shanghai and the recently built five-star Pullman Sydney Airport.

As Director – Hotels & Lifestyle, Mat will further strengthen WMK’s experienced and award-winning hotel and resort team.

Hotel operators, developers and industry professionals who would like to learn from Mathew’s expertise can hear him speak at the HotelsWorld conference in July.


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Luxurious surgery spaces

These rich tones and curvaceous joinery aren’t from an elegant residence – it’s WMK’s latest health care project: an ultra-high-end plastic surgery consultation space and treatment room in Double Bay.

The Luxa Room at renowned plastic surgeon Doctor Tavakoli’s Sydney surgery feels more like an opulent hotel than a consultation space. It’s all part of WMK’s approach to create welcoming lifestyle spaces – even for medical environments.

WMK designed a consultation space and treatment room masquerading as a luxurious residential environment; perfect for the clinic’s discerning clientele.

To create a space that is opulent and not clinical, WMK selected finishes more commonly seen in residential environments such as carpet, timber veneer, velvet and leather. In contrast to the typical cold, white clinical environments, dark tones were selected for timbers and carpets, combined with warm metals and jewel coloured furniture while bespoke joinery cleverly conceals its medical purpose.

As a result, Doctor Tavakoli now has a much larger and more sumptuous consultation space and office – perfect for consulting with his high-profile clientele and in line with his premium positioning in the market




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Snag squad: raising funds for the RSPCA

During May, the WMK charity team held a BBQ to raise funds for the Million Paws Walk.

On Sunday 21 May, the team will take part in the Million Paws Walk – an event held by the RSPCA to raise funds and awareness to fight against animal cruelty. The WMK office enjoys many regular canine visitors; so we're big supporters of pooches in this workplace.

With Grant wielding a set of tongs, and Sisi, Layla and Loretta serving the hungry hordes, WMK staff were served up a range of beef or vegetarian snags courtesy of the very generous Stanley Street Butchery.

The Snag Squad managed to raise $220 including WMK’s contribution.

Thank you to everyone who contributed and good luck to our walkers on Sunday!

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WMK Melbourne: health and wellbeing advocates

In a bid to escape the busyness of meetings and deadlines the team at WMK Melbourne has been stepping out of the office and taking part in F45 training sessions and once a week lunchtime yoga and meditation. The team members are advocates for improving and maintaining physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.

Conveniently located a couple of blocks away from the office we have taken advantage of the free lunchtime sessions held every Tuesdays for yoga and meditation at The Atrium in Federation Square.

Just like many others, a typical work day is spent on our computers and sitting at our desks. It has been extremely beneficial for all since taking part in the yoga sessions as it has helped us become more aware of thoughtful movements. Stretching and postures focus on controlled breathing have assisted to improve core strength and flexibility. The yoga sessions are guided by Derrick Leduc and Kaya Pilates Yoga Fitness. We have now incorporated daily stretching in the office!

We have also attended the meditation sessions before yoga which focuses on mindfulness held by Buddhist Monk Gen Dornying who is a resident teacher at Kadampa Meditation Centre Melbourne.

We are fortunate enough to have these sessions available for us until December and we aim to continuously attend throughout the rest of the year!



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WMK wins The Ashmore Competition

WMK has won the Ashmore Estate design excellence competition for Greenland Golden Horse.

The competition is related to the first stage of the Park Sydney project in Erskineville, which forms part of one of the largest urban renewal projects in NSW.

WMK's winning design sensitively responds to the surrounding urban texture and community aspirations – creating an activated neighbourhood with sun-drenched cafes, pocket parks, child care facilities and marketplace retail.

To find out more, please contact WMK's Julian Venning, Director Design & Delivery.

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Sargood receives Good Design Selection

Good Design Australia announced the 2017 Good Design Selections today marking the countdown to Australia’s most prestigious awards for design and innovation on June 8th 2017.

After an extensive evaluation process involving more than 35 Australian and international design experts, the Jury has finalised their results and awarded only the best entries to receive the Good Design® Selection.

Sargood On Collaroy was one of only 244 entries to receive the 2017 Good Design® Selection and is now in the running to receive the coveted Australian Good Design Award, which will be announced at the Good Design Awards Ceremony on June 8 at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney.

On receiving the Good Design® Selection for Sargood On Collaroy, the Jury commented: “This project presents a potentially exemplar innovation in aiding recovery by taking advantage of the healing qualities of the natural landscape. The interior provides a comfortable domestic atmosphere rather than an institutional one. It also shows a holistic sensitivity to its purpose and its place in the surrounding urban space.”

The Jury set the bar very high this year with only the very best submissions receiving this level of recognition.

Australia’s Good Design Awards date back to the 1950's and have an enviable record of unearthing globally recognised talent and products.

Last year, the Flow Hive, an innovative beekeeping device that has taken the world by storm took out the prestigious Good Design Award of the Year, the highest design honour in the country.

The 2017 Good Design Awards Ceremony and Festival will coincide with Vivid Sydney, now the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

Winners will be celebrated at the black tie Awards Ceremony in Sydney, where guests will be invited to the exclusive opening of the 2017 Good Design Showcase, which will feature the winners of this year’s Awards.

“The Australian Good Design Awards attracted innovative entries from all corners of the world and the standard of submissions this year has really been incredible,” said Dr Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia and Chair of the Good Design Awards program.

“This is one of the few design award programs in the world where design and innovation are celebrated so broadly. This year’s Good Design® Selections represent excellence in design across the widest spectrum of design including Product Design, Service Design, Architectural Design, Design Strategy, Digital and Communication Design and Social Innovation,” Dr. Gien commented.

“Good design is about making our lives better, safer and happier. It extends to everything around us – from the products we use in our daily lives and the services we interact with to the buildings we live and work in – they can all be improved through better design. That’s what lies at the heart of these Awards”.

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