Reimagining the call centre environment

Designed by WMK Architecture, the Allianz Worldwide Partners Broadbeach workplace counters the density and intensity of a call-centre environment by taking inspiration from its beachfront surroundings to reflect a space that embodies a casual and playful culture where staff have the opportunity to relax, recharge and be engaged in a collaborative environment.

Providing 24/7 call centres and emergency support across Australia, the brief for Allianz Worldwide Partners involved consolidating two of Allianz Worldwide Partners’ call-centre offices, along with an operational business unit, into one singular 2100sqm workplace located on prime Gold Coast Beachfront. Since its completion in October 2016, employees have had access to a workplace that supports collaboration, cross-pollinisation, and celebration amongst staff from the various departments.

The business unit workspaces border the central café-inspired hub and strategically incorporate localised ad-hoc collaboration pods to assist staff in connecting with colleagues. These social and collaboration spaces (the pods, the breakout, and other key zones, such as the informal reception area) are blended with natural greenery on the white and timber screening structures which, once fully grown, will create a higher level of privacy, and further cultivate a sense of wellness and stress relieving calm.

Arranging the space around a large central café-inspired hub encourages staff to socialise easily while access to the adjacent open terrace and training room with ocean views and greenery bolsters staff wellbeing. The large pivot doors and flexible furniture arrangements within the training room and breakout also allow staff to successfully host larger ‘town hall’ type functions.

Right from the point of entry, staff and business partners are greeted with a ‘beach-themed’ design aesthetic which takes cues from the coastline through an ephemeral palette of neutral tones and natural materials, with playful ‘sun and sea’ inspired accent colours. The contextual beachside surroundings are featured throughout the design detailing, and are reflected in the selection of finishes, furniture, feature lighting, wayfinding signage, and glazing graphics.


By successfully achieving a casual and collaborative environment with a strong focus on staff health and wellbeing, Allianz Worldwide Partners’ workplace culture has been elevated through a dynamic and desirable workplace environment that inspires staff to connect and recoup in new ways.

Posted by Lindsay Nunes


Home growth: WMK residential full steam ahead

It’s an exciting time for residential projects at WMK as we lead the design on some of the largest and most complex residential developments around the country.

Park Sydney, Erskineville - DA submitted
WMK recently won the City Of Sydney design excellence competition to design the first stage of Park Sydney – the Erskineville development by Greenland and Golden Horse – one of Sydney’s largest urban transformation projects.

In this first stage, WMK’s design will transform an industrial site into a dynamic, leafy, residential mixed-use development featuring approximately 325 apartments, pocket parks and public spaces, child care, a central shopping market and cafés.

Villa De Ma III, Rouse Hill - DA submitted
Meanwhile, at Cudgegong Road, Villa De Ma III by MetroAward is the largest apartment development ever seen in Rouse Hill. With architecture and interiors by WMK, 44 and 56 Cudgegong Road combined will feature more than 720 designer apartments and townhouses surrounded by urban resort-style landscaping.

Banc, Brisbane - construction commencing soon

In Brisbane, Ideal Property Australia’s $70 million luxury riverfront building, Banc, will soon start construction. WMK’s architectural design features 33, high-end residences over 15 levels – all with sweeping views of the river. The development bucks the trend of investor stock apartments to appeal to the exclusive owner occupier market.

The Quayhouse, Perth - construction commencing soon

In Perth’s Port Coogee, WMK has designed The Quayhouse. The 38-apartment complex offers spacious one, two and three bedroom apartments, while the private rooftop terrace will feature a movie screen and pool.

IDA, Potts Point - under construction

Back in Sydney, construction has started on the highly complex boutique development, IDA, in inner-city Potts Point. The scheme adaptively reuses a mix of new and refurbished buildings, as well as retained heritage cottages. When completed, the development will feature 30 exclusive apartments with exceptional views to the city and harbour.

Bourke Street, Zetland - competition won

WMK has won yet another City Of Sydney design excellence competition – this time in the rapidly changing inner-city suburb of Zetland.

The brief was to design a residential development with apartments and an active retail frontage along Bourke Street. WMK’s solution incorporates 145 apartments into two elegant buildings running predominantly north/south with infill buildings between. The buildings’ podium knits together the ensemble through a strong scale relationship and by providing a continuity of spaces at ground level that allows visual and physical access through the building. The intent is that the building will contribute to the quality of the urban fabric and becomes a unique experience in this part of the city.

With a number of recent competition wins, highly innovative designs, and construction beginning on many projects it is a very exciting time for residential at WMK.

With offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and a burgeoning team, we look forward to helping more clients with their new projects. For more information contact Greg Barnett, Managing Director, or Rae Gallagher, Client Services Manager, on 02 9299 0401.

Posted by Marianne Fessl


WMK's Biggest Morning (Afternoon) Tea

On Friday 26 May, WMK hosted a ‘Biggest Morning Tea’ relatively late in the afternoon (3pm).

“The Biggest Morning Tea is an opportunity to get together over a latte and enjoy some tasty treats while raising money to help the Cancer Council beat cancer,” said WMK charity group member, Loretta Nagy.

Crowd favourites included Trish’s homemade passionfruit tart, Mat’s bacon-sprinkled chocolate muffins, Kylie’s gluten-free polenta cake with rosemary infused lemon syrup and Team Charlotte, Kristelle and Alice with their classic Aussie-styled toasties.

WMK raised $300 on the day. The funds raised will help the Cancer Council continue its vital work in cancer research, prevention and support services. Cancer Council is the largest independent funder of cancer research in Australia.

We’d like to especially thank our WMK bakers and toasters for another incredible effort for charity fundraising (and weight gain).



Posted by Marianne Fessl


WMK wins 2017 Good Design Award

WMK took out the best in architectural design: commercial and residential architecture at the 2017 Good Design Awards.

The celebration was held last night at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney, where we were treated to spectacular views across Circular Quay during the Vivid Festival.

The Good Design awards are the highest design honour in the country, recognising the significant achievements of Australian designers from digital and graphics through to strategy, social innovation, and of course, interior design and architecture.

WMK’s winning project was ‘Sargood on Collaroy’ – a highly innovative accessible resort designed specifically for people with spinal injuries. The building resonates with its spectacular beach-side location and is a world-first.

The judges were effusive in their praise and noted that the facility set a new benchmark in design and made a real difference to people’s lives.

WMK Managing Director Greg Barnett said, “Receiving this award has been a big honour; congratulations to The Sargood Foundation and everyone involved in this fantastic project.”

Read more about the Sargood on Collaroy project.

Photo by Anna Kucera



Posted by Marianne Fessl


Blurring the lines between work and play

The intertwining of business and lifestyle is a definite trend that has been evolving for some time writes WMK Managing Director, Greg Barnett. 

The lines have certainly become blurred between business and lifestyle environments; workplaces are becoming more like hotels and homes, and cafes are becoming alternative workspaces. It’s a trend that we have seen emerging and evolving for a number of years.

Read more on LinkedIn Pulse.

Posted by Greg Barnett