Catch WMK on national TV this October!

Australia By Design Innovation aims to bring good design into the hearts and minds of Australians. Renowned architect Tim Horton has been announced as the host for 2017 alongside Dr Brandon Gien from Good Design Australia and Terri Winter, Founder from Top3 by Design.

"Australia by Design Innovation features some of the best and brightest ideas in Australia. The series uncovers the inspirational stories behind these amazing innovations,” Dr Gien explained.

“NBCS and Sargood are excellent examples of how innovative design can make a real difference to peoples’ lives,” said WMK Managing Director, Greg Barnett.

Created to enhance the lives of individuals living with spinal cord injury, the WMK-designed Sargood on Collaroy is a world-first accessible resort located on Sydney’s northern beaches.

Also on Sydney’s northern beaches, NBCS is a unique school – WMK has created an indoor/outdoor environment with no classrooms, no desks, and no staff room. Students learn beneath a 3000sqm canopy that collects rainwater, generates electricity and cools the spaces below using automated windows and misting.

Australia By Design Innovation will air on TEN from 2pm Saturday October 28 and on ONE from 3.30pm Sunday October 29.


Posted by Marianne Fessl


2017 IDEA Awards: three projects shortlisted

The shortlist has been announced for the 2017 Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) Awards. WMK has been shortlisted in three categories: multi-residential, workspaces under 1000sqm, and public space.

“It’s a great achievement for WMK to have two projects from Brisbane shortlisted in this year’s prestigious IDEA Awards. We’re absolutely delighted,” said Brisbane-based Director – Projects, Lindsay Nunes.

The Brisbane office has 127 Creek Street’s end-of-trip facilities and a workspace for a leading software company short listed.

In NSW, The Lincoln has been shortlisted for an IDEA Award. The project is a boutique residential development in Sydney’s prestigious eastern suburbs.

"We were able to create living spaces of thoughtful design that respond to how people live, and enhance the quality of their lives. We were fortunate to have clients who agreed with our emphasis on superior finishes, beauty and function," said Lauren Oneile, Director - Projects.

The IDEA Awards are Australia's largest and most successful independent interior design awards program.

The winners will be announced in November.

Posted by Marianne Fessl


WMK announced as finalists in the SBID Awards

WMK has been shortlisted in the Public Space Design category of the SBID International Design Awards 2017.

NBCS has been selected as one of the qualifying projects by a panel of judges in the first stage of the process. The public are now invited to cast their votes for their favourite entries at www.sbidawards.com. Last year, the awards received over 40,000 unique votes.

Click here to vote now.

Founder and President of SBID, Dr Vanessa Brady OBE says, “The range of finalists this year, across all 14 categories, is a true reflection of the creative scope of the global design industry, depicting an international portfolio of projects from over 40 countries worldwide.”

The SBID Awards is regarded as one of the most prestigious accolades in the interior design industry representing talent and design excellence across all corners of the industry. Each entry undergoes an exclusive two-tier judging process by panels of leading industry experts for both technical content and aesthetic creativity and evaluates essential elements such as brief compliance, budget, health and safety, and fit-for-purpose design.

The closing date for the public voting will be on Friday 25 August 2017 at 5.30pm GMT.

Winners will be announced at The Dorchester Hotel in London on Friday 27 October.

To find out more, visit www.sbidawards.com


Posted by Marianne Fessl


WMK wins AIA William E. Kemp Award for educational architecture

The Australian Institute of Architects announced the 2017 NSW Architecture Awards at Luna Park on 1 July. WMK took out the top gong for educational architecture, the William E. Kemp Award, for the innovative Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) project.

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 is rare and exciting.”

The multi-award winning project won the Milo Dunphy Award for sustainability in the 2016 AIA Awards and a Good Design Award.

Find out more about NBCS.

The AIA Awards are considered to be the most prestigious architecture awards in the country.

The project is now in the running for the National Architecture Awards to be announced in November.

Posted by Marianne Fessl


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 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


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



Posted by Matthew Davies


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




Posted by Alice Laws


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.

Posted by Marianne Fessl


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”.

Posted by Marianne Fessl


WMK's NBCS shortlisted in the INDE.Awards

Over 400 projects, people, products and ideas were submitted for the 2017 INDE.Awards, demonstrating the strength and prowess of architects and designers across the Asia Pacific.

WMK’s NBCS learning space has been shortlisted in ‘The Building’ category. The Building is granted to a project that advances architecture and its capacity to respond to place-specific, cultural needs.

The design of NBCS’ new learning facility is unique – students no longer sit at desks in classrooms. Instead, pupils 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 groundbreaking project has already won an Australian Institute of Architects National Award for Sustainability and a Good Design Award.

More about the NBCS project


Posted by Marianne Fessl


Sargood welcomes its first guests

In what may be a world-first, a new accessible resort designed specifically for people living with spinal injuries has opened its doors on Collaroy Beach.

With 17 new guest rooms, community living spaces, learning zones, gym, and an absolute beachfront location, the centre will revolutionise care facilities for people with spinal injuries.

Despite only just opening to the public, Sargood On Collaroy has even seen bookings from as far away as Norway.

Designed to be more like a quintessential beachside getaway than a care facility, Sargood on Collaroy is part of a changing paradigm in the health and wellness industry. 

Read more about lifestyle care LinkedIn Pulse >

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Johnny Fongs is now open!

Mounties latest dining destination, Johnny Fongs, is open for culinary delights.

With fresh and contemporary interiors and a bold brand identity, all designed by WMK, the 300-seat restaurant serves modern Chinese cuisine and yum cha.

Breaking away from the typical club restaurant experience, WMK has created a design that celebrates Asian street food culture within a casual atmosphere. The design features graffiti art, bold patterned features, copper detailing, and neon lighting. Diners can enjoy watching dumplings being hand crafted in the show kitchen.

WMK worked with Mounties, MPA and Pure Projects to not only create the interiors, but to develop a confident brand identity that features throughout the venue.

With two private dining rooms, a range of seating areas, and fresh interiors, the new restaurant is proving to big hit at the club.

Johnny Fongs is open seven days for lunch and dinner.

Posted by Marianne Fessl


The Beach at Barangaroo

As part of the 2017 Sydney Festival, the Cutaway at Barangaroo is playing host to ‘The Beach’, a monochromatic installation of 1.1 million recyclable polyethylene balls that make an ocean to float in without getting wet and gently lapping against a 60-metre wide shoreline free of sand.

“We continue to see the Cutaway used in a variety of innovative ways. The sheer expanse of the space lends itself to incredible uses, limited only by imagination,” said WMK Architect and Director, John Andreas. 

WMK worked with Lendlease and the Barangaroo Delivery Authority as the architectural design consultant for the cultural space including the Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve.

For more information about the event, visit http://barangaroo.sydney/whats-on/sydney-festival-the-beach/



Posted by Marianne Fessl


Wilson Residence Site Visit

There’s a buzz in the air on site at the Wilson Residence. After a couple of months of shop drawing and fabrication, and Christmas less than a week away, the steel and laminated timber framing has arrived! The steel workers are starting and will be continuing over the Christmas break, so in the New Year we’ll get to see a glimpse of the final form.

The concreters have been kept busy, forming, pouring and currently stripping the ‘off form’ concrete walls to the pool area and stepped landscape, revealing more of the beautiful ‘class 2’ finish.

The pool floor was being poured while we were there and the ‘off form’ concrete pool walls will be formed and poured next.

The one man band stonemason continues to chip slowly and surely away at the sandstone clad blade wall, which is looking fantastic. It will almost certainly be the centrepiece of the house as it cuts its way down the site weaving from inside to out. The existing house on the site is looking more and more out of place as the new building takes shape.

2017 will be off to an exciting start, will keep you posted!

 Take a virtual walk-through The Wilson Residence which is currently under construction >


Posted by Steven Wisker, Project Architect


World-class health & wellness resort opens

Sargood on Collaroy, an innovative new beachfront resort for people with spinal injuries designed by WMK, was opened by NSW Premier Mike Baird. Architect Cecelia Wells attended the official opening...

It really feels like a resort now. Styled to the max. Sea breeze flowing through light, spacious airiness. Lush growth all round. Even on a steamy November day it looks and feels cool. 

Opening day was a very special event, attended by Sargood ambassadors, personalities, dignitaries, and well-known sportspeople like Rod Macqueen, Peter Fitzsimons, and Rob Stokes. So many incredible people supporting a world-first crossover – a spinal health retreat.  It takes those external to our process to help us realise what has been achieved.  The common refrain was that it’s clearly going to be an amazing place to stay. 

The best part was seeing the delight on people’s faces and hearing the comments about how spacious it is and what a relief it was to not have to think about their environment and instead just enjoy.  Sargood Ambassador Heidi Hayden’s mum said if they’d had a place like Sargood when Heidi first came home from hospital, it would have made such a difference to them.  Early care and support can shave off that time “to get that hope, that attitude, that inspiration happening again”. 

Did you know:

— One person sustains a spinal cord injury every day

— 53% of injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents

— 35% are the result of an everyday fall or sporting injury

— Most injuries occur in young people, particularly males aged 18 to 24

— Only 30% of people with a spinal injury return to work

— The cost to Australia from spinal cord injuries is $2b annually

At times we may think all our hard work goes by unnoticed. And then on a day like the Sargood on Collaroy opening day, you experience the project through the eyes of those who will get a massive lift from the place, and it’s all worth it.

To find out more about Sargood on Collaroy visit http://sargoodoncollaroy.com/

Posted by Cecelia Wells


ANZ's retail design shortlisted in the Premier's Design Awards

Together with their project partners Blue Sky Design Group, JLL and Lendlease, WMK is celebrating the announcement that the ANZ Digital Design Retail Branch Roll-out Project is a finalist in the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards.

ANZ Banking Group commissioned a complete redesign of its retail model, bringing the customer experience to the forefront of its new digital banking concept.

Led by a Blue Sky Design concept, WMK developed ANZ’s new ‘digital design’ detail and developed the architectural base. This included preparing a comprehensive design standards manual prompting an efficient construction program of sites delivered by Lendlease and JLL, which continues across Victoria as part of a national roll-out.

The reinvention of ANZ’s retail space has been enthusiastically received, generating overwhelmingly positive feedback from staff and customers, whilst delivering against the bank’s strategic growth goals.

The Premier’s Design Awards recognise and reward Victorian designers and businesses using exemplar design effectively and sustainably. Entries are judged by an eminent panel of national and international design experts.

The project has been shortlisted in the architecture category and the winner will be announced at the ceremony in December. 


More about the project.



Posted by Marianne Fessl


Is this the office of the future?

I am often asked, “What is the workplace of the future?”

Picture this: an adaptive, agile workplace, engaging multi-use indoor/outdoor spaces and flexible mobile furniture with fully-connected mobile technology. All this is complemented by natural daylight and ventilation, automated windows and glazed walls, and fully powered by the sun. At its heart sits a café serving organic food.

Is this the office of the future? Well no. And yes.

It isn’t the future – it’s now.

And it isn’t an office – it’s a school. But it is a forerunner to the office of the future.

Read more on LinkedIn Pulse.

Posted by Greg Barnett


WMK wins National Award for Sustainable Architecture

WMK has won the 2016 National Award for Sustainable Architecture from the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) for the Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) project. The project was one of only 40 to be nationally honoured at last night's awards ceremony. 

Held annually since 1981, the National Architecture Awards are the most prestigious in the design and construction industry. 

“We are delighted to win this national award for such a ground-breaking project,” said WMK Managing Director, Greg Barnett.

“The AIA Awards are highly regarded within the industry, and I’m thrilled that WMK has received this recognition from our peers,” he added.

NBCS is unique – students learn in flexible indoor/outdoor environments beneath a spectacular intelligent 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-leading facility that has changed the paradigm for learning space design,” said WMK Director and Architect, John Andreas.

“It was been a rare pleasure to work with such an engaged and inspiring client who looked to push the boundaries of learning environments as well as incorporate so many sustainability innovations,” John added.

Find out more about NBCS.



Posted by Marianne Fessl


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.

Posted by Marianne Fessl


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. 

Posted by Marianne Fessl


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


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


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


Using smart design to reposition a building for optimum returns

To maximise tenant satisfaction and increase their rental returns, savvy building owners are turning to quality architecture and interior firms to revitalise and reposition their assets.

Recent office building refurbishments by WMK have included shared tenant facilities and lettable spaces like cafes, bars, restaurants, end-of-trip facilities, alternative working areas, bookable meeting rooms, function centres, and even a rooftop entertaining terrace. 

Read more on LinkedIn Pulse.

Posted by Greg Barnett


WMK wins Good Design Award

A group of WMK team members attended the Good Design® Awards Gala night during May.

The awards recognise excellence in design, innovation, and creativity at a national and international level. WMK was selected as a finalist for the Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve in the urban design category and NBCS in the commercial and residential architecture category.

Held at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, we were treated to spectacular views across Circular Quay for the opening night of Vivid.

Many of the presenters were well-known in their respective fields and empowered all of us to strive to achieve even greater designs that better enrich our everyday lives.

We were proud to win a Good Design Award® for the NBCS project. The Good Design Award® is awarded to products, services, or projects that have not only met the criteria for good design, but exceed them.

Congratulations to all award recipients – it was an inspirational evening and a great night for the design community.

Finally thank you to Shaw Carpets, who treated members of our interiors team with tickets to the event.

Read more about the NBCS project.


Posted by Emily White


WMK shortlisted for two 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 two categories – educational architecture and sustainable architecture.

The project also won a Good Design Award® in May – read more.

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.

"This project has created the community heart within the school. The variety of spaces make it a truly spontaneous learning environment, connecting all elements of the community. We appreciated working with WMK, they understood us and were able to think differently about school for the future," said NBCS Principal, Stephen Harris.

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

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

The winners will be announced at the presentation evening on 1 July at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney.

More about the NBCS project.


Posted by Marianne Fessl


Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicks off at Barangaroo

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is a celebration of fashion and culture. It is the Australia’s premier fashion and lifestyle event showcasing the country’s leading designer brands.

This year, the opening show by Melbourne-based designer Toni Maticevski was held in the Cutaway beneath Barangaroo Reserve.

On a 40 metre-wide catwalk, within the cavernous concrete and sandstone interior of the Cutaway, Maticevki’s show played out in front of 1200 guests including celebrities like Jennifer Hawkins, Isabelle Cornish, Delta Goodrem, and Terry Biviano.

Maticevski joins a prestigious list of designers at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Australia including Kym Ellery, Carla Zampatti, and Easton Pearson.

Photo: Caroline McCredie/Getty Images

The Cutaway is a flexible shell space, 6,500m2 in footprint and capable of containing three floors, carved within the headland. This flexible multi-use events and cultural space features 14 metre high ceilings and a dramatic sandstone cliff face running the length of the interior, illuminated by skylights set into the landscaping above.

WMK worked with Lendlease and the Barangaroo Delivery Authority as the architectural design consultant to deliver the Cutaway.

Photo: Caroline McCredie/Getty Images

Prior to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the Cutaway had already been tested by a diverse range of events, including the Sydney Festival, OzHarvest CEO Cook Off, and the Myer Fashion Showcase.

Find out more about WMK and its role in delivering the Cutaway.

View the live feed of photographs being taken at the Cutaway on Instagram.


Photo: Caroline McCredie/Getty Images

Photo: Caroline McCredie/Getty Images

Posted by Marianne Fessl


A4LE event  at Northern Beaches Christian School

During May, WMK Director John Andreas presented at an Association for Learning Environments event at Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS).

The Association for Learning Environments is a worldwide organisation sharing knowledge, experiences and best practices in planning, designing and building great learning environments.

The event was an opportunity to introduce professionals involved in the education field to the spectacular new facility at NBCS, designed by WMK.

Principal Stephen Harris spoke about the school and its unique teaching methods. John Andreas followed, presenting WMK’s design for the school, taking the audience on a journey from the brief through to realisation.

The design by WMK comprises a sequence of multi-level pavilion buildings sitting beneath a spectacular 3,000sqm intelligent ‘living’ canopy which generates energy, harvests rainwater, and cools the spaces below. No longer sitting at desks in classrooms, students learn in interactive indoor/outdoor spaces enabled with wireless technology.

“NBCS is truly unique,” said John. “The visiting group was impressed and amazed with the school.”

“It was a fantastic for these educators and built environment professionals to gain an introduction into the school, and to demonstrate the thinking and the strategies behind it,” he added.

Discover more about this unique learning environment.


Posted by Marianne Fessl


Slater+Gordon - flagship office in Brisbane unveiled

WMK has delivered a sleek and detailed design for Slater+Gordon’s latest flagship office on Ann Street in Brisbane.

Slater+Gordon now enjoy a new, expansive 3,500m2 workspace, spanning three levels – right in the heart of Brisbane.

The new workspace is a versatile environment that embraces an agile working environment. With a variety of spaces on offer for meetings and collaborative work, quiet spaces for private desk work, a large boardroom, a secure reception, and a vibrant kitchen breakout area for staff, WMK has created a flexible and functional environment.

This new workspace is one of several offices WMK completed for Slater+Gordon around Australia.

WMK has created a successful design standard, resulting in highly workable interiors for this successful law firm.



Posted by Sarah Battaglia


John Andreas to present at Green Cities

WMK Architecture Director John Andreas will speak at the Green Cities Conference in March.

Co-hosted annually by the Green Building Council and the Property Council, Green Cities is a celebration of disruptive ideas and is Australia’s leading sustainability conference for the built environment.

John will speak on day two at ‘design disturbance’ – a dynamic panel session which will showcase seven disruptive ideas with regard to sustainable design and truly great buildings.

As the design architect on the ground-breaking and innovative Northern Beaches Christian School project, John will speak about ‘the architecture of spaces: meeting the vision for a new learning model’.

The project delivered a unique, interactive indoor-outdoor learning environment designed for multiple learning modes and non-hierarchical interaction – all beneath a spectacular canopy that generates energy, harvests rainwater, and cools the spaces below.

Green Cities will be held in Sydney 22-24 March.

To find out more visit the Green Cities website >



Posted by Marianne Fessl


The Ephemeral City

French artist Olivier Grossetete has been in Sydney overseeing workshops and the creation of a mini-city known as The Ephemeral City within ‘The Cutaway’ at Barangaroo Reserve as part of the Sydney Festival.

It’s a community participation event. The collection of towers and turrets, all made from cardboard and sticky tape, are built by the people of Sydney. A flying fox runs through the space, allowing the public to view the cardboard city from above.

Several members of the WMK team visited The Ephemeral City to experience it first-hand.

“It’s fantastic to see a project we delivered being used and embraced like this by fellow Sydney-siders,” said WMK Interior Designer, Loretta Nagy.

The team at WMK was proud to work with Lendlease and the Barangaroo Delivery Authority as the architectural design consultant for The Cutaway at Barangaroo.

The 19-metre high towers were demolished on site on Australia Day. 

Read more about the project >


Posted by Loretta Nagy


Northern Beaches Christian School Official Opening!

The WMK team was delighted to be part of last night’s official opening of Northern Beaches Christian School's breakthrough multi-modal learning environment – designed by WMK – which reinvents the notion of what a school building should be and creates a built environment that actively shapes a new culture for learning.

In a highly successful collaboration of education and built environment vision, the architectural design delivers a unique learning environment that identifies with the learning style of the next generation to engage young adults, reshaping our thinking about how school buildings can be used to actively promote better learning and prepare students for future work environments.

John Andreas, Laurie Day, Denisse Milton and the wider project team joined students, teachers, and the school community at a spectacular event last night which included live musical performances, special guest speakers and even a student flash mob!

Congratulations to Stephen Harris, Alan Schultz, and everyone at the Northern Beaches Christian School.

Click here for further information











Posted by Natasha Nicholls


Barangaroo Reserve Officially Opens to the Public

WMK attended the official opening of Barangaroo Reserve, which was opened by the Premier of NSW and joined by the former Australian Prime Minister. The opening gave the public a chance to explore the new space and to be involved in activities throughout the day.

The Reserve includes new walkways capturing breathtaking views of Sydney’s prestigious harbour, while featuring 75,000 native plants and individually crafted sandstone blocks which have been placed within the reserve including the foreshore. WMK co-ordinated with an extensive team of specialist consultants to deliver a new cultural space ‘The Cutaway’ which sits within Barangaroo Reserve. The space also includes a carpark below, skylights, an existing sandstone escarpment and is designed to be flexible.

A magnificent and successful addition to the Sydney Harbour that can be enjoyed by many generations to come. 

Please click here to read an article on the project published by Illumni. 





Posted by Natasha Nicholls


Virgin Active on Collins Officially Opens

Melbourne's most prestigious health club is finally open and ready for business.

Located at 567 Collins Street, Virgin Active health club is a boutique gym designed for Melbourne's bustling business precinct. A strong addition to the popular health club chain by Virgin, the gym serves multiple purposes including a lounge area and in-house café which is located within the bold reception area featuring an impressive void with hexagonal feature lighting. 

With the large club spanning over two levels, WMK has delivered an inviting and highly usable space with open planning, decorative finishes, high end facilities and state of the art gym equipment. The health club also features a 25m lap pool, spa pool and sauna, multiple work out zones, rock climbing wall, dedicated rooms for classes and a mind and body relaxation area.

Virgin Active Collins Street is a great addition to Melbourne’s CBD facilitating a high end work-out environment through impressive design and culture.






Posted by Natasha Nicholls


Barangaroo Picnic Day

The Barangaroo Delivery Authority hosted the Barangaroo Headland Park project wrap picnic on Sunday for all the people involved in the project and their families.  

It was a beautiful warm, sunny day for the occasion, and the park was looking particularly good. It was great to see the park being enjoyed and tested before the big opening this weekend.   

Posted by Natasha Nicholls


The Quay Wins 2015 Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Award!

We are pleased to announce 'The Quay’ has won the mixed uses development category at the 2015 Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards.

The entry was a joint submission with Ausbao and Parkview who attended the award evening with WMK.

The Quay is a highly successful example of a high density, urban mixed use development that reflects the best of inner city living.

Please click here to see a full list of winners.


Posted by Natasha Nicholls


The Quay delivers success

'The Quay' in Haymarket continues to deliver spectacular results, demonstrating the very real benefits that a high quality product can bring to developers and residential property investors.

WMK’s innovative architectural solution, refined design details and premium palette of materials and finishes have resulted in a unique product in the Haymarket precinct and a market-leading project within Sydney.

Click here to check out this recent SMH article featuring the Quay and its design-driven success.

To learn more about the project, click here 


Posted by Rachelle Guillamun


WMK team visits the Barangaroo Headland Park site

WMK staff took a tour around the Barangaroo site on Thursday, led by two well informed and enthusiastic Project Engineers, Mike and Josh from Baulderstone. 

A highly impressive aspect was that once on site, the enormous scale of the work involved in the project and the complexity around the expansive area was very apparent.

Barangaroo Headland Park was once Sydney’s major container port and now, once transformed, will blend in and be an extension of our city.

WMK is the appointed Architectural design consultant for the Barangaroo Headland Park Cultural Space.
The Cultural Space is a flexible shell space with 6,500sqm in footprint and capable of containing three floors, carved within the headland with a purpose built green-roof. 

The use of sandstone for the steps down to the waters edge is a nod to the past and to how the site had appeared in earlier times. There are huge numbers involved in the creation of this impressive area, including 12,000 tonnes of sandstone which was extracted from the site with a total of 30,000 tonnes being used overall. To populate the 6 hectare parkland, native trees, plants and shrubs have been grown off site and brought in.

Looking across to Anzac Bridge. Once completed there will be a Harbourside walk, linking 14km of foreshore between Woolloomooloo and The Anzac Bridge.

WMK is proud to be involved in such a historical and significant project that will expose Sydney’s beautiful harbour and provide a public space for thousands of visitors and locals to Sydney.

Posted by Kathryn Croxson


The Quay Unveiled

The Quay is being unwrapped!

The scaffolding enveloping the two residential towers is currently being dismantled to reveal the glistening facade for the first time.

WMK has been eagerly anticipating this milestone for some time and is delighted with what has been revealed so far. Head Contractor, Parkview, has done an excellent job and the project is on track for completion in August 2014.





Utzon Popov unveils Fresco at Rydges Airport Hotel

WMK is pleased to announce the custom wall fresco by Mika Utzon Popov has finally been unveiled at the Rydges Airport Hotel.

The mural, which took 6 weeks to complete, is the finishing touch on the newly completed hotel by WMK for hotel developer Denwol Group. Spanning 17 metres long by 4.5 metres high and wrapping around the lobby, the mural showcases Sydney’s most recognisable icons in a hand drawn aerial illustration of Sydney Harbour.

The artwork is worth a visit, whether staying at the hotel or just passing through.


Posted by Kathryn Croxson


Project Barcelona Stage One Completes

WMK recently celebrated the completion of the Northern Beaches Christian School Administration Building project in Terrey Hills. The Admin building was stage one of the larger scale project nicknamed 'Project Barcelona' and includes the school’s new main reception, collaboration/meeting rooms and office spaces.

The reception sits in a striking double height glazed void, boasting polished concrete floors, exposed concrete structure and natural plywood joinery. Acoustic feature panels sit nestled amongst the large exposed steel roof trusses.

The building was designed with environmentally sustainable principals in mind and incorporates roof mounted photovoltaic cells for generation of power, rainwater harvesting for landscaping irrigation and flushing of toilets, and large glazed louvres to the facade that automatically open and close according to weather conditions to naturally ventilate the building.

Meanwhile, stage two of Project Barcelona has now commenced on site with some impressive demolition works (see aerial photos below). This second stage will include a new Senior Learning Centre and Science building, Student Administration Building, Café and Market Place food offerings, performance areas and flexible indoor/outdoor spaces under a large canopy roof structure.

Project Barcelona will completely transform the school campus, facilitating a twenty first century learning environment through sustainability, connection and innovation.


Stage Two demolition begins...


Posted by Greg Barnett


The Quay Tops Out

A significant milestone was reached last week with structural completion of the two residential towers at The Quay, Haymarket. A small ‘Topping Out’ ceremony was held on the roof of the 17-storey high South Tower where WMK presented the client with a Dwarf Eucalyptus Gum tree to mark the occasion.

After an inspection of the completed prototype apartment on site, drinks and nibbles were enjoyed by the client and project team at the nearby marketing suite.

Progress continues apace on the mixed use development which is due for completion in August 2014. All but a handful of the 286 apartments are already sold along with a majority of the retail component, complete with a major supermarket as its anchor.





Rydges Sydney Airport Lobby Art

WMK is excited to report that the spectacular custom wall mural being installed in the lobby of Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel, is well underway.

To complement WMK's innovative and contemporary public spaces within the newly designed hotel, Denwol Group, the hotels developer, commissioned Mika Utzon Popov to conceive an artwork which captures the essence of Sydney and makes a dramatic statement for guests and visitors to the hotel. Mika is the grandson of Architect Jorn Utzon, who is most notable for designing the Sydney Opera House.

Mika's concept is a hand-drawn aerial illustration of Sydney Harbour. Installed at high level, the mural is 17 metres long and 4.5 metres high, wrapping around the expansive lobby space. The mural celebrates Sydney's most recognisable icons and illustrates them in a fresh, whimsical way which is sure to delight local and international travellers arriving at the hotel.

Mika uses a traditional process of projecting his sketch onto paper strips on a purpose built wall in his studio, with graphite blocks for tracing transferral onto the wall. He is now at stage 2 on site, installing paper strips and applying pressure to transfer the image onto the wall.

Stay tuned for the final artwork completion in a few weeks.



Posted by John Andreas


CBRE Head Office Wins MBA Award

Vicki Murphie, Director - Interiors at WMK attended the 2013 Master Builders Association Awards Evening for National Excellence in Building and Construction as a guest of FDC on Saturday.

WMK congratulates FDC for its win for CBRE's new Australian Head Office workplace in Sydney for the Best Interiors Fitout, $3-4 Million category.

To read more about the project, click here.

Posted by Kathryn Croxson


Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel Wins MBA Award

WMK congratulates Lipman for its win in the Hospitality Buildings, Construction category, for Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel, at the 2013 Master Builders Association Awards Evening for National Excellence in Building and Construction.

The project which opened in May was completed in 14 months, one month ahead of schedule.

To read more about the project, click here.

Posted by Kathryn Croxson


WMK Wins Melbourne Design Award

WMK are proud to be announced as the winners of the Commercial Design award for Doncaster BMW, at the Melbourne Design Awards last night.

Danny Juric, Director of the WMK Melbourne practice, attended the awards evening alongside David Jenkins of Chick Constructions and jointly accepted the award on behalf of the project team.

The Melbourne Design Awards launched in 2010 and focuses on design rather than architecture, celebrating creativity, courage and innovation in design. The eclectic categories range from set design to architecture to graphics and digital apps, showcasing the best and brightest of Melbourne’s creative scene. 

For more information about Doncaster BMW click here.


DONCASTER BMW Melbourne Design Awards Finalist

Doncaster BMW is a finalist in the 2013 Melbourne Design Awards.

To view entry and vote click below:

BMW Doncaster

Watch this space for updates.

For more information on Doncaster BMW Please click here

Posted by Emily Lea


WMK Goes The Distance With ASICS

WMK has just completed a new 400m2 showroom and office space for the sports brand ASICS. WMK previously designed the Sydney office and showroom and was appointed by ASICS to deliver a Melbourne office that whilst aligning with the Sydney space, reflected the edginess of its Melbourne location. The space represents both ASICS and its sister brand Onitsuka Tiger, with bold use of graphics, raw materials and colour in the design to articulate the life and vibrancy of the two brands throughout.

WMK also recently completed the office and showroom space for ASICS Brisbane.

Posted by Karina Simpson


Official Airport Hotel Launch

Greg Barnett, Managing Director and John Andreas, Director, are attending the Official Hotel Launch of the Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel today. VIP guest the Honourable Barry O’Farrell MP, Premier of NSW, will be leading the opening ceremony.

WMK is proud to have designed the interiors for the first Airport Hotel located at the terminal, which completed in early May.

To read more about the project, click here.

Posted by Greg Barnett


Ribbon cutting ceremony of Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel

Last night was the Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for new Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel. The WMK Design Team, John Andreas, Justin Condon and Ryu Ogino attended the ceremony to celebrate the opening with client Denwol Group, head contractor Lipman, and project manager Construction Assignments.

The delivery of the completed hotel was one month ahead of programme with first day of trade scheduled for Tuesday 7 May 2013. Over 70 rooms are already booked!

Closer than the airport cab rank, the hotel is just a one minute walk from the Sydney International Terminal. The hotel offers 318 keys, Touchdown sports bar and café on ground level with the Blackwattle Grill on mezzanine offering an a la cartè dining experience. The hotel’s features also include a Gymnasium, fully equipped meeting and function rooms on level 1, and a rooftop Conference Centre with external deck on level 9.

WMK was responsible for the interior design of all areas of the hotel. The fluid organic lines of the lobby lead guests to the hospitality areas on the ground floor and up to mezzanine and level 1, via the sinuous curves of the “grand stair”. The journey is highlighted along the way with punches of Sydney colour in the curvaceous FF&E and off form concrete columns.

With the comfort of double glazed windows to ensure a good sleep you can enjoy spectacular city and airport views from level 2 and above.

Fly In, Drink, Dine, Relax and Fly Out!

For further information about this project please click here

Posted by Guy Blunden



Stage one of ‘Project Barcelona’, an innovative project set to transform the Northern Beaches Christian School, is underway.

Construction kicked off with the Administration Building and is well on the way to seeing the two storey hub taking shape.

Architectural features include tapering precast concrete columns, automated operable glazed facades and a soaring exposed roof structure.

The building will house the new double height school reception, administration areas, collaborative space and ideas hubs.

Stage one is due for completion in August this year, causing a buzz of anticipation amongst students and teachers alike.



Posted by John Andreas



Last week Guy Blunden, Director-Projects, attended the grand opening of the B1 Tower on Church Street in the heart of Parramatta.

The launch was a spectacular success with VIP guests NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell, Lord Mayor of Parramatta Councillor John Chedid and Anne Bi, founder of the B1 Group, in attendance.

WMK undertook the Interior Design for the apartments, residential amenities and three levels of retail for the tower which holds the title of tallest residential building in Parramatta.

B1 Tower is the first major development for the B1 Group and WMK are delighted to continue the partnership with B1 Group for their next development, B1 Square at Burwood.


Posted by Guy Blunden



Construction reaches the ground floor level at the Quay with tonnes of steel, concrete, formwork and an army of construction workers.

Hidden behind a temporarily clad wall covered in marketing sales is a living construction site with a heritage façade and a steady rise in structural concrete forming the base for “The Quay” two residential towers.

The lower ground floors will form the retail component of this mixed use project, with the apartment lobby entrances on both Thomas Street and Ultimo Road.




Read full article about CBRE's New Head Office & WMK's Design on AFR online;

Click Here to read online

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Posted by Emily Lea


 WMK wins 2012 Australian Timber Design Award!

WMK is delighted to receive the prestigious award for the 2012 Australian Timber Design Award for Office Fitout Featuring Veneers for the ASX Exchange Square refurbishment project on Bridge Street, Sydney.

In its thirteenth year, this prestigious award is Australasia's most recognised stamp of excellence in timber design, awarding Architectural and Interior Design projects that explore the dynamic and versatile application of timber.  The ASX Exchange Square project beat some strong competition to take the award in the category of Commercial Office Fitout featuring Veneers.

John Andreas, Director of WMK and design director for the ASX project, was presented the award at a gala dinner on Thursday evening at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

Timber veneer used in the project were sourced from Briggs Veneers, one of Australia’s most respected and experienced suppliers of timber veneers.

This is the second award that the ASX Exchange Square has collected since its completion in late 2011. Early this year, WMK received an award for excellence in lighting design at the NSW IES Lighting Society Lighting Awards. 

For more information about ASX Exchange Square, click the link below.

ASX Exchange Square

Posted by May Fong


Fly Forbo Awards 2012

As winners of the Fly Forbo Award 2012 for their project ‘Yum!’, WMK won two tickets to Amsterdam and London for a tour around the Forbo Design Studios in Amsterdam, and access to 100% Design in London.

Director - Projects Vicki Murphie and Senior Interior Designer Petra Bonamy are jetting off to Eurorpe today, watch this space for a full update on their return.

Click here for more information on Fly Forbo 

For more information about YUM! please see the below links

WMK's YUM! Australia Office Fitout


Posted by Sarah Jelliffe


Melbourne Design Awards

AMP Financial Planning & Mercure Treasury Gardens are finalists in the 2012 Melbourne Design Awards.

The Awards Night is on at the Business and Investment Centre, Melbourne on Wednesday 19th September to which May Fong & Melanie Scragg will be attending. You can Vote for our projects via the below links

Mercure Treasury Gardens

AMP Financial Planning

Watch this space for updates.

Posted by Emily Lea


The Quay in Financial Review

Read the article from the Australian Financial Review below. Or click through to the AFR online (subscription required)

Posted by Greg Barnett


The Quay in SMH

WMK’s competition-winning Quay Apartments has been officially launched and is under construction!

Check out SMH Article Here

Posted by Greg Barnett


Project Barcelona

‘Project Barcelona’, as it is affectionately called by NBCS, will set a new paradigm in multimodal learning environments.

With innovative indoor/outdoor learning spaces, flexible pavilion buildings, a market place food offering, and environmental sustainable energy production, rain-water harvesting and building elements, Project Barcelona will define the heart and spine of the school campus and lead the way in new innovative learning.



Futher information on Project Barcelona 

Posted by John Andreas


The Quay in Construction

The mixed use development known as ‘The Quay’ in Haymarket, Sydney is progressing on schedule.

Ground works have commenced on site, with the existing heritage façade being retained by a new steel structure located on the pavement outside the site. This structure not only houses the site accommodation, it allows the entire site to be excavated down to its 4 basement storey levels.

The marketing suite has been completed in the building opposite the site (in the Prince Centre) and not only offers a fabulous example of what the completed apartments will look and feel like, it has a bird’s eye view of the construction site in progress.

Watch this space for further updates. Completion due 2014.

For more information on The Quay 

Posted by Richard Webster