WMK WINS
GOOD DESIGN AWARD 

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 & PLAY

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

NBCS SHORTLISTED 
IN NSW AIA AWARDS

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

WMK WINS
THE ASHMORE COMPETITION

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

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

NBCS SHORTLISTED
IN THE INDE.AWARDS

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

DANCE FOR LIFE
DOUBLE WIN!

Dance For Life — double win!

WMK has taken out the top spot at Dance For Life in more ways than one.

Thanks to our generous donors, WMK landed top of the leaderboard with an impressive $23,382 raised for ReachOut.

ReachOut is a not-for-profit organisation providing practical support to help young people tackling mental health issues, in particular those who may be struggling with bullying, depression and contemplating suicide.

WMK also took out the top spot for best dance as one of ten architecture and design firms that battled it out for the title on Friday night at Dance For Life. Our 10 WMK dancers, dressed in black and white as Sia, were announced the winning team in front of a very excited crowd.

“It was an incredibly fun night and a great team effort. It was wonderful to raise so much money to support a fantastic and deserving charity. Thank you so much to our friends, suppliers and clients who contributed so much,” said WMK organiser and dancer, Melanie Wright.  

Watch the video now >

Posted by Marianne Fessl

DESIGNERS PLAY PING PONG
FOR A PURPOSE

Designers play ping pong for a purpose

Sweat, competition, rivalry, triumph for some, embarrassment and tears for most — all in the name of sportsmanship and good deeds.

Thirty-two of WMK’s most valiant staff members went arm-to-arm in a confronting game of classic ping pong to raise funds for Reachout.com. It was an ultimate battle of the greats — many players breaking out of their professional cocoons and exposing the nature of a truly combative Olympian.

Day 1 had staff biting their lip in curiosity of what to expect — surely it would just be a standard game of ping pong — right? Wrong.

Each seven-minute match ignited a spark in each competitor that on-lookers would easily not forget. Even our generally conservative staff were surprising us with their most savage Venus Williams grunts.

Pre-matches bought us eight of our most competent contenders, Steve and Mark on 36 points, Belle and Connie on 25 points, Todd and Altaf on 34 points and Kristelle and Allison stealing wins from Troy and Christina on 26 points.

On the day of the grand finals, emotions were peaking in anticipation for who would be awarded the Ping Pong Champions of WMK. Whispers around the office circulating about whom would be returning home to their partner with a great achievement accomplished.

TopDog Todd and Agile Altaf exhibited robust techniques—serves being made with the sound of a cracking whip — they certainly were not making it easy for their opponents. This, however, was no match for the Macho Mark and Stealthy Steve who treated their bats as an extension of their arms —manoeuvring artful hits to victory.

With their sweatbands soaked in the sweet perspiration of winning, Macho Mark and Stealthy Steve were awarded with glorifying battle cries of their peers and of course an official certificate to honour such a masterly performance.

Posted by Christina Cooley

HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR
春节快乐

Happy Lunar New Year

We wish you health and prosperity for the Year Of The Rooster. 

The team would like to wish you and your family good luck, good health, and much happiness throughout the year. 

Happy new year, 

WMK

Posted by Marianne Fessl

MOUNTIES
CHARITY GOLF DAY

Mounties Charity Golf Day

This December, WMK took part in the Mounties Charity Golf Day.

The day, held annually at Liverpool Golf Club, raises funds for Liverpool Hospital. The event is an 18 hole four ball Ambrose competition followed by lunch.

This year, former Australian Open winner and dual Australian Masters Champion, Craig Parry, was the guest speaker.

Director Mark Pellen and team members Todd Read, Matthew Davies, Steven Wisker, and Andrew Eaddy all took part in the competition, while WMK sponsored a hole for the event.

“We looked good from the start, but after a few refreshments the birdies turned to bogeys and we finished off with the wooden spoon!” said Architectural Lead Todd Read.

WMK has completed a range of work for popular community club Mounties, including a new entrance, foyer and port cochere, as well as restaurants and bars currently under construction.

Posted by Todd Read

WMK SYDNEY
DANCE FOR LIFE

Dance For Life

WMK Sydney team members have banded together to support a fundraising initiative ‘Dance for Life’ for Reachout.com, Australia’s leading online mental health service for young people.

ReachOut is a not-for-profit organisation providing practical support to help young people tackling mental health issues, in particular those who may be struggling with bullying, depression and contemplating suicide. ReachOut was started in 1996 in direct response to Australia’s growing suicide rates. Out of the one in four young people who have a mental health disorder, only 30% are accessing help.

The flagship service Reachout.com increases young people’s knowledge of mental health and wellbeing, increases their help-seeking skills, and ensures they feel less alone in times of need. Money raised by WMK will go towards reaching these young people in need.

WMK is one of ten architecture and design firms that will perform a three minute dance in front of hundreds of people in a bid to raise awareness and funds for ReachOut. The WMK team is asking suppliers and clients to rally behind them to support this vital initiative - simply visit https://danceforlife.raisely.com/wmkarchitecture.

“We understand the importance of ReachOut and their efforts to create a network of encouraging people for those who may not have the support they need. We are excited to be a part of this great cause and to help others!” said Melanie Wright, WMK Interior Designer and Dance For Life organiser.

The event will be held on the 17 March at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney.  

Dance For Life is organised by Business Interiors and Thinking Works and is kindly supported by KnowledgeCore. 

Thank you for your support!

Posted by Elizabeth Fahey

WMK BRISBANE
STEPS UP

WMK Brisbane steps up

The WMK Brisbane team recently went head to head against national contractor SHAPE in a four week long Step Challenge. The team with the highest average steps would win bragging rights and be treated to drinks by the losing team.

The competition was kicked off with a meet and greet breakfast in WMK’s office and after a month of dedicated stepping to and from work, around the office, and through the city, WMK took home the prize of top steppers, averaging 13,375 steps per person per day. Go team!

WMK and Shape will do it all again next year only this time tie it into Steptember to add a great charity event to the bragging rights!

Posted by Rebekah Reid

SPREADING SOME
HOLIDAY CHEER

2016 Basket Brigade

The WMK team is spreading some cheer by helping out families in need this Christmas.

The not-for-profit Magic Moments Foundation arranges annual Basket Brigades, delivering food, toys, and other necessary items to needy families. This year, Sydney Basket Brigade will deliver around 500 baskets throughout Sydney.

The WMK Sydney team decided to get on board with this fantastic cause, bringing in a mountain of goodies. We had three boxes of food and wrapped presents for women and children of all age groups.

WMK contributed a truck load of goodies and were picked up by the organisers of the basket brigade.

In early December, several WMK team members from the office helped to pack baskets and wrap presents and all baskets were sorted and distributed on 10 December.

The WMK Basket Brigade was arranged by interior design team member, Loretta Nagy.

“We are very thankful for the team’s kind contributions and generosity,” said Loretta.

Basket Brigades are happening all around Australia. Simply visit magicmoments.org.au/basket-brigades/ for more information.

 

Posted by Elizabeth Fahey

HAPPY HOLIDAYS 
FROM WMK

Happy holidays from WMK

As the end of 2016 approaches, we would like to thank our clients, consultants, suppliers, and friends for their support throughout the year. 

We wish you a happy holiday break and a prosperous 2017.

While we take a break to refresh for the new year, our offices will close from midday 23 December and reopen on Monday 9 January.

Best wishes from the WMK team!

Posted by Marianne Fessl

ANZ'S RETAIL DESIGN SHORTLISTED
IN THE PREMIER'S DESIGN AWARDS

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?

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

RAINFOREST RESCUE 
WMK RISES TO THE CHALLENGE

Rainforest Rescue Lego Competition

Several WMK teams participated in an interstate Lego competition to raise money for Rainforest Rescue, an organisation that supports the protection and restoration of rainforests in Australia and internationally.

Entries consisted of a wide range of designs, including Halloween and Melbourne Cup inspired designs, to architectural forms, and abstract conceptual models. Staff had limited Lego pieces with only a two-week building period.

 

Below: 'Scale', Layla and Steve

The judging panel consisted of staff from each office, who narrowed down 19 entries to just five finalists.

 

Below: 'Should Have One', Mark

The grand prize was taken out by Sydney team of Pegah, Trudy, Tom, Todd and Sisi with their architectural model ‘LIT’ featuring a built-in light set, illuminating the model from the inside. An announcement ceremony was held via Skype at all three offices during Friday night drinks, with Managing Director Greg Barnett announcing the winner.

WMK raised a total of $381 in support of Rainforest Rescue. 

 

Below: the winning entry, 'LIT' by Pegah, Trudy, Todd and Sisi

Posted by Loretta Nagy & Elizabeth Fahey

WMK WINS NATIONAL AWARD
FOR SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE

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 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

STEPPING UP
STEPTEMBER

Steptember

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!

Posted by Sarah Battaglia

ON THE RUN
BLACKMORES RUNNING FESTIVAL

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. 

 

Posted by Marianne Fessl

2016 SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS
WMK'S NBCS SHORTLISTED

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

2016 IDEA AWARDS
WMK'S NBCS SHORTLISTED

WMK shortlisted in 2016 IDEA Awards

WMK’s Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) project continues to receive significant attention – this time, for its interior spaces. The project has been shortlisted in the ‘public space’ category of the Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) – Australia’s largest and most successful independent design awards program.

As the architects and interior designers of NBCS’ new learning environment, WMK reinvented the notion of a school. The design is a sequence of fluid indoor and outdoor spaces, from fully enclosed, to semi-enclosed, and covered areas – melding interiors and architecture together seamlessly.

Students learn in flexible pavilion buildings and outdoor interior spaces beneath a spectacular 3,000sqm canopy which generates energy, harvests rainwater, and cools the spaces below.

Under the canopy classrooms are superseded by flexible indoor/outdoor spaces. With a variety of flexible settings enabled with wireless technology, and no separation between classes, teachers and students create a multitude of learning opportunities within one shared environment.

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

“WMK won the top award for sustainability at the prestigious NSW Australian Institute of Architects Awards just last month. I’m delighted our interiors team is now gaining well-deserved recognition for their work on this unique project.”

“This is a truly innovative project,” added WMK Director – Interiors, Garry Slater.

“We have created interior spaces within an indoor/outdoor environment, pushing the boundaries of how school buildings are designed and used.” 

The winners of the IDEA Awards will be announced on the 18 November in Sydney.

Posted by Marianne Fessl

MELBOURNE INDESIGN
WMK'S POP-UP BOWLING ALLEY

Melbourne Indesign: WMK's pop-up bowling alley

As part of this year’s Melbourne Indesign, WMK created a pop-up bowling alley for Signature Floor. And, it proved to be a huge success!

Given the brief of designing a stand that could not only showcase Signature Floor’s new 101 carpet range, but would also encourage fun and interaction with the public proved to be an entertaining and enjoyable exercise.

Showcased at the Gent Factory in Richmond, the bright and colourful stand was easily spotted on entry, with the public eagerly getting involved in bowling strikes and winning prizes.

The team was also fortunate to attend Signature Floor’s Indesign after party at Taxi Kitchen in Federation Square.

Thank you to Signature for inviting us to play a part in the day!

Posted by Sarah Battaglia

WMK BRISBANE:
GROWING & ON THE MOVE

WMK Brisbane: growing and on the move

We are excited to announce WMK Brisbane will relocate on Friday 19 August 2016.

Our new address will be Level 4, 168 Edward Street, Brisbane.

The new location and space will mark a new chapter for the growing WMK Brisbane team and will enhance the overall experience for staff and our clients.

With a new space, our Brisbane team will deliver even more great architectural and interior design services.

We look forward to seeing you in our new studio soon.

Posted by Laura Gillett

NEW HEADQUARTERS
FOR YOUTH PROJECTS

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 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

WMK TRANSFORMS THE ATRIUM
AT TRAVELODGE PHILLIP STREET

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

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

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 

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

ASSOCIATION FOR LEARNING
ENVIRONMENTS EVENT

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

JOHN ANDREAS
TO PRESENT AT GREEN CITIES

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

HAPPY HOLIDAYS 
FROM WMK

Happy holidays from WMK

As the end of 2015 approaches, we would like to thank our clients, consultants, suppliers, and friends for their support throughout the year. 

We wish you a happy holiday break and a prosperous 2016.

While we take a break to refresh for the new year, our offices will close from midday 23 December and reopen on Monday 4 January.

Best wishes from the WMK team!

Posted by Marianne Fessl

SPREADING SOME
HOLIDAY CHEER

Spreading some holiday cheer

The WMK team is spreading some cheer by helping out families in need this December.

The not-for-profit Magic Moments Foundation arranges annual Basket Brigades, delivering food, toys, and other necessary items to needy families. The baskets help children, the elderly, refugees, the hungry, and the homeless. This year, Sydney Basket Brigade will deliver around 1,100 baskets throughout Sydney.

The WMK Sydney team decided to get on board with this fantastic cause, bringing in a mountain of goodies as well as raising $255 cash.

In mid-December, volunteers from the office will also help to pack baskets and wrap presents.

The WMK Basket Brigade was arranged by interior design team members, May Fong and Denisse Milton.

“It was an amazing effort by all. A big thank you to the team for their generosity and time,” said May.

Basket Brigades are happening all around Australia. Simply visit magicmoments.org.au/basket-brigades/ for more information.

 

Posted by Marianne Fessl

NBCS
OFFICIAL OPENING!

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

THE QUAY WINS
2015 URBAN TASKFORCE
DEVELOPMENT EXCELLENCE AWARD!

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

RINGWOOD PRESENTATION TO
GOVERNMENT MINISTER OF EMPLOYMENT

Ringwood Presentation to Government Minister of Employment

Anne Cerezo and Olivia Matkin from our WMK Melbourne team have been working on an exciting project alongside members of Schiavello and CBRE. 

The Salvation Army Employment Plus will commence the job active program as the largest not-for-profit organisation under the government’s new job active program, operating within 13 employment regions, with a job seeker caseload of approximately 52,000.

The objective of the project is to provide motivating environments for employers and job seekers, which can speed up the progress to sustainable employment.

The Ringwood site recently opened its doors at the beginning of this month.

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Posted by Natasha Nicholls

HAPPY HOLIDAYS
FROM WMK

Happy Holidays from WMK

As the year draws to an end, WMK would like to take a moment to wish everyone Happy Holidays!!

We’d like to thank our clients, consultants, suppliers and friends for a great 2014 - and we wish you all a prosperous 2015!

Our offices will be closed from 12 pm Tuesday 23rd December 2014 and will reopen on Monday, 5th January 2015.

Best wishes from the WMK Team!

 

Posted by Rachelle Guillamun

WMK MELBOURNE
ALL IN FOR THE ARCHISOCCER LEAGUE

WMK MELBOURNE GOES ALL IN FOR THE ARCHISOCCER LEAGUE

WMK Melbourne’s supreme architectural athletes are now four games in to the Bldg.Eng Archisoccer Cup and with one win and one draw under our belt so far, we are pumped up and enthusiastic about the rest of the season to come! 

Archisoccer is a 6-a-side mixed soccer competition between 40 of Melbourne’s leading architecture practices, including WMK for the first time this year in standout bright green uniforms!

The games are played on Tuesday evenings in Royal Park over the summer months, and with the whole WMK Melbourne family gathering on the pitch every week (including our adorable green mascots, Finn and Lucia!), the games have already become a mid-week, computers-off ritual.

Drawn in by the excitement of the FIFA World Cup earlier this year, the Melbourne studio’s designers (some who are experienced players, and others who had never kicked a ball before) have taken to the field with passion and fearless attitudes. With only a few broken ribs so far, the team are yet to play a game we don’t enjoy immensely, and getting to bump heads with our rivals on and off the field is always great fun (all with good humour and friendly sportsmanship, of course!) 

Posted by Pip Barby

WMK MELBOURNE 
ON THE MOVE 

WMK Melbourne On The Move

Our WMK Melbourne team has relocted to Flinders Lane, corner of Hosier and Flinders Lane, one of Melbourne's famous grafitti lane.

Our new address is Level 5,165 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

With a new space, our Melbourne team will still be able to provide you with top-notch architectural and interior design services that we are known for.

We look forward to seeing you in our new studio in the coming months. 

 

 

 

Posted by Rachelle Guillamun

WMK CHARITY GROUP 
SPONSORS CAROLINE PEARCE-BORG  

WMK Charity Group Sponsors Caroline Pearce-Borg

This year WMK sponsored our Senior Interior Designer, Caroline Pearce-Borg, for an awareness cause for Cancer Council NSW in Seven Bridges Walk.

Held on Sunday, 26 October 2014, under a 32-degree heat, participants put on their joggers, hats and a positive attitude and as a community took on a 27km closed loop circuit around Sydney Harbour to raise money for charity. Showcasing magnificent views around the iconic Sydney Harbour along with some entertainment, music and activities, the day did not feel like a race - but more of a typical Sunday with the family.

 

 

Caroline thought this was a great cause to not just get out and have some sun and fresh air, but also to raise funds and help Cancer Council NSW raise awareness in the community. 

Posted by Rachelle Guillamun

WMK
SPONSORS WORLD VISION CHILD

WMK SPONSORS WORLD VISION CHILD

For the past 4 years, WMK staff have been committed to sponsoring a boy called Diego Isaac Ugarte and his community in Chile. Late last year we heard good news from World Vision that the community Diego lives in had become self-sufficient – a great outcome for WMK and a testament to the hard work and education World Vision bring to many areas.

The staff of WMK have taken on the challenge of sponsoring another child in need from World Vision– Lazaro Augusto Bacacheza. Lazaro is 6 years old and is from the Marara Project Area Development Program in Mozambique. Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world today, lacking a health care system or schools due to years of war and neglect. World Vision is supporting primary healthcare programs, providing agricultural and business training, improving access to clean water and sanitation and improving the quality of education for children.

We look forward to getting to know Lazaro and supporting him and his community as he grows up.

Posted by WMK Charity Group

WMK
WISHES YOU HAPPY HOLIDAYS

WMK WISHES YOU HAPPY HOLIDAYS

As 2012 draws to a close WMK would like to take this time to wish everyone Happy Holidays!!!

This year, WMK decided to move away from the ‘traditional’ Christmas gift idea, instead purchasing school books through World Vision. These books help children in disadvantaged communities by providing them with the building blocks of education. They inspire their learning and help build formal education, as well as vocational and skill set training.

Over the years WMK has taken part in a lot of charity initiatives, including the long running support of World Vision. So if you’re stuck for present ideas… or just left it a little late, check out World Vision’s range of gifts online.

We would also like to say a big THANK YOU for an amazing 2012 and we are all looking forward to what 2013 will bring.

Our offices will be closed from 1pm Friday 21st December and reopening on the 7th January 2013. 

Posted by Emily Lea & Sarah Jelliffe

WMK PINK RIBBON BREAKFAST
1 MARKET STREET

WMK PINK RIBBON BREAKFAST

On the 26th of October WMK’s staff got together at their latest refurbishment project - 1 Market Street, Sydney, to host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast to raise money for Breast Cancer research.

Delicious food was served in a first rate venue, everyone had the chance to catch up over a coffee whilst raising money for a very worthy cause.

Also, did you know that ever since the National Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 1994, 30% of women diagnosed with breast cancer lost their battle but in less than 20 years, through research, this percentage has been halved?

A grand total of $430 was raised on the day, so a huge thanks to everyone who took part.

For any additional donations please click here

Posted by Emily Lea

WMK WINS TRIP TO EUROPE
WITH FLY FORBO

WMK WINS TRIP TO EUROPE WITH FLY FORBO!

WMK Architecture was selected as the Australian winner of the 2012 “Fly Forbo” competition for the YUM! project, for which the prize was a design-based 7 day tour for two to Europe, led by the Forbo team.

Petra Bonamy and Vicki Murphie jetted off in September to Amsterdam and London to soak up the sights. Highlights in Amsterdam were the visit to Forbo’s design studio in Krommenie to see first-hand how Forbo products are manufactured, the Van Gogh Museum, dinner at the gorgeous glasshouse Restaurant de Kas where organic regional produce delighted the tastebuds, and an architectural tour of Amsterdam’s newer architectural precincts. Of particular interest was the area known as the “Islands” of Java and Borneo which blends contemporary architecture with the traditional design of old Amsterdam.

The London tour included time at the V+A Museum viewing numerous art installations and a retrospective of Heatherwick Studio’s work, the 100% Design interior trade exposition, dinner at Asian fusion restaurant Hakkasan, and a walkthrough of Tent London which brought together over 200 international exhibitors of furniture, lighting, ceramics, textiles, materials and accessories.

Posted by Sarah Jelliffe

WMK WINS
FLY FORBO 2012

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

architectureau.com

Posted by Sarah Jelliffe

WMK FINALISTS 
2012 MELBOURNE DESIGN AWARDS

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

REFLECTIONS
ASX
WINS LIGHTING AWARD

Reflections

The evening of 1 March 2012 saw the presentation of the NSW IES Lighting Society 2011 Lighting Awards at the AIA in Manning Street, Potts Point, Sydney. This was a chance for all the winners, both architects and lighting designers, to talk about their winning schemes.

The design concept for ASX Exchange Plaza evolved out of the idea of an “urban room”. ASX required a space that could adapt from a few people engaged in casual meetings through to large groups for official functions and media releases, as well as a large ante space for the auditorium below.

The design is bold and elegant, utilizing sculptural planes and forms which fold, wrap and intersect throughout the space, creating a welcoming space which nevertheless commands attention from within and without.

The lighting design was a critical component and had to provide for the variety of uses within as well as reinforcing the spaces colours and its sculptured forms. To achieve this, a number of direct and indirect lighting strategies were employed along with some specific low level lighting to stairs and seating areas. 

WMK worked in collaboration with the Simpson Kotzman lighting design team on this project, culminating in a very high quality space which won an award of commendation.

For more information on ASX

Posted by John Andreas