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