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.
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.