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.