The fundamental stratagem of WMK architects is the ” Approach”, the rational approach to the client’s psychological conception and understanding the needs and demands based on human-environment relationships and issues. The firm aims to create a long-term impression with benefits granted to both the user and the environment with the paths of capturing the identity and giving power to the voice of the client.
The beliefs behind the ideal outcomes are to simply listen to the client, which makes the ultimate difference with smart green strategies as a strengthening mechanism. Furthermore, refining the preferred delivery method secures accurate equity, seldom changes, and the opportunity to spend more time on the design process. The character of the proposals intends to follow a balanced articulated interrelationship of humans and the context along with the company culture and targeting the market to improve operational efficiency, staff performance, and sales.
The top 15 projects of WMK Architects are:
1. The story of an ugly duckling
The Form of Boxes: A Brownfield project that blends completely with the context with its color palette of charcoal, grey, and warm off-white and natural timber highlights which reflects and enhance the natural indigenous bush setting, the exposed rock faces, the broad tree trunks of the canopy setting, that portrays intervention as the primary role.
The architectural form of the building is defined by four volumetric rectangular boxes linked by a central balcony and a floating folded highlight roof which expresses the connection between spaces as a conscious example of a human-environment relationship with the sunlight as a peaky member of the house. Tove to the adage ‘form follows function, the open-close relationship of spaces is defined which follows the form of one of the architectural “boxes” which determines the overall planning of the dwelling.
The existing infrastructure was cleverly re-used and adapted to save time, money, and resources as well as re-using the existing, other clever sustainable design features were also implemented which defined the beauty of the project.
2. The Quay Sydney
The project converges upon the public realm and facilities to enhance the local behavior and rise of the last undeveloped site in Haymarket, Sydney.
With the dramatic appearance, the lower retail podium allows connectivity and flow with an offering of retail on one level, a basement supermarket which also instills local buzz and activity in dynamic public spaces, whereas the two towers comprise 286 contemporary apartments which provide quality, sunny north-facing living with terraces and views across the city and surroundings.
The residential towers are distinguished by having different architectural expressions and have been designed in the context of the local city setting and its rich cultural diversity.
3. The Lincoln, Sydney
The challenge was to establish a luxurious residential apartment on the restricted site of Edgecliff with expansive views to the harbour across Double Bay. To provide more vistas to the harbour, a shared forecourt was lodged in between the two corresponding small apartments and a two-level penthouse which also reduced the scale of the building as well as increased more articulation.
As a result, six generously sized residences were obtained with one apartment per floor with a sense of classic contemporary and refined architecture that resonated with the location and the user.
The envelope of the building was composed of a base of dark granite with the upper levels in a softer lime wash, where the bronze frames and screens lend finery to detail which feels like a well-bred resort.
4. IDA Sydney
With its superior location and complete views of the city and the harbour, the project directs on a contemporary residential development with a sensitive site in Potts point surrounded by a heritage village area. The principal strategy of WMK provided a harmonious relationship between fresh and restored buildings along with the essence of heritage by preserving the cottages.
The solution adopts a 1970s timber frame heritage office building into 16 apartments which underpin to allow excavation and construction of basement parking.
The juxtaposition of the materials can be seen with the top levels with a dramatic pitched roof and the new 14th apartment with lightweight metal cladding balconies on the south and orientation towards north providing visual and physical continuity to an open central courtyard. This revitalization of the pocket of Potts Point was the chief highlight of the project.
5. White Main Beach
The project strikes locus and caters to all the aspects of beach enthusiasts for seeking relaxation and luxury synchronically, located in the heart of the Main beach hence the design takes a lot of inspiration from the ocean to offer a space consisting of comfort and convenience.
The tower draws inspiration from nature with its materials mingling with the surroundings with pale feature stone and granite.
The volume of the building is sleek with 32 storey that delivers a mesmerizing experience overlooking the beach. Every apartment has a seamless connection fusing indoors and outdoors with a large balcony with shared facilities like a lounge area, Reading room, etc to host large groups. A rich subtropical podium crowns the neighboring buildings providing a vantage point to enjoy sea breezes while relaxing by the pool.
6. Banc Brisbane
“The building is a statement of sophistication” said WMK Architect, Russell Grady. The project was to design a 15 – 20 story high-end luxury residential tower overlooking the Brisbane River which is also recognized as ” Sky homes ” now with 33 high-end residences and executed with a separate entrance to the ground level units and the basement going for upper residences, respecting the privacy of the grounds.
It’s a clever design to offer panoramic river views. The building envelope compliments the bridges of Brisbane which is a remarkable contemporary edge while keeping the colors elegant.
Facilities like an infinity pool, bbq Terrace, lush gardens, and a dedicated wine cellar and tasting room. The tower is perceived to be a symbol of simplicity and elegance that reflects its prized location.
7. Park Sydney, Sydney
This architectural design competition aimed to achieve a balance between acquiescent and original domains, the upshot came to rejuvenate the first of the five phases of the urban precinct which is now known to be as “Park Sydney “.This community space consisted of pocket parks along with a marketplace, retail, sun-drenched cafes, and child care facilities with an active pedestrian flow throughout the site.
It aims to draw the connection between two diverse neighborhoods which were the medium-rise mixed-use apartments and fine-grained terrace housing into a design opportunity. The first phase of Park Sydney transformed was the northeast corner into an industrial site of a mixed-use development comprising circa 320 apartments, retails, and a child care center.
8. The George, Burwood
This time WMK Architecture focused on interiors for achieving a new mixed-use/residential development in Burwood to engage with the marketing property. The aim was to generate practical interiors which demanded the focus of the bounded demographics and simultaneously formulating a new perspective in the proximity.
Materials choice, design, and space utilization are the disciples of the project with two contradictory color schemes featuring different types of materials performing the play of dominant and submissive. The kitchen was made exciting with open shelving and waterfall stone edges whereas bathrooms included hexagonal tiles.
9. 44 Cudgegong Road, Sydney
The project focuses on splitting up the masses into several buildings along with the usage of riparian and to create a new community of 359 dwellings on this semi-rural land undergoing rapid urbanization due to the railway station. The aim was to create more sustainable residences offering superior amenities compared to nearby developments.
Along with minimum size requirements, no compromise was done in facilities like generous balconies and the townhouse which offers solar access and views, sustainable features like natural light, ventilation thermal comfort were maximized along with efficient appliances and services which integrated with the landscape.
The design reacted positively to contribute to the redevelopment of the zone as well as to improve affordability due to low maintenance materials. The creation of a range of residential units had improved lifestyle and strong appeal for the local market.
10. 130 Elizabeth Street Sydney
The essence of the project had a refined resolution of both contemporary and timeless periods. The biggest opportunity of the project was the location that would help in developing an iconic structure facing north and out-looking panoramic views. The lower retail offerings were along with the Liverpool and Elizabeth Street with double volume lobby which views the back to Hyde Park.
A breakage of 151 apartments into Hi- lowrise components to maximize apartment areas of the top of the building relaxing the lower floors. The tower resonates with its surroundings with a podium vaulted form referring to both sites of retail and historic Train Tunnels below.
New additions were the lightweight metal clad on balconies to clearly define itself and stand out.
11. Top Ryde City Living, Sydney
The design approached Hi-end aesthetics and released complex access orientation and complexity, the concept of lush hilltop resort was counterfeited with a selected palette of materials and design details to create a unique aspect while conveying a strong brand identity
Neutral details were given while expensive residential amenities included a flexible library, lounge, intimate cinema, music room, high-tech gymnasium, external sundecks overlooking landscaping, And external pavilion structures including a central pool pavilion and a dramatic sky frame overlooking views to the city.
12. Moonee Ponds, Melbourne
The project had a simple footprint yet efficient to allow both views to the city in the way to the South and the north, the iconic butterfly form of the building on the eastern and western faces helps to maximize the views and create a dramatic mass with the sense of elegance and strength with varied elements that created a spirit of slenderness which created a sense of community to appeal to the target market. An elegant residential mixed-use design maximized the yield on the site as needed.
13. Port Coogee, Perth
The project focuses on dealing with the fast developing Port Coogee Marina Village Precinct in Perth which maximizes a potential residential development. The solution proposed 38 units of varying mix and typology arranged over five ground levels and one basement with a community recreational rooftop including pool and bbq facilities, the use of a soft palette of raw natural materials and centered more on landscape balance and striking contemporary elements.
The project had contextual sensitivity which contributes to the village and residential community with the welcoming atmosphere. It aims to contribute to the life, work, play dynamic of the area and provide a diverse solution that is flexible and high-quality for the residents and precinct holistically.
14. The Cutaway At Barangaroo Reserve, Sydney
The cutaway is the cultural space with the key component of the landmark of a 22-hectare site on the western edge of Sydney’s CBD. The cutaway is a flexible shell space large in footprint along with a useful built green roof forming the new park. Flexible spaces with adequate heights and dramatic sandstone cliff faces running inside illuminated by skylights into landscaping above it hosted 30,000 people in private events and the Sydney festival in 2016.
With a lot of awards, including a firm outdoor forecourt overlooking the harbor with a future Cafe along with the parking facility, WMK was delighted to be a part of the design and delivery team on this significant Australian project.
15. Spaceco and Café
The cafe acts as a community integral hub for both members and non-members with a coffee offering that meets Melbourne‘s precise standards as well as provides catering to light launches with a reduced holistic budget whilst maintaining the aesthetic and design elements to uphold the identity of the space&co.
Ducts for ventilation and HVAC are presented as an aesthetic element along with the luxurious color palette with quality furniture and ambient natural lighting. It also carries a work environment through spacious dining space providing a luxurious vantage point to enjoy the views on level 22.
IMAGE 2 : Essence of Biophilic design The Story of an Ugly Duckling | Australian Capital Territory | WMK Architecture (archify.com)
IMAGE 4 :The classic atmosphere of the Quay Sydney The Quay, Haymarket | MBM (mbmpl.com.au)
IMAGE 5 :Connectivity and context Quay Apartments, Sydney | 166611 | EMPORIS
IMAGE 6 :The Quay WMK Architecture Pty Ltd: SYDNEY NSW (topauarchitects.com)
IMAGE 7 :The Luxurious Residence Idea 1981492: The Lincoln by WMK Architecture in Edgecliff, Australia (architizer.com)
IMAGE 8 :The Main Entrance Idea 1981492: The Lincoln by WMK Architecture in Edgecliff, Australia (architizer.com)
IMAGE 9 :Exterior view Idea 1981492: The Lincoln by WMK Architecture in Edgecliff, Australia (architizer.com)
IMAGE10 :Contemporary residential developement IDA by WMK Architecture – Architizer
IMAGE 11 :Classic use of materials IDA by WMK Architecture – Architizer
IMAGE 12 :Top Level View towards the central courtyard IDA by WMK Architecture – Architizer
IMAGE 13 :Exotic vibes and soothing materials White Main Beach – Gallery – White Main Beach
Image 14_ Relaxing Atmosphere White Main Beach – Gallery – White Main Beach
Image 15_ Beach views from the Apartments White Main Beach – Gallery – White Main Beach
IMAGE 16 :“The building is a statement of sophistication” Idea 1393499: Banc by WMK Architecture in Brisbane, Australia (architizer.com)
Image 17_ Panoramic river views Idea 1393499: Banc by WMK Architecture in Brisbane, Australia (architizer.com)
Image 18_ Panoramic river views Idea 1393499: Banc by WMK Architecture in Brisbane, Australia (architizer.com)
IMAGE 19 : Exterior street view Park Sydney – Richard Crookes Constructions
IMAGE 20 : Elevation Park Sydney – Richard Crookes Constructions
IMAGE 22 :New mixed-use/residential development in Burwood Park Sydney – Richard Crookes Constructions
IMAGE 23 : Town View The George – MOZAC
IMAGE 24 : The George – MOZAC
IMAGE 25 : Initiative for Sustainable Residences 44 Cudgegong Rd., Rouse Hill, NSW 2155 – Apartment for Sale – realestate.com.au
IMAGE 28 : The Iconic Building complex of Elizabeth street Bates Smart stacks them high for 130 Elizabeth Street, Sydney | Architecture & Design (architectureanddesign.com.au)
IMAGE 32 : The vibrant atmosphereCrown Group’s Top Ryde City Living named best High Density Development – The MP Report (wordpress.com)
IMAGE 33 : Authentic Interiors Moonee Ponds – WMK Architecture
IMAGE 34 : Exterior View Moonee Ponds – WMK Architecture
IMAGE 35 :Exterior View Apartments Designed With Class | Quayhouse Port Coogee
IMAGE 36 :Interiors Apartments Designed With Class | Quayhouse Port Coogee
IMAGE 38 : Aerial View of the aits or eyots Idea 1529963: Barangaroo Reserve by PWP Landscape Architecture in Sydney, Australia (architizer.com)
IMAGE 41 : The Exoskeleton inspired interiors WMK_SpaceCo8Ex_01.jpg (1479×733) (indesignlive.com)
IMAGE 44 : Bars and cafes WMK_SpaceCo8Ex_01.jpg (1479×733) (indesignlive.com)