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The Silicon Review Asia

WMK Architecture: Pioneers of innovative design

The Silicon Review
December, 2019

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Architecture is a passion, a vocation, a calling – as well as a science and a business. It has been described as a social art and also an artful science. Architecture must be of the highest quality of design. Architecture provides, in the words of Marcus Vitruvius, the great Roman architect and historian, “firmness, commodity and delight.”Architecture provides a sense of place and support of all types of human activity. Architecture helps the man-made fit in harmony with the environment while promoting health and well-being, enriching lives aesthetically and spiritually, providing economic opportunities, and creating a legacy that reflects and symbolizes culture and traditions.

WMK is a dynamic, award-winning firm that has gained a reputation for delivering value and results through innovative design, responsive performance, and intelligent commercial solutions. It provides comprehensive architectural, interior design, strategic facilities planning, and corporate branding services to a wide spectrum of business and lifestyle clients. WMK's understanding of corporate identity and brand in the built environment underpins our approach with each of our clients on every project.With offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and associated offices in New Zealand and India, their team of architects and interior designers are each specialists in their respective fields. They are supported by an integrated network of the industry's latest technology in flexible, interactive studio environments.

WMK's award-winning sustainable design expertise delivers innovative, commercially-viable solutions developed from a holistic perspective. They push the envelope in this emerging field and are deliver ground-breaking solutions that continue to inspire.As well as being experts in design, WMK has a detailed knowledge of WH&S and access and egress requirements, and have policies and procedures in place to ensure these issues are thoroughly considered during the design process. The company also has a detailed quality management system in place that follows the guidelines of AS/NZS ISO9000-2006 to ensure high-quality outcomes for its clients.

SUSTAINABILITY FACTOR OF WMK

WMK is a market leader in sustainable design. It applies sustainability principles to a range of projects, from master planning and new developments through to the refurbishment and re-positioning of existing assets and interior fit-outs. They work closely with our clients to provide an integrated sustainability approach that creates enduring benefits.WMK’s work is award winning for its approach to sustainability. The company understands common rating tools, the range of available materials and finishes and interaction between the interior fit-out and base building and apply this understanding to ensure the most appropriate sustainability outcome.

They have developed easy-to-use processes and documents, such as a materials database, that facilitates the integration of sustainability principles. Its holistic approach considers not only environmental sustainability but the social and economic sustainability of all organisations. This holistic approach, coupled with WMK’s understanding of corporate identity, ensures a sustainability approach that is tailored for your organisation and offers long-term benefits.

SERVICES OFFERED BY THE COMPANY

STRATEGY

WMK can help your organisation reach exceptional outcomes through smart solutions. WMK offers a PhD-level understanding of environments, productivity and self-identity and can facilitate a whole range of strategy projects - from master planning, to education strategy, workplace strategy, or design strategy. 

ARCHITECTURE

They provide award-winning architectural services to a wide spectrum of business and lifestyle clients. The company’s architectural projects not only stand the test of time - it is also known to push the envelope in sustainable design and deliver ground-breaking solutions that continue to inspire.

BRAND IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

The company specialises in understanding environmental psychology to maximise the potential of your brand in the built environment – aligning user behaviour, company culture and market position to improve operational efficiency, staff performance, and overall company efficiency. It is an expert in manifesting a client’s brand in the built environment to create a unique workplace that reflects the client’s ethos and culture.

INTERIOR DESIGN

It focuses on achieving our clients' goals through experienced strategic thinking, award-winning interior concepts, viable sustainability initiatives, and brand integration in the built environment.

STRATEGY AND APPROACH THAT IS FOLLOWED BY WMK IN EXECUTING ITS PROJECTS

They take a consultative approach and follow a clear process – at each step listening to your requirements and direction as they progress the design to deliver highly innovative built environments tailored to your specific brief. The process allows flexibility but includes checkpoints to ensure we are all aligned going forward.

DISCOVERY

The initial phase is all about understanding. They establish your needs and drivers, define your positioning and target market, and identify opportunities for you.

DESIGN

The creative phase brings together vision, experience, and industry and technical knowledge. It shares its concepts as it develops the design in an exciting, collaborative process with you and other specialist consultants.

DOCUMENTATION

Once the design principles are clear and agreed, it’ll resolve final details and prepare the drawings, schedules and written documents necessary for council approvals, consultant coordination, competitive tendering and efficient construction. 

DELIVERY

The translation from design into the built environment is monitored closely during the building phase, guiding quality and accuracy on site to deliver award-winning outcomes. 

Meet the formidable director and the driving force behind WMK, Greg Barnett

Throughout his extensive career, Greg has designed and managed the delivery of award-winning architectural and interiors project throughout Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea, including office buildings, luxury hotels and resorts, and industrial developments.

His skill in strategy and master planning complex facilities is matched by his insightful commercial input on every project. 

“Our commitment to every project drives design excellence and delivers creative solutions with vision, backed by smart strategies and balanced by human, contextual qualities.”

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