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250 Spencer Street, Melbourne
A Unique Proposition

 “The development of this strategic site will be critical to the future reshaping of the CBD's Western edge”

Matthew Guy

Minister of Planning

The former Age site at 250 Spencer Street was recently granted a Masterplan Planning Permit; this is one of the first permits of its kind in Melbourne and will guide the future redevelopment of the site.

Bates Smart and Urbis were engaged by ISPT to create a coordinated community designed to be realised by multiple parties over a period of time. The Permit offers a platform and certainty for key future built form elements including the shape, form and alignment of lanes, podiums and towers. Appropriately, given the scale of the site and this project, the master plan breaks down the site into a series of developable parcels for further design development.

At 11,755 square metres, almost a city block, the site was viewed as too large and complex to facilitate change without adoption of this master plan approach. The Masterplan permit defines 6 parcels with new and enhanced local streets, a consistent podium strategy, and envelopes for each of six towers stepping down from west to east. The architect for each tower will be required to develop an individual design language within the approved tower envelope. The precinct is ringed by new, mature street trees and urban paving, with weather protection canopies to all street frontages. The project defines a collegiate high-rise urban village of around 3000 apartments with a coordinated development and open space strategy.

“We have defined a measure of certainty in the overall planning of the site in order to protect the interests of the City and State, each parcel developer, and apartment purchasers”, says Director Roger Poole. “Each companion building has a defined envelope and height, a defined podium with rooftop garden, an activated and weather protected public realm, and a defined entry. The towers are tall, slender and potentially quite elegant forms with good proportions, and no two are exactly alike. Two towers have defined softer forms, shaped by comprehensive wind-tunnel testing to become potential Melbourne landmarks.”

Read the Premier's press release here

Read the Property Observer here

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Iglu Central, Student Housing in Sydney
A Contextual Response

Iglu Central is a 98 bed student accommodation facility on a tight urban site at the corner of Regent and Dwyer Street in Chippendale, Sydney. The 8-storey building is built to the site's street boundary, consistent with the block edge character of the surrounding streets.

Designed by Director, Guy Lake, the building has a distinctive COR-TEN steel skin was selected for its warm natural patina and colour, echoing the surrounding brick buildings and industrial heritage of the precinct.

Perforated COR-TEN panels multi task by providing sun shading at street level, visual privacy for the interiors, whilst maintaining filtered light and views to the outside. The theme of raw and robust materials is continued throughout the building's interiors.

Accommodation is provided over seven floors in 6-bed cluster and studio apartments; the ‘L shaped’ plan defines an internal landscaped courtyard for the building’s resident community. A series of indoor and outdoor spaces and particularly the building’s ground floor “living room” for residents, encourages a social lifestyle hub at the heart of its very urban neighbourhood.

Images by Richard Glover

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Convesso, Melbourne
Eco-Luxe Living on Victoria Harbour

 “Buying luxury is inherently green because you buy once and you keep it and that's it”

Roger Poole

Chairman, Bates Smart, talking to the Australian newspaper

Convesso, the Bates Smart designed luxury apartment building with impressive green credentials has been completed and the majority of its apartments have been sold. The companion tower, Concavo is soon to start construction.

The design of Convesso was inspired by its extraordinary and unique location, surrounded by the water of Victoria Harbour on both sides. The building form is derived from investigation into the patterns and reflections formed by the undulating water and waves while the form of podium recalls the movement of water against the shore.

The tower is shaped and located to maximise the spectacular views from all apartments, on all sides of the building. Bates Smart architecture and interior teams collaborated on the spatial planning of the generously proportioned apartments.

In a recent article in The Australian, Bates Smart Chairman Roger Poole explained that Convesso combines luxury living with impressive eco-credentials “This is the greenest luxury high-rise in Australia, having been awarded a four-star Green Star multi unit residential rating and a merit award in the sustainability and green IT category at the 2012 National iAwards.”

Read The Australian here.

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Crown, Melbourne
Wins International Lighting Awards

Crown Melbourne and Crown's Club 23 have won international design awards at the Illumini Infinity Awards 2012 for Lighting Consultants, Electrolight.

The Crown Melbourne Eastern Facade took the Gold Award for Facade Lighting while Club 23 won a Silver Award for Hospitality Lighting.

View the winners here

Congratulations to the team!

Clarence Street, Sydney
Everything Old is New Again

Director, Philip Vivian talks to the Architecture Bulletin about the issues surrounding the adaptive reuse and addition of three new stories to a historically significant former warehouse building.

Read the article here.

NCSS
Permanent Art Collection Installed

Curated by Emily Cormack, the National Centre for Synchrotron Science (NCSS) collection features artwork by some of Australia’s most important artists.

Drawing on the shared spirit of enquiry and experimentation that is the fuel for both creative and scientific curiosity, this extraordinary collection will be permanently on show at the NCSS’s award winning Visitors Centre designed by Director Kristen Whittle.

View our gallery to see part of the collection.

This collection highlights the confluence between art and science and focuses on artists whose practice investigates the meaning and matter of existence and the universe.

The collection comprises a new site-specific, kinetic installation by Susan Jacobs that unpacks the metaphors and poetry of the sub atomic, along with a multi-screen work by Steve Carr that depicts a bullet hitting Newton’s apple in incredibly slow motion across seven screens. Illuminating the gallery spaces is a kinetic light work by Ross Manning that oscillates a spectrum of colour across the building's innovative interior.

The collection also features a video work by leading Australian artist Daniel Von Sturmer – who represented Australia at the 2007 Venice Bienniale and works by Robin Fox and Chris Henschke.

“With this collection, our aim is to communicate through artworks the same ideas that obsess many scientists, reminding researchers, staff and other visitors to The Synchrotron that it is only through being open, experimental and lateral that we might begin to contemplate the universe and its ever expanding nature.” Curator Emily Cormack

The NCSS Art Collection Permanent Exhibition +61 3 8540 4100

Visit Bates Smart to learn more about NCSS here

Contact Curator Emily Cormack here

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Inner House
On ABC's 'Deeambuild'

Inner House features in a new series of 'Dreambuild'.

Watch the episode here

Read about Inner House here

"What do you do with a heritage listed church, where the heritage requirements dictate that nothing of the new structure can touch the walls of the heritage listed building? You build an inner house."

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Jeff Copolov
Joins the Panel on 'By Design'

“Design excellence and a diversification of spaces”

Jeff Copolov

Director, Bates Smart, on the future of casino design

Interior Design Director, Jeff Copolov joins the panel on ABC Radio National's 'By Design' program to discuss casino design.

Listen to By Design here

This collection highlights the confluence between art and science and focuses on artists whose practice investigates the meaning and matter of existence and the universe.

The collection comprises a new site-specific, kinetic installation by Susan Jacobs that unpacks the metaphors and poetry of the sub atomic, along with a multi-screen work by Steve Carr that depicts a bullet hitting Newton’s apple in incredibly slow motion across seven screens. Illuminating the gallery spaces is a kinetic light work by Ross Manning that oscillates a spectrum of colour across the building's innovative interior.

The collection also features a video work by leading Australian artist Daniel Von Sturmer – who represented Australia at the 2007 Venice Bienniale and works by Robin Fox and Chris Henschke.

“With this collection, our aim is to communicate through artworks the same ideas that obsess many scientists, reminding researchers, staff and other visitors to The Synchrotron that it is only through being open, experimental and lateral that we might begin to contemplate the universe and its ever expanding nature.” Curator Emily Cormack

The NCSS Art Collection Permanent Exhibition +61 3 8540 4100

Visit Bates Smart to learn more about NCSS here

Contact Curator Emily Cormack here

View gallery...

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Architecture in the Media Award
Open for Entries

The Bates Smart Award for Architecture in the Media is now open for entries until 29 March 2013.

Bates Smart is proud to sponsor the AIA Award for Architecture in the Media, Australia’s most prestigious media award for journalists, editors, producers and others reporting on architecture and design.

The Award, now in its 27th year has become an integral part of the Australian Institute of Architects, Victorian Chapter annual awards program.

Visit the AIA website for more details.

The Future of Hotels
Jeff Copolov + Jan Eastwood

“Understated opulence is poised to become the new luxury”

Jeff Copolov + Jan Eastwood

Bates Smart

What does the future hold for world-class hotels and how will this influence the work of designers?

In the latest issue of Artichoke, Director Jeff Copolov and Associate Director Jan Eastwood list the ten key drivers which will shape hospitality and expand the designer's role in "The Future of Hotels".

Read the article here.

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