JOURNAL/ May/Jun/2013


35 Spring Street, Melbourne
Parkside on Spring

Elegant Parkside Living

CBUS Property's significant residential development at 35 Spring Street is luxury living in what is arguably Melbourne CBD’s finest location. Boasting a 'Central Park' feel due to its location opposite Melbourne's magnificent Treasury and Fitzroy Gardens, within walking distance from designer boutiques, restaurants, five-star hotels and the city's cultural precinct.

35 Spring Street's lifestyle is set apart from other current market offerings, and even before the launch of the display suite the development attracted a large number of potential purchasers.

“The apartment styling mixes clean modern lines with intricate details, patterns and textures; to create the warmth of an eclectic lived in home”, says Jeff Copolov, Interior Design Director at Bates Smart.

The interior design embraces clean and continuous surfaces where full height windows merge into large door openings and the bathroom floors wrap onto the walls with floating vanities and mirrors. The building’s external façade pattern has also been referenced throughout the interiors, with generous window panes creating a framed view to the outside.

See the Development website and register your interest to see the display suite by appointment only here

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Crown Mahogany Room, Melbourne
An International Accolade and a new Film

     “...A sparkling jewel and bubbles in champagne...”


    International Association of Lighting Designers

    The Crown Mahogany Room is in the news with an international lighting award for Electrolight and a new short film narrated by Design Director Kristen Whittle.

    Congratulations to Lighting Consultants Electrolight for winning an Award of Excellence at the International Association of Lighting Designers Awards for their work on the Crown East End Extension. This is the first time an Australian project has been awarded this international accolade.

    Crown Mahogany Room has also been shortlisted for an AIA (Victoria) Commercial Architecture Award.

    Visit Bates Smart to read more about the project. Read IALD press release here

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    Swanbourne House, Western Australia
    Invited Design Competition Success

    On the Coastal Fringe

    Bates Smart has won a design competition for a unique house on Western Australia's beautiful coast. Director Philip Vivian talks about the project:

    "The Swanbourne house is a celebration of inhabiting the coastal fringe. The house is a modernist-inspired beach home with a clear and rational design to suit the needs of its occupants.

    "It is conceived to live in, rather than to look at, it respondes to the elements, the sun and the wind, and defers to the lifestyle benefits of Western Australia’s unique climate.

    "The design draws inspiration from modernist ideals of living which are tempered by a critical regionalist response to climate and place. Minimal lines and planar forms reference its modernist inspiration while materiality and detailing draw from a local palette of materials.

    "Increasing levels of privacy are offered as one progresses through the site. At the street edge is the most public entry zone, followed by a semi-private living zone, and concluding with a private retreat area. A series of garden walls provide spatial enclosure to the zones."

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    Spatial Aggregations

    Some of Bates Smart's Melbourne architects participated in a robotics workshop led by Swiss architects Gramazio + Kohler, ETH Zurich. RMIT Architecture is undertaking a series of research and industry projects exploring the architectural design applications of robotic fabrication.

    The workshop entitled ' Spatial Aggregations Design and Robotic Fabrication of Metal Structures' took place in May, the resulting structures formed an exhibition at RMIT and a film which can be viewed below.

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    180 Thomas Street
    Speed of Steel

    Construction is well underway at 180 Thomas Street, Sydney.

    Six mega trusses, each weighing 30 tonnes are now in place on the roof of the existing building, ready to take the load of the new nine level structure over.

    The steel trusses elegantly express the lightness of the new building sitting on top of the existing structure" commented Design Director, Philip Vivian.

    Located between these trusses at the base of the new building is the high efficiency plant. With the plant now in place the steel framed structure and bondek slab erection is proceeding at a rapid pace. The curtain wall installation and lift shaft structure are commencing on site at the end of May.

    The project was recently awarded a 5 star green star office design v3 certified rating by the Green Building Council of Australia. The use of active chilled beams, high performance glazing, rainwater harvesting and digital addressable lighting contributed to the successful achievement of this rating.

    The integrated fitout of the three client floors, also by Bates Smart, will commence on site in July.

    The project has a proposed completion date of January 2014.

    Visit Bates Smart to learn more about Thomas Street

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    NSW State Library
    Smart Workplace

    Bates Smart has been engaged to design 4,500 sqm of new staff workplace accommodation for the State Library of New South Wales.

    A period of transformation at the library has prompted the change in staff accommodation and the SLNSW is taking this opportunity to create open, collaborative workspaces for its 320 staff over 4 levels of the Macquarie Street Wing.

    Comprehensive workplace briefing is currently underway led by Associate Director Kellie Payn.

    New Neighbourhood

    The newest addition to the Sydney community, Camperdown’s Gantry neighbourhood, is nearing completion with the final handover scheduled for August this year.

    The design and marketing for the project resulted in over 85% of the units sold prior to construction commencement.

    Built on a 9,900sqm existing warehouse block, the site was fully excavated to provide underground parking for each unit. Numerous heritage items were found beneath the factory floor, including a fully intact basement to an early Sydney inn, and the remains of the brickwork kilns from the Fowlers pottery workshops.

    At ground level a new road bisects the site with retail and terrace housing addressing the street, creating a lively new neighbourhood. A pedestrian through-site-link cuts through the central shared courtyard to provide access within the community, and to the neighbouring streets.

    With a pool and extensive landscaping, the courtyard provides a generous open green space. Along Parramatta Rd the project presents a high end retail environment, immediately improving the quality of the streetscape.

    At the lower levels, unique units within the building were created by taking advantage of the existing heritage forms to create dynamic interior spaces across multiple levels. Two and three storey terraces capture the volumes of the heritage warehouse spaces. As the building rises above the adjacent low rise warehouses, the penthouse apartments enjoy uninterrupted city views and views of the adjacent parkland.

    Display suites are currently being completed for the remaining units, these will be available for viewing from the end of May.

    Visit Gantry here

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    Vivid Festival

    “Light Meadows”

    Bates Smart architect Sarah Gilder and her husband Mark have designed an interactive light installation as part of the Vivid Festival that is running in Sydney until June 10.

    “Light Meadows” is the concept of MAS Architecture in collaboration with Tim Hunt from ARUP Lighting Group Sydney and Nick Glasson from Nocturnal Lighting and consists of a field of LED up-lit stalks.

    The installation is located in First Fleet Park in Circular Quay, Sydney. Light stalks have been designed to sway and wobble to simulate wind through grassy meadows allowing you to meander through and interact directly with the light. Children are encouraged to pass in and out of the meadow brushing aside the light strands as they go.

    Sarah and Mark will be presenting the concept and fabrication of the installation during the Vivid 2013 festival at Vivid Fort Denison “Dinner DeLIGHTS” (9 June)

    Read about how the installation was made here

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    National Centre for Synchrotron Science

    Bates Smart Director Kristen Whittle has narrated a 60 second film about the National Centre for Synchrotron Science, Melbourne.

    The NCSS has been shortlisted for AIA (Victoria) Awards in Commercial and Interior Architecture.

    Visit Bates Smart to learn more about NCSS.

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    The Towers and The Fury
    Philip Vivian

    "We ... protest with all our strength, with all our indignation ... to the erection of this useless and monstrous tower. To bring our arguments home imagine for a moment a giddy, ridiculous tower dominating ... like a gigantic black smokestack ... we shall see stretching like a blot of ink the hateful shadow of the hateful column of bolted sheet metal."

    This could easily be the words of protesters again Barangaroo; in fact, they are the objections voiced against the Eiffel Tower in 1886.

    Bates Smart Director Philip Vivian sidesteps the emotional debate over Sydney's Barangaroo development to analyse the latest modifications to the master plan in the Architectural Review.

    Read the article here

    State Library of Victoria
    160 Year Celebrations

    Free, secular and democratic: building the Public Library
    1853 - 1913

    30 May 2013 - 2 February 2014

    In conjunction with the Dome100 celebrations at the State Library of Victoria, Bates Smart are proud to sponsor a free exhibition that traces the first 60 years of the Melbourne Public Library (now the State Library of Victoria), from its founding in 1853 to the opening of the magnificent domed reading room in 1913.

    Bates Smart's Founder, Joseph Reed, won the design competition for the Melbourne Public Library in 1854. The original building on Swanston Street including the Queens Hall centrepiece officially opened 3 years later, and following several building additions on the site, the Dome was designed by Norman G. Peebles of Peebles Bates and Smart in 1907.

    Free, Secular and Democratic, are words that describe the founder’s vision for the library. The exhibition examines the building’s architecture, with many original hand drawings by the architects on display, revealing how the Library’s collection was developed.

    Read more about the Dome 100 events.

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