JOURNAL/ Sep/Oct/2013


Dandenong Hospital, Victoria
Mental Health Infrastructure Re-Thought

 “The Blackbutt timber has already begun a graceful transformation from warm brown to silver grey - aided by Melbourne's idiosyncratic weather”

Kristen Whittle

Director, Bates Smart

The Dandenong Mental Health project consolidates all residential, research, training and administration functions into a purpose-built precinct facility, onto an acute hospital site. The site is within a neighbourhood of single-family housing, and low rise education buildings.

The architectural design builds on the local residential language using pitched roof forms and timber construction. The distinctive timber paling fence and boxes project a friendly neighbourly face to the Dandenong residents.The pavilions are framed and clad in vertical black-butt timber slats. Timber was selected to provide warmth, texture, patterning, tactility and a non-institutional feel. 

The pavilions also form a series of courtyards, avoiding the need to construct high institutional security walls. The reassuring normality of this arrangement is designed to provide therapeutic benefits and works harmoniously with a new model of care.

Collaborating with our client, we challenged the radiating and linear bedroom arrangements of traditional mental health facilities. We have created a non-institutional design solution based on well-crafted, human-scaled spaces with direct access to landscape, nature and light. 

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177 Pacific Highway, North Sydney
First New Commercial Property in North Sydney in Six Years

Centre Stage - North Sydney

177 Pacific Highway has emerged as the next major high rise to be built on the North Sydney skyline. The prominent site at the corner of Berry Street and the Pacific Highway is considered to be the gateway to North Sydney.

Bates Smart designed the building and achieved DA approval on the site owned by the Winten Property Group. Leighton Properties are in the advanced stages of an agreement to develop the site in order to consolidate Leighton Holdings and the Sydney based staff of the Groups Operating Companies.

Bates Smart director, Philip Vivian, commented on the design approach: 'Our design unlocks the site's development potential by cutting out volumes from the towers facade to avoid overshadowing the public domain.'

The resulting geometry has dramatic cantilevers, extending the floorplates to capture light and views on the upper levels, while tapering at the centre of the building to allow light to penetrate into the surrounding areas.

At ground level a three storey glazed façade surrounds the Garden Plaza which addresses the street and provides much improved public amenity to the area.

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Shorlisted for National AIA Award

The National Centre for Synchrotron Science (NCSS) is one of six projects shortlisted for the Commercial Architecture category of the Australian Institute of Architecture (AIA) National Architectural Awards. The AIA received almost 900 award entries this year at regional and state level with just 59 projects progressing to the National Awards list. Winners will be announced at Sydney Opera House on November 7. Watch this space for the outcome! To find out more about the national awards, click here.


In Progress
155 Clarence St, Sydney

The redevelopment of the former Red Cross headquarters on Clarence Street, Sydney has commenced construction. The commercial office project has been designed for St. Hilliers and is being built by Probuild.

Wonderful mushroom head concrete columns are just one of the original heritage features retained in the late 19th century former warehouse.

The project involves the restoration of an 8 storey heritage building and a new 3 level glazed extension; designed to target the 4.5 Star NABERS Energy Base Building rating and is due for completion in May 2014. 

Read more about this project in the Architecture Bulletin Autumn edition

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Studio News

The Directors of Bates Smart are pleased to announce staff promotions in both our Melbourne and Sydney studios. Congratulations to new Associates, Mark Di Bartolo and Cian Davis (Melbourne) and Hayden Crawford (Sydney). View the gallery images to learn more about our new Associates.

Mark Di Bartolo
- Joined Bates Smart in 2007
- Team leader for RCH Stage 2
- Expertise lies in detailed crafting of buildings; pushing the boundaries

Cian Davis
- Joined Bates Smart in 2010
- Architectural Designer
- Expertise lies in realising new concepts – macro to micro

Hayden Crawford
- Joined Bates Smart in 2011
- Interior Designer for Corrs National workplace fitouts
- Expertise lies in a strong sense of materiality, always applied with confidence and consideration

View the gallery images to learn more about our new Associates.

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In Progress
The Surry, Sydney

Smart New Home

The Sydney studio is moving! Construction is about to start on The Surry, the former Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Exchange for developers The Peloton Group.

We are overseeing the refurbishment and reuse of the building which is to be transformed into a new residential and office building, from the theatre and screening rooms of its past life.

The heritage building will contain two levels of office space. Our new studio will be an exciting, interactive and collaborative design environment, bringing our clients into the design process.

The practice is planning to move later this year.

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In the Press
171 Collins Street, Melbourne

Attracting Global Names

BHP Billiton has moved in; their new global headquarters in the Bates Smart designed 171 Collins Street tower has hit the headlines. BHPB occupy approximately 13,500 sqm of the upper levels of the project and now enjoy the premium location and amenities of this Green Building Council 6 Star Green Star and NABERS 5 Star rated building.

Italian luxury fashion house, Dolce and Gabbana have launched their first Australian boutique; taking ground level Collins Street frontage within the elegant Mayfair building; the heritage component of the 171 Collins Street development.

Spotted later - the Dolce and Gabbana team celebrated the store opening with lunch at Rosetta, part of the Bates Smart designed Mahogany Room expansion.

Read the recent press coverage:

The Age



See our last issue of Journal/ for more on 171 Collins Street’s completion

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Bates Smart Timeline
ICI House, Melbourne

“Melbourne's First Skyscraper!”

Architecture and Arts Magazine

May 1957

In recognition of the AIA Enduring Architecture Award given to ICI House this year, we would like to share with you a unique film on the making of Melbourne's first ‘skyscraper’.

Designed by Bates Smart and McCutcheon, ICI House (now Orica House) is an 18-storey office building in East Melbourne, and home to our Melbourne studio since 2001.

It was the tallest building in Australia upon completion in 1958, and the first to break Melbourne's long standing height limit. The building was one of the earliest fully glazed commercial ‘skyscrapers’ in Australia, symbolising progress, modernity, efficiency and corporate power in postwar Melbourne.

It was under construction at the time of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics when the city was being showcased on the world stage.

Watch the full 19 minute film on the Bates Smart Youtube channel.

Watch the edited version here (5 mins)

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Bates Smart Graduate Prize Winner
Ben Shields

Congratulations to Master of Architecture graduate Benjamin Shields for winning the 2012 AIA/Bates Smart Graduate Prize at the University of Melbourne. Ben was also placed on the Deans Honours list for his work. Ben's thesis project, 'Digital Dirt', is a hybrid architecture/digital art installation piece synthesizing built form, video mapped projection and sound design and is intended as prototypical work for a full-scale installation.

Pictured. Kristen Whittle of Bates Smart, Ben Shields and Don Smart representing the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne.

Click on the gallery to view more of Ben's work.

Visit Ben Shields' website

View Ben's video

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