JOURNAL/ Aug-Sept/2014


UNSW Kensington Colleges

Brilliant Bricks!

UNSW Kensington Colleges have taken the 2014 Think Brick Grand Prix Award along with the Horbury Hunt Commercial Award.   

The jury citation reads:

"This compelling suite of buildings exploits the inherent qualities and innovative potential of brick to great effect. Designed with an enviable attention to detail, this project sets a new benchmark for the student housing typology."

Jury: John Tuomey, Sheila O'Donnell, Neil Durbach, Cameron Bruhn, Emma Williamson, Elizabeth McIntyre. 

A New Commercial Building for 151 Clarence Street, Sydney, Creates Premium Campus Space

     “A terrace level between the two volumes offers outstanding tenant amenity in terms of views and outdoor space”

    Philip Vivian

    Director, Bates Smart

    The purpose of Bates Smart's Journal is to share both built and unbuilt work, with this in mind we are publishing a series of our recent studio competition work, starting with a new commercial building for Investa.

    Bates Smart was invited to participate in a City of Sydney Design Excellence Alternatives competition for a commercial property at 151 Clarence Street. The site is adjacent to another Bates Smart project, the heritage Red Cross building at 155 Clarence Street.

    Bates Smart's approach aimed to optimise the NLA of the new commercial building while maximising the urban, environmental and economic benefits of the development.

    Bates Smart Director, Philip Vivian, talks about the team's design concept:

    "Our vision employed warm, masonry materials to create a sensitive response to the scale and materiality of the immediate heritage context without resorting to mimicry.

    "Within the podium we have inserted an atrium to create an interconnected campus work environment with excellent natural light distribution onto the commercial floorplates. On the upper levels, a glazed tower with panoramic views of Darling Harbour maximises daylight penetration into the atrium while creating a conference, skylobby and entertainment level with expansive outdoor terrace."

    The terrace level adopts a dynamic W transfer structure which reconciles the economical structural grids utilised within the podium and tower floors.

    At ground level, a new through site link connects Clarence Street to Kent Street via a generous two storey galleria which intersects with the 9 storey high naturally lit podium atrium.

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    McGrath Nicol
    Stunning New Workspace

     “From ground level to office the client journey is seamless through the use of similar materials of travertine and stone”

    Jeff Copolov

    Director, Bates Smart

    McGrathNicols’s new workplace was an opportunity to align their physical environment, brand, client experience and culture. Bates Smart’s award winning project 171 Collins St provided the opportunity to allow this synergy to evolve.

    Relocating from the IBM Tower at Southbank to the inner CBD address of 171 Collins Street provided McGrath Nicol the opportunity to be more accessible to their clients and further demonstrate their brand and culture, both externally and internally.

    Bates Smart leveraged our understanding of the building architecture to create a workplace for McGrath Nicol that ties into the base building aesthetic. The journey from the client entrance at the ground floor foyer, up to the McGrath Nicol workplace is seamless with the fitout adopting similar materials of travertine and stone.

    The workplace is a manifestation of the McGrath Nicol brand and a premium client experience. It provides an exclusive client meeting and entertaining suite, opening onto the terrace.

    By co-locating all staff together on a single floor they are maximising opportunities for improved connectivity and collaboration and flexibility. The work area is open, streamlined and flexible, with a range of collaboration and support facilities.

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    Elizabeth Quay
    A Landmark Civic Precinct in Perth

     “This is a rare opportunity to create a vibrant riverside civic precinct”

    Philip Vivian

    Director, Bates Smart

    Bates Smart were recently invited by the Frasers Property Group to take part in a residential design competition to activate part of the northern bank of the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia.

    Situated immediately south of the Perth Central Business District, Elizabeth Quay seeks to create a dynamic public waterfront precinct which transforms the relationship between the city and the river.

    A mid-rise podium with residential tower set back above is proposed. The tower form is cranked to maximise prime water views across the water.

    Bates Smart Director Philip Vivian explains the design team's approach:

    "Our vision is to create a vibrant civic precinct and to celebrate the connection between the Perth CBD and the majestic Swan River. The ground floor tenancies spilling out on to the public promenade are envisioned to be high quality destination bars and restaurants attracting local residents, commuters and tourists.

    "The residential tower is a gateway building and a focal point for the precinct. The elegant sweeping form of the tower with it’s curved ends evokes a nautical aesthetic and responds to the prime waterfront location, while the warm, textured podium with shifting patterns of louvres responds to a finer pedestrian scale and the everchanging pattern of human movement and shifting reflections in the water." 

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    Ryde Garden
    Display Suites Now Open

    Sales are Blooming for Country Garden

    Two display suites for Ryde Garden have recently opened with sales going through the roof in the first six hours. The two suites are located in the CBD and on site for maximum impact and accessibility by their target markets.

    Over 90% of the first release of 296 apartments sold within the first day in suites located in the city and on site at North Ryde 

    The Bates Smart designed development for client Country Garden incorporates extensive landscaping and site specific art. 

    830 apartments will be delivered across three buildings and also incorporate 1,100 sqm of non residential space including retail, gym and childcare facilities.

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    Adelaide Casino
    Wins Master Builder Award

    Solid Gold

    Many congratulations to our colleagues Schiavello and the project team for scooping the South Australia Master Builders Award for the Platinum Room and the Baccarat Pavilion, Adelaide Casino. 

    A fantastic result for these high-end hospitality spaces that are characterised by meticulous details and bespoke fittings.

    Read more about this project in Journal February 2014


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    In Conversation With

    The creative collaboration between Bates Smart and Electrolight has resulted in many award winning projects.

    Bates Smart Studio Director Tim Leslie asks Electrolight founder Paul Beale where he finds his inspiration. Read the article here.

    Read more about Electrolight's Lighting Design for 171 Collins Street on DZN World.

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    Bates Smart People
    Staff Promotions

    We have an unprecedented 12 promotions to announce this year, a sign of the strength and depth of our team and a very positive sign for the future.  

    The Directors of Bates Smart would like to congratulate the following staff: 
    Jonathan Brener
    Edwin Chew
    Cate Cowlishaw
    Tonie Maclennan
    Amanda Rogers
    Jung Soo Kim
    Amy Watkins 
    Associate Directors
    Cian Davis
    Bradley Dorn
    Mathieu Le Sueur
    Erica Lienert
    Mark Pellen
    David Tordoff
    Karen Wong

    ​Each of these individuals adds their own combination of talent and passion to the team and we are very proud to recognise their contribution. Read more about each of our promotees

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    2014 World Architecture Festival

    Crown Mahogany Room extension along with the beautiful Dandenong Mental Health Facility have been shortlisted in the 2014 World Architecture Festival Awards, the winner is to be announced in Singapore in October

    Congratulations to the team at Bates Smart for Crown Mahogany and to Bates Smart in association with The Irwin Alsop Group for Dandenong Mental Health Facility.

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    Facade Prototype for New Building at UNSW

    Our specialist facade team is currently working on a reworking of the Mechanical Engineering faculty building at the University of NSW as part of a larger redevelopment. As well as refurbishing the existing building, a new seven storey teaching building is now under construction.

    Two feature curtain wall facades for the building are currently being prototyped in China. Architect and facade specialist, Torsten Fiedler, reports on the process.

    "Terracotta clad spandrel panels that reference the brick façade of the adjacent building alternate with floor to floor vision glazing whereby the terracotta always faces the northern sun. "Since the façade geometry is more complex than usual we specified a façade prototype. After one failed attempt by the façade contractor to mock-up the documented arrangement we finally were able to see a promising prototype in China last week.

    "The workmanship of the façade components made outside of Guangzhou was very good and the prototype was equally useful for the contractor's understanding of the design as it has been for us to resolve interfaces and details. "The terracotta colours are not fully resolved and there is still refinement to be done but the façade concept is clearly legible." The new buildng will house teaching spaces and academic workspace as well as the school office and cafe. The façade will be installed before the end of the year and the completion of the building is anticipated for February 2015.

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    Philip Vivian
    Thoughts and Inspiration on Video

    What Advice Would you Give your Younger Self?

    In this video, Bates Smart Director Philip Vivian talks about what inspired him to be an architect. 

    "Architecture is a balance of poetics and rational thought, both aspects appeal to my personality. Design is not an aesthetic exercise it is a humanist pursuit"

     From the Ground Up: 20 Stories of a Life in Architecture brings together 20 of Australia's leading architectural practitoners. Their reflections offer an insight into the values and ideas behind some of the country's most innovative and important buildings. 

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