JOURNAL/ July/2014


Bates Smart Director
Queens Birthday Honours

Struan Gilfillian Honoured

Congratulations to former Bates Smart Director, Struan Gilfillan who was honoured in the Queen's Birthday List with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the General Division for his Services to Architecture.  

Struan first joined Bates Smart in 1957 and became a Partner in 1970s. Struan's long and distinguished career at Bates Smart was coupled with a significant contribution to architectural practice through his work as a Life Fellow at the Australian Institute of Architects.

Struan is most closely associated with Bates Smart projects for the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, La Trobe and Monash Universities as well as the Wentworth Melbourne Hotel (now Sofitel). 

Design Excellence Competition Win
Sydney Olympic Park

 “This building will be the next generation of environmental apartment living at Olympic Park”

Philip Vivian

Director, Bates Smart

Bates Smart has won an invited design competition for a new residential tower, at Sydney Olympic Park. This will be the third residential tower undertaken by the practice at Olympic Park. The 34 storey tower contains 378 apartments and a series of dramatic vertical communal sky gardens providing environmental benefits.

The design concept for the tower creates a new ‘vertical community’ and achieves high levels of environmental performance with exceptional residential amenity. It is simultaneously the edge condition, entry marker and gateway on a site where the Olympic Park meets Bicentennial Park and where city meets nature.

Project Director Philip Vivian explains the design approach:
"The design response is a unique triangular shaped tower that is a slender entry marker to Olympic Park, while also responding to its pivotal location. The soft corners reflect the elliptical towers further along Australia Avenue, while vertical gardens continue the landscape of Bicentennial Parklands into the third dimension."

Environmentally the design cleans, filters and cools air to apartments and common areas, provides cross ventilation to apartments and common areas, shades apartments in summer while admitting winter sunlight. This building will be the next generation of environmental apartment living at Olympic Park.

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Australian Institute of Architects Chapter Awards
Bates Smart Wins in Sydney and Melbourne

Win-win Situation for Bates Smart Studios

Bates Smart Sydney Director, Guy Lake, was thrilled to receive the named Award for Multi-Residential Architecture at the AIA (NSW) Chapter Awards for the Gantry development. Guy's team also won a Multiple Housing Architecture Award for the UNSW Kensington Colleges project. 

Bates Smart's Melbourne studio were equally successful, winning the newly created Public Architecture Award which was given to Dandenong Mental Health Facility.

In 2014 Bates Smart won the following AIA design awards: 

Gantry, Camperdown, Sydney: Aaron Bolot Award for Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing

UNSW Kensington Colleges, Sydney:  Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing Award 

Dandenong Mental Health Facility, Melbourne:  Public Architecture Awarded to Bates Smart Whitefield McQueen Irwin Alsop Joint Venture

Read the NSW Jury citations.

Read the Victorian Jury citation.

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Iconic Structures within a Suburban Setting
New development in Chadstone, Melbourne

 “the buildings are soft organic forms unconstrained by the central city grid system”

roger poole

Chairman, Bates Smart

Colonial First State Retail Property Trust Group and the Gandel Group commissioned Bates Smart to undertake the design of a significant development to the Southern precinct of Chadstone Shopping Centre.

The development is aligned to the Stonnington Planning Scheme and Plan Melbourne which identifies the role of Chadstone Shopping Centre as a Principal Activity Centre.

Chadstone is a very attractive and sustainable place to work. The new office building will allow more people to work, shop and live within the 20 minute radius which is becoming accepted as a target for sustainable urban living.

The proposal introduces new convenience and urban efficiency into the Principal Activity Centre, providing approximately 16,000sqm NLA of new workplace space with additional opportunity for an adjacent hotel, conference and restaurant space. Chadstone’s newly consolidated bus terminal is immediately adjacent to the new building, providing convenient public transport for office workers living in a wide range of surrounding suburbs.

When completed, both towers will capitalise on leafy views over Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs to the city, maximised by the ovoid plan of the buildings. These buildings are designed to be seen in the round, as free-standing and more organic objects free of rectangular geometry. Unconstrained by the central-city grid system, the buildings have developed as softer forms influenced by Chadstone’s garden setting and will become iconic structures within a suburban setting.

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35 Spring Street
Il Tridente Magazine

“The High Life”

Kristen Whittle talks to Mat Ward about the increasing amount of customisation in residential apartments and Bates Smart's work for Colliers International and CBUS Property at 35 Spring Street, Melbourne.

Read the article in Il Tridente magazine here.

Pacific Bondi Beach Hotel

See & Be Seen!

Pacific Bondi is an exciting mixed-use development facing Bondi Beach that offers a mix of residential, hotel and retail outlets.

Bates Smart has been engaged to design the atrium and public spaces which will connect high-end restaurants, boutiques and retail spaces on the ground floor.

A lush green atrium akin to an ampitheatre will unify the mixed-use space. The design is casual and unpretentious, it welcomes residents home as well as visitors to the hotel and retail areas.

Patterned screen awnings between sandstone and plant clad columns reference the art deco style of the building and form pockets of intimacy around the perimeter of the atrium. These screens create a 'secret garden' feel within the space, patterned with an interesting play of shadows and dappled light. The amphitheatre becomes a place to “see and be seen.”

The chosen palette of materials is both tonal and textured; sandstone, concrete hexagonal tiles, and textured paint. The atrium is intersected by a walkway of recycled timber connecting the Porte Cochere to the retail zones.

Bates Smart will also design the residential lift lobbies and connecting corridors. The corridors have a strong local reference – a “boardwalk” style carpet and wall graphics that play on shadow and light.

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Insights into the Minds of Makers
20 Stories

Why Architecture?

Look out for 'From the Ground Up: 20 Stories of a Life in Architecture'

Bates Smart Directors, Kristen Whittle and Philip Vivian, feature among twenty lead architects who reveal in their own words what drew them to become an architect.

The book gives fascinating insights into the ideas behind the country's most innovative buildings through the stories of their designers.

Sometimes humorous, often surprising, the stories in From the Ground Up show us just what it takes to succeed in the demanding and intensely competitive profession of architecture. More importantly though they provide an understanding of the very human influences shaping our buildings, our cities and our societies

Learn about From the Ground Up from the publisher, Uro Media

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United Nations Accolade
For 171 Collins Street

Charter Hall and Cbus Property’s flagship office building, 171 Collins Street has been awarded one of Australia’s highest environmental honours, receiving the Hanson’s Green Building Award at the United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards.

Described as ‘revolutionary’ by the Association, the building was recognised for its innovation and initiative in implementing green building practices, which excel in areas of energy efficiency and control; resource application and management; water efficiency; the use of sustainable materials in design and construction; interior flexibility and environment.

Designed by Bates Smart, 171 Collins Street uses world-leading ESD principles and sustainable design to create a healthier, better quality working environment for its tenants. It is Victoria’s first PCA Premium Grade building awarded the coveted 6 Star Green Star – Office Design (v2) Certified Rating from the Green Building Council of Australia, representing ‘World Leadership’ in environmentally sustainable design.

Read the media release to learn about the projects high performance design features.

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Kristen Whittle
Abedian Lecture on Video

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Design is Research

Bates Smart Director Kristen Whittle recently took part in the 'Design is Research' lecture series at the Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University. Kristen presented Bates Smart's latest work and the research and thinking behind it.

View more lectures and the lecture series schedule

Open House Melbourne
26-27 July 2014

Bates Smart is proud to continue our long running sponsorship of Open House Melbourne. On 26th and 27th July over 100 significant Melbourne buildings will be opened to the public for free, promoting the importance of good design for our city.

Highlights of Bates Smart's work include the magnificent State Library Reading Dome, the ground breaking Orica House tower, or our latest award winning commercial development at 171 Collins Street.   

Tim Leslie, Bates Smart Studio Director, is the current and founding President of Open House Melbourne. Every year he also curates two speaker series which provide the public an opportunity to hear the philosophy from the designers behind their built works. This year’s speaker series will be held on Wednesday 16th July at Federation Square from 6pm and 22nd July at the Capitol Theatre from 6pm.

We hope you will participate in Open House Melbourne and further discover the importance of good design to create vibrant, liveable cities. a

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Bates Smart
Architecture in the Media Awards 2014

The Bates Smart Awards for Architecture in the Media have been announced at the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architecture.

These awards are given to a talented group of individuals who seek to inform, provoke and entertain the architecture profession and public alike on the expansive subject of architecture.

National Award Joint Winners:

Public Sydney - Drawing The City by Philip Thalis + Peter John Cantrill

Furniture, Structure, Infrastructure by Nigel Bertram, NMBW


Local Award Winner:

The Architecture of Edmond and Corrigan Film - RMIT Gallery


Joint commendations:

Minimono Volume 01 - by Paul Morgan Architects - Edited by Maitiu Ward

New Suburban: Reinventing The Family Home Australia and New Zealand by Stuart Harrison

Image: Still from The Architecture of Edmond and Corrigan Film

Congratulations to all.

Read the jury citations here.

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