JOURNAL/ May-June/2014


AIA Chapter Awards
Shortlisted in 4 Sectors

Twice as Nice for 171 Collins

An incredible seven shortlistings for Bates Smart projects have been announced for the Australian Institute of Architects chapter awards.

171 Collins Street received the honours in two different categories, along with the following projects:

AIA (VIC) chapter shortlistings:
Dandenong Mental Health Facility - Public Architecture (New)
171 Collins Street, Melbourne - Commercial Architecture
171 Collins Street, Melbourne - Interior Architecture

AIA (NSW) chapter shortlistings:

Corrs Chambers Westgarth - Interior Architecture
UNSW Kensington Colleges - Multi-residentialGantry - Multi-residential
Iglu Chatswood - Multi-residential

The Victorian chapter awards take place on Friday 20 June and the New South Wales awards take place on Thursday 26 June 2014.

Sydney 2050, Supertall Developments Fund Transport System
Bates Smart Collaborates With Urban Taskforce

 “To be a global city Sydney must have ambitions beyond a 1970s landmark”

Philip Vivian

Director, Bates Smart

Bates Smart was one of three of Sydney’s leading design firms invited by the Urban Taskforce to create a vision for Sydney in 2050 which challenges the current height limits.

Lead by Philip Vivian the Bates Smart vision for the sustainable future growth of Sydney links sustainability, transport and economic development. ‘For Sydney to sustainably increase density it needs a fully integrated transport system. Our proposal is for future supertall development in the city to fund a sustainable transport system' says Philip Vivian.

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The scheme proposes a new Rapid Transit system to service the CBD and inner ring suburbs of Sydney, while the existing heavy rail network will service outer ring suburbs as well as provide an express service to the city centre. To directly link supertall development to a sustainable transport network, supertall buildings are allowed within 200m of a transport node in the city centre.

The economic uplift to these zones will be captured through the purchase of ‘Supertall Floor Space’ from the Government, which will go directly to pay for a new rapid transit system. Using the current value of Heritage Floor Space as a benchmark, and compounding its value over 35 years Bates Smart estimates this realizes $7.1 Billion to fund a sustainable transport network.These principles have been quantified in a parametric model to create a future vision of Sydney.

The concept allows for a potential 12.5 million sqm of new floor space resulting in significant economic uplift for Sydney.

Read the latest Urban Taskforce publication Urban Ideas Issue 8

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1 Collins Square, Docklands, Melbourne
Takes Commercial Mixed-use Developments to a New Level

 “Docklands finally has a first rate retail environment”

Kristen Whittle

Director, Bates Smart

1 Collins Square the tallest commercial tower in Docklands reached completion last year. Developed by Walker Corporation and designed by Bates Smart the project houses two lead tenants CBA and Marsh Mercer.

The opening of the building put the finishing touches to the Collins Street frontage, one of Australia's largest commercial mixed-use developments, which will eventually see a total of 200,000 sqm (NLA) across five commercial towers masterplanned by Bates Smart.

Accompanying the opening was the unveiling of the two level, 10,000 sqm retail centre delivered by Bates Smart's interiors division and planned around a network of semi-enclosed laneway atrium spaces.

Iconic Australian artist John Olsen, especially commissioned by Lang Walker, unveiled 'King Sun', a grand 6x8 metre work for the lobby of 1 Collins Square which is the largest piece attempted by the artist since 'Salute to Five Bells' the vibrant, blue mural created in 1982 for the Sydney Opera House.

These major commissions set the tone for Collins Square's commitment to creating an inspiring artistic centre within a world class corporate and retail environment.

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UNSW Kensington Colleges
Creating a Vibrant Student Community

College Life around a Landscaped Courtyard

The recently completed Kensington Colleges creates a vibrant student community consisting of three traditional colleges, two new colleges and university teaching space.

Four undergraduate colleges are arranged around a central courtyard with each having a public address to either High Street or the University's Basser Steps. Combined with the Seniors College and the existing Dining Hall, the group forms a new campus precinct.

Director Guy Lake explains the composition of the scheme:

'Each college is defined by a 5-6 storey linear volume that steps up the site in response to the steep topography. The volumes are connected by low-rise transverse elements that frame and maintain solar access to the communal courtyards.'

Individual colleges are designed to have their own identity while collectively reading as part of Kensington Colleges as a whole. Building façades reinforce this through a consistency of materials combined with subtle modulations of colour and expression.

The courtyards are framed by facetted walls of glazed brickwork which present a playful expression of colour, texture, light and shade. In contrast, and in response to the mid-century brickwork of the surrounding buildings, the rectilinear external facades use a blend of three shades of face brick as a contemporary interpretation of the original clinker brick.

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Jeff Copolov
The New Luxury Defined at Hotelsworld July

The Look of Luxury

What does luxury mean in 2014? What does it look like, who are the luxury guests and what should hoteliers focus on?

Interior Design Director, Jeff Copolov, will be addressing these issues and more at the Hotelsworld conference in Sydney, 16-18 July.

Hotelsworld, sponsored by Bates Smart, attracts an unprecedented level of industry support for a regional event.

Learn more about Hotelsworld

Image courtesy of Karen Walker Eyewear

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V6 Concavo, Melbourne
In Progress

Work on Water

Concavo, part of the unique luxury residential development, Convesso Concavo, is currently under construction and due for completion in late 2015.

Purchaser interest remains strong with 90% of the apartments already sold and growing.

Together with its completed companion Convesso, the Concavo Tower will complete the Lend Lease/Bates Smart vision for this key waterfront site in Docklands.

Concavo also defines one urban edge of a waterfront park housing Melbourne’s newest public library and community centre.

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Glass Artist Collaboration

Hot Stuff!

30 hand-crafted 5kg glass light pendants are one of the outstanding features of Adelaide Casino's Barossa Room which recently opened.

Bates Smart and contractor, Schiavello, worked in collaboration with some of the world's most skilled glass artists at the JamFactory in Adelaide to design this spectacular feature.

The Glass Studio's creative director, Karen Cunningham, explains the process of creating the glass pendants.

'Due to the weight and size of the light shades and the faded colour application, we required a large team to alternate and help with the lifting and turning to heat specific areas and to shield the 'gaffer' (head glass blower on a team) from the radiating heat of the glass. 12 highly skilled glass blowers worked as a team in the hot glass studio.

Once out of the kiln the pieces were 'cold worked', involving grinding, cutting, polishing and drilling. From start to finish each unit went through 16 pairs of hands. The fittings were custom designed and some components were milled in our metal studio.'

Learn more about The JamFactory

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In the Press
Iglu Central Profiled

'Weathering steel picks up the colour of the surrounding brick buildings without imitating it.'

Bates Smart Director Guy Lake comments on his choice of cladding for the landmark Iglu Central building in the latest issue of Steel Profile.

Read the article here.


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Boheme Bondi
Wins Design Excellence Award

Brilliant Boheme

Boheme Bondi, Bates Smart's buzzing Hall Street development for The Toga Group, has won the top design award from Waverley Council.

Bates Smart were awarded the accolade for the development's excellent response to streetscape, pedestrian and community amenity.

Congratulations to the team.

In Academia
Inaugural Masters Unit Studio

Design is Research

Architecture’s principal goal, 'to enhance, celebrate and house our way of living' was the theme of Bates Smart’s inaugural masters unit studio within the newly completed Abedian School of Architecture Faculty of Society and Design at Bond University, Queensland.

The unit, led by Design Director Kristen Whittle and Associate Jonathan Brener, was based on the working philosophy of Design is Research and sought to guide students toward a new paradigm of design, structured around use of smart geometry and state of the art design to production construction techniques.

Final crits were held in April with fellow Jurors Chris Knapp, Discipline Head and Associate Professor, Abedian School of Architecture; Anthony Burke, Head of School UTS; Jason Trisley, Partner at Space Studio; Daryl Le Grew, Fellow at University of Melbourne; and Philip Follent, former State Architect for Queensland.

The work of the studio will be exhibited in the schools main space with an opening coinciding with Kristen Whittle’s public talk at the school on Thursday 29 May.

Learn more about Kristen Whittle's talk, part of the lecture series Design is Research at the Abedian School of Architecture.

Read an interview with Chris Knapp, Discipline Leader of the Abedian School of Architecture on Archinect

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Gantry Development
Wins Top Council Award 2014

The Gantry, development by Bates Smart, was awarded the 2014 Marrickville Medal in recognition of the conservation of the cultural heritage of Marrickville.

The development skillfully blends a range of residential buildings around a large landscaped courtyard. The new buildings provide a contrasting backdrop for the restored sawtooth heritage facade while subtly referencing the site.

Congratulations to the team and to our colleagues at OCP Architects for their heritage work on this development.

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