JOURNAL/ April-May/2015


Collins House, Melbourne
One of the world's most slender residential towers to rise in Melbourne's business district

 “We needed to rewrite the rules on structure to maximise the height of this building”

Kristen Whittle

Director, Bates Smart

One of the world’s most slender residential towers will soon rise in Melbourne’s CBD.

Golden Age Group has revealed the AUD $200 million Collins House project, which will be constructed in conjunction with Asian Pacific Group, the company behind Australia’s Art Series hotels.

Designed by Bates Smart, the new building at 466 Collins Street will soar nearly 195 meters high, but will only be approximately 12 meters wide. Upon completion in 2018 the project will feature 263 luxury apartments with floor-to-ceiling windows across 57 levels.

Collins House is designed to enhance the western end of Collins Street with an elegant tower which derives its gracefulness from its slender proportions and silver inlay herringbone pattern.

The 1908 Collins Street facade of the former Australian shipping company Huddard Parker & Co. will be restored to its former glory. A new generous entry chamber takes its visual cues from archived photographs of the original interior, creating a club like experience for the foyer of the residences.  

The narrow site has required a rethinking of the structure of tall buildings whereby the traditional lift core is no longer the stabilising element. The building utilises an H-shaped jump form across the whole footprint of the building. The structural innovation is then extended with a 4.5m cantilever to the east over the neighbouring building which provides both additional amenity to the site and wonderful views along William Street towards the river corridor.Custom facade panels are then over clad to the jump form to create the building’s crafted herringbone motif.

High quality residential amenities are located at levels 3 and 27, providing a lounge with terraced area and gym facilities overlooking the city. 

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The Royal Suite at the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay

Fit for royalty

Bates Smart are delighted to reveal one of the most luxurious hotel accommodation choices in Sydney, the Royal Suite at the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay.

Our approach was to accentuate the very best of the original building while adding a layer of understated elegance fit for today's modern royals.

The Royal Suite has four balconies with views of Sydney harbour. The suite includes a glamorous marble en suite and separate powder room, walk-in dressing room and study. A butler’s pantry and kitchen have been designed to service a large living room and a dining room that comfortably seats eight. 

Royal Childrens Hospital Stage 2

 “The buildings read as distinct forms bound together by a common theme of light, space and nature”

Kristen Whittle

Director, Bates Smart

Stage 2 of the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne has been completed months ahead of schedule and is now providing essential facilities for patients and their families. 

The outstanding landscaped hospital campus has extended further within Royal Park to add new facilities including a 96 key hotel, retail and childcare centre as well as a supermarket and conference centre. In addition, two existing research and administration buildings have been refurbished and carefully integrated through a cohesive design language.

While the buildings are read as distinct forms in the landscape, they are bound together by a common theme of light, space and nature and seamlessly integrated internally through an extension of the much loved 'main street'. 

The major challenge of the project was working with the existing buildings to integrate a new internal program. A ten storey aluminium perforated sunshade screen has radically transformed the buildings' appearance while enabling the look and feel of the entire campus to be read as one. 

The project interweaves the surrounding parklands, hospital and commercial precints as one complete campus and provides our client, Children's Health Partnership, with a striking, light-filled and sociable commercial areas that is seamlessly integrated into the hospital. 

Completed in association with Billard Leece Partnership.

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SKYCITY Adelaide Casino
Landmark heritage building resurrected

Beautifully bespoke

The refurbishment of SKYCITY’s Adelaide Casino has rejuvenated the allure of the roaring twenties within the grand historic railway building.

Bates Smart’s vision was to unlock the previously untapped and significant potential that lay within the magnificent 1920’s landmark on North Terrace in Adelaide’s CBD.

The areas designed by Bates Smart include the extensive Barossa Room on the ground floor, which features ornate vaulted ceilings, bespoke metal and coloured glass chandeliers and 35 hand blown glass pendants crafted by local artisans at Adelaide’s creative hub, the Jam Factory.  

Bates Smart collaborated with SKYCITY to develop higher club tiers of gaming on Level 1 of the old railway building with the Platinum Room and Black Gaming areas, each space with distinctive highly crafted and bespoke joinery, feature light fittings and decorative wall treatments. Custom designed and gold-plated metal screens and door hardware, teamed with dark timber panelling, bevelled glass and large crystal chandeliers, create an exclusive club space for gaming with access to external north facing terraces a relaxing lounge area and an intimate cafe bar. 

These facilities set a new benchmark for hospitality at SKYCITY. 

View a collection of images of this project on the gallery below. 

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Convesso Concavo
Luxury residential project

Concavo tops out

Concavo, the second and final tower of the Convesso Concavo development at Victoria Harbour, has topped out.

Stage 1 of the high-end residential tower is scheduled for completion in September, with residents expected to start moving in by the end of 2015.

This project combines high quality and enduring design, efficient and practical use of space, the amenities of a five star hotel, and a strong presence in the surrounding city.

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Roger Poole
Committee for Melbourne

Congratulations to Roger Poole

Congratulations to our Chairman Roger Poole who has been awarded Life Membership to the Committee for Melbourne based on his sustained contribution over many years. Roger has been active on projects for the Committee since the early 1980s and an Executive Board Member since 2000. 

The Committee is a not for profit member network that unites a cross-section of Melbourne's leaders and organisations to collaborate and enhance Melbourne's economic, social and environmental future.

Congratulations to fellow recipients - Gary Morgan, Roger Richmond-Smith, Hugh Morgan, Janine Kirk and George Pappas. 

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88 Alfred Street, Sydney
DA Submitted

Best new address

Bates Smart have submitted a development application for a luxury apartment tower at 88 Alfred Street, Milsons Point in Sydney for client Cbus Property. 

The project converts an existing 15 storey hotel into a luxury apartment tower with ground floor retail.

The existing structure has been adaptively reused and the built form modelled under strict controls to preserve views and privacy and minimize overshadowing to neighbouring buildings.

The new form is comprised of three linear elements that step in plan and section to maximise solar access to the southern neighbour. The articulation refines the existing hotel form into well proportioned vertical elements that reinforce the building's residential use. The distinctive metallic facade and sandstone cladding at lower levels reflects the urban Sydney setting, just a few minutes walk from Sydney’s central business district. 

Vertical screens ensure privacy for residents and add a fine layer of articulation to the building's facade. Large, uninterrupted glazing maximizes views to the east over the harbour to the heads and to the west over Lavender bay and the inner harbour.

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In the press
Australian Financial Review

“You have to have a certain robustness”

Kristen Whittle

Director, Bates Smart

Bates Smart Director Kristen Whittle interviewed in the AFR on how the current housing boom has challenged developers to find ingenious ways to maximise site potential.

Kristen is well qualified to comment on this having designed Collins House for the Golden Age Group. See showcase story in this journal.

Read the article here.

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Space + Skin
A new study series on facades

Design for Disassembly

In recognition of the multi-faceted role of the façade, Bates Smart has initiated this series, Space + Skin, exploring specific characteristics of façade design in our projects. A recent drive towards the disassembly and reuse of façade elements has been motivated by a concern for minimizing the environmental impact of buildings.

The building sector contributes up to 30% of global annual greenhouse gas emissions and consumes up to 40% of all energy, creating pressure for buildings to reduce their environmental impact over their entire life cycle. The facade of a building typically represents 25-30% of its embodied energy and would previously been sent to the local landfill along with the rest of the building at the end of its useful life. By designing for disassembly carbon emissions the equivalent of taking approximately 800 cars off the road for a year can be saved. 

Design for Disassembly: The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) awards a Green Star credit* for 'Design for Disassembly' allowing for the reuse of building components. To achieve disassembly, prefabricated structural modules and/or unitized facade modules need be integrated into the building design, encouraging innovative outcomes.

Three recent Bates Smart commercial projects in Sydney have achieved the Green Star credit, with more than 95% of their total facades being designed for disassembly, 7 Murray Rose Avenue Homebush, 180 Thomas Street and the Deco building at 155 Clarence Street.

*The credit can be awarded for either of two approaches to disassembly:

1.At least 50% area of the structural framing, roofing, and facade cladding systems; or
2.At least 95% of the total facade.

Bates Smart's expertise in facades and disassembly makes us a market leader in this area. 

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Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Sydney Video

In this video journalist Paul McGillick interviews Bates Smart Director Simon Swaney and Corrs Partner Stephen Price about the challenges of rethinking the traditional legal workplace and how the interiors relate to the distinctive architecture of the 8 Chifley building. 

Watch the video here

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