JOURNAL/ September/2015


Cabrini Hospital, Melbourne
State of the Art facilities revealed

 “The result has been transformative and has set a new standard of health environment for this leading health organisation”


Director, Bates Smart

Bates Smart has brought to life a new state-of-the-art medical centre at Cabrini Hospital, Melbourne.

The extension showcases industry leading suites for specialist gynaecology, obstetrics and oncology consultancies and houses new cardiac catheter laboratories, recovery suites, a new executive board room, 150 seat auditorium and meeting rooms.

The new shared consultancy facilities are coordinated through a centralised reception and supported by high quality amenities and beautifully crafted waiting space for the general public.

Bates Smart’s urban design response to the brief was to create a series of highly crafted glass boxes which sit above the existing brick podium buildings. The contextual response acknowledges the highly decorative and mannered facades of the Malvern residential precinct while providing abundant natural light and fresh air through a number of lightwells and roofgardens internally. The main waiting room spaces are transformed by soft form roof lights that modify the quality of light throughout the day. Sandblasted and tinted glass sunshades provide environmental protection on the facades which simultaneously provide privacy for the interior spaces and echo the dark grey slate roofs of the surrounding context.

Bates Smart were commissioned for architectural and interior design services for the expansion of Medical Centres 2 and 3 and continue to work closely with Cabrini in an ongoing design consultancy role.

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St Michael's Chapel, The University of Sydney
Modern materials and construction techniques are balanced with traditional principles

 “Romanesque design principles expressed through modern materials and construction techniques celebrate the traditional aspects of Catholic worship ”

Guy Lake

Director, Bates Smart

A chapel for the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney in the grounds of the University of Sydney was an exercise in restraint which balances the use of modern materials and construction techniques with a design brief to deliver a traditional space for Catholic worship.

The design draws on Romanesque architecture which is defined by its symmetry, simplicity, massive qualities and round arches to give the chapel a sense of mass, rhythm and substance. Columns and arches provide an enhanced quality of height and a rhythm that reinforces the processional aspects of traditional Catholic worship. Laser cut ply ceiling ribs are hung between the columns to express a vaulted ceiling. Materials in the chapel have been kept in their natural state, daylight is indirect and the mechanical and lighting system is discrete.

The Chapel is part of a three storey chaplaincy facility which has been incorporated into our latest student accommodation project for long term client, Urbanest.

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Roger Poole in retirement
A tribute to his inspirational career and life in architecture

 “Roger's contribution to architecture over 41 years at Bates Smart has been nothing short of inspirational”

Jeff Copolov

Director, Bates Smart

As French Architect Jean Nouvel once said “Each new situation requires a new architecture” and Bates Smart have been preparing for the retirement of Chairman, Roger Poole for the past five years in order to ensure a seamless operational transition. 

“Rogers' contribution to Bates Smart is one of continued enduring architectural quality, design excellence, extraordinary client service and professionalism. Without question, the legacy that he leaves behind has propelled this great practice to a renaissance of commanding respect in our industry”.
Jeffery Copolov, Interior Design Director, Bates Smart

After relocating to Australia in 1974, Roger joined Bates, Smart & McCutcheon as a design architect and was soon to be actively involved in award-winning projects for the Metropolitan Fire Brigade Headquarters and Collins Place, Melbourne.

As Chairman, Roger's integrity and vision has helped shape Bates Smart to become one of Australia’s most successful Architecture and Interior Design firms, delivering award winning, large scale and high quality projects within Australia and overseas.

“Roger’s approach to work and life has been an inspiration to the whole of the Bates Smart organization. His balanced demeanor combined with his vibrant intelligence, acerbic wit and professional insight have inspired the office and our clients for many years and have been transformational for the practice in the contemporary era”.
Kristen Whittle, Design Director, Bates Smart

As Roger transitions into retirement, he will remain integrated into the practice as a part-time consultant to the firm. Kristen Whittle, Design Director, will continue to lead the architectural design team in Melbourne and lead strategic project development and feasibility while Philip Vivian and Guy Lake will continue to lead the Sydney studio. Jeff Copolov, Interior Design Director, will carry on leading the interior design capability nationwide from his Melbourne base. Simon Swaney, Managing Director, will work between the Melbourne and Sydney studios overseeing delivery and client service at the highest level. Jenny Nolan, Finance Director, will continue to work across our Melbourne and Sydney studios to develop and maintain our commercial and contractual relationships.

The leadership team is further strengthened by the Studio Directors: Brenton Smith; Edwina McDermott; Julian Anderson; Matt Allen; Natalie Lane-Rose and Tim Leslie. 

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Deco, 155 Clarence Street, Sydney
1930s Heritage Building restored

 “We created a contemporary lightweight addition to the historical building ”

Philip Vivian

Director, Bates Smart

Bates Smart has restored a distinctive eight storey heritage listed building while adding three levels of office space on the roof. The design exposes the original 'Mushroom' head columns revealing the warehouse character and creating a premium office environment.

Director Philip Vivian explains: "Our objectives for the addition were to create a visually lightweight addition that respected the historical building while being contemporary. The timber facade and louvres create a fine, warm and horizontal appearance with sun and glare control that is sympathetic to the heritage warehouse."

The horizontal proportion of the existing heritage facade is subtly referenced in a fine screen of timber louvres behind the glazed facade of the new levels. The building achieved a Green Building Council of Australia 5 Star Green Star (Design) rating, it is also targeted for a 5 Star Green Star (As Built) with a 4.5 stars NABERS rating.

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Leichhardt Green, Sydney
Approval for Sydney site

Green light for Leichhardt

Leichhardt Green development designed for our client the Greenland Group has received development approval. The project includes five low-rise residential buildings arranged around generous communal courtyards and private open spaces.

Bates Smart Director Guy Lake explains the team's approach:

"Creating a community and a sense of place were paramount in our approach. We designed the buildings to achieve individuality and identity while connecting with the local context through material and scale."

A range of residences from studio apartments to 3 bedroom terraces enjoy abundant natural light, views and generous access to a series of private and public landscaped spaces. A public piazza with retail space is also planned. The project is due for completion in 2017.

Interiors Team celebrates
2015 Hospitality awards

Hospitality Hotspot

Director Jeff Copolov and Studio Director Brenton Smith and our interior design teams are celebrating a bumper year for hospitality projects with the latest shortlistings of The Fat Duck and The Hennessy Lounge (Mayfair Hotel) in the Eat Drink Design Awards. 

Crown Metropol recently won the Upper-Upscale Hotel Award at the 2015 HM Awards with the Pier One Hotel, Sydney taking a High Commendation. 

In addition, The Stillery Gin Bar at the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay is shortlisted in the international Restaurant & Bar awards while the hotel  is shortlisted in the Interior Design Excellence Awards taking place in Melbourne in November. 

Congratulations and good luck to the teams.

Bates Smart People
Promotions 2015

The smart set

As the strength and depth of our practice continues to grow, it is time to recognise the contributions of the talented teams in both our Melbourne and Sydney studios.

The Directors of Bates Smart would like to congratulate the following staff on their promotions. Each of these individuals adds their own combination of talent and passion to the team and we are very proud to recognise their contribution to our thriving practice.

Amelia Donald
David Eskdale
Jason Fraser
Johan Hermijanto
Justin Gallagher
Kelly Burke
Lucy Matthews
Robert Page
Wai Fong Chin

Associate Directors
Cate Cowlishaw
Hayden Crawford
Jana Somasundaram
Joachim Clauss
Torsten Fiedler

Congratulations to all.

Champions of change
Gender Equity Taskforce

Philip Vivian Q+A

Earlier this year nine representatives from Australia’s top architecture firms signed the first Charter for the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) (NSW Chapter) Champions of Change. 

The signatories acknowledged the need for the promotion of equitable workplaces within the architecture profession and committed to actively advancing gender equality across their practices and the profession as a whole. Bates Smart Director Philip Vivian is leading our practice’s participation in the program. 

Philip shares why he stepped up to the challenge and his experience of the program so far. 


UNSW Kensington Colleges
Focus on bricks


Interpreting the natural variability of clinker bricks was a strong focus for the team when designing the UNSW Kensington Colleges. This attention to detail resulted in the project winning a national Australian Institute of Architecture award as well as the 2015 Think Brick Grand Prix.

In this video by Austral Bricks, Bates Smart Studio Director Matt Allen talks in depth about the blending of 20 brick colours across the five buildings and the craftsmanship involved. Watch the video here

Space + Skin III
Facade study series

Context + Programme in Student Accommodation

The third chapter in our facade series, Space + Skin, explores the correlation between façade and room configuration in student housing projects.

These projects offer a rare opportunity to illustrate the execution of a defined programme in a multitude of ways. It demonstrates the richness of expression that is achievable through the articulation of functional needs and a context-specific response.

Student housing has certain parameters to balance:

  1. The functional demands of room configuration – bed, desk, bathroom, storage
  2. Balancing privacy for the occupant with access to natural light and views – the light and shade of the façade
  3. Services reticulation – efficiently concealing services while also providing adequate access
  4. Responding to the building context – it is this response that creates the unique expression of each project

These parameters are transcribed into solid and shade of the façade, examples being:

Iglu Central – located in a former industrial area, now subject to a major urban regeneration development. The building draws on this heritage using Corten steel cladding to the façade. The texture and coloration of the Corten complement the brick facades of the surrounding buildings and evokes the toughness for which the area was once renowned. Perforations in the Corten allow for both light penetration to the individual rooms and ventilation to the services stacks;

Kensington Colleges UNSW – The brick facades of this major student housing facility echo the surrounding 1950s buildings in a contemporary expression. The horizontality of the expressed concrete slab is further defined through the use of wheel stop sections to provide a finished edge to the slab.

Urbanest Haymarket – The vibrant streetscape of Haymarket inspired the coloured glass panels in the curtain wall façade. Window and wall panels are repeated horizontally and vertically, in a dynamic composition to disguise the repetitive nature of the vertically stacked room module.

The full height window panels increase the sense of space, natural light and ventilation, the variation in colour adds complexity to the facade pattern and provides the bedrooms with an individual identity when viewed from within.  

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Bates Smart Architecture in the Media Awards
Justine Clarke + Parlour

two awards for Parlour

Congratulations to the Parlour website team for winning the Bates Smart Architecture in the Media National Award for 'Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice'. The team went on to win the Australian Institute of Architects (NSW) Adrian Ashton Award for Writing + Criticism also sponsored by Bates Smart. 

Congratulations are due to the other Bates Smart Architecture in the Media Awards recipients:

State Award
Uro Publications and editors Mark Raggatt and Maitiu Ward for Mongrel Rapture - The Architecture of Ashton Raggatt McDougall

Stephen Crafti for Talking Design Radio, Podcast, RMIT University

More information on the awards can be found here

Image of Justine Clarke courtesy of Nic Granleese

Bates Smart sponsorship
AIA NSW Student Awards

Alexander Galego

Congratulations to Alex Galego from UNSW for his project 'Tidal'. Alex won the First Degree Design Award, sponsored by Bates Smart at the 2015 NSW Graduate & Student Awards, Bates Smart Studio Director Matt Allen was presented Alex with his award. 

An excerpt from the jury citation reads: "The jury was particularly impressed to see a complex sequence of architectural spaces integrated into such a seemingly simple structure. The project demonstrates an understanding of architecture which is greater than the sum of its parts. Structure, form, program and spatial experience have been integrated into a proposal of subtle elegance."

Alex's project 'Tidal' can be viewed on our gallery link below and on his website

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