JOURNAL/ April-May/2016


70 Castlereagh Street, Sydney
A distinguished new identity for an existing building with high profile tenants

 “The new facade is a refined skin that gives increased thermal performance and adds shadow, depth and texture”

Guy Lake

Director, Bates Smart

Located on a highly visible corner in the heart of Sydney’s luxury retail and legal precinct this project has cleverly repositioned an existing 14-storey commercial building. Bates Smart were initially commissioned by luxury retailer Chanel to prepare the design concept which was then approved and funded by the Owners Corporation.

Wrapping the building in a new glass facade addressed the existing facade leaks and poor thermal performance, while repositioned the building and reinforced the identity of its high profile retail tenants.

Design Director, Guy Lake, commented:

'Working with Arup on the facade we developed an innovative methodology for over-cladding the existing façade which allowed tenants to remain within the building during construction. This eliminated the relocation and fitout replacement costs allowing the entire project budget to be allocated to a facade that reflected the buildings high calibre tenants.’

The new glass skin acts to unify the irregularity of the existing elevation's disparate elements. It steps in and out to accommodate the existing structure while a series of frameless vertical glass fins provide a consistent alignment with the outer face of the building and create depth, shadow and texture across the façade.

The reuse of the structural elements of the existing façade system significantly reduced the materials required for construction and the amount of waste to be taken off site while the new glazing skin substantially improves thermal performance and reduces the building’s energy consumption.

Builder: Donnelley Constructions Project Manager: Pure Projects

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A Sanctuary in the city, The Eastbourne, East Melbourne
Landmark project overlooking Fitzroy Gardens


 “We feel a huge responsibility to create a building that fits with the heritage, esteem and beauty of East Melbourne ”

John Carfi

Head of Residential, Mirvac

The Eastbourne, a luxury development designed in collaboration with Mirvac, reignites the partnership that delivered The Melburnian on St Kilda Road, recognised as one of Melbourne's most iconic and prestigious residential developments.

The Eastbourne display suite has now been opened on the corner of Albert and Eades Street, in East Melbourne and was recently unveiled to VIP clients. Overlooking the magnificent Fitzroy Gardens, The Eastbourne will feature approximately 250 luxury apartments set across a classically terraced 11 level building, designed to connect the verdant greenery of the gardens via generous outdoor areas and abundant plantings.

Bates Smart Director, Kristen Whittle, explains the architectural vision:

"The Eastbourne is crafted as an evergreen building overlooking one of Melbourne’s most significant parks, which acts as the building’s apron and gives it a green aura.

“We very much wanted to bring the emotion of the gardens into the design, while also paying tribute to the craftsmanship of the site’s Freemasons heritage.”

In terms of luxury living, The Eastbourne raises the bar higher than before delivering a wealth of resident amenities, custom design features and bespoke crafted apartments. The development incorporates Freemasons Victoria's new expansive headquarters, which will be located on the Victoria Parade interface of The Eastbourne on Victoria Parade.

Demolition is currently underway for construction to commence in early 2017. Completion is expected by mid-2019. Register your interest by visiting

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A new workspace for Emerald Group Investments
Bespoke design reflects the clients luxury boutique brands

 “This is a high-performance workplace layered with bespoke details to reflect the client's core business”

Grant Filipoff

Associate Director, Bates Smart

Emerald Group Investments (EGI) are a privately owned family business. Their dedicated purpose is to be the number one luxury goods and services Group in the region. Bates Smart was commissioned to design a workplace to reflect the company ethos.

It was essential that the workplace reflected EGIs’ business objectives and culture of high performance, integrity, workplace diversity, nurturing of existing employees, customers and business partners while attracting the best talent to execute the Group’s financial and philanthropic objectives.

This new workplace, located in Bates Smart’s award winning 171 Collins Street, Melbourne building, was designed to incorporate the retail elements of the business and reflect the luxury boutique brands represented by EGI.

Elements including retail display cases were incorporated into the interior throughout the client areas. These display cases allow EGI to continuously change the products on show as a current representation of their brand . Furnishings along with the finishes palette were specifically selected to reflect a boutique retail environment.

Bates Smart continues ongoing work with EGI, the design of their retail outlet, LK Boutique at Crown, Melbourne and the new flagship store for Bang & Olufsen in Melbourne's CBD.

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Australia Towers, Sydney
Double ellipse geometry offset to increase natural light and ventilation

 “Our design provides a sense of connection between the massive scale of the park’s sporting infrastructure and the human scale of life on the street ”

Philip Vivian + Guy Lake

Directors, Bates Smart

Australia Towers’ striking elliptical forms recall the iconic geometry of the nearby sport stadia while being designed to sit harmoniously alongside an existing rectilinear high-rise apartment building.

Bates Smart Director, Philip Vivian, comments: "We looked carefully at the composition of the building volumes in order to add variety in form and height. The massing transitions from a low rectilinear form that completes the stepped sequence of the adjacent rectilinear tower, through stepped heights of the offset elliptical geometry. The ensemble culminates in a pure elliptical glass crown."

The towers are strategically oriented to reconcile the site’s irregular geometry, avoid overlooking to provide privacy between apartments, and minimising overshadowing. The double ellipse geometry is offset forming slots that provide natural light and ventilation to the common areas. Two organically shaped podium buildings creating a human scaled streetscape connect the towers. A curvilinear internal street links the two tower lobbies that are expressed as timber clad ellipses.

A restrained palette of warm natural materials creates an inviting and sophisticated residential character. Timber fins on the podium provide a tactile base. The towers are encircled in deep horizontal sun-shading bands in three tones of bronze aluminium, with depths that vary in response to orientation and interior function.

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Prima Pearl Penthouse
Quiet Elegance

Clean Lines + Clever Details

Two new penthouse apartments in the Prima Tower showcase the very best of Melbourne with six star hotel-like facilities and stellar panoramic views.

The 1100 sqm building floorplate was divided into just two apartments, each incorporating a guest suite of 100 sqm and a series of light filled entertaining and living spaces.

Interior Design Director Jeff Copolov commented:

“Our design approach was very focused on tailored, clean lines and thoughtful details. The penthouses need to be read as welcoming and intimate while offering formal entertainment spaces and a refined living experience.”

Both apartments demonstrate contemporary layering and details such as bespoke handles, timber panelling and quality classic finishes to showcase the outstanding construction and joinery capabilities of the client developer, Schiavello.

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Focus on Parramatta
A New commercial building

105 Phillip

Bates Smart have been engaged by long term client, DEXUS, to design a new A-grade commercial building in Phillip Street, Parramatta.

The 13 storey building has been fully leased and will provide a contemporary workplace offering end of trip facilities and a roof top terrace for informal communal activities. The site is opposite a key stretch of the Parramatta River and connects to a new landscaped through-site link between Phillip and George Streets. The proposal effectively extends the local laneway network of the precinct to connect the city with the riverside.

The project has been submitted for development approval.

Masterplan for Randwick
Creative interpretation of the existing landscape

Newmarket Green

Bates Smart has recently completed a masterplan for Newmarket Green for CBUS Property.

Led by Studio Director, Matthew Allen, the project will provide 750 new dwellings and 2000m2 retail space for the Randwick area.

The five hectare masterplan celebrates the site’s unique heritage as a racehorse stables and sales venue through adaptive reuse of the heritage buildings and, working with Arcadia Landscape Architects, creative interpretation of the existing landscape character.

Boheme Bondi
International Award

Best of Bondi

Boheme Bondi has won the 'Best Architecture/External Design' Award at the Serviced Apartment Awards announced in London last month.

The jury commented on the project:

"A sympathetic yet striking structure that seems to have instilled new life and a new demographic into the local area. The design is unfailingly contemporary, yet elements – such as the curvaceous form of the tower, and the pigmented precast panels – nevertheless capture the essence of Bondi.”

The project won against stiff competition from Europe. It also shortlisted in the Best Interior Design category.

Congratulations to the team, led by Design Director, Philip Vivian.

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Bates Smart Masters Studio
Abedian School of Architecture

Hise-rise interventions

This is not the latest tower render from Bates Smart but rather a student design from the Bates Smart Masters Studio at The Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University.

The postgraduate Tower module was led by Bates Smart Director Kristen Whittle and Associate Jonathan Brener and focused on a live-work tower for Brisbane. The unit explored room-based types that blur the line between living and working environments.

A formal outcome was emphasised alongside investigations into parametric modelling, rapid physical protoyping and digital fabrication.

A publication from the Review can be viewed here

A selection of the students work can be viewed in the Gallery below.

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35 Spring Street, Melbourne
Progress report

Halfway House

Construction continues on 35 Spring Street, Bates Smart’s luxury residential development in Melbourne for Cbus Property. Head contractor Brookfield Multiplex have passed the half way point of the tower - with the core up to level 30 and façade system installed up to Level 19.

The fitout of the premium apartment interiors is well underway. The joinery installation has commenced on the lower floors of the podium.

The Spring Street skyline is gradually changing with the 43 storey development scheduled for completion in 2017.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Melbourne Workplace

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Slipping planes inform geometry

Corrs Chambers Westgarth's Melbourne office is the third of four workplaces completed by Bates Smart for the leading national law firm. The project has been shortlisted for the AIA (Vic) Interior Architecture Award.

This latest video shows how the spaces work together. The slipping planes and angular nature of the base building informed the geometry of the interior and provided a strong interior/exterior link.

A contrasting palette of hard and soft materials throughout reference the vibrancy of Melbourne’s laneways and the dynamic local hospitality scene.

A national design philosophy devised by the design team delivered a consistent approach, augmented by unique design solutions at a local level in each of the Corrs projects.

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Research + Development
Joachim Clauss

Robotics Research

Robotics are a great opportunity for us to engage in the design-to-fabrication process, enabling an uncompromised and accelerated trajectory from design intent to built form'

Associate Director Joachim Clauss attended a major robotics conference last month hosted by the University of Sydney and in collaboration with five leading Australia universities.

Joachim commented:

"The opportunity for us as designers with regards to robotics - lies within the processes of Mass Customization and design to fabrication. The adoption of digital fabrication in the creative industries continues to accelerate as the potential for innovation and creative expression using robotics is harnessed."

The team at Bates Smart is very interested in extending the spectrum of architectural services - offering a continued role following the design process – leading into a production process. We are currently part of a design to fabrication process as part of the Collins House project. The project relies heavily on prefabrication strategy and we are able to be part of that process using our BIM capabilities.

Image by 'Stressed Skins', Bespoke Geometry

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Adrian Ashton Prize
Submissions open

Writers wanted

The Australian Institute of Architects (NSW) Adrian Ashton Prize for Architectural Writing and Criticism sponsored by Bates Smart, is now accepting submissions until 25 May 2016.

Open to journalists, editors, authors, producers and others reporting on architecture and design in NSW, the prize recognises quality communication, public engagement and high-quality debate.

The Award is open to entries from electronic, print, specialist, popular and online media, and specialist architectural and design focused public events. Submissions should have been broadcast, published, circulated, or have occurred in New South Wales after the 1st January 2015 and before the closing date of the Award.

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Inge King Remembered

Inge King

Distinguished Sculptor Inge King has died age 100. Inge was best known for her monumental abstract forms, in particular 'Forward Surge' on display at the Arts Centre Melbourne, she was the subject of a National Gallery of Victoria retrospective in 2014.

Inge worked with Bates Smart on a number of occasions including several pieces for Crown Melbourne's exclusive gaming VIP salons and a commission for ICI House, Melbourne and one of her works, "Family Group", will be installed in the lobby of 35 Spring Street on completion next year.

Director, Jeff Copolov commented on Bates Smart's long association with this talented artist:

"I was fortunate to be a part of the judging committee for the selection of her sculpture ‘Joie de Vivre’ when involved in our Orica House upgrade in the late 1980’s. I still think the work is perfect for the space and feels like it now fully belongs to the entry first envisaged in the mid-1950s by our practice.

"Inge was indeed a delight to work with, elegant, intelligent and so sophisticated and talented. She was in her mid 70’s then! She is a great loss to our post war culture."

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Bates Smart sponsorship
University of Melbourne

Congratulations to Will Priestley, 2016 winner of the Australian Institute of Architects (Vic) University of Melbourne Graduate Prize, sponsored by Bates Smart.

Currently studying in the Netherlands, Will was able to pre-record his winning presentation for the jury which included Bates Smart Associate Director, Karen Wong, and Associate Johan Hermijanto.

His ambitious thesis proposition was a highly contextual and well researched raised railway line between Jewell and Moreland Railway stations along the Upfield line in Brunswick.

Will investigated how varying building programs and community facilities/infrastructure could be incorporated alongside this raised 2km long construction and speculated the symbiotic relationships that would emerge with the surrounding context as a result of these insertions.

The jury commented: "Will's axonometric drawings were highly detailed, beautiful and animated!

"A well resolved and visually intriguing investigation into the potentially rich by-product of large scale infrastructure interventions and how it could enhance the surrounding community."

Will's award-winning project can be viewed on the gallery link below.

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