JOURNAL/ February-March/2016


8 Parramatta Square
Team celebrates significant design competition win

 “An iconic and innovative design concept for the centrepiece of the one of the country's largest urban renewal projects”

Lang Walker AO

Chairman, Walker Corporation

Bates Smart has been selected by an independent jury to design Walker Corporation's planned 90 storey, 8 Parramatta Square residential tower in Parramatta, Sydney, as part of the $2 billion redevelopment of Parramatta Square.

8 Parramatta Square will have an end value in excess of $700 million and will be the largest residential tower to be built in the state’s history.

Bates Smart Director Guy Lake commented on the design concept:
"We designed an iconic tower that is monumental, whilst expressing its residential function. The curvilinear geometry creates a soft organic form that is highly recognisable on the skyline, whilst contrasting with the other commercial buildings within Parramatta Square”.

Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Paul Garrard commented:
“It is great to see this culmination of the design excellence process started by Parramatta City Council for this landmark building. Our early input on the tower helped to spark a desire among leading developers to be part of Parramatta Square and the world-class transformation of our CBD," he said.

"We couldn't have hoped for a better partner in Walker Corporation. They have refined the vision for 8 Parramatta Square and enlisted internationally-renowned architects to create the innovative and inspirational design unveiled today."

The mixed-use Parramatta Square development by Walker will accommodate two commercial buildings – incorporating a wide range of retail offerings including numerous cafés, bars and restaurants along with the residential tower.

The precinct will also feature the 26,000 square metres Western Sydney University Campus housing more than 10,000 university students, as well as community facilities, a civic building, community centre, library and a 250 metre long public domain in the heart of the city – critical to the activation of the project.

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Over Rail Development in Australian Cities
Philip Vivian discusses the ideals that shape our over rail projects

How perfect can perfection be............?

Bates Smart lead the industry in studying the potential opportunities generated by rail infrastructure and over rail development. We are currently working on numerous over rail opportunities for our valued clients, driven by our extensive experience on complex urban renewal projects and the highly successful implementation of Melbourne’s over rail developments, Federation Square and Media House.

Here, Bates Smart Director Philip Vivian talks about good city making and the ideals that have shaped our over rail projects:

“From Perth’s Max Light Rail to Sydney and Melbourne’s Metro projects, Australian cities are experiencing a rail infrastructure boom that is recasting the fabric of our cities. New developments over and around rail infrastructure have the capacity to renew our cities and create vibrant new urban places. To maximise the opportunities this infrastructure investment offers our cities, we need to learn from global as well as local exemplars.

The Hong Kong MTR metro system is highly integrated with many stations directly connected to thriving mixed-use developments containing shopping centres, residential apartments, offices and hotels. These developments provide active use and connectivity throughout the city whilst generating income for the metro authority. This form of income allows the MTR to continue their metro expansion and upgrades to the benefit of the entire community.

“The Rockefeller Centre in New York is widely regarded as an exemplary urban development with much loved public spaces. It utilises pedestrian scaled podiums and setback towers; creating new public spaces, and incorporating mid-block connections, public art, cultural institutions, roof gardens, and restaurants in the sky. This 1930’s landmark is probably the most loved modern urban development in the world. As Rem Koolhaus exclaimed in his book “Delirious New York”:

“How perfect can perfection be!”

“Bates Smart has built on this legacy with a series of over rail developments informed by urban principles of good city making. Successful urban environments are achieved through identifying a cities DNA to design human-scale architecture, incorporate pedestrian networks and laneways and provide engaging public space.

“These principles are evident in the success of Melbourne’s Federation Square, an immense urban renewal project over railyards and attracting an estimated 8.4 million annual visitors. Low-rise buildings housing restaurants and galleries define the street edge while a series of crevasses between create ‘laneways’ to a new public square. The square incorporates a super-sized digital screen that has proved to be extremely popular for major public events.

“Meanwhile on the western edge of the city Fairfax’s new headquarters, Media House, is built over the Spencer Street railyards. This large 17,000sqm commercial office building aligns with Collins Street and boldly asserts the edge of the city to the adjacent Southern Cross Station.

“Media House is setback from the street to create a generous landscaped plaza . A large digital screen addresses the park and is frequently used for public events while a civic scaled ‘loggia’ reasserts human scale and terminates the building.

Philip Vivian is an active participant in the debate around the future development of our cities and recently presented Bates Smart’s vision for Sydney 2050 at the CTBUH forum in New York.

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Convesso Concavo, Docklands, Melbourne
Luxury residential project now complete

 “The communal spaces take residential luxury amenities to a new level”

Jeff Copolov

Director, Bates Smart

Concavo, the second and final tower for LendLease’s premium residential development in Melbourne’s Victoria Harbour, is now complete. Designed as an asymmetrical pair, the buildings were delivered separately but read as a whole.

A shared porte cochere between the two buildings leads to a series of club-like spaces and amenities similar to a luxury hotel and serviced by a team of concierges. Residents enjoy spaces for private dining, a lounge, business centre and media room as well as a pool and gymnasium.

Each of the buildings lobbies were designed with a tailored, handcrafted and eclectic quality. Concavo’s lobby was inspired from the surrounding harbor. Nautical language filters through with the use of bespoke macramé installations from ‘Smalltown Collaboration’ referencing fishing nets and low level timber coffee tables echo the feel of the boat decks.

Kendra Pinkus, Associate Director notes “The neutral palette and selection of the natural textures of leather, raw and refined timber and a mix of textiles creates a timeless design that exudes a sense of elegance and calm”.

The communal areas are staged as a series of intimate spaces, by contrast, the kitchen bench extends across the entire space to act as a social hub and focal point. The lounge is designed as a space for all residents to socialise, relax and enjoy.

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The Clocktower Hotel Design Competition win
Redefining the hotel experience for global travellers

Contributing to a sense of place through understanding and interpretation

Bates Smart recently won an invited design competition to convert the Clocktower Office Development in The Rocks, Sydney, into a boutique hotel and new public square. The Rocks has a diverse and eclectic mix of architectural styles and scales, with an intimate network of pedestrian laneways and stairs. Bates Smart Director Philip Vivian explains the design concept: "The existing Clocktower development was out of scale with The Rocks, and disconnects all fine grain pedestrian connections around it.

"Our vision is to create an authentic place that captures the essence of the neighbourhood. A large public square is connected to the intimate laneways that are the lifeblood of The Rocks and creates a focal point and meeting place. Connected on all corners to laneways, this place will be a dynamic urban experience with activity extending through the day into the night.

"Restaurants, cafes and providores activate the space over three levels. Hotel guests arrive via a discreet entry off Cambridge Street, creating a sense of discovery and uniqueness. Each building has been individually articulated to respond to the scale and materiality of its surroundings. A palette of authentic natural materials draws on the vernacular vocabulary to create an architecture of parts designed as a contemporary interpretation of the Rocks."

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A future focused workspace for Sparke Helmore, MLC Tower, Sydney
Natural earthy tones and soft forms create a warm and unpretentious environment

 “Sharing knowledge, ideas and improved client service across the firm were key priorities”

Brenton Smith

Studio Director

Bates Smart's design for national law firm Sparke Helmore is at once, smart, luxurious and welcoming. Intensive briefing sessions with the client resulted in a design approach which puts staff well-being as a priority, with equitable access to natural light, spectacular views and a generous breakout space enjoyed by all staff and clients.

Bates Smart Studio Director, Brenton Smith, comments on the outcome:
"The new workspace places staff wellbeing and the firm’s culture at the forefront, with a focus on increasing teamwork and engagement of staff to drive a more collaborative, flexible and forward looking environment."

The workspace is a cul-de-sac cluster design with offices radiating from the perimeter to create neighbourhood teams of 10-12 people and a mix of enclosed and open workspace. This layout had a number of advantages: equality in access to natural light; placing junior staff either in an open environment or shared offices to fast track their learning; and teams, typically of 10-12 people are placed away from the main circulation path, removing disruption and allowing more focused work.

Natural materials and earthy tones, combine with organic shapes and softer forms to create an environment that is warm, welcoming and unpretentious.

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360 Collins St, Melbourne
Makeover of key address

360 Makeover

Bates Smart has been engaged to upgrade the prestigious 360 Collins St building that sits at the heart of Melbourne’s historic banking district. The project represents an important opportunity to revitalise this Dexus owned property and a continuation of Bates Smart's involvement with the building.

The north facing plaza is enhanced through the provision of new retail wrapping around a generously proportioned grass lawn which will be popular with lunchtime crowds.

In the Collins Street lobby, the demolition of existing mezzanines will create an expansive, double height space. A key driver was improving connectivity between Little Collins Street and Collins Street creating a seamless working, social and meeting environment that benefits from a combination of indoor and outdoor spaces.

Atelier, Kingston Foreshore
Finely crafted homes

Absolute Waterfront

Construction of Atelier, a new luxury residential development is underway for StHilliers in Canberra. A spectacular start to the sales campaign saw over two-thirds of the properties sold in the first fortnight of the marketing launch. Located in the waterfront precinct of Kingston Foreshore, Atelier sets a new standard of quality in the emerging district.

Designed as a four storey perimeter block with two, six storey corner elements the building form maximises water views and protects a communal central landscape. Bates Smart was able to limit excavation while increasing salable floor space by creating a split level, semi-basement set behind the ground floor units and retail space.

Bates Smart’s holistic approach to the interior design brings the external textures and tones inside, setting a new standard of quality in the area.

Read the press Buyers flock to Kingston Foreshore's Atelier

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ONE30 Hyde
Starts on site

ONE30 Hyde

Construction on Bates Smart’s luxury residential project ONE30 Hyde Park is imminent with Built appointed to commence construction in March 2016. A highly successful sales campaign by our joint venture clients Aoyuan and Ecove Group has resulted in strong buyer demand with the Penthouse breaking sale records.

The 38 storey tower is due for completion in early 2019.

Strategic Briefing Expertise
Angela Sampson

Thinking strategically about how the built environment can “bridge the gap” between a company's current position and future growth needs is a preoccupation for Angela Sampson, our new Project Leader in Briefing.

Originally trained as an architect, Angela has been instrumental in creating property and workplace strategies for many of Australia’s leading companies such as BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and IAG through years of experience in top-tier design firms and also 'client side' for the University of New South Wales.

Angela has also worked across the public sector, creating workplace strategies for Reserve Bank and the Sydney Opera House, and most recently she has worked with academics to re-think the teaching space in the Education sector.

We look forward to introducing Angela to our workplace sector clients.

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Commendation in the NGV
Johan Hermijanto

Plane Clock

Congratulations to Bates Smart Associate Johan Hermijanto for his success in the annual National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) competition to design the 2016 Architecture Commission.

Johan's proposal 'Plane Clock' was chosen from over 90 entries to receive a Jury Commendation.

Johan's submission proposed a trio of seemingly paper thin planes to interact with the garden's sculptures. These finely detailed structures align with the existing grid and capture the changing light of the garden to generate moments of activity and interaction. See Johan's proposal in the Gallery.


Research and Development
Technology Workplace

New IT Whitepaper

Over the past seven years Bates Smart has designed over 60,000 sqm of technology workplace. Through workshops, surveys, analysis and utilisation studies, what have we learned? Read our full IT White Paper ' The Technology Workplace '.

If you would like to learn more about our workplace sector capability, our National Business Development Manager, Cate Cowlishaw would be happy to hear from you. Please email Cate

Collins House
Slender tower rises

Rising star

With over 90% of apartments sold, Australia’s most slender building Collins House for client Golden Age Group is soon to be under construction on Melbourne’s Collins Street.

The design which follows the current architectural trend for slender buildings will be 195 metres tall and 12 metres wide and boast 263 luxury apartments with panoramic views of the city.

Bates Smart worked closely with structural engineers 4D, surveyors Socrates Capouleas/PLP, and heritage consultants Lovell Chen to design the slender tower.

Bates Smart Director, Kristen Whittle, commented:
"The narrow site required a rethinking of the structure of tall buildings. Through an inventive structural system, combined with cutting-edge construction techniques, we have reinvented the tall tower. From a technical viewpoint it is at the limits of current construction technologies available today."

Collins House is scheduled for completion in 2018.

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The Bays Precinct, Sydney
The Transformation Plan

Call for great ideas

Urban regeneration or renewal is currently a significant driver of development in Sydney. From Barangaroo, already well underway, to Central To Eveleigh (C2E), Wentworth Point and Lachlan’s Line, there are significant opportunities to reinvent the city and position it for the future.

Government agency, Urbangrowth, recently conducted the 'Call for Great Ideas for the Bays Precinct', designed to tease out concepts for the future of this significant part of Sydney’s foreshore. The precinct consists of 95 hectares of government-owned land, 94 hectares of harbour waterways and sits within 2km of the central business district. It includes White Bay Power Station, Rozelle Rail Yards, White Bay and the Sydney Fish Markets.

Bates Smart was invited to join a consortium to participate in the Call for Great Ideas, led by Australand, now Frasers Property Australia.

In the spirit of collaboration, and in the interests of creating a diverse and multi-layered urban response, the multidisciplinary team included HDR, Candelapas Associates, Turner Studio, AECOM, McGregor Coxall, Atelier 10, WSP and Elton Consulting.

Together, the group identified several themes and opportunities including: best practice high-density living; potential to create new learning hubs; programmes for year-long activation of the precinct; and opportunities to extend the parameters of the precinct to achieve higher quality public domain outcomes.

The diversity of ideas generated demonstrates the benefit of approaching a large precinct, consisting of a number of disparate elements, in a multidisciplinary way that encouraged a range of responses.

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Kellie Payne


Workplace strategist and Associate Director, Kellie Payne, joined an international panel of speakers at WORKTECH16 Sydney this week.

WORKTECH16 Sydney is a forum for all those involved in the future of work and the workplace, speakers include leading international thinkers, industry strategists and radical visionaries.

Bates Smart are proud sponsors of WORKTECH 16 Sydney

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The new digital domain

Tech Takeover

From Facebook's head office fitout in 2011 to our latest project for Twitter, the Bates Smart workplace design team have seen a steady increase in the number of tech company clients looking to occupy Sydney's central business district. Associate Director Kellie Payne talks to the AFR about the city's newest neighbours.

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