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JOURNAL/ February/2017

 

Brenton Smith

The Directors of Bates Smart are pleased to welcome a new Director

Bates Smart are pleased to welcome Brenton Smith to the role of Director.

Following twelve years with TP Bennett in London, Brenton joined Bates Smart in 2010 and became one of our first Studio Directors in 2013.

Brenton has been instrumental in the development of the interior design studio in Sydney through notable workplace, hospitality and residential projects such as Corrs Chambers Westgarth, the InterContinental Hotel and OneThirty Hyde. He has initiated much of the cross-sector influence that distinguishes and enhances our interior design projects.

As a key component of Bates Smart's succession strategy, this appointment not only reflects Brenton's extraordinary capabilities but our commitment to design excellence and seamless client service.

Bates Smart are pleased to welcome Brenton Smith to the role of Director.

Following twelve years with TP Bennett in London, Brenton joined Bates Smart in 2010 and became one of our first Studio Directors in 2013.

Brenton has been instrumental in the development of the interior design studio in Sydney through notable workplace, hospitality and residential projects such as Corrs Chambers Westgarth, the InterContinental Hotel and OneThirty Hyde. He has initiated much of the cross-sector influence that distinguishes and enhances our interior design projects.

As a key component of Bates Smart's succession strategy, this appointment not only reflects Brenton's extraordinary capabilities but our commitment to design excellence and seamless client service.

 

Maddocks' new Melbourne workplace
Responding to a sustained period of growth and expansion

 “The way our people have adapted and used these spaces shows the power of good design”

Guy O'Connor

Property Partner, Maddocks

Melbourne legal firm Maddocks have recently moved into three levels of Collins Square, Melbourne, following a sustained period of growth. Bates Smart undertook the strategic and functional briefing with input from all levels of staff resulting in a flexible workplace designed to improve staff productivity and to provide significant amenity to enhance the client and staff experience.

The new workplace offers staff a more open and diverse work environment, designed to nurture both the collaborative and focus workstyles. A sophisticated technology infrastructure enables greater mobility for staff to move between work settings with minimal business disruption.

Maddocks Property Partner, Guy O'Connor commented:

“When we made the decision to move to Collins Square, we wanted to make sure that our new offices would support the range of ways our people collaborate with each other and with our clients, and the different types of work our lawyers do during a day. That meant having spaces specifically designed to cater for large and small meetings, video and teleconference meetings, and breakout spaces for our people looking for a quiet area to conduct sensitive or urgent work without distraction.

"We also wanted communal spaces for us to meet with clients either formally on our client floor or informally in our employee-run café or outdoor deck. The way our people have adapted and used these spaces shows the power of good design and the influence of well-considered spaces on work habits.”

While some senior staff remain in offices, the design features a highly transparent approach to built spaces, ensuring the quality of light and views are shared by all, and encouraging a more open collaborative environment. Staff are also better connected in the new workplace, working on floorplates double the size of their previous location, and connected by a dramatic spiral stair and generous atrium across the three levels.

Clients and staff enjoy excellent amenity, including a barista bar, client working lounge and a signature, two storey wintergarden complete with wifi, with spaces inside and out to socialise, collaborate and reflect. The new environment will blend the client and staff experience, nurturing clients by providing spaces to work and bringing them into the fold; whilst providing staff with an enviable and destinational workspace - a great place to work.

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Crown Towers Perth
Continuing Bates Smart's history with Crown in spectacular style

 “Our design celebrates the natural beauty of Western Australia with unreserved glamour”

Jeff Copolov

Interior Design Director, Bates Smart

Bates Smart’s long relationship with Crown Resorts continues with the recent launch of Crown Towers Perth, the pinnacle of luxury in Perth Hotel offerings.

Bates Smart Interior Design Director, Jeff Copolov, working closely with Associate Director Kendra Pinkus, drew on a wealth of experience designing luxury spaces to create the highly refined lobby, cocktail bar, atrium and ballrooms. Jeff Comments on the design approach:

“We set out to craft an impeccably detailed bespoke interior; careful thought went into every unique design detail with a meticulous selection of materials. The Crown brand is synonymous with the ultimate in luxury, it is important that the guest feels this in everything they see and touch.

"The scale of these spaces is significant, our aim was to create a strong narrative, allowing the guest to feel a sense of occasion and to celebrate the grandeur of the hotel, while experiencing a strong connection to the wider resort landscape beyond”

The calming neutral palette of marble, travertine and limestone is actually a highly curated composition where textures and scale give rhythm to the space; while providing a continuously evolving canvas as light falls across surfaces marking the passage of time.

References to the mineral wealth of Western Australia can be read in the gold, copper and bronze metallic finishes used to accent spaces; with rich and saturated jewel like colours drawing from the clear skies, unique flora and brilliant ocean of the West.

Memorable features include our work with a New York based textile designers Doug & Gene Meyer to create the longest non-repeating bespoke carpet in Australia, more akin to an exotic scarf than a floor covering; and our collaboration with Cape Town lighting designer Willowlamp for the extraordinary beaded lobby chandeliers, each measuring five metres wide and cascading three metres.

Crown Towers Perth opened to the public on 1 December 2016.

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1 Denison Street, Sydney
DA lodged for North Sydney's next tall building

 “The building's form demonstrates how a major tower can reduce its impact on the amenity of its neighbours”

Philip Vivian

Director, Bates Smart

Bates Smart have submitted a development application for 1 Denison Street, Winten Property Group's new commercial tower in North Sydney. Director Philip Vivian explains the design intent behind the proposal:

"Our aim is to contribute to the public realm of North Sydney with a podium that presents a human scale to the surrounding laneways and above which sits a timeless and efficient office building with premium commercial floor plates.

"We designed the podium as a truly a connective space between the public realm and the private realm of the workplace. This is a place where people are comfortable to meet, work and socialise – an active laneway that is an extension of the work environment. This highly open and permeable space is literally an expression of the modern workplace as work becomes less private and more integrated into the city; responding to the casual nature of today’s tech savvy generation.

"In the office we have created a highly flexible, and contiguous floorplate, based on a side core typology. The premium floorplate maximises connectivity, encouraging communication and collaboration, which are the hallmarks of good contemporary workplaces.

"The facades respond to the context by through a simple, elegant and timeless design that differentiates itself from the rectilinearity of the existing commercial buildings. The buildings unique form and geometry is derived through careful consideration of how a major tower can reduce its impact on the amenity of its neighbours."

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Development approval for Festival Square, Adelaide
Revitalisation of the Riverbank Precinct

 “We designed elegantly articulated buildings to bring a contextual scale to the adjacent buildings ”

Guy Lake

Director, Bates Smart

Festival Square has received planning approval, the project is set to offer a new landmark public space to the city of Adelaide and revitalise the Riverbank Precinct on the River Torrens. Bates Smart's design for our long-term client, Walker Corporation, includes a new 26 level office tower, construction of a three level retail building, five storey car park and the creation of a new laneway.

Design Director, Guy Lake, comments:

“This redevelopment seeks to support the work being carried out by the South Australian Government by providing highly activated plaza edges and a fine grain network of laneways lined with cafes, bars, restaurants and retail to activate the precinct and create a new social heart for the city.“Our proposal aims to respond to the rich character of the local setting by presenting simple and elegantly articulated buildings that will provide a restrained backdrop and contextual scale relationship to the surrounding heritage buildings.”

The new side core tower will create flexible, open and contiguous floor spaces that maximise connectivity and views of the River Torrens and surrounding parkland.

The site is partially bounded by The Adelaide Festival Centre, a well-used venue for the performing arts and, along with the surrounding plaza, opens through to the banks of the River Torrens. The plaza has the potential to be an important civic space with improved activation, connectivity, amenity and function.

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New Clinical Building for Cabrini, Malvern, Victoria
VCAT Approves eight storey state of the art hospital

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 “Designing a healing environment requires an understanding of the human need for supportive, nurturing spaces ”

Kristen Whittle

Director, Bates Smart

Bates Smart's design for the New Clinical Building (NCB) for Cabrini Hospital has been approved by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. The new eight storey building will add 48 beds to the hospital and new patient facilities including a state of the art Cardiac Ward.


Bates Smart Director, Kristen Whittle explains his approach to designing for health and wellbeing:

"Research is proving what has long been intrinsically understood by the design profession - good design is a fundamental criterion for delivering good healthcare outcomes.

"It is generally understood that access to natural light and views to nature are beneficial components of the healing process. It is also fundamental that internal lighting strategies are also understood in the creation of a caring atmosphere."The approach taken for the NCB originated from the patient’s perspective, working outwards from the bed and informing every detail of the project. The design carefully explored the creation of a building which treated the patient as a guest; an encouraging, safe and positive environment. Typical ward layouts were challenged to ensure that the best outcome was implemented for every detail, seamlessly blending clinical needs with best practice design outcomes. This approach required a great deal of collaboration between the client and our design team, working together to question, explore, and test solutions, until a superior outcome was reached.

"Underpinning the design are strong yet simple planning principles. Corridors end on views to nature providing intuitive way-finding, and storage areas are placed internally to ensure equipment is kept free from public circulation spaces. Sanctuaries are created outside the ward, with views onto the landscaped gardens, providing opportunities for retreat and reflection for all.

"Our design for the NCB is for people; it is a design that celebrates our connection with nature and creates a healing environment through understanding the human need for a supportive, nurturing spaces for wellbeing."

Construction on the hospital building is due to begin in 2017.

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