JOURNAL/ Progress


December-January 2016

North Sydney Tower
Under Construction

New Tower underway

Construction is well underway on 177 Pacific Highway, North Sydney for the CIMIC Group. The 32 storey commercial tower will create a new gateway to North Sydney anchoring the northwest corner of the CBD. Its asymmetrical composition creates a dynamic tower that has been sculpted to eliminate overshadowing of special public areas in North Sydney.

A unique long span structure consisting of a 17m span with 6m cantilevers creates highly flexible open plan floors.

The glazed Garden Plaza is designed to form a seamless transition between inside and outside. A restaurant and cafe will offer generous spaces for social gathering and informal meetings.

The Garden Plaza will potentially host exhibitions and events.The main office lobby is raised above the Garden Plaza and anchors the space. A second dedicated lobby is accessed via escalators to a raised volume overlooking the plaza.

177 Pacific Highway is a next generation workplace and will be the first new high-rise office in North Sydney this century.

Due for completion in September 2016.

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December-January 2016

Cabrini Hospital MC1
Town Planning submitted

High class health

Cabrini Health’s new Clinical Services Building is the culmination of over five years of thinking about the future form of health care services and continues Bates Smart long-standing relationship with the hospital spanning over 50 years. 

Studio Director, Tim Leslie says: “We are proud to be the design and lead consultant for this significant project, which builds upon many of our highly successful design strategies established at the Royal Children’s Hospital. This building has been designed from the patient perspective, and transforms the hospital ward from a purely clinical, sterile place into one of wellbeing and healing.”

The interior design approach has been led by Associate Director Mark Healey. Mark has worked hand in hand with Cabrini to challenge outdated operational norms to bring a new level of quality care, comfort and serenity to the patient.

A critical addition to the hospital campus is the inclusion of the radiotherapy bunkers which will complete an integrated cancer care model and improve the patient experience, allowing patients to remain on site for all their treatment.

Geoff Fazakerley, Cabrini, comments: "The focus Cabrini has on improving the whole experience of attending Hospital for both patient and family is clearly displayed in the design of this building."

The seven storey 138 bed project has just been submitted for town planning.

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December-January 2016

Radisson Blu, Sydney
Heritage makeover

Radisson redesign

The 5 star Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney has begun work on the second phase of its $12 million redesign with a complete refresh of all its suites and guest rooms by Bates Smart. 

Bates Smart Studio Director, Brenton Smith, comments: 

"We embraced the distinctive characteristics of this grand heritage building with a timeless modern palette. It was important to create a greater connection between the elegant facade and the interior." 

Ultra-high-speed technology has been discretely integrated to ensure the hotel caters for business guests as well as holiday travellers. The hotel redesign is due for completion in mid-2016. 


October-November 2015

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

A vision for our gardens

Bates Smart has been delighted to work alongside Professor Tim Entwisle, Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and the Royal Botanic Gardens project steering committee to develop a positioning document to determine sites for possible future development at the Gardens.

While initially described as a building master plan, the document actually presents a number of alternate solutions to accommodate the Gardens' future requirements rather than a single proposal.

One of the key findings of the study is a recommendation that any new botanical developments should address the clarity of entry into the Gardens, ideally from both the Observatory site and the Yarra River in order to maintain the pristine landscape design of Guilfoyle and reinforce the underlying fabric of the Gardens.

In addition, a location for a much needed new Herbarium is proposed to house the scientifically significant botany collection started by Baron von Mueller in the nineteenth century and to provide an opportunity to celebrate botany with the public.

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December-January 2016

Collins House, Melbourne
Stunning Sales Suite

Collins House

Collins House will be a landmark project designed by Bates Smart for clients Golden Age Group and Asian Pacific Group and since its launch in May this year remarkable sales results have been achieved with over 90% of the apartments sold.

Located in the heart of Melbourne’s premier street, Collins House display suite is situated behind the heritage listed Art Nouveau facade, which was originally the headquarters of shipping company Huddard Parker. 

The design by Bates Smart, in consultation with heritage architect Lovell Chen, highlights the historic decorative ceiling details and columns which will be carefully re-created in the proposed residential foyer. The ceiling beams, coffers and column capitals feature intricate mouldings; casts of which will be taken for exact reproduction when the new lobby is constructed.

The display features a 3-bedroom kitchen, dining and living space with bathrooms finished in the Collins Scheme complemented with a range of audio visual and print display material and a scale model.

Dramatic up-lighting brings the room to life and creates an open, warm and welcoming sales environment directly accessed and viewed from Collins Street. 

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australian embassy
Robert Dunster, An Interview

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“There was a prestige to this building. It was a feather in the cap project ”

Robert Dunster

Bates Smart Director (retd) referring to the 1969 Australian Embassy in Washington D.C.

With the next generation of Bates Smart now having the opportunity to work on the site of our predecessors with the New Australian Embassy in Washington, it is a particularly poignant time to reflect on our history.

The history of Bates Smart dates back to the 1850s and founder Joseph Reed, who was responsible for many of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings, including the Royal Exhibition Building. In 1879 Reed completed Wilson Hall at the University of Melbourne. A shining example of Gothic Revival, the hall was the epicentre of the university until it was lost to flames in 1952.

After great controversy, it was decided that a new building would be designed rather than restoring the original design. Bates Smart was appointed to design the new hall which was completed in 1956. Designed by Sir Osborn McCutcheon, the new hall was completed under the supervision of the firm's emerging young star, architect Robert Dunster. The renowned Australian sculptor Tom Bass was also engaged and provided the copper mural relief over the entry tilted ‘Trials of Socrates’.

In the 1960s the trio of McCutcheon, Dunster and Bass came together for the design and construction of the Australian Embassy in Washington. McCutcheon as designer, Dunster as the on- site project architect and Bass provided the sculptural bronze coat of arms.

Melbourne Studio Director Tim Leslie sat down with Robert Dunster to reflect on some of the firm’s history and the design of the 1969 Australian Embassy in Washington D.C.

Read the full article here.

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Our team combines award-winning specialists, many of whom we have successfully worked with before, as well as a range of local consultants in Washington DC.

Australian Team

Bates Smart - Architects / Interior Design

Aurecon - Structural / Services / Facades

Taylor Cullity Lethlean - Landscape Architects

Electrolight - Specialist Lighting

Chris Love Design - kitchen specialist

Fabio Ongarato Design - Graphics / Signage

Washington Team

KCCT - Architects / Interior Design

Keast and Hood - Structural

Interface - Services

Wiles Mensch - Civil / Landscape / Surveyors

Holland & Knight - Land Attorney

Wells and Associates - Traffic

EHT Traceries - Heritage

Schnabel Engineering - Geotechnical

Culinary Advisors - Kitchen Specialists

April-May 2016

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.


June-July 2015

450 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne
Progressive landmark to celebrate local history

“Our design has taken a sculptural form in reference to St. Kilda Road's glamorous past”

Kristen Whittle

Director, Bates Smart

The 450 St Kilda Rd project has entered the next phase as it has received town planning approval from the City of Port Philip. The design of the 33,000 sqm residential development draws on the glamourous historic mansions lining St Kilda Road while adding a contemporary twist. 

One of the key design features is the double curved street facade. As a sculptural landmark it contrasts against the existing rigid building forms that line the street. Modelling this facade was an evolutionary process made seamless with the use of parametric design tools to explore every option for the best design outcome. 

Our team analysed the base surface of the facade to illustrate the degree of variations and double curvature within the panels and shared this with the consultant team and suppliers. 

The geometry was then refined with material constraints and properties factored into the parametric script which was custom built by Bates Smart. The resulting facade design is stretched like fabric over the contemporary form. Openings are expressed as cuts accentuating the sense of movement. 

The development will offer a combination of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. The public amenities on the ground and first floor include a restaurant and wine cellar as well as lounge spaces that will be exclusive to residents. The display suite will be launched on the 18th July with overseas sales due to commence early next month.

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Dec/Jan 2013

Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Sydney
Showcasing the Legal Workplace of the Future

“The organisation has been energised by the whole move, by the connection, by the light, it has been a wonderful experience.”

Robert Regan, Partner

Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Lawyers Weekly

Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s progressive new Sydney office at 8 Chifley is complete. The innovative design is the first fully open and flexible office environment designed for a major law firm in Australia.

Won by design competition, the project provided Bates Smart's specialised workplace team with the opportunity to develop a future workplace concept aligned with Corrs strategic vision.  

Bates Smart Studio Director, Brenton Smith, commented: 'Bates Smart assisted Corrs through a change process to support a more flexible and mobile environment. A series of workshops was run with partners and teams within Corrs to gain a full understanding of their work practices and to investigate how the workplace could assist them in reaching their vision.' 

The result sees Corrs lawyers, including partners, forgo their traditional offices in favour of an open layout shared with executive assistants and junior lawyers in a series of dynamic 'vertical villages'.

Work stations are uniform throughout, enabling full flexibility in terms of staff and partner locations. Storage is established in hierarchies to ensure ready access to those who need it. Hospitality spaces are second to none and the breakouts on each village floor become the centre for team activities.

Director Simon Swaney commented: 'A new standard in legal workplaces has been set with the fitout at 8 Chifley. The design and fitout offers Corrs incredible flexibility and will change the way they align themselves with their clients and other service professionals.'

Visit Bates Smart to read more about the Corrs Chambers Westgarth fitout

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Feb/Mar 2014

Che Proximity, Melbourne
Creative Intelligence at Work

“Our Office is a Competitive Advantage, not Just a Space.”

Chris Howatson, Managing Director

Che Proximity

Unlike most other advertising agencies CHE proximity has an in-house data analytics team which drives the generation of intelligent, data-led solutions.

CHE's unique positioning is focused around the agency philosophy of ‘Creative Intelligence’.

Bates Smart's design brief from the agency called for the new workplace to be a modern environment that is connected to ‘now’, the immediacy and connectivity to the data and the energy of the world.

Chris Howatson, CHE Proximity's Managing Director commented on the outcome of the project:

'The team at Bates Smart have imagined an environment that's not only functionally brilliant in how it underpins our way of working, but emotionally energises our people and improves our thinking. We truly believe our office is a competitive advantage, not just a space.’

The look and feel was to be modern and simple, creating a powerful backdrop to the energy of the agency, conveyed through technology, movement, activity and an element of agency surprise.

Bates Smart's Associate Director, Grant Filipoff, explains how the spaces work together:

'The reception, hub and bar are one space; the epicenter of activity and energy and the heart of the agency. This space is utilized for meetings, presentations, staff gatherings and client entertaining and opens up to the landscaped external terrace.

'The workplace is broken down into district neighbourhoods with a feel and identity that subtly modulates between key team zones without restricting expansion and contraction of teams.'

The new environment encourages staff collaboration between groups and modulates the workspace to represent the unique needs and identities of each department.

CHE Proximity

Images by Peter Bennetts

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November 2013

Boheme, Bondi Beach, Sydney
Coastal Culture

“We are thrilled with the results and see this building as a catalyst for future quality projects in Bondi”

Allan Vidor

Managing Director, The Toga Group

Boheme, Bondi is fast becoming a destination in this iconic coastal suburb of Sydney. Designed by Bates Smart for The Toga Group, this is a mixed use development offering a combination of 44 luxury apartments, a 113 key Adina hotel and extensive retail areas with basement parking.

The Toga Group's Managing Director, Allan Vidor, comments on the design:

'Bates Smart have skillfully blended the needs of residents, restaurant and hotel guests and shoppers alike, allowing each group to fully enjoy the environment. This is a very successful project for us and we've received overwhelmingly positive comments in reaction to it.'

Bates Smart director, Philip Vivian explains the design intent: 'The building amalgamates four sites with dual street frontage. We designed the podium to incorporate the identity of Bondi’s art deco buildings and colourful streetscapes and to reflect the rhythm and height of the surrounding masonry buildings.

'The residential levels are contained above in a curvaceous form. We carefully refined this mass and set it back from the street to reduce the visual impact on the surrounding area.'

Apartment interiors epitomise the development's name and design philosophy with a colour palette derived from water, sunlight and sand.

The retail promenade forms a through site link and is attracting the best of Sydney’s fresh food providores, delicatessans and restaurants.

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Sep/Oct 2013

177 Pacific Highway, North Sydney
First New Commercial Property in North Sydney in Six Years

Centre Stage - North Sydney

177 Pacific Highway has emerged as the next major high rise to be built on the North Sydney skyline. The prominent site at the corner of Berry Street and the Pacific Highway is considered to be the gateway to North Sydney.

Bates Smart designed the building and achieved DA approval on the site owned by the Winten Property Group. Leighton Properties are in the advanced stages of an agreement to develop the site in order to consolidate Leighton Holdings and the Sydney based staff of the Groups Operating Companies.

Bates Smart director, Philip Vivian, commented on the design approach: 'Our design unlocks the site's development potential by cutting out volumes from the towers facade to avoid overshadowing the public domain.'

The resulting geometry has dramatic cantilevers, extending the floorplates to capture light and views on the upper levels, while tapering at the centre of the building to allow light to penetrate into the surrounding areas.

At ground level a three storey glazed façade surrounds the Garden Plaza which addresses the street and provides much improved public amenity to the area.

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