JOURNAL/ Studio News


December-January 2016

Footpath Guides
Guides to Melbourne

Calling all Urban Explorers!

Footpath Guides is a new set of Melbourne Architectural Walking Guides designed for the curious urban flâneur. 

Each edition focuses on the architectural elements of a particular location, showcasing notable examples of the featured style or era, including many Bates Smart buildings and a complete volume on the work of our founder, Joseph Reed.

Footpath Guides feature clear maps, concise descriptions and accurate illustrations. Visit  Footpath Guides for more info and stockists. 

December-January 2016

The Hour Glass, Sydney
Premier Luxury Retail Group

Time is luxury

International premier retail group The Hour Glass have engaged Bates Smart to upgrade and consolidate its retail property in the heart of the luxury retail precinct in King Street, Sydney.

Led by Studio Director, Basil Richardson, our design team have submitted a development application for the facade of the King Street frontage in keeping with the neighbouring facade treatment, also by Bates Smart. 

Construction is due to commence this month for completion in 2016.

December-January 2016

New powerhouse team
new development

Quintessential Melbourne

Bates Smart has been engaged by joint-venture partners Brookfield and Cbus Property to design premium residential apartments over two prominent sites in East Melbourne. When complete, the development will also encompass the restoration and conversion of 'Mosspennoch House' into six grand residences, a $6 million lobby and F&B upgrade to the adjacent Pullman Melbourne on the Park hotel is also proposed by Brookfield. 

The neighbouring sites located at 22 Clarendon Street and 178 Wellington Parade will form a boutique scale premium development offering one, two and three bedroom apartments to be launched in early 2016.   

Studio Director Steve Jones comments on the project:

"The two sites are neighbouring the Pullman Melbourne on the Park have provided us with an opportunity to create a new precinct that complements the grand style of living that is synonymous with East Melbourne.

"22-40 Clarendon Street occupies a prominent site facing Fitzroy Gardens - Melbourne’s most beautiful urban park - while 178 Wellington Parade commands spectacular views towards Yarra Park and the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.

"The proposed development on Clarendon Street includes the refurbishment by Lovell Chen of the historic Italianate mansion of Mosspennoch House built in 1881 for James Lidell Purves, Q.C.

"The proposed new buildings are designed as restrained contemporary companions for Mosspennoch House and the historic residential fabric of East Melbourne.

"Window frames and secondary facade elements are darker and more recessive to emphasise the classical proportions of the masonry grid. Large covered terraces face the Fitzroy Gardens, whilst generously proportioned balconies and terraces are located on Wellington Parade to take maximum advantage of the views whilst providing ample opportunity for indoor/outdoor living.

"The interior design for the entire development continues the classical contemporary theme allowing for elegant and spacious living. The base palette of high-quality natural materials allows residents to tailor their new home to their personal preferences, whilst exuding the quintessential quality of living that makes East Melbourne one of the most desirable residential addresses in Melbourne."

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April-May 2016

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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February-March 2016

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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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. 

August-October 2016

Q&A with Jane Jose
Architecture in the Media Award Winner

“ Our Cities would become kinder places if women played a greater role in city design”

Jane Jose


As an urbanist Jane Jose has written, shaped and informed policy to make great public places for people to enjoy in cities across Australia.

Her book 'Places Women Make' (Wakefield Press, 2016) about women’s contribution to the making of our cities won the National Bates Smart Award for Architecture in the Media.

We commissioned the journalist Clare Kennedy to talk to Jane about the book.

Why did you write the book?

I was a young journalist in 1989 when I entered the world of place making in cities as a heritage activist. Elected to the Adelaide City Council and soon becoming Deputy Lord Mayor I was made to feeI I had trespassed into men’s business. Later Wakefield Press encouraged me to write my story about the battles to conserve the colonial heritage of inner city Adelaide.

Looking back over two decades working as a policy maker and place maker, I was aware that the stories of women’s contribution to making great places in our cities were interesting and had not been told. I had the idea that by telling women’s stories of place making in Australian cities, I could show the influence and impact women can have in the future in a more equal sharing of the design of places in our cities.Why do you think it is important women have equal influence as shapers of our cities?
Urbanists speak of female-friendly cities, recognizing that if cities work for women they work for everybody. Women as nurturers will innately design places that are not hostile to women and children. Women are good listeners and to meet a community brief is to hear what the community is truly asking for. Women are good mediators in contested environments — they start with sorting family issues and bring this skill to other contested arenas.

How do you think urban life would be different if women played a greater role in city design?
Our cities would become kinder places. The idea behind this statement is to create, through sensitive design, the comfort and shelter of home in the public places of our cities — places that offer balance between the made and the natural world. As decision-makers, so many women have been behind the making or renewal of wonderful public places and not afraid to question design that seems insensitive to community life. Women as nurturers take a long view, acting as intergenerational custodians for their children, tomorrow’s children, and they care what happens to strangers. The glass ceiling on architecture traditionally led to more women designers choosing landscape architecture and urban design as a profession. Through this women bring a holistic focus, designing public space to create a sense of ‘House and Garden’ to make comfortable, delightful gathering places in the city.

What more can be done by industry and government to help women achieve an equal voice in the making of our cities?
There needs to be affirmative action. As Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said of why he appointed a 50 / 50 gender balanced cabinet - it’s 2016 and women need to be equal in every sphere of life. Work structures remain geared towards men being at work and women being a primary carer. That’s still seen as normal though it’s changing.

Systems need to shift so that in the intensive early child-rearing years women and men can shift gear for a period, but come back to leadership roles. The rhythm of women’s careers should be recognized and accommodated through designing ways to work. Men stepping up and changing that pattern and sharing more equally with architect wives is one practical solution, given that many architects partner with architects. Equal recognition for women for their contribution is another. Women architects need to remember what the late Zaha Hadid said: “I am sure that as a woman I can do a very good skyscraper.”

What interesting things happened along the way?
As I shared what I was doing there was quite a bit of push back from male architect friends who couldn’t see that women had been left out, and who also questioned what difference it would make. However I always found when I talked with women architects there was huge enthusiasm, and they would tell me another story about a woman who had done something significant that was not well known.

I discovered most people are interested in how cities take shape, and that people outside the design profession found the idea that we occupy cities designed largely by men a fascinating observation and interesting to consider how a gender shift in that would change things.

More information on Places Women Make by Jane Jose

Clare Kennedy writes features on architecture, books and design for various newspapers and magazines. She has a special interest in the impact of design on human behaviour.

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November 2013

The Sebel Pier One Hotel, Sydney
Calm Restraint and Luxury on Sydney Harbour

“There are no other suites in the city that resonate Sydney like the new balcony suites of the Sebel Pier One”

Simon McGrath

CEO of Accor Hotels, Australia

The heady combination of Sydney harbour foreshore and the idiosyncracies of the 1912 former P&O passenger terminal building became an exercise in elegant restraint for Bates Smart at The Sebel Pier One hotel.

27 suites have been given a new life of luxury to further enhance the global Sebel brand. The full beauty of Sydney will greet international travellers with private views of the harbour from every part of the suites. The hotel is located in the heritage listed Pier One fingerwharf with links to the maritime past of the Rocks precinct in Sydney.

Director, Simon Swaney commented:
'While the design celebrates the raw architectural structure of the former shipping fingerwharf, we also wanted to provide a sense of calm restraint and quality and to enhance the experience of the location and the heritage building within which the hotel is contained.

'Architecturally, the new spaces are light, casual, and luxurious. We've combined a natural palette and warm materials to provide spaces that sit comfortably and contextually within the Pier.'

Owner Robert Magid of TMG Developments commented that the completion of the suites brings a period of extensive refurbishments to the hotel to a close and the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the property:

'Despite its world famous harbour, Sydney had only a handful of hotels that offer accommodation right on the water and in our case, actually over it, let alone in a building with a century of history behind it.

The new premium suites at The Sebel Pier One offer guests the chance to experience the finest views the city has to offer in a luxurious space that will instantly make them feel at home with its sense of style and comfort.'

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May/Jun 2013

Swanbourne House, Western Australia
Invited Design Competition Success

On the Coastal Fringe

Bates Smart has won a design competition for a unique house on Western Australia's beautiful coast. Director Philip Vivian talks about the project:

"The Swanbourne house is a celebration of inhabiting the coastal fringe. The house is a modernist-inspired beach home with a clear and rational design to suit the needs of its occupants.

"It is conceived to live in, rather than to look at, it respondes to the elements, the sun and the wind, and defers to the lifestyle benefits of Western Australia’s unique climate.

"The design draws inspiration from modernist ideals of living which are tempered by a critical regionalist response to climate and place. Minimal lines and planar forms reference its modernist inspiration while materiality and detailing draw from a local palette of materials.

"Increasing levels of privacy are offered as one progresses through the site. At the street edge is the most public entry zone, followed by a semi-private living zone, and concluding with a private retreat area. A series of garden walls provide spatial enclosure to the zones."

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November 2014

2014 Australian Institute of Architects National Architecture Awards
Hat-Trick for Bates Smart

The Bates Smart team celebrated three wins at the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) National Architecture Awards ceremony in Darwin. Characterised by outstanding work and immense competition, the AIA Awards are a great honour.

To gain three accolades in two categories is a considerable achievement.

Dandenong Mental Health Facility - National Award for Public Architecture. Bates Smart Irwin Alsop Joint Venture
"An outstanding collaboration between an enlightened client and an architectural team dedicated to setting a new benchmark in design"

UNSW Kensington Colleges - National Award for Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing
"An exemplar student housing project ... demonstrates how a strong, singular design idea and restrained material palette can lead to a rich architectural outcome."

Gantry, Camperdown - National Commendation for Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing
"An intelligent example of how adaptive reuse can be explored."

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January-February 2015

Canberra Airport Hotel
A new gateway hotel for Canberra Airport

“Our aim is to create a uniquely ‘Canberran' hotel, responding to Griffin's original vision and acting as a gateway to the airport terminal ”

Philip Vivian

Director, Bates Smart

This competition-winning design is located at the gateway to the new Canberra International Airport. Inspired by the geometry of Walter Burley Griffin’s plan for Canberra, Bates Smart’s concept combines circular and axial geometries into a unique form.

The circular geometries allow the building to be read in the round, responding to the sites multiple approach and vantage points. The larger end contains a dramatic full height circular atrium. A restaurant, bar, and lounges at the base of the atrium create the social focus of the hotel.

The circular theme is echoed throughout the building in the façade and interior detailing. A glazed curtain wall screen with circular aluminium hoops wraps the form and ties it together as a singular object. The hoops act as a privacy screen for guests without loss of view. The interior finishes are rich and tailored, inspired by the golden age of air travel of the 1960s and 70s.

The hotel consists of 191 rooms including 12 suites and 9 apartments over six levels as well as hospitality and conference facilities. Operated by TFE Hotels under the Vibe brand, the project is scheduled for completion in October 2015.

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April-May 2015

The Royal Suite at the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay

Fit for royalty

Bates Smart are delighted to reveal one of the most luxurious hotel accommodation choices in Sydney, the Royal Suite at the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay.

Our approach was to accentuate the very best of the original building while adding a layer of understated elegance fit for today's modern royals.

The Royal Suite has four balconies with views of Sydney harbour. The suite includes a glamorous marble en suite and separate powder room, walk-in dressing room and study. A butler’s pantry and kitchen have been designed to service a large living room and a dining room that comfortably seats eight. 

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