JOURNAL/ View Point


February-March 2016

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.

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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October-November 2015

Space + Skin IV
Facade Study Series

Demand for Transparency

The fourth in our Space and Skin series examines transparency in commercial buildings. Since the concept of the high rise was first possible, architects and engineers have sought to achieve an ever lighter and more open structure.

Today, the level of transparency achieved by the façade of a commercial building is a balancing act – a trade-off between the needs of tenants, environmental considerations and the execution of the architectural form.

The demand for transparency comes in large part from landlords and tenants. Within the corporate world, large expansive views are highly desirable and building owners and developers wish for their buildings to appeal to this market. When spectacular views of Sydney’s Harbour or Melbourne’s skyline are achievable, an uninterrupted view becomes even more important.

Equally, employers are increasingly concerned with the well-being of their staff, and access to natural light and views are important. An outlook that also captures views of the natural world or biophilic elements has an enhanced effect on well-being.

Conversely, a drive to reduce the environmental load, particularly solar heat gain, has the opposite effect on the building envelope. The imperative here is to make openings smaller, use shade elements and tinted glasses to stop the sun’s heat from penetrating the building and putting pressure on the environmental systems. Legislative requirements such as the Building Code of Australia strongly encourage this.

The variety of building form achieved by several of Bates Smart’s recent projects demonstrates how these factors, when combined with the building context, can be executed in a variety of ways.

The four faces of 177 Pacific Highway, Sydney are tailored to their aspects, with shading strategies adapted for each orientation, while maintaining the openness desired of a commercial high-rise. The building also responds to planning conditions restricting overshadowing of public places, its form pushing forwards and backwards as cantilevered volumes in response.

Deco, 155 Clarence Streeet, Sydney utilises sun shading to its new upper levels to create a very open façade, which delivers a crisp contrast to the elegant art deco building below.

Melbourne Dockland’s ATO building also utilises sun shading, but the effect here is of a sleekly defined cube.

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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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October-November 2015

Jeff Copolov Q+A
What makes hotel developments work?

Future Focus on Hospitality

"In its simplest form, luxury is the eradication of problems - it is incredible service, instinctive design responses and pragmatic, genuine good product design." Says Bates Smart Director Jeff Copolov. 

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February-March 2016

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.

October-November 2015

Bates Smart Legacy
Modernism on film

Melbourne International

'Melbourne International' is a fascinating film spanning the period 1950-1980 made by the very talented independent film maker Jacques Sheard, it describes the development of International Style architecture in Melbourne. 

Former Bates Smart Chairman Roger Poole discusses Bates Smart McCutcheon's prolific contribution to the new genre of curtain-walled office buildings, he is joined by writers and academics including Conrad Hamann and Philip Goad. Watch the video here

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Jan/Feb 2013

The Legal Workplace is Changing
Philip Vivian

In the last decade, Bates Smart has completed over 50,000sqm of legal workplace fitout, with another 16,000sqm under development. This experience gives us a strong position from which to comment on the changes we have seen and what we expect to see in the future.

Read the article here (pdf)

October 2014

Kristen Whittle Interview
A Life in Architecture

“Architectural Education is a Beginning, There is no End Point to Learning in Architecture”

Kristen Whittle

Director, Bates Smart

Kristen Whittle interviewed for 'From the Ground Up: 20 Stories From a Life in Architecture'

In this video Kristen talks about what drives him and shares advice for architecture students:  

Watch the video here

"My professional career has moved forward treading between art and architecture: a conceptual understanding of architecture that goes beyond pure design.

Building things was a key juncture that modified my theoretical position and acted as a catalyst to push my understanding to another space."

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Jan/Feb 2013

The Way we Work Today
Latest Project Images

“If there is a common theme today it is change!”

Brenton Smith

Associate Director

Associate Director Brenton Smith reports on a very busy year for workplace interiors.

"All of our clients come to us wanting to drive cultural change within their business."

This materialises in four main areas of the fitout:

The Breakout How to encourage collaboration through a social hub.
Work Settings How daily tasks are supported.
Reception How to communicate company and brand values.
Connectivity encouraging migration and forming communities.

View our gallery of images to see some common themes in the way we work today.

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Aug-Sept 2014

In Conversation With

The creative collaboration between Bates Smart and Electrolight has resulted in many award winning projects.

Bates Smart Studio Director Tim Leslie asks Electrolight founder Paul Beale where he finds his inspiration. Read the article here.

Read more about Electrolight's Lighting Design for 171 Collins Street on DZN World.

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January-February 2015

Innovation at 180 Thomas Street, Sydney

6 Star Solutions

The Transgrid workplace at 180 Thomas Street, Sydney, achieved a Six Star Green Star ‘As Built’ rating; one of only four workspaces within NSW to have achieved this standard.

Studio Director Julian Anderson describes the innovative solutions which contributed to this achievement: 

"TranGrid’s nine level commercial building was constructed with a centrally located void. Occupying three levels of the building, TransGrid connected their tenancy vertically through this void on each floor. For the remaining levels that were untenanted at the commencement of construction, concrete ‘hebel’ panels were placed in the void to create continuous floor space.

"This innovative solution provide's maximum flexibility for tenants and minimum waste resulting in Green Star points for innovation. Rather than imposing a condition of either a) void or b) continuous floor space, instead and with relative ease, the void is realized through the removal of the hebel panels or in the instance where there is a desire to maximize floor space, the hebel panels remain in place and the void is unrealized.

"This approach contributes to a reduction in material waste volumes during future tenancy fitouts and ease of construction and deconstruction. Further, the reduction in lift movements where stairs are located within the void will result in energy savings and the health benefits of encouraging occupants to use the stairs.

"Additional sustainability initiatives included installing products and furniture with publicly available, third party verified environmental product declarations. As a result of all of these measures the project earned four Green Star points for innovation contributing to the Six Star total."     

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