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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Enduring Architecture 2018

The long view | On work that matters

“We approach our projects with the belief that the impact of our work matters”

Cate Cowlishaw

Studio Director, Bates Smart

Studio Director Cate Cowlishaw examines Bates Smart's doctrine and how this has underpinned our longevity.

"Why do some companies endure; reinventing themselves to match their times, while others fall by the wayside? Is there an inherent quality that gives them the agility and versatility to continually reinvent themselves?

"Bates Smart was founded in 1853 and as a 165 year old practice, we approach our projects with the belief that the impact of our work matters. We understand that vision today leads to the legacy of tomorrow, and we are continually building on a culture of passion for design and a pursuit of excellence that has typified every generation of Bates Smart.

"We have been fortunate to work with many clients, including some of Australia’s oldest businesses, who have been equally farsighted about the legacy they leave behind. Our collaborations with them have given us an insight into the positive impact of longevity and led to paradigm shattering projects such as the Victorian State Library, ICI House, the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Australian Embassy in Washington.

"Many of today's successful businesses also aim to leave a positive impact on the built environment. Bates Smart is currently working on a number of tall timber buildings including the tallest engineered timber building in Australia with Lendlease. 25 King, Brisbane, is part of the next generation of workplace that enhances wellbeing and productivity while having a strong environmental benefit. The combination of an Australian vernacular with leading edge technology creates site specific and innovative tall buildings that connect with nature, these will be the landmark buildings of our future.

"The management expert and one of Forbes Magazines “100 Greatest Living Business Minds”, Jim Collins, believes every great organization demonstrates the characteristic of “preserve the core, yet stimulate progress”.

"This attitude can be seen in the Bates Smart approach to both our projects and our practice – retaining the essence of a typology and a business, while continually challenging and progressing their relevance to contemporary demands."

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Quality of life Series hospitality 2019

Jeff Copolov, Designing for a holistic experience

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“The experience of a space is not just visual, you can imbue a lot of qualities through all the senses ”

Jeffery Copolov

Director, Bates Smart

How does the hotelier stay ahead when travel today is anything but standardized? “In order to create a memorable guest experience you have to focus on the finer details” says Bates Smart Interior Design Director, Jeff Copolov.

Jeff participated in the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) in Sydney last week. Leaders from the Ovolo Group, Artyzen Hospitality Group and StayWell Prince Hotels, joined Jeff in a discussion session named: “Putting the Style in Lifestyle – What Defines the Category and How to Differentiate”. The panel set out to mine for the finer details that distinguish and elevate the guest experience. A consistent narrative emerged around the thoughtful and textural details that differentiate, such as linen sheets and designer soaps, combined with elements of the unexpected and evidence of the human touch to ultimately reframe luxury beyond sheer aesthetics.

In this short film our Director of Interior Design, Jeff Copolov, explains Bates Smart's holistic approach to interior design appealing to all the senses.

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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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Liveability 2019

Cities meet to discuss liveable density

Over breakfast in London and cocktails in Melbourne last month, a live debate was hosted by independent consortium New London Architecture (NLA) and Bates Smart. Representatives from both cities discussed how to achieve a liveable, sustainable future for London and Melbourne.

LONDON panel:
Peter Murray, Chairman, New London Architecture
Debbie Jackson, Interim Executive Director of Development Enterprise and Environment, Greater London Authority
Selina Mason, Director of Masterplanning, Lendlease
Tony Travers, Director, LSE

Lord Mayor Sally Capp, City of Melbourne
Rob Adams, Director of City Design and Projects, City of Melbourne
Claire Grealy, Director, Urbis
Cian Davis, Director, Bates Smart

Both cities face complex challenges. Melbourne’s population is predicted to reach 8 million by 2051 and London will be home to around 11 million by 2050. Intensification, traffic, transport connectivity, wellbeing, green spaces and affordable housing are among the most critical issues. London adds unacceptable levels of air pollution to the list, along with a reluctance to promote tall buildings.

Both cities are keen to further encourage walking, cycling and public transport use by making streets safe and pleasant to use, increasing green space where possible, and building appropriate infrastructure.

The Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp, said that the most pressing challenges also brought with them great opportunities and cited the huge development areas close to the CBD, such as Fishermans Bend, as offering the chance to create “something amazing” within a liveability framework.

“We need to have the courage to actually tackle it and make sure it’s something that’s exemplary if it’s going to add significant value to our city in the decades to come,” she said.

Read our report below for the key takeaways.

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