JOURNAL/ Residential


July 2014

Design Excellence Competition Win
Sydney Olympic Park

 “This building will be the next generation of environmental apartment living at Olympic Park”

Philip Vivian

Director, Bates Smart

Bates Smart has won an invited design competition for a new residential tower, at Sydney Olympic Park. This will be the third residential tower undertaken by the practice at Olympic Park. The 34 storey tower contains 378 apartments and a series of dramatic vertical communal sky gardens providing environmental benefits.

The design concept for the tower creates a new ‘vertical community’ and achieves high levels of environmental performance with exceptional residential amenity. It is simultaneously the edge condition, entry marker and gateway on a site where the Olympic Park meets Bicentennial Park and where city meets nature.

Project Director Philip Vivian explains the design approach:
"The design response is a unique triangular shaped tower that is a slender entry marker to Olympic Park, while also responding to its pivotal location. The soft corners reflect the elliptical towers further along Australia Avenue, while vertical gardens continue the landscape of Bicentennial Parklands into the third dimension."

Environmentally the design cleans, filters and cools air to apartments and common areas, provides cross ventilation to apartments and common areas, shades apartments in summer while admitting winter sunlight. This building will be the next generation of environmental apartment living at Olympic Park.

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November 2014

130 Elizabeth Street
A City of Sydney Design Excellence Competition Win

 “Our Aim is to contribute to the historic significance and civic nature of Hyde Park's urban room”

Philip Vivian

Director, Bates Smart

Bates Smart has won a City of Sydney Design Excellence Competition for a new residential tower at 130 Elizabeth Street, Sydney for clients Cbus Property. 

Bates Smart’s design is intended to complete the group of towers that define the southern edge of Hyde Park while sitting comfortably alongside the scale and character of the surrounding notable buildings such as the adjacent Mark Foy’s building.

Director Philip Vivian explains the design proposal:

“Our concept appears as a ‘stack’ of humanely scaled buildings that recall the historic context of Hyde Park while resolving the stepped and angled complexity of the approved envelope.

The palette of natural materials proposed sits comfortably within the series of nearby buildings such as St James station and the Australian museum.”

The building will comprise 38 levels and 148 apartments and is currently being submitted for a Stage 2 Development Application in the Sydney studio. 


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May/Jun 2013

35 Spring Street, Melbourne
Parkside on Spring

Elegant Parkside Living

CBUS Property's significant residential development at 35 Spring Street is luxury living in what is arguably Melbourne CBD’s finest location. Boasting a 'Central Park' feel due to its location opposite Melbourne's magnificent Treasury and Fitzroy Gardens, within walking distance from designer boutiques, restaurants, five-star hotels and the city's cultural precinct.

35 Spring Street's lifestyle is set apart from other current market offerings, and even before the launch of the display suite the development attracted a large number of potential purchasers.

“The apartment styling mixes clean modern lines with intricate details, patterns and textures; to create the warmth of an eclectic lived in home”, says Jeff Copolov, Interior Design Director at Bates Smart.

The interior design embraces clean and continuous surfaces where full height windows merge into large door openings and the bathroom floors wrap onto the walls with floating vanities and mirrors. The building’s external façade pattern has also been referenced throughout the interiors, with generous window panes creating a framed view to the outside.

See the Development website and register your interest to see the display suite by appointment only here

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Read about 35 Spring St in the Sydney Morning Herald

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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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March 2015

Maddocks, Melbourne
Premium legal firm is moving house

Winning Wintergarden

Maddocks have chosen Tower D at Walker Group’s and Collins Square for their new workplace in Melbourne. The tower is under construction and Maddocks’ three floors will be ready for occupancy in late 2016.

The new workplace designed by Bates Smart will offer a more open work environment, designed to nurture the collaborative and focus workstyles of their legal staff. There will be a greater diversity of work settings to suit varied workstyles, with increased mobility supported by an advanced technology infrastructure. Staff will be better connected in the new workplace, working on floorplates double the size of their current floors at 140 William Street and connected by a dramatic spiral stair and generous atrium across the 3 levels.

Clients and staff will enjoy excellent amenity, including a client working lounge and a signature double-height wintergarden.

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Feb/Mar 2014

In Progress
Emmy Monash Aged Care

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Nurturing a sense of place

The new Hawthorn Road development for Emmy Monash Aged Care aims to deliver high quality residential care to the Jewish community in Melbourne.

The Hawthorn Road development will offer 97 beautifully appointed residences and suites, the building has been carefully designed as a composite of residential elements, gently woven into the surrounding urban fabric.

A strong sense of place has been nurtured through a bundant natural light, panoramic views, landscaped open spaces and gardens featuring mature trees. While a series of internal courtyards allow natural light to penetrate deep into the plan.

The residents of Emmy Monash Aged Care will access to a wide range of amenties including a beauty salon, physiotherapy space, library and Synagogue.

The Hawthorn Road development is due to start on site mid 2014 for completion in 2015.

Emmy Monash Aged Care

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May/Jun 2013

New Neighbourhood

The newest addition to the Sydney community, Camperdown’s Gantry neighbourhood, is nearing completion with the final handover scheduled for August this year.

The design and marketing for the project resulted in over 85% of the units sold prior to construction commencement.

Built on a 9,900sqm existing warehouse block, the site was fully excavated to provide underground parking for each unit. Numerous heritage items were found beneath the factory floor, including a fully intact basement to an early Sydney inn, and the remains of the brickwork kilns from the Fowlers pottery workshops.

At ground level a new road bisects the site with retail and terrace housing addressing the street, creating a lively new neighbourhood. A pedestrian through-site-link cuts through the central shared courtyard to provide access within the community, and to the neighbouring streets.

With a pool and extensive landscaping, the courtyard provides a generous open green space. Along Parramatta Rd the project presents a high end retail environment, immediately improving the quality of the streetscape.

At the lower levels, unique units within the building were created by taking advantage of the existing heritage forms to create dynamic interior spaces across multiple levels. Two and three storey terraces capture the volumes of the heritage warehouse spaces. As the building rises above the adjacent low rise warehouses, the penthouse apartments enjoy uninterrupted city views and views of the adjacent parkland.

Display suites are currently being completed for the remaining units, these will be available for viewing from the end of May.

Visit Gantry here

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Mar/Apr 2013

Inner House
On ABC's 'Deeambuild'

Inner House features in a new series of 'Dreambuild'.

Watch the episode here

Read about Inner House here

"What do you do with a heritage listed church, where the heritage requirements dictate that nothing of the new structure can touch the walls of the heritage listed building? You build an inner house."

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April 2014

The Bay Terraces, Sydney

Little Bay Terraces

A rolling landscape of bushland, sandstone and coastal views provides the setting for the newly completed Bay Terraces at Little Bay in Sydney.

Detailed articulation and individual expression in each dwelling references the elegant tradition of Sydney townhouses developed in the last century.

The houses are grouped as a series of 7 clusters with an internal ring road to maximise solar access, sea breezes and minimise through site traffic.

This is the second of 4 stages that form the redevelopment of the former Prince Henry Hospital Site undertaken by Brookfield Residential Properties.

When realized the project will provide approximately 270 apartments across a mixture of new and repurposed heritage hospital buildings dating back to the 1920-30's.

Prince Henry at Little Bay

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October - November 2017

555 Collins Street, Melbourne

“Activated public spaces are essential. ”

Kristen Whittle

Director, Bates Smart

In order for our cities to remain among the world’s most liveable, it will be essential that more activated public spaces are created within the CBD.

555 Collins Street is a sculptural residential tower that will transform a busy, but neglected corner of Melbourne’s CBD. The tower’s elegant form will become a vibrant addition to Melbourne’s skyline, yet it is the building’s tapered base that really differentiates the project. This device allows for an increase in the amount of public amenity provided at street level and importantly creates a continuous pedestrian realm that links with the adjacent building, and establishes a contemporary addition to Melbourne’s collection of celebrated laneways.

The provision of public spaces within the public realm allows for places of respite, in what is otherwise a busy urban intersection. The tapered form also lets daylight filter into the building’s interior spaces, while at night the illumination created via light spill will result in a safer precinct.

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May-June 2014

Boheme Bondi
Wins Design Excellence Award

Brilliant Boheme

Boheme Bondi, Bates Smart's buzzing Hall Street development for The Toga Group, has won the top design award from Waverley Council.

Bates Smart were awarded the accolade for the development's excellent response to streetscape, pedestrian and community amenity.

Congratulations to the team.

April 2014

AIDA Awards Shortlisting

Four out of Four

All four projects entered by Bates Smart into the Australian Interior Design Awards (AIDA) have been shortlisted:

Public Design - 171 Collins Street

Workplace Design - Evans and Partners

Residential Design - 35 Spring Street Display Suite

Residential Decoration - 35 Spring Street Display Suite

The awards will be announced in Sydney on May 16.

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August 2013

Open House Melbourne
Biggest Year so Far

Declare your love for the city

111 significant Melbourne buildings were open to the public over one weekend in July, made possible by a tightly knit and hardworking group of people including Bates Smart's Tim Leslie.

Visitors discovered the hidden wealth of architecture in Melbourne through Open House Melbourne.

Associate Director Tim Leslie is the current and founding President, below is an extract from his Welcome Speech for the first Speaker Series.

'Open House Melbourne is one of twenty open houses around the world and when founded in 2006 was the first in the southern hemisphere. The event proudly showcases many of the significant buildings and spaces that create our city.

'You may ask how do buildings define Melbourne—aren’t they just bricks and mortar, steel and glass, inanimate, mute?

''Each city around the world represents the society that has formed it. Our built environment reflects our needs and desires, our successes and failures. The city is a snapshot of its culture, its values, seemingly frozen in time yet in fact continuously evolving.

''Through our guides at the Open House weekend and via architects, planners and designers at our speaker series, we assist in allowing buildings to tell their tales.

''We hope to help you understand the power of our cities in shaping us, our role in shaping them, and the paramount importance of design and vision.'

'Tim Leslie, President of Open House with the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor – Open House wins the 2012 Melbourne Award for Contribution to Public Profile

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May-June 2014

Gantry Development
Wins Top Council Award 2014

The Gantry, development by Bates Smart, was awarded the 2014 Marrickville Medal in recognition of the conservation of the cultural heritage of Marrickville.

The development skillfully blends a range of residential buildings around a large landscaped courtyard. The new buildings provide a contrasting backdrop for the restored sawtooth heritage facade while subtly referencing the site.

Congratulations to the team and to our colleagues at OCP Architects for their heritage work on this development.

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