Bates Smart delivers architecture, interior design, urban design and strategic services in Australia, with over 250 studios scattered across Melbourne and Sydney. Known as one of Australia’s oldest architectural firms, Bates Smart has been in business since 1853, making up 166 years of history. Their award-winning projects transform the cities they’re built in since the firm strives to build urban spaces and environments that cater to the general public. Now it’s time to discover some beautiful projects by Bates Smart!
The Italian-influenced, but modern Australian restaurant Luci forms the heart of the Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street hotel, located in the newly renovated and historically significant 1931 Equity Trustees building. Situated within the former grand hall of the heritage building, the restaurant takes full advantage of the large volume space complete with a double-height coffered ceiling, ornate plasterwork and distinguished columns. Inspired by the history of the building and the era in which it was constructed, the design aims to impart the glamour and luxury of the past with a modern interpretation.
35 Spring Street
35 Spring Street is situated on the far eastern boundary of the Hoddle Grid, opposite the Treasury Gardens and adjacent to Flinders Lane. The luxury residential development defines the urban edge of the CBD and provides a major new landmark for Melbourne. Treating the tower as a sculptural object, a distinctive pattern has been created across the façade, distinguishing it as a unique tower within the city skyline. The façade was inspired by the history of Flinders Lane and the establishment of the fashion industry in the 1880s, as well as the significant political buildings that characterize Spring Street. Consequently, the tower skin reflects both the warp, weft and layering of fabric and the ashlar patterning found in historic masonry walls.
Hyatt Regency Sydney
Bates Smart was engaged to undertake the master plan and interior design for the renovation and expansion of the Hyatt Regency Sydney sited on historic Darling Harbour. BM’s objective was to create hospitality spaces that optimize the considerable assets of the site while minimizing structural limitations imposed by the existing architecture. Undertaking the initial Masterplanning stage, they sought to achieve the best possible connectivity between public space and back-of-house support to create operational efficiencies and seamless transitions.
Another step in the urbanization of Sydney Olympic Park’s town center, Boomerang Tower combines a 7-story podium of retail, office and above-ground parking with a 32 story residential tower. Adding 239 apartments, 5 shops, two levels of new workplace, shared outdoor amenity, and above-ground parking, the project sits respectfully within Sydney Olympic Park’s high-quality landscape and public domain. The design approach reimagined the single-podium/twin-tower competition brief by splitting the podium with a diagonal through-site link aligned to the nearby State Sports Centre forecourt. North of the link, commercial and parking uses are combined into a single form, while south of the link, the tower sits above the podium parking and ground-floor retail.
One20 Hyde Park
Won through a City of Sydney Design Excellence Competition, Bates Smart’s vision for One30 Hyde Park is a contemporary tower that contributes to the historic significance and civic nature of Hyde Park. They aim to simultaneously hold and terminate the southern edge of Hyde Park while creating a dynamic corner expression. The design creates two distinct building typologies; a podium that responds to the scale and form of the context, and a tower that complements the scale, materiality and fenestration of its Hyde Park context.
The former Inglis stables have an incredibly rich history within Randwick and Sydney. Newmarket, the neighborhood that has begun to transform the site, draws upon this history through its master plan and the design of its diverse housing, creating a new place where Randwick’s past thoughtfully stitches into its present. The eastern precinct unites new and retained heritage buildings through a strong master plan. Newmarket Residences encompasses 128 apartments and ground-floor retail in two 8-story buildings which frame the northern gateway to the precinct. The buildings’ open precast concrete frames interpret the more civic buildings of the hospital and the adjacent schools whilst accommodating the stuff of everyday life: shops and cafes below, and balconies and windows into living rooms and bedrooms above. The sandstone tinted precast concrete is complemented by dark bronze metal framing to balustrades, window frames, sun-shading and privacy screens.
The Douglas Club
Situated within the Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street hotel, the cocktail bar The Douglas Club combines the glamour of the past, with unmistakably contemporary design providing a quintessential Melbourne hospitality experience. Overall, the development has transformed the historically significant but dilapidated 1931 Equity Trustees building into a luxurious and vibrant hotel, thereby providing a more activated precinct for this area of the city. Inspiration for the design, both for the hotel and bar, came from the heritage building and the era in which it was built. Many of the original decorative details have been restored, with interior spaces imparting the elegance and glamour of a bygone time, but with a distinctly modern interpretation.
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