Bates Smart

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Bates Smart







Bates Smart is recognised as one of Australia’s outstanding international design practices. From their Melbourne and Sydney studios, and with a project office in Hong Kong, Bates Smart delivers highly innovative, sustainable and efficient solutions.

  • Bates Smart designs US Australian Embassy

    “The design of the new Embassy has been inspired by the unique and beguiling beauty of the Australian landscape. The project has a refined and rich materiality which will make it stand out in Washington.”

  • Victoria Racing Club announces $128 million club stand designed by Bates Smart

    The new grandstand will be built by Multiplex in collaboration with engineers Arup, and will offer 360 degree views of the mounting yard, race track, members’ lawn, parade ring, betting ring and winning post.

  • Bates Smart designs skinny skyscraper for Melbourne

    One of the slimmest buildings in the world has been designed by Bates Smart at just 12 metres wide. Collins House tower will be 195 metres tall, and will soon begin construction on Melbourne’s Collins Street.

  • Vibe Hotel Canberra by Bates Smart

    Bates Smart sought to establish a luxe opulence within the hotel, taking inspiration from the glamorised golden age of travel in the 1950s and 60s.

  • Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck migrates

    The Fat Duck arrived in Melbourne amid a blaze of publicity and the promise of a never to be repeated dining experience. Now at the end of its 6-month stint, Sandra Tan explores how the restaurant’s interiors set the scene to create the magic.

  • Bates Smart reinstates glamour to InterContinental Double Bay

    Once the hotel of choice for debutantes, the sailing elite and travelling socialites, the InterContinental Double Bay had faded. Bates Smart’s refit reinstates luxury to both the hotel and Double Bay with a fitout that suits locals and visitors alike.

  • VCAT approves 50-storey Bates Smart skyscraper

    Capitol Grand, the tallest skyscraper outside of the city centre of Melbourne, has been approved for construction by VCAT. Designed by Bates Smart Architects, the 50-storey tower will house 450 residential apartments.

  • 180 Thomas Street

    Bates Smart’s Thomas Street building sits diagonally across from Frank Gehry’s Dr Chau Chak Wing Building. So how should architects respond to such a flamboyant neighbour: challenge or ignore it?

  • Sydney Pier One hotel interior by Bates Smart

    Completed in March 2015, the luxurious hotel fit out recalls the building’s past as a terminal for P&O liners in the 1910s.

  • Healthy interiors at the Royal Children’s Hospital

    With Bates Smart nominated in various categories at next week’s IDEA, ADR interviews award-winning architects Jeff Copolov and Mark Healey on an internationally acclaimed triumph in health care architecture, using big design concepts to nuture the smallest among us.