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22 Sep 2021
One Barangaroo Wins Emporis Skyscraper Award
One Barangaroo Sydney by Bates Smart Architects
photograph © Tom Roe
Emporis Skyscraper Award 2020
This year the world’s most renowned architecture award for skyscrapers, the Emporis Skyscraper Award, goes to One Barangaroo in Sydney. For the first time in the more than 20 year-long history of the awards, the prestigious trophy goes to Australia. One Barangaroo is a 271-meter-tall skyscraper, designed by British architect WilkinsonEyre and is the tallest building in Sydney, offering spectacular views of Sydney Harbor and the city’s iconic Opera House.

4 October 2019
Australian Unity, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Australian Unity Healthcare Melbourne workplace by Bates Smart Architects
photo © Bates Smart
Australian Unity Melbourne
This Australian architecture and interiors firm completes its latest workplace project for healthcare provider Australian Unity.

16 July 2019
Hub Parliament Station, Nicholson Street, East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Hub Parliament Station on Nicholson Street, East Melbourne by Bates Smart Architects
photo © Anson Smart
Hub Parliament Station, East Melbourne

12 Sep 2018
New Moore Park Stadium, Driver Avenue, south-east Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
New Moore Park Stadium in Sydney
picture from Bates Smart
New Moore Park Stadium
The New South Wales State Government in Australia is proposing to demolish the main Sydney Football Stadium in Sydney’s south-eastern suburbs and replace it with a new stadium on the same site at a cost of $705 million.There has been broad public opposition to the proposal based on the wasteful use of government funds to demolish and rebuild.

17 Jun 2018
85 Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
85 Spring St Melbourne tower building
photo © Bates Smart
85 Spring Street Tower
Design unveiled for a 39-storey stacked concrete tower for developer Golden Age Group on one of the last developable sites on Melbourne’s Spring Street.

10 Jun 2017

This architecture practice is one of the winners at the Australian Interior Design Awards Winners:

Workplace Design Commendation

for Salvation Army, NSW
Australian Interior Design Awards Winners

10 Feb 2017
5 King Tower, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Australia’s tallest engineered timber building

5 King Tower
image courtesy of architects firm
Australia’s tallest engineered timber building

5 King is a high performance commercial building and the tallest engineered timber building in Australia. The 52 metre* high tower in the Brisbane Showgrounds development will also hold the title for the largest gross floor area (GFA) for an engineered timber office building worldwide.

At ground level, a substantial 54 metre long timber colonnade lined with cafes and restaurants will cater to the need for creative workspaces outside of the office while establishing a welcoming entry to the building. The side-core design offers generous 1,588 square metre net leaseable area (NLA) floorplates, with a total of 14,921 square metre (NLA) over 10 floors.

This Brisbane building will be targeting a 6 Star Green Star Design and As Built v1.1 and a NABERS Energy 5 Star rating. As well as using sustainably sourced timber, the building will integrate rainwater harvesting, energy efficient lighting and optimized air-conditioning. Premium end of trip facilities for 152 bicycles and parking for 56 cars is planned.

22 Oct 2014

Bates Smart Studio in Sydney

Design by the office itself

Location: 43 Brisbane Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010, Australia

PointOfView engaged to light their new Sydney Studio

Architects and interior designers are amongst the biggest supporters of lighting design. They have a clear understanding of how lighting can enhance a space they have created. They also appreciate the consequences of poor lighting.

Bates Smart Studio
image courtesy of architects office

Bates Smart on e-architect

More architecture projects by Bates Smart Architects Australia online soon

Location: 3 Brisbane Street, Surry Hills, New South Wales, 2010 Australia

Australian Architecture Practice Information

Bates Smart Architect – architecture office with studios in Melbourne & Sydney.

This architectural firm was founded in 1853 by Joseph Reed as the practice Reed and Barnes, it is Australia’s second oldest architectural firm, and amongst the oldest in the world.

Founded in 1853, Bates Smart possess a strong legacy of innovation in commercial architecture. As architects for MLC Insurance in the 1950s, the firm designed the tallest commercial towers across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide.

These lightweight structures were cutting-edge projects, leading the way for modernism in Australia. A number of buildings remain today, including Orica House, home to the firm’s Melbourne studio and 105 Miller Street, North Sydney, which was completed 60 years ago in 1957.

Today the firm is a multidisciplinary design firm delivering architecture, interior design and urban design across Australia, with a staff of over 250 in studios in Melbourne and Sydney. The practice’s award-winning projects transform the city fabric and the way people use and inhabit urban spaces and built environments. The firm’s founders were the innovators of their time, and the practice now leads the debate on how and where we work, meet, live and learn.

Australian Architects


1 Nicholson Street
Melbourne Victoria
3000 Australia
Telephone +61 3 8664 6200


43 Brisbane Street
Surry Hills New South Wales
2010 Australia
Telephone +61 2 8354 5100

Website: Bates Smart Architects Australia

Australian Architectural Designs

Australian Architecture Designs – architectural selection below:

Sydney Central Station Development, Sydney, NSW
Design: SOM and Fender Katsalidis
image © SOM | Fender Katsalidis
Sydney Central Station Development

Pitt Street OSD and metro station, Sydney
Design: Foster + Partners
Pitt Street Over Station Development Sydney
image © Foster + Partners
Pitt Street Over Station Development

Australian Architecture

Australian Building Designs

Melbourne Architecture

Perth Buildings

World Architects

Buildings / photos for the Bates Smart page welcome