Taking a site-sensitive approach, Bates Smart has designed a quietly-confident building that harmonises with the prestigious local context. Impressive concrete formwork takes inspiration from Spring Street’s European character while custom brickwork recalls nearby warehouses. The sculptural building, public piazza and laneway extension integrate seamlessly with the surrounds to provide an enriching home in the CBD.
The prominent use of bespoke concrete and brick at 85 Spring Street provides a solid foundation for everyday life and brings a substantial new presence to the area. Inspired by nearby civic masterpieces, Bates Smart’s concept to cast the residential tower in a raw material imparts a sense of permanence and integrity. In homage to the classical sensibility of the area, the textural façade references the stonework of Parliament House and the warmth of traditional Parisian limestone. Yet, free of decoration, the building is unmistakably contemporary. To create a unified architectural expression, the structure’s base material is carried throughout the interiors and meticulously finished by hand.