Established by Joseph Reed in Melbourne in 1852, Bates Smart has been responsible for some of the largest commissions in Australia and is one of the pioneers of Modernism in the country. The introduction of lightweight structure in their MLC projects in the 1950s was unprecedented, and represented a new typology for Australian cities – the skyscraper. Bates Smart’s significant high-rise experience throughout Australia and South East Asia is evident today in its dozen live tall building projects, which span architecture, interior design and urban design.
Caro Communications’ Sydney office is currently working with the practice on a tall building campaign for the completion of the first high-rise commercial tower in North Sydney in 25 years, 177 Pacific Highway. In 2016 Caro Communications supported the practice at the CTBUH conference in Shenzhen, China, where director Kristen Whittle presented a paper on Australia’s slimmest tower, Collins House. In 2016 Caro Communications also managed media relations for the announcement of the new Australian Embassy in Washington by Bates Smart.