by Philip Vivian
Two recently completed buildings leave a harmonious contemporary imprint on heritage surrounds – 420 George Street in Sydney by Bates Smart and one40william in Perth by HASSELL. These two buildings were featured in the January/February issue of Architecture Australia, with each being reviewed by a director from the other company.
one40william was reviewed by Bates Smart director Philip Vivian, in which he notes, "one40william in Perth tackles one of the challenges of the contemporary city: how to integrate a large-scale office and retail complex into the scale and texture of the city, heritage buildings and a transport station (...) one40william by HASSELL addresses all of these criteria, while also being conceived as an urban response to the city."
He concludes that the "success of this building is a reflection of the procurement process as well as the clients' support for the architects (...) At a time when the issue of large contiguous floor plates is often used as a rationale by developers and architects alike to avoid integration with the scale of a city or neighbourhood, it is refreshing to see buildings that can navigate both requirements simultaneously."—