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About Us

Our work strives to enhance our sense of surroundings, identity and relationship to others and the physical spaces we inhabit, whether feral or human-made.

Selected Awards
  • 2004 — Aga Khan Award for Architecture
  • 2009 — Mies van der Rohe Award
  • 2013 — AIA/ALA Library Building Award
  • 2015 — Best Interior, Designers Saturday
  • 2016 — AIA New York Honor Award

Herbert Smith Freehills HSF – Melbourne

Architectural Fit Out Photographer

Client: Active Metal

Fitout: 80 Collins Street, Melbourne

Office fitout photography and video production – staircase install

Consolidating multiple Melbourne offices to one in 80 Collins St, Herbert Smith Freehills engaged Bates Smart to design to construct its new office spanning over 10,262 square meters. The new premises have been designed to meet the evolving needs of the firm’s agile workforce. Aiming to empower people to choose a working environment where they can perform at their best and in the way that best suits them, whilst delivering a consistently excellent client experience. The office design integrates physical, cognitive, and social well-being considerations, encouraging high performance while supporting mental resilience.

A sculptural architectural staircase created by Active Metal Pty Ltd beautifully connects 5 floors. The structural staircase is fabricated from mild steel, integrated with steel balustrade plates and handrails systems. The subtle ocean wave colour is beautifully lit by the integrated handrail lighting. In addition, the steel plate staircase is encased with void glass balustrades and full height glazing, creating a dramatic visual connection and void view both looking up and looking down.

Contact us about photography or video production for your commercial office fit out.

Client: Herbert Smith Freehills
Builder: SHAPE Australia
Interior Design: Bates Smart
Photographer: Pixel Collective
Location: 80 Collins St, Melbourne





  • Location

    80 Collins St, Melbourne

  • Client

    Active Metal

  • Services

    Photography, Video Production

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