Smile Council Orthodontics Head Office Development in Bundoora.

 The head office Building for Smile Council was a purpose built development completed early 2010.

The design philosophy was based on the “High Street” culture successfully developed at University Hill Retail Precinct. The building features a two storey commercial office space and specialist treatment rooms, facilities and services.

The façade uses colours and textures to reflect the local environment through materials such as full height curtain walls, textured precast concrete, aluminium composite panels and timber battening creating a beautifully articulated building of layered surfaces.

Glazing not only protects the internal spaces from the harsh sunlight, but connects with the local natural landscape, eucalypts and surrounds.

Landscaping softens the buildings mass giving scale and strength to the emerging built form of the University Hill precinct.


The relatively small west facing site created challenges of sunlight and heat with planning limitations preventing a taller development. The ground floor entry was direct and gentle without steps and steep ramps but limited the basement height and the aim for natural car park ventilation.
This was achieved through battened screens for sustainability and cost saving. Rain water is harvested and stored in tanks on site for use ahead of ESD initiatives in place today.

The design approach borrowed heavily from the existing High Street and articulated layered facades of the earlier stages of University Hill. The philosophy was to create buildings which complimented each other while respectful of the surrounding bushland and the areas rich history.

The feature perforated sun screen, passive window louvres and recessed windows control the internal space from harsh sun in a gentle almost transparent way. An outdoor deck at first floor level provides a flexible and comfortable space with views to the natural Australian bush and farm land beyond.


The tailor designed and built development is a huge success for the owner- operators. The facilities and services operate within a beautifully designed and functional interior and exterior.
The building sits proud and strong and is as dynamic outside as the wonderful orthodontic work conducted inside.

Client Smile Council Orthodontics
Value $3M
Type mixed-use
Year 2009
Status Complete

18 scholar drive, Bundoora, Vic

Bundoora, Vic

Photography: Blake Brockdorff, ArchiShot

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