News / June 2016
Monday 27 June 2016
Global headquarters in UK wins top award

The HASSELL design for the London Headquarters of one of the world’s best known mining and resources companies was named Large Commercial Interior Project of the year at the UK’s Mixology Awards.

The jury commended the quality of the design, saying it felt more like a high end residential home than a corporate workplace.

In her acceptance of the award, HASSELL UK Practice Leader Felicity Roocke said the headquarters’ setting in the heart of London’s historic St James Square presented the opportunity to explore a new direction for the organisation’s workplaces internationally.

“It was a unique opportunity to create a workplace that is based as much in hospitality and residential design as it is in corporate office design. The result is a high quality space that reflects both its status as the global headquarters of a world-class organisation, while sitting very comfortably as part of its prestigious West End location.”

Global Mining HQ_NEWS
Wednesday 22 June 2016
Celebrating change in Shanghai

Last week, the Shanghai studio hosted a large number of clients and collaborators at an event and exhibition that celebrated the transformation of Shanghai. We showcased some of the recent projects that our international HASSELL design team have been working on in the China region. They included two that are set to transform Shanghai - an exclusive preview of a mixed-use development in Jing'An, and the Huangpu East Bank design competition entry.

Guests were treated to delicious food by renowned international chef Austin Hu who has now planted himself in Shanghai and runs one of the city’s most loved restaurants, Madison.

The event was also a celebration of our new studio space and sky terrace located in the heart of Shanghai in the Xuhui district, which is also part of a transformation process for HASSELL in China.

Just like all the projects we undertake for clients, the new Shanghai studio is the result of in depth consultation with staff who were involved in deciding on the location and design of the space from the beginning of the process. The new studio supports our open, collaborative working style.

Friday 3 June 2016
Perth Stadium precinct parklands take shape

The first plants are in the ground at the Chevron Parkland, the 2.6 hectares of rehabilitated parkland that comprises part of the Perth Stadium precinct in Perth, Western Australia.

Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett and Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies joined representatives from Westadium and commercial partner Chevron Australia in the symbolic first planting.

The Chevron Parkland, which sits along the Swan River foreshore, will include six nature play areas, which will encourage children to explore the natural landscape and participate in unstructured play and recreation.

The play areas incorporate various climbing, balancing, tunnelling and chill out elements, plus sand pits and lookouts.

The Chevron Parkland will also feature a number of permanent artworks by Western Australian Aboriginal artists. The parkland design was developed with input from the Whadjuk community and is inspired by the six seasons of the Noongar, the local Indigenous Australian people.

Around 160,000 seedlings and 500 mature trees will be planted in the parkland.

HASSELL, with Cox and HKS, was part of the Perth Stadium design team.

"The rehabilitation of the stadium precinct river foreshore into a multi-generational nature play is an exciting place-making opportunity for the HASSELL landscape architecture team," said Anthony Brookfield, Principal.

"We are looking forward to an outcome which synthesises the ecological revitalisation of the waterside landscape with a celebration of its significance to the Whadjuk community through habitat creation, play, art and storytelling."

Construction of the Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct is on schedule to open in time for the start of the 2018 Australian Football League season.

Perth Stadium - view from south east
Perth Stadium Nature Play
Wednesday 1 June 2016
GSK global headquarters for Asia revealed

A responsive façade, activated roof-deck and cascading landscaped sky terraces will all be features of GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) new global headquarters in Singapore.

As the concept architect, concept landscape architect and interior designer for the headquarters, HASSELL has outlined a ­vision for a human-centric workplace to encourage knowledge transfer. The development, which is now under construction, will be a beacon for GSK and its focus on Asia, empowering its people to work in a more connected way both locally and globally.

Situated within a landscaped public realm, the distinctive building has been designed with tiered horseshoe-shaped floors wrapping around a central atrium. Its various features work together to activate visual and physical interaction across the workplace.

GSK's employees are expected to move into the building in late 2017.

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