Immerse yourself in the 2014 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
Imagine a cloud-like structure suspended above vertical rain gardens, a floating bar and an open-kitchen eatery, right in the heart of Melbourne – that's the ambitious project a group of designers at HASSELL are currently working on.
For the second year in a row, HASSELL is designing the centrepiece of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, presented by Bank of Melbourne. The Immersery – Festival Kitchen, Bar and Raingarden will be the 2014 event's spectacular hub, interpreting the Festival's theme of water.
The floating bar will be located on a barge, moored in the Yarra River. The open-air kitchen will sit on the banks of the river, next to the barge and adjacent to Queensbridge Square. The cloud-like structure made from scaffolding and PVC pipes atop Sandridge Bridge and above the bar and dining area creates a skyline community space that visitors will be able to enjoy for the duration of the Festival. Finally, the vertical plant display, demonstration rain gardens and feature plantings of drought tolerant species, appropriate to the local climate and rainfall conditions, will be located throughout the Immersery.
"The Immersery is a metaphorical representation of the water cycle, designed over three levels of the space: river, square and bridge. We celebrate the intriguing and ephemeral qualities of clouds, communicate the preciousness of water as a natural resource, and draw attention to opportunities for the capture and reuse of water in an effort to reduce consumption and protect the quality of our water ways," said Brenton Beggs, a Landscape Architect from HASSELL.
"Our installation will temporarily transform a well known Melbourne space on the Yarra River, and provide visitors with an immersive experience to learn about water within the urban context," said Andrea Giuradei, a HASSELL Architect.
The project is inspired by the inherent qualities of water and the processes through which it is transformed during its continuous cyclical journey around the earth.
The Immersery follows the successful centrepiece of the 2013 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the HASSELL designed Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar.
The 2014 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival runs from 28 February – 16 March
Jason Cuffe wins AILA NSW Future Leaders Award
HASSELL Landscape Architect, Jason Cuffe was presented with the Future Leaders, 2013 AILA New South Wales Graduate Landscape Architect Award in Sydney last week.
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects' award is granted to a recent graduate who demonstrates outstanding achievement in the development of innovative, creative and practical solutions in their professional practice.
"Jason joined us as a student while completing his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture at UNSW. He graduated with First Class Honours and the University Medal in 2011, and has continued this commitment to excellence at HASSELL as an invaluable member of the practice," said Angus Bruce, Head of Landscape Architecture.
"Through his contributions to a diverse range of projects, including the high profile Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct, Jason has demonstrated an exceptional level of professionalism and talent. We congratulate him on receiving this recognition from the wider landscape architecture community, and for leading the way for young designers at HASSELL," he said.
The AILA awards jury noted that, "Jason will without a doubt become a future leader in the profession."
A hive of activity on Adelaide’s riverbank
A matrix of blue octagons on the banks of Adelaide's River Torrens will have people talking about more than just the cricket score this weekend, with the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure unveiling a brand new pop-up venue set to boost public engagement with the city's Riverbank Precinct.
The Blue Hive is the latest in a series of unique temporary installations by HASSELL that challenge the public's view of the city and demonstrate the benefits innovative and quirky design can deliver to urban spaces.
HASSELL Project Designer Frank Smith says the application of landscape architecture and urban design principles to reinvigorate under-used areas of our cities is essential to building a diverse dynamic public realm that people want to be part of.
"Pro-bono or low-cost projects such as The Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar, Chasing Kitsune and Walk the Line in Melbourne and Sydney demonstrate that increasing public engagement with the city doesn't need to come at a significant cost," said Frank.
"Instead it's about casting a fresh light on existing infrastructure to create temporary spaces that transform public perception of how a space can be used and enjoyed."
Water misters and structures for climbing around The Blue Hive offer a playful element of discovery for children, while areas for vendors and performers will keep the adults entertained as they sit back and watch the riverbank come alive for summer.
"Adelaide's Riverbank Precinct is undergoing a significant period of transformation. However, it is essential that the public spaces that link the individual stakeholders are not overlooked if the area is to meet its full potential," said Frank.
"Over the coming three months, The Blue Hive will capitalise on the prominent location of the site, to showcase the potential of the area as a vibrant hub of activity that people will visit simply to take in the atmosphere and vibrancy of the area."
The Blue Hive is an initiative of the South Australian Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure and will be open to the public from 5 December until the end of February 2014.
Stop comparing, start competing
HASSELL has thrown its support behind a new South Australian initiative that draws together a range of high performing organisations and individuals to reinvigorate thinking in the state and set clear goals for economic sustainability.
Following a model which has already seen success in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, A Committee for Adelaide embraces an integrated, a-political approach to city shaping, identifying new ways to build a more competitive economy, lifestyle and built environment.
HASSELL Principal and Head of the Adelaide studio, David Homburg, said since being established in Adelaide in 1938, HASSELL has played a central role in shaping the city and the time was ripe for a new wave of thinking.
"Adelaide can re-establish its reputation as one of the great second tier cities of the world. Cities of our scale and intimacy are often the incubators of innovative ideas," says David.
"We need to embrace this and carve out our own path in a global environment using the positive cultural and lifestyle aspects Adelaide has to offer, while developing practical strategies that support sustainable population growth and economic development.
"With the redevelopment of Adelaide's Riverbank Precinct and major upgrades underway throughout the city, we are already taking steps in the right direction," says David.
"However, a more nuanced approach is needed to ensure the necessary shift in cultural, social and business habits in South Australia also takes place to support a more internationally competitive city."
As a global practice, with its foundations in South Australia, HASSELL brings a unique perspective to the Committee.
"This is a great chance to work closely with some of the brightest minds, from both South Australia and internationally, to deliver bold ideas that will deliver tangible benefits back to the state," says David.
Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre opens
The Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre - officially opened by the Hon. Jillian Skinner OAM, NSW Minister for Health on Friday - offers a dignified and reassuring environment for patients receiving specialist cancer treatment in the Shoalhaven region of New South Wales.
HASSELL worked closely with Health Infrastructure NSW to design the Centre, which engages with its surrounding natural south coast landscape to deliver a positive healing environment.
"The Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre is unique in that, while it is in close proximity to the main hospital, it stands on its own within a very picturesque woodland setting," explains HASSELL Principal Luke Johnson.
"The building and its individual treatment and consultation spaces are sited to maximise opportunities for views into the natural landscape - providing distraction and respite to patients and staff.
"Even the waiting room is connected to a landscaped courtyard offering patients the opportunity to sit comfortably within a sheltered space that has direct access to fresh air and natural light.
"The predominant colour palette of white and grey relates to surrounding tree colours and the building's use of timber, concrete and glass throughout the Centre's interior, further blurs the boundaries between the indoor clinical and respite areas and the Centre's bushland setting," said Luke.
While the Centre is deliberately designed to feel more casual than formal, the Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre will deliver the highest quality care supported by its advanced medical equipment and facilities.
Image courtesy of Mike Chorley Photography
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