Medibank Place on display at New London Architecture
One of Australia’s healthiest workplaces is being showcased to Londoners over the coming months as part of an exhibition looking at the city’s changing nature of work and the resulting evolution in office spaces.
Medibank’s award-winning Melbourne headquarters, designed by HASSELL, has been selected as a case study for the WRK / LDN event being run by NLA (New London Architecture) until 17 December 2016.
The program of events includes discussions, presentations and tours examining London’s future workspaces and will showcases exemplar projects from around the world.
The Medibank building embodies the insurer’s core health business, and demonstrates how successful workplace design is underpinned by the culture and values of an organization, and then considers how the design can enable greater collaboration, engagement and productivity.
London-based Principal Matt Blain says many organisations in the UK are yet to see the workplace as a cultural differentiator and a way of attracting the right people in an open talent economy. He says familiar approaches, such as open plan offices and activity based working (ABW), are not a ‘one size fits all’.
“For Medibank, it was about protecting what was important to the client first before looking at areas of change to ensure they created a thriving workplace,” Matt says.
“Critical to any recommendation from us as designers is an understanding of the business in more detail, to find out if there is any drive for organisational transformation from a cultural and performance level, to increase innovation and agility.”
The Medibank project is currently on display at NLA, at The Building Centre in London.
ICC Sydney - What Lies Inside
Sydneysiders can now get a glimpse of what lies inside ICC Sydney at Darling Harbour.
Joint venture partners HASSELL + Populous have worked together to design the new convention, exhibition and entertainment venues for Sydney, with inspiration from the site’s spectacular city and harbour surrounds as well as Cockle Bay’s history.
While the design creates a cohesive overall precinct, each of the buildings has its own personality and unique architectural character, from the cool reflective style of International Convention Centre Sydney to the warm natural features of ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre, and the vibrant energy of ICC Sydney Theatre.
All have been designed to capture the spirit of Sydney, and to make the most of the inner city harbour-front location.
For example, many of Convention Centre spaces have been brought to the edges of the building so that people can enjoy stunning harbour and city vistas. The building’s 2,500 seat plenary hall draws on Sydney’s wind-sculpted sandstone headlands for its internal form, with lime-washed timber panels.On the top level, Australia’s largest ballroom offers a stunning 270 degree view of the Sydney skyline across the harbour.
Next door, ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre creates Australia’s first multi-storey exhibition venue and the country’s largest, with the floor-space on the upper and lower halls equal in size to 26 Olympic pools, or more than four football fields. Yet the immense scale of the venue is dramatically reduced by being integrated into its terraced park surrounds which cleverly conceal a substantial proportion of the building. A key design feature is the location of the meeting room pods and breakout spaces at the front of the building, to connect and engage with the views and outside environment.
And finally, there is the ICC Sydney Theatre, able to seat 8,000, with the possibility of an additional 1000 on a standing GA floor, yet designed to ensure an intimate and engaging experience, with an innovative fan-shaped seating bowl that brings the audience close to the stage.
In designing the new ICC Sydney, HASSELL and Populous have created world class venues that connect with their surrounding built and natural environments as part of a new inner city destination that people will love.
ICC Sydney will be open to the public on October 22nd ahead of officially opening for business in December.
Superdensity and China’s emerging workplace precincts: hot topics at CTBUH
Hong Kong is one of the world’s most fascinating urban environments with its dispersed high-density centres, vast surrounding areas of natural vegetation and liveability. But under increasing population pressure, what is the next step in its evolution and which new spatial models of urbanisation could work in this established city?
According to HASSELL Principal and Urban Design sector leader David Tickle, some inspiration could lie in the innovative concept of superdensity which he’ll be presenting at the international Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat conference this week in China. Superdensity is a new urban concept that relies on three-dimensional systems of open space, transport and resource utilisation, inspired by the systems of the existing city.
New ‘vertical streets’, including a network of public spaces and public infrastructure, become the catalyst for the renewal of whole neighbourhoods – giving new capacity for the city to grow and intensify, and generating a model that can be applied to cities worldwide.
Also at CTBUH, HASSELL Principal Richard Mullane will present about the emerging high performing workplace precincts in the super-connected Pearl River Delta region.
He explores how the real success of these precincts comes down to their ability to attract young talent, an increasingly complex task in the context of China’s often misunderstood post-90s generation. His talk is based on research about both the development and social demands on future creative and innovation-based workplace precincts in the changing urban context of China’s megacities.
Ken Maher honoured at 2016 Sustainability Awards
HASSELL Fellow Ken Maher, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Sustainability Awards on Thursday 13 October. The awards recognises the efforts of Australia’s best architects, builders and designers to improve Australia's built environment.
When presenting Ken with his award, the judges noted Ken’s recognition as a designer is reflected in the many other awards he has received for sustainably designed projects over the years.
Throughout Ken’s career he has worked on a number of city shaping projects including the recent renewal of Sydney’s Darling Harbour. He is also Professor of Practice at UNSW Built Environment, and currently President of the Australian Institute of Architects and President of Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council. He is chair of the City of Sydney’s Design Advisory Panel, a member of Sydney Opera House Eminent Architects Panel and board member of Urban Growth NSW and the Co-operative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living, and was a founding board member of the Green Building Council.
On receiving the award Ken said: “It’s an honour to receive this recognition from my peers. I have had the privilege of working on some truly wonderful projects throughout my career and I am humbled that this work, along with my roles with the GBCA and ASBEC has resulted in receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. Now more than ever I believe it is critical all of us engaged in the built environment sector focus on delivering a sustainable future through the design of our towns and cities.”
Lights and ribbons - new HASSELL London studio opens
The new HASSELL London studio was officially launched during London Design Festival, with 200 clients and collaborators celebrating in style with HASSELL board members and our London team.
The studio opened its doors in May and provides an accessible and open space for both visitors and our designers in the heart of Shoreditch, which is famed in the capital city for its creative edge.
Guests to the party experienced the interactive Chance Encounters installation, created for London Design Festival, which provided an intriguing and colourful backdrop to the night. The resident London HASSELL DJ got people dancing amongst architectural models and projected animations.
The party and the launch of the new studio marks a significant step in the HASSELL London journey.
Find out more about Chance Encounters.
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