News / July 2014
Wednesday 9 July 2014
New home for ING Media in London

ING is a public relations and communications agency based in Shoreditch, London. The agency specialises in global campaigns for clients in the architecture, design and property sectors.

ING looked to HASSELL to refresh their existing workplace and provide their team with a more creative and collaborative environment.

“We are constantly exploring new approaches to make our clients stand out from the crowd, so a space that encourages vibrant discussion and innovation is really important,” said Leanne Tritton, Managing Director.

“We needed a diverse space that could be easily adapted to suit a range of purposes, from client workshops and events, to team meetings and impromptu brainstorms.”

The HASSELL-designed solution brought the previously dispersed team together into a central, more interactive working space. Brick alcoves around the edge of the space were used to create resource and presentation meeting areas, while a new media zone – housing the large number of magazines and newspapers that are crucial to ING’s core business – doubles as a break out and client event space.

“Our staff have really embraced the new workplace and it has already had a huge impact on the way we work and collaborate,” said Leanne.

ING Media builds on a growing portfolio of workplaces HASSELL has designed for creative agencies around the world including Clemenger BBDO and George Patterson Y&R.

Images by Grant Smith

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Monday 7 July 2014
Fiona Stanley Hospital sets benchmark for sustainability in architecture

Two of the state's newest and grandest buildings, the Fiona Stanley Hospital and the University of Western Australia's University Hall, have been recognised for their excellence in the 2014 Western Australia Architecture Awards.

The $2 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital – designed by the Fiona Stanley Hospital Design Collaboration, which comprises HASSELL, Hames Sharley and Silver Thomas Hanley – was named the state's most sustainable project, winning the Wallace Greenham Award for Sustainable Architecture.

HASSELL also designed the hospital's landscape, which extensively reused the site's existing flora, provides a haven for the protected Carnaby's Cockatoo, and incorporates rehabilitation aids throughout its "restful public parkland" grounds.

The judges for the WA Architecture Awards 2014 said the hospital had "set the benchmark for future public buildings in Western Australia with its systemic approach to sustainable design". University Hall was awarded the Harold Krantz Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing in recognition of the "sensitive and considered" way HASSELL catered for the varied needs of the 750 student residents.

The judges said the "architects' ideas of student experience, collegiate environment and 'place' are abundantly evident throughout this well-crafted project".

Fiona Stanley Hospital was also awarded a commendation in the Urban Design category, and another HASSELL project, the historic Kalgoorlie Courthouse also received commendations for Heritage and for Public Architecture.

HASSELL Principal Brenden Kelly said the awards were recognition of the practice's ambition to weave sustainability into all its designs as well as benefit and add value at different levels to the broader community wherever possible.

"Fiona Stanley Hospital sets a new standard in 'green' healthcare design for Western Australia," Brenden said. "The client and design team took a holistic approach to sustainability for this project, and the scale and number of initiatives we have adopted are unprecedented for a public precinct in WA. The State and Brookfield Multiplex showed significant commitment in support of such initiatives, even beyond the site itself."

He said the hospital's urban design was key to its success, with every facet aimed at aiding patient recovery and supporting the staff who care for them.

"It was important to create an environment conducive to providing leading healthcare and promoting healing, rather than simply a "treatment and recovery" factory."

Mr Kelly said HASSELL's goal in designing University Hall was to create a vibrant community and collegiate environment in a building that blended and respected the surrounding precinct and complemented the existing campus.

Fiona Stanley Hospital by Peter Bennetts
University Hall by HASSELL

Tuesday 1 July 2014
The Ribbon: making a mark on Sydney's skyline

Planning approval for The Ribbon - a spectacular new office, retail and entertainment complex designed by HASSELL – has been granted to Australia's largest privately owned development, construction and investment management company, Grocon.

Named for the building's undulating form that rises through two elevated roadways, The Ribbon is set to make its mark on Sydney's skyline. It will be a new gateway to the western side of the city's Central Business District.

The design, which was approved with no conditions or alterations, appears to peel the surrounding roadways up and manipulate them into a built structure sympathetic to the change of scale between the high rise city to its west and Darling Harbour to its east.

The 20 storey development will deliver modern new premises for the IMAX theatre, which currently occupies the site, and incorporates significant upgrades to the surrounding public realm.

HASSELL Principal Mark Loughnan said the approval demonstrates a new scale of development that is redefining the character of the area.

"The design responds directly to its setting within a major entertainment, cultural, tourist and commercial precinct," said Mark.

"It will create a spectacular waterfront experience and form a critical link between the CBD and the new Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct and the Barangaroo site currently under development."

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