News / November 2015
Friday 27 November 2015
Full throttle for Higher Education

Racing cars, academia and performance engineering are all in a day’s work for the HASSELL team following some exciting international project developments with top universities.

In the UK, HASSELL has been selected by the University of Bolton to design its new Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering - one of its most ambitious and visionary projects to date. The University wants to deliver an inspiring centre of teaching and learning that blurs the boundaries between academia and the motorsport industry and establishes a springboard from which fledgling industries can launch and thrive.

In the southern hempisphere, HASSELL is working  with the University of Western Australia to develop a vision for its A$80 million EZONE project which aspires to create a globally recognised centre of engineering innovation and creativity.

These projects reinforce a growing portfolio of world-leading engineering and science faculties designed by HASSELL including the University of Brighton’s Centre for Advanced Engineering in the UK, the multi-award-winning Advanced Engineering Building at University of Queensland and the Flinders at Tonsley School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics in Adelaide, South Australia.

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Wednesday 25 November 2015
Welcome Principal Jutta Kehrer

We're excited to welcome acclaimed Landscape Architect Jutta Kehrer who has recently joined HASSELL as Principal, and is based in our Hong Kong studio. 

Jutta will be taking on the senior leadership position for the Landscape Architecture team in Greater China, and will be overseeing the design excellence for both the Hong Kong and Shanghai studios. 

Trained in Germany, Jutta has practiced Landscape Architecture and Urban Design in Germany, the Netherlands, Japan and Australia, in addition to extensive experience in China. She is actively engaged in academic debate, as both a writer and lecturer in Europe, Asia, Australia, challenging and promoting an international design dialogue.

“Jutta is an invaluable addition to our global team and a strong experienced landscape architect for our China studios. Apart from being a world class designer, she is inherently client focused and a great team leader and manager,” said Angus Bruce, Head of Landscape Architecture at HASSELL. 

Her experience crosses a range of project typologies and scales, including urban design, public realm and hospitality, and she is driven by the success of cross disciplinary teams, where different knowledge is drawn together across a range of design fields and professional expertise.

“Jutta’s vast global experience and great understanding of working with clients in different markets within different cultures will be of great benefit to all the projects she will be working on and all our clients,” said Angus. 

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Wednesday 25 November 2015
Paul Semple and Matthew Shang: Redesigning the face of Singapore’s hospitality scene

Paul Semple and Matthew Shang, Principals at HASSELL, have built reputations as trailblazers of Singapore’s luxury hospitality scene. The pair have changed the face of the city’s most exciting and defining venues since arriving in Singapore over a decade ago.

Together, Paul and Matthew are the design minds behind some of the city’s most talked about venues that are getting global recognition. Manhattan Bar, modelled as a classic American cocktail bar evoking the ‘golden age’ of cocktail making, was recently listed among the world’s top 50 bars

They also redesigned Singapore’s The Club Hotel, located in an iconic heritage building in one of Singapore’s most popular bar and dining districts. The hotel was reopened in mid-2015 following a complete refurbishment that showcases Matthew and Paul’s innovative vision of the hotel as a collection of food and beverage venues with supporting guest rooms, unlike anything else in the area. 

Paul and Matthew come to HASSELL from Distillery, the studio they founded in Singapore in 2008. In a short time Distillery became eponymous with high end, luxury hospitality, resort, retail, food and beverage and residential design. They’ve worked with major brands like Alila, Four Seasons, Hyatt, The Hour Glass and Ulysee Nardin.

In July 2015, Distillery took the next step in its evolution and merged with HASSELL, a move that Paul and Matthew saw as a natural progression given the practice’s shared design aspirations and culture. 

“We’re passionate about the creative process and approach each new design with curiosity and as a journey of discovery,” says Paul. “We’re informed by context, evidence, experience and culture and we work collaboratively with clients to create lasting impressions for customers and guests.” 

Singapore itself is an inspiration for the designers. “Living in this dynamic city imbues our work with vibrance and energy,” says Paul.

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Friday 20 November 2015
Medibank workplace wins at IDEA awards

The health-based Medibank workplace has won two awards in the workplace category at the Interior Design Excellence Awards, Australia’s leading interior design awards. Medibank took out the Workplace - over 1000sqm award and the Sustainability award.

The win follows on from a host of other awards that Medibank Place has recently won, including best workplace at the coveted INSIDE awards earlier this month.

The HASSELL vision for Medibank was part of a major cultural change within the leading health insurer’s Melbourne head office, where the interiors have completely transformed the way the entire organisation operates from the inside out.

“The design for Medibank was driven by an aspiration to create one of the healthiest workplaces in the world,” said HASSELL Managing Director, Rob Backhouse.

The interior of Medibank demonstrates a growing trend where the ‘work’ is driving the design of commercial buildings.

“Medibank has been designed to be collaborative, technologically enabled and puts people’s health and well-being at its very heart,” said Rob.

For more on the IDEA awards click here

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Thursday 19 November 2015
Introducing HASSELL Principal: Richard Mullane

By 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will be living in cities. And nowhere is this urban migration happening faster than in China.

Recently promoted HASSELL Principal Richard Mullane is on the front line of this shift. He and his Shanghai-based team are helping some of China’s largest cities develop urban strategies to accommodate their rapidly growing populations and make them more connected, enjoyable and prosperous places for people.

“Urban migration in China is outpacing any other population shift in modern history,” said Richard. “In a very small space of time, China has moved from a rural society to an urban one.

“As an urban designer based in Shanghai, I am interested in the reasons behind this shift, but also in making sure cities are able to accommodate it in a sustainable way.

“Many cities around the world - and particularly in China - have been built around their major economic drivers. A large part of our work is to help clients address this and incorporate the additional layers that make cities great places to live.

“It’s about understanding the history and culture of a place, the lifestyle and aspirations of the people that live there and the natural systems that have influenced the landscape. Our role as an integrated design team is to stitch all these elements together into a narrative that helps shape the region’s future.”

“A large part of this is consultation and engagement to give urban residents a stake in shaping their own city,” said Richard.

Richard has worked on a number of high profile infrastructure and urban regeneration projects in China including the Qianhai Metro Rail project currently underway in Shenzhen. The project will deliver eight new underground metro stations that integrate seamlessly into the surrounding mixed-use sites and a broader sub-surface pedestrian network.

Richard has also been involved in a variety of international projects that are shaping cities outside China, including Korea, Australia, and the United Kingdom. One such example is the reimagining of a dilapidated one-kilometer mall - Seunsangga Citywalk - in the heart of Seoul.

“The global team drew on experience from across the practice to deliver a highly imaginative concept that turned an urban relic from something which divided the city into something that stitched it back together,” says Richard. 

Other global focuses for Richard include the urban revitalisation of the City of Newcastle in Australia and a master plan that is unifying the five disparate campuses of the University of Brighton in the UK, shaping a new era for the university’s students and staff. 

Looking to the future, Richard believes strongly that policymakers, planners and key decision makers need to make cities a priority.

“Good design is critical to ensuring cities remain competitive and offer a high quality of life for the people that live there. We have an opportunity to shape them, but we need to act now to address growing complexity and ensure a long-term and sustainable future.”

Take a further look into the changes facing China and view a video featuring Richard Mullane here

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Thursday 5 November 2015
HASSELL design celebrated at AIA National Awards

HASSELL is celebrating two wins, and two commendations, at the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2015 National Architecture Awards tonight.

The awards ceremony took place at The University of Queensland’s Advanced Engineering Building, designed by HASSELL and Richard Kirk Architect, and celebrated excellence in architecture across Australia in 14 categories.

The jury congratulated HASSELL which took out two awards for the University of Queensland's Global Change Institutute, winning the coveted David Oppenheim Award for Sustainable Architecture and the award for Interior Architecture.

Medibank’s Melbourne workplace was commended in the Interior Architecture category, and the Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth, Western Australia was commended in the Public Architecture category.

“The wins and commendations at AIA tonight demonstrate the value HASSELL design thinking brings workplaces, universities, and health facilities across Australia,” said Mark Loughnan, Head of Architecture at HASSELL.

“HASSELL is committed to creating exceptional places that people enjoy working, living, healing and learning in, and these projects have delivered immeasurable value to communities across the nation.”

For more on the awards visit the Australian Institute of Architects.

Check out AIA's video of the UQ's GCI that was aired at the ceremony. 

Thursday 5 November 2015
Medibank wins best office at Inside World Festival of Interiors

This week HASSELL joins leading design practices celebrating exceptional workplace, hospitality, health, and education design at the World Architecture Festival and the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors in Singapore.

’s health-based workplace was acknowledged for its innovative design, winning the award for best office. “Medibank Place is a workplace that puts the health of people at its heart,” said HASSELL Managing Director, Rob Backhouse.

“The health and well-being of people is a growing priority for organisations around the world, and we are really proud Medibank Place continues to be held up as an international exemplar.”

Wednesday 4 November 2015
It’s a go for 60 Martin Place

Australia’s most progressive new commercial building and workplace, 60 Martin Place, has been given the green light for development by Investa Office and Gwynvill Group, which has moved from an LEP amendment to a Stage two DA approval by the City of Sydney this week.

The HASSELL concept for the $800 million commercial development is part of many revitalising projects that HASSELL is involved in to reshape the face of Sydney.

“Our design for 60 Martin Place creates a strong vision for Sydney’s skyline and will offer tenants an unmatched workplace experience with sweeping views across the Sydney Harbour. It will also form a key part of the city’s plans to revitalise Martin Place,” said Head of Design for Architecture, Tony Grist. 

  • UQ Advanced Engineering Building

    Explore the HASSELL designed Advanced Engineering Building as featured in the latest University of Queensland television commericial. 

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  • Ken Maher talks ASBEC & AIA

    HASSELL Fellow, Ken Maher speaks with Architel.TV on his recently elected roles at ASBEC and the AIA, reflecting on buildings he has made a sustainable and design contribution to throughout his long spanning career



  • Density is not a four letter word

    Urban density is a highly controversial subject and HASSELL Urban Design leader David Tickle joins Blueprint for Living in presenting the case FOR it.

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  • Medibank HQ: rich embodiment of workplace wellbeing

    On Office magazine reports on how HASSELL created health insurer Medibank's new headquarters in Melbourne, Australia to reflect their ideas about workplace wellbeing

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  • Many ways to revitalise Canberra's city spaces

    David Tickle, sector leader for Urban Design at HASSELL, talks about the many ways in which Canberra's city spaces can be revitalised

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  • Creating a world class event venue for Sydney

    HASSELL + Populous design the project Sydney needs to attract massive world events, as reported by Channel Ten News in Australia

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  • Point King Residence on Vogue Living

    This Mornington Peninsula house was designed to maximise both entertaining and privacy, and minimise its visual impact on the environment

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  • Felicity Roocke - creating desirable destinations

    Senior Associate Felicity Roocke speaks about her design motivations and creating desirable hospitality destinations

    Hospitality Interiors

  • Palm Island on World Landscape Architecture

    Palm Island in Chongqing, China features on World Landscape Architecture

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  • Spotlight on Cassandra Chilton

    HASSELL Senior Associate Cassandra Chilton was profiled in the AILA Victoria winter newsletter

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