News / September 2016
Wednesday 21 September 2016
The Global 1:1
Tape Down

How much space do we really need to live well? Is it the same for Sydney as it is for Shanghai? For Copenhagen? New York?

See for yourself at The Global 1:1 installation in Sydney in October. Together with Committee for Sydney we're taping down on the ground the typical floorplans of one-bedroom apartments in a range of global cities. Thanks to ineni Realtime's Virtual Reality Experience you'll be able to step inside the tape and get a taste of what life's really like in apartments across the world.

As part of the Sydney Architecture Festival, The Global 1:1 installation at Central Park Brewery Yard explores what personal and public space means in different places, and how much of each we really need to live well.

Look out for more Global 1:1 events organised by HASSELL studios in Shanghai, Hong Kong, London and other Australian cities in the coming months.

For more on the challenges of meeting the housing needs of rapidly growing cities around the globe, see our Urban Housing Challenge Report.

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Friday 16 September 2016
Creative collaboration inspires Chance Encounters

HASSELL is set to make our debut at London Design Festival with the opening of Chance Encounters – an installation exploring how thoughtful design can bring people together in unexpected, positive ways.

Held in our new London studio, Chance Encounters is the result of a creative collaboration with international lighting designers, einstein and sons. Interactive digital technologies and lighting design hidden amongst a beautifully crafted backdrop creates a playful and surprising experience that celebrates the potential outcomes of an impromptu meeting.

Chance Encounters explores the fortuitous outcomes that can arise out of these moments, something Principal Julian Gitsham says is a recurring theme in a lot of the work HASSELL undertakes.

“We are always looking for new approaches to designing spaces which encourage interaction – ‘bump spaces’ which can spark creativity, establish new relationships, and forge opportunities,” says Julian.

“Central to this are collaborations with likeminded creative thinkers such as einstein and sons to rethink how to turn otherwise ‘dead zones’ into interactive places, which can unlock untapped value for the people who live, work or visit these spaces.”

Chance Encounters is open from 19 September until 2 December 2016.

Read more about Chance Encounters

Read more about London Design Festival.  

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Tuesday 13 September 2016
Advanced forensics centre opens in Canberra

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull says the unique, new Australian Federal Police (AFP) forensic facility “embodies a culture of innovation and collaboration.”

Designed by HASSELL, the integrated AFP Forensic and Data Centre Facility in Canberra is one of the most advanced of its kind in the world. It was officially opened by the Prime Minister in August 2016.

The new facility allows more than 200 forensic scientists, data analysts and other professionals to work together for the first time in a shared workplace, laboratory and industrial facility. The site houses state-of-the-art, specialist facilities such as a forensic firing range, vehicle examination areas and chemistry and biology labs.

The new AFP centre will support intensive collaboration and intelligence sharing – ultimately boosting federal law enforcement efforts during major investigations and crisis situations.

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Wednesday 7 September 2016
Introducing Kristjan Donaldson

Recently appointed HASSELL Principal Kristjan Donaldson focuses on functional, operational, and cultural needs in order to deliver innovative and research driven solutions for clients.

Kristjan, who is based in our Perth studio, joins HASSELL with more than 15 years’ experience across architecture, landscape architecture and interior design, working in Australia, the UK and the United States. His design work has been internationally recognised and widely published.

“I feel a natural affinity with the way the HASSELL design team approaches the design process to create valuable, research-driven solutions for clients,” says Kristjan.

After graduating with honors from UWA, Kristjan led a small studio in Perth for several years before moving to New York City to undertake a Postgraduate Master’s degree in Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia University under the guidance of Bernard Tschumi, Kenneth Frampton, and Juan Herreros. Whilst in New York he collaborated on projects in Mexico and NYC with his work being featured in numerous architectural journals including MARK magazine (NL), Monitor (Italy/ Russia), Artichoke (Australia), Beyond (China), SPACE (Korea).

Kristjan has previously worked at Perkins + Will and Woods Bagot in San Francisco, and has been involved in numerous large high profile projects including the award winning Telkom Landmark Tower in Jakarta, Al Marwa Metro Station in Mecca,  Al-Maktoum International Airport in Dubai and the Auckland Downtown tower in New Zealand.

“I’m very much looking forward to working further with the HASSELL team and to contribute to that process and outstanding projects in Australia, Asia, and the rest of the world.”

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Friday 2 September 2016
ICC Theatre: Sydney’s largest theatre nearing completion

With construction of the ICC Theatre nearing completion, Keith Urban has been announced as the venue’s first headline act.

Designed by HASSELL + Populous for the Darling Harbour Live consortium, the ICC Theatre will provide an unrivalled Sydney concert experience with an expansive stage designed for rock concerts and other large entertainment events.

Every one of the venue’s 8,000 seats is focused on the centre of the stage, and a fan-shaped vertical seating layout ensures an optimal view from every seat in the house. The venue can accommodate 9,000 people when additional standing room is employed.

One of three new ICC Sydney venues, the Theatre’s layered mesh facade wraps what will be a unique and memorable venue, with the vibrant red foyer areas glowing in the evening signaling the exciting energy of the entertainment industry.

While inside the auditorium the experience is inward looking, focused on the event, the VIP areas of the ICC Theatre boast spectacular views of Sydney’s city skyline to create an all-encompassing experience for fans – a connection to the performance and a connection to Sydney.

Glenn Scott, HASSELL Principal, Joint ICC Sydney Architecture Director said:
“The ICC Theatre will provide an unrivalled Sydney concert experience – one that starts outside the front door, with its wrap-around high definition LED screen, and continues inside the theatre, where the vertical stacking of seats will ensure a high intensity experience. There is no doubt that the ICC Theatre will be the number one venue in Sydney for rock concerts and other big entertainment events.”

Richard Breslin, Populous Senior Principal, Joint ICC Sydney Architecture Director said:
“The innovative fan shaped bowl of the ICC Theatre draws the audience closer to the performance for a more intimate and engaging experience in line with the latest evolution in theatre design.”

The Darling Harbour Live consortium comprises Lendlease, HOSTPLUS, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless.

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Thursday 1 September 2016
Soufflés, gymnasts and the workplace of the future

Watch Senior Researcher Dr Agustin Chevez’s presentation from TEDxMelbourne – Adventurous Minds in August 2016.

In the presentation, Dr Chevez takes us on his journey to find out how many people can fit into an office building. He tells us what the future holds for where, when and how we work by connecting a series of seemingly random points – souffles, the temperature of Venus, how many gymnasts can fit into a Mini Cooper, Watson the cognitive computer and just what people are most likely to Google about their jobs.

Held in Melbourne on 3 August 2016, TEDxMelbourne 2016 – Adventurous Minds was about ideas that blaze trails and spark new concepts. It was about pushing boundaries to imagine future possibilities. It was about resilience, reflection and recognition.

Watch the presentation.


Dr Agustin Chevez, HASSELL Senior Researcher
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  • UQ Advanced Engineering Building

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

    University of Queensland

  • 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.

    ABC Blueprint for Living 

  • Paul Semple interviewed by WAN

    Hospitality design, life in Singapore and the Distillery merger - HASSELL Principal Paul Semple talks to WAN 

    WAN Today 

  • Changing tastes

    How do the changing tastes of travellers impact hotel design? And what exactly is Bleisure? Paul Semple, Principal at HASSELL, talks about hospitality design trends on First Look Asia 

    First Look Asia 

  • Ovolo Woolloomooloo Hotel in Sydney

    Check out how we transformed Sydney's Finger Wharf into the new Ovolo Woolloomooloo Hotel, bringing style and a dose of the brand's signature quirkiness to the venue 

  • Perth Power Station heading to WAF

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  • The Great Room features in Wallpaper*

    Wallpaper* visits SIngapore's newest flexible workplace designed by HASSELL, The Great Room. 


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    Landscape Architects Network from the US features the Huangpu East Bank Urban Forest designed by HASSELL as their favourite entry in the recent design competition in Shanghai

  • New Museum for Western Australia design revealed

    Architecture firms OMA and Hassell have revealed designs for a major new museum in Perth, Australia, that will slot amongst a series of heritage buildings.


  • The Art of Business Travel

    Aviation expert and principal at Hassell design studio Mark Wolfe talks with Nick Walton about terminal design, changing the traveller’s experience, sustainability, and the airports of the future.

    The Art of Business Travel 

  • 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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  • Felicity Roocke - creating desirable destinations

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

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