News / August 2016
Thursday 25 August 2016
HASSELL announced as design partner for $1.1b health precinct

The former children's hospital site at Herston in Brisbane, Australia will be transformed into a comprehensive health precinct following a $1.1 billion, 10-year development project.

HASSELL has been announced as design partner to preferred tenderer Australian Unity on the back of our ambitious master plan for the precinct.

The Herston Quarter development will be a showcase for complex health precincts, which see health, education and research facilities integrated into their locations. The Herston Quarter’s health services will be complemented by residential options, child care, consulting and a wellbeing precinct.

HASSELL Principal Adam Davies believes the master planning process allows the future Herston Quarter to integrate more broadly into Brisbane.

"Thousands of workers, patients and visitors use the Herston precinct on a daily basis. This new piece of the city will invite human occupation through a generosity of public realm, open spaces, safe connections and a new retail, food and beverage offer."

The new Specialist Rehabilitation and Ambulatory Care Centre will anchor the Quarter, restoring the vacant Royal Children’s Hospital site back to a modern public health centre, and retaining five heritage buildings.

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Tuesday 23 August 2016
Sydney Metro Northwest underway

Sydney Metro Northwest, Stage 1 of Sydney Metro, is well underway.

HASSELL Principal, Ross de le Motte, is leading the HASSELL team designing eight new stations, as well as upgrades to five existing stations along the line.

"Over the years I've heard projects like these described as 'heavy engineering projects' but it is actually so much more than that. This is transport product for the everyday person, to improve their lives," says Ross.

"We developed an idea of skylights and, by doing that the station picks up the ambience of that day. The prismatic forms we have in those skylights are bouncing light to different parts of the station at different times of the day, so there's this ephemeral quality of daylight animating the public realm under the station, which I think is going to be phenomenal."

HASSELL is providing all architecture, urban design, landscape architecture and interior design services for the Northwest Rapid Transit consortium, which comprises CPB Contractors, John Holland Group, MTR, UGL Rail Services, Plenary Group and Alstom.

Watch more about Sydney Metro Northwest

Read more about Sydney Metro Northwest.

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Friday 19 August 2016
Design unveiled for Geelong Performing Arts Centre

The next generation of performers and aspiring artists could get their first taste of the stage at the state-of-the-art performing arts centre in Geelong, Australia, following a major upgrade of the facade and facilities.

The HASSELL design for the 35-year-old Geelong Performing Arts Centre will cement its position as one of the leading venues in the state.

The $38.5 million redevelopment centres on a new entrance heralded by an impressive contemporary facade, which provides an exciting new experience for visitors from across Geelong, the region and beyond. The new entrance also improves accessibility and amenity.

HASSELL Principal and Head of Design Mark Loughnan says the redevelopment is testament to Geelong leading the way in regional arts.

“The expansion will also include rehearsal facilities, new dance studios and provision for creative industries offices. As the only stated-owned arts centre outside Melbourne, Geelong Performing Arts Centre will not only be a landmark destination it will also service the needs of the growing creative and cultural community,” he said.

Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2017 and Stage 2 is slated for completion in late 2018.

Monday 15 August 2016
Introducing Geoff Crowe: HASSELL Principal

Geoff Crowe enjoys the balance between the creative and the practical in rail infrastructure design.

"There is a real sense of purpose to designing rail infrastructure. I really enjoy using the imperatives of engineering to create beautiful transport systems that help transform travel into an enjoyable experience in daily life," says the HASSELL Principal.

It's this motivation that drove him as project lead on the award-winning Epping to Chatswood Rail Link

"We won the bid in 2001 and construction didn't finish until 2009. You have to have patience and perseverance on a job like that," Geoff says.

"There is a complex range of issues that you have to understand to design an underground rail station. You need to appreciate the requirements of the engineers in a wide range of specialised fields and shape them into a cohesive whole, always keeping the needs of the customer in mind."

Since 2013 Geoff has been working on Sydney Metro Northwest – Australia's largest infrastructure project, and one he says is his most challenging yet because of its scale and timeframe.

"We started in 2013 and we'll be finished in 2019, which in rail terms is quite quick," he says.

Geoff identifies one of his strengths as his breadth of understanding and interest - everything from the commercial and the contractual to the functional design and the construction detailing.

He enjoys the teamwork and collaboration at HASSELL – the chance to work on great projects, and to work with a broad range of talented people. He particularly enjoys working with younger architects and designers, helping them to build their skills and their careers.

"On one hand station design is a specialised field where designers need to be familiar with the technical requirements. On the other hand our rail projects benefit from bringing together designers with experience in other sectors, such as commercial, hospitality and public realm to help design stations that enhance the overall passenger experience," Geoff says.

Sharing his expertise and experience is a big part of Geoff's day, with everyone from fellow designers and consultants to clients asking questions and seeking guidance. "Ultimately, it’s very satisfying to contribute across so many aspects of the project."

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Wednesday 10 August 2016
New Three Points Bridge connecting Perth

The city centre of Perth in Western Australia will be more closely connected to the port city of Fremantle with the construction of the Three Points Bridge. This network of protected bike lanes also aims to reduce traffic congestion and improve transport options for the city’s growing population.

A design collaboration between WSP, Parsons Brinckerhoff and HASSELL, the two-kilometre Three Points Bridge links Perth’s riverside footpaths and cycleways to create a 40-minute bike ride from Perth to Fremantle.

The bridge alignment follows a graceful sweeping single arc generated from a centre point at the extreme tip of Point Walter. When river users round the Point they will be able to enjoy a view of the bridge in its entirety. As it terminates at Point Resolution and Chidley Point, the geometry integrates naturally with the landform.

The bridge provides a varied crossing experience. Spectacular views can be seen from its height of 20 metres above the river. The central section becomes a tree-top walk as it passes through the canopy of Point Walters’ existing mature trees, where users can exit and enjoy the leisure facilities.

Each river crossing is a long-span suspension bridge with the deck supported by masts that have been positioned and sculpted to provide an efficient, elegant structure that evokes movement and responds to the yacht architecture of the river.

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Monday 8 August 2016

Over one hundred Chinese cities now boast populations greater than one million. How do these rapidly growing cities tackle sprawl and meet the demands of an increasingly urbane population who want open green spaces, authentic retail options and better transport connections?

In the latest issue of the MULTITUDES digital magazine we revisit 'The Chinese City in the Asian Century', writer Justin Bergman's 2013 chapter of the HASSELL MULTITUDES book. Principal Richard Mullane picks up the thread three years later and looks at what’s changed politically and in the design space in China.

Also in this issue we share some of the insights we've gleaned working with a range of clients and partners within China on extensive urban design, retail and civic master planning projects.

We contend that the shift to a slower economic pace has brought a corresponding positive shift in the pace and quality of urban development, and we showcase some of the urban design projects we’ve delivered in light of this shift.

And finally, in this issue a team of our urban designers explores how co-operation is triumphing over competition when it comes to developing China's urban policy.

Read the fifth issue of the MULTITUDES digital magazine.

Friday 5 August 2016
HASSELL projects shortlisted for 2016 WAF/Inside Awards

The HASSELL concept to transform a disused power station in Perth, Western Australia, into a cutting-edge art gallery has been shortlisted for the 2016 World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards.

And our design to breathe new life into a historic Sydney building for Ovolo Hotels has been shortlisted in the Hotels category of WAF’s sister festival, the 2016 Inside World Festival of Interiors Awards. In 2015, the Medibank workplace took out the Inside Award for best office.

Inside and WAF will be held in Berlin in November, with both projects presented to international juries before the winning projects are announced on Friday 18 November. This year the jury for the Inside Awards includes HASSELL Managing Director Rob Backhouse.

Find out more about the East Perth Power Station and Ovolo Woolloomooloo.

WAF website/Inside Awards website.

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Thursday 4 August 2016
HASSELL welcomes Mark Haycox

Experienced landscape architect and urban designer Mark Haycox is bringing his considerable expertise to HASSELL as a Principal in Landscape Architecture in our Melbourne studio.

As a past Director of McGregor Coxall, Mark established the firm’s Melbourne studio in 2011 and led its award-winning team and operations until 2016. Prior to this, he contributed to a range of widely recognised projects at DCM before collaborating with many of Australia's leading private sector developers, all levels of government and many community groups through his client roles at VicUrban.

Mark also holds a number of advisory positions and contributes actively to academic life. This has allowed him to influence, work with and learn from a cross section of top practitioners in design, sustainability and related disciplines over his 20-year career.

Angus Bruce, Head of Design – Landscape Architecture, says Mark's appointment is great news for HASSELL on a number of levels.

"Mark brings with him a wealth of project and design experience, from large scale urban design and city-shaping work through to small, detailed public art interventions," says Angus. "Importantly, he provides a valuable client perspective, having worked for an extensive period as both the client and consultant."

"We're excited to have Mark join the team, to expand our landscape architecture leadership locally, nationally and internationally, and to help broaden our already strong skillset and diverse portfolio of great public realm projects."

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Wednesday 3 August 2016
An adventurous mind at TEDxMelbourne

TEDxMelbourne 2016 – Adventurous Minds is about ideas that blaze trails and spark new concepts. It’s about pushing boundaries to imagine future possibilities. It’s about resilience, reflection and recognition.

HASSELL Senior Researcher Agustin Chevez has been invited to present on the first day at the 2016 event to be held on Wednesday 3 August – the biggest TEDxMelbourne to date. As an architect and academic, Dr Chevez’s career ambition has been to discover how work has shaped our civilisation and given purpose to our lives and has taken him down some interesting pathways.

In his TedXMelbourne 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.

As Dr Chevez says, "An adventurous mind can turn paralysing fear into unstoppable drive and also take you to places – both physical and mental – that could not have been reached otherwise."

The speaker lineup for TEDxMelbourne 2016 – Adventurous Minds includes nine speakers ranging from award-winning spacecraft designer Professor Michael Smart to intrepid young adventurer Jade Hameister and celebrated business leader and transgender advocate JoAnna Ferrari.

More information
TEDxMelbourne 2016
Wednesday 3 August 2016
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Dr Agustin Chevez, HASSELL Senior Researcher
Wednesday 3 August 2016
HASSELL shortlisted for China waterfront competition

HASSELL has progressed to the second and final phase of a competition to design the new Qianhai Guiwan Park Waterfront, selected among six other internationally renowned practices including James Corner Field Operations and MVRDV.

Guiwan Park is a 2.2 kilometre urban water corridor within the main business district of Qianhai, located in the southern coastal city of Shenzhen, China. When completed, Guiwan Park will provide easy access to nature and the waterfront within this densely developed urban precinct that is the gateway to mainland China.

Qianhai is a rapidly developing district and when complete it will extend over nearly 15 square kilometres with an expected population of 300,000 and 800,000 people working in the area. Guiwan Park will help to increase the quality of life for Qianhai’s inhabitants and those who visit by improving the quality of open public space available for all to enjoy.

The winner of the Guiwan Park competition will be announced towards the end of 2016.

  • Home office

    Wallpaper* magazine looks at how we transformed a corporate headquarters in London into a friendly and sophisticated space, designed around the typology of a home


  • 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

    We’re going to the World Architecture Festival! East Perth Power Station shortlisted in Culture – Future Projects.

    World Architecture Festival

  • The Great Room features in Wallpaper*

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


  • How to change a city with a competition entry

    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

    On Office

  • 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

    Sydney Morning Herald

  • 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

    Channel Ten news

  • Felicity Roocke - creating desirable destinations

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

    Hospitality Interiors

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