HASSELL to take over London shop front of global fashion brand
Global fashion brand Karen Millen has chosen HASSELL to take over its shop front as part of this year’s Royal Institute of British Architects Windows. The event sees design studios creating bespoke shop fronts on London's Regent Street.
The competition will see 15 design practices transform the streetscape of one of London’s most historic streets into an interactive exhibition celebrating the innovation and creativity of London’s architectural talent.
HASSELL has an award-winning portfolio of short-term installations and pop-up interventions around the globe and Karen Millen was drawn to the intricacy but also the simplicity inherent to many of the designs.
“Through their inspirational use of craft and form…we got a sense of how HASSELL works with differing spaces, and how partnering with them could really transform our windows for the RIBA festival period,” said Karen Millen’s Global Creative Director, Katie Vale.
The HASSELL installation concept will draw on Karen Millen’s international reputation as creators of beautifully crafted fashion for confident women.
A swirling mass of printed fabric will create a magical wonderland across the entire 30 metres of their shop windows. The HASSELL design celebrates the brand’s femininity and the very craftsmanship that lies at the heart of the fashion industry.
“This project represents a unique opportunity for HASSELL to engage with other disciplines within the creative industries and celebrate the craft which is at the heart of both the fashion and architecture worlds,” said HASSELL Principal, Julian Gitsham.
The designs will be installed and unveiled on 7 September 2015 and will remain in place for three weeks.
Read more on the RIBA Windows Competition here.
HASSELL and Distillery merge
International design practice, HASSELL, and talented and respected Singapore-based design studio, Distillery, would like to announce that they have merged.
Distillery is a design studio known for its exceptional portfolio of hospitality, retail, food and beverage and residential design. Recent work includes the newly completed Club Hotel, work with Alila Hotels and Resorts on projects in Malaysia, the luxury Singapore emporium Malmaison, and the Manhattan Bar at the Singapore Regent Hotel.
“The merger has brought together really like-minded design teams,” said Paul Semple, Distillery Principal. “Our two practices share common values and the integration of the teams has been a natural evolution.”
“Distillery's way of working and ethos will now continue under the HASSELL name – so it’s a genuine coming together signified in both name and joint sense of purpose,” said Paul.
HASSELL Managing Director, Robert Backhouse, said Distillery partners Paul Semple and Matthew Shang and their team would bring fresh perspectives and highly creative approaches to the HASSELL studio.
“Our clients both in Singapore and internationally will benefit from the collective design talent, knowledge and resource base of the two practices,” said Rob. “Collaboration, openness and a desire to create places people love are part of the DNA for both practices,” he said.
This is the latest of a number of decisions HASSELL has made to strengthen its commitment to Singapore as a hub for its international practice. It follows the appointment of Su Lim to the new role of global Head of Client Engagement based in Singapore and the relocation of Principal and Board member, Caroline Diesner, from Perth to Singapore later this month.
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Highest honour at AIA
The Fiona Stanley Hospital Design Collaboration (comprising HASSELL, Hames Sharley and Silver Thomas Hanley) has taken out three prestigious awards at the Australian Institute of Architects WA chapter awards.
The Fiona Stanley Hospital, received the state’s highest honour, the George Temple Poole Award.
The jury said the landmark project achieved “a high standard of design, integrating architecture and landscape architecture.”
“The Fiona Stanley Hospital was an ambitious State project and has demonstrated a high level of achievement,” said the Jury.
The hospital was also recognised in the Public and Sustainable Architecture categories, receiving the Jeffrey Howlett Award and Wallace Greenham Award respectively.
“The hospital has been designed as a naturally healing environment, responsive to complex functional needs but with a focus on the human considerations of scale, natural light, texture and environment,” said HASSELL Principal David Gulland.
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The Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre has won the coveted Premiers Award at the Australian Institute of Architects New South Wales chapter awards.
The award is selected by the NSW Government Architect from all entries that have been shortlisted.
The $35 million centre is a comprehensive cancer treatment facility that establishes a new model of care for the treatment of cancer patients.
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