Archive / 2009
Friday 11 December 2009
Adelaide Airport named best airport

Adelaide Airport has been voted Australia's Capital City Airport of the Year by its peers at the 2009 Australian Aviation Industry Awards in Sydney.

HASSELL designed the airport facilities to improve efficiency of airport operations and upgrade comfort and convenience for both domestic and international travellers.

This is the second time the airport has won the award in the past four years.

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Wednesday 2 December 2009
Wang Wang and Funi arrive at Adelaide Zoo

The Giant Panda Forest at the Adelaide Zoo, designed by HASSELL, is the first Giant Panda exhibit in the southern hemisphere. Wang Wang and Funi, the pandas from Wolong in China, arrived in Adelaide on 27 November 2009 and will live in the state-of-the-art enclosure. The exhibit will be formally opened on 13 December 2009, when they will go on public display for the first time, though they will remain in quarantine until early next year.

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Tuesday 1 December 2009
Tony Grist on WAN jury

Tony Grist, HASSELL Principal and Head of Architecture, has been appointed to the 2009 WAN 13-strong Commercial Sector award jury. The jury, chaired by Patrik Schumacher, Zaha Hadid Architects, represents a concentration of the best international talent and influential figures within the architecture profession and includes John Denton, Director, Denton Corker Marshall; Richard Kauntze, Chief Executive, British Council for Offices; Deborah Saunt, Founder, DSDHA; and Kwamina Monney, Director, Amanda Levete Architects.

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Tuesday 24 November 2009
PIA 2009 Awards for Planning Excellence

The PIA 2009 Awards for Planning Excellence recognise and acknowledge quality, innovation and excellence in planning throughout Australia. The Oakajee Port Concept Plan 2050 won the Western Australia Planning Minister's Award.

In his citation, the Minister said: "The Oakajee Port will pave the way for the region's iron ore miners to extract and export raw materials out of Western Australia to global markets. The significant economic benefits flowing back to both the region and the State will facilitate ongoing development within the Geraldton region. It will also facilitate a clear contribution to further developments in the mid-west region." He also noted, "HASSELL correctly recognised the magnitude and international scale of the project and wanted a holistic and triple bottom line approach. This involved assembling and presenting a concise picture of the Port's direct and indirect economic, social and environmental opportunities." HASSELL worked closely with Pracsys in planning a regional vision for Oakajee 2050.

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Thursday 19 November 2009
AXA receives an IFI Design Excellence Award

AXA Asia Pacific Headquarters, Melbourne, has received the 2009 IFI Design Excellence Award for Corporate Design. The IFI Design Excellence Award is designed to highlight and recognise the best interior designs from all over the world. The 2009 presentations, hosted by the Association for Professional Interior Designers (APID), were recently held in Dubai.

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Wednesday 18 November 2009
Tony McCormick presents at Chinese Landscape Architecture Education Conference

Tony McCormick, HASSELL Principal, was one of the keynote speakers at the Seventh Chinese Landscape Architecture Education Conference and Landscape Architects Congress held recently at Peking University, Beijing. Representing the Sustainable Future's Unit at HASSELL, Tony addressed the conference theme, Landscape Urbanism, by presenting a case study on the research undertaken for the Millennium Parklands project. Universities were well represented with presentations by Kongjian Yu Dean, Graduate School of Landscape Architecture Peking University, Charles Waldheim, Professor of Landscape Architecture, Director of Harvard Graduate School of Design, Kelly Shannon, Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, Catholic University of Leuven, Frederick Steiner, Professor of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin and Bart Johnson, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon. Presentations by leading landscape architecture firms EDSA, SWA, AECOM, SASAKI, ATKINS, AGER were also included.

The conference achieved great success, overviewing the progress of Landscape Urbanism worldwide and the importance of its application to the planning and design of China's new urban areas. Over 600 Landscape Architecture students, teachers, Chinese landscape architects and government officers attended the two-day event.

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Friday 13 November 2009
HASSELL success at idea09

The Interior Design Excellence Awards 2009 (idea09) celebrate the best of contemporary Australian design. Innovation, creativity and sustainability were demonstrated throughout the projects, with 275 shortlisted entries across thirteen categories.

The multi-award winning HASSELL Warry Street Studio won the Sustainable Project category and received a High Commendation in the Major Commercial category. To see more of the Brisbane studio click here.

In the Retail category, the Cascade Coil Stand at designEx 2009 received a High Commendation. It created a striking presence at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre with the stand's gold mirror finishes and glowing floor creating a backdrop against which to display the utilitarian yet sophisticated woven wire mesh product. Click here for more of the Cascade Coil stand.

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Wednesday 11 November 2009
Success at 2009 AILA Victoria Awards

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Victoria Awards were held at the Malthouse Theatre on Friday 6 November.

The Harbour Family and Children's Centre, in collaboration with Children's Landscapes Australia, received an Award for Design in Landscape Architecture. The jury observed, 'This project is both well designed and beautifully executed' which is 'particularly impressive given the site location, on a rooftop.' The jury was impressed by the attention to detail clearly demonstrated in the carefully considered use of plant species and provision of shade. For a complete project profile click here, and for the full jury citation click here.

Cassandra Chilton, a HASSELL Senior Associate, and Tanya Court were awarded a Special Commendation for Art in the Landscape for 'helmet'. Integrated into the grounds of the Heide Museum of Modern Art, 'helmet' forms a dynamic visual gateway between Melbourne's northern and eastern suburbs serving as art and landscape. Drawing on Sidney Nolan's first iconic Kelly series, painted at Heide, Cassandra and Tanya have created a local icon out of a national icon.

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Tuesday 10 November 2009
ANZ Centre officially opened officially opens in Melbourne’s Docklands

The opening of the new global headquarters for ANZ included speeches by ANZ Chief Executive Officer Mike Smith, Premier of Victoria John Brumby, Federal Minister Lindsay Tanner, HASSELL Chairman Ken Maher and Wurundjeri elder Aunty Joy Murphy-Wandin. They were joined by ANZ executives, government officials and representatives from Bovis Lend Lease, HASSELL, Lend Lease design and the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

Situated in Melbourne's Docklands, ANZ Centre is the largest single-tenanted commercial building in the southern hemisphere. CEO Mike Smith said, 'This move is historic because it marks a new era for ANZ,' and symbolises ANZ's 'aspiration to be Asia Pacific's leading super regional bank.'

Ken Maher described the experience as exhilarating noting that 'successful projects involving interesting and engaging architecture don't happen by accident. They require creativity and innovation in their briefing and design, and enormous amounts of skill from the countless people involved in their making.'

The project sets new standards in sustainable design, with a range of environmental innovations to minimise carbon emissions and to support a healthy workplace. ANZ Centre's 6 Star Green Star certification was presented by Tony Arnel, Chair of the GBCA and World Green Building Council. The Premier concluded his speech by cutting the ribbon with ANZ Chairman Charles Goode.

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Wednesday 4 November 2009
Suzette Jackson and Mike Mouritz published in Fast Thinking

In the spring edition of Fast Thinking, 'Fighting Future Fires' by Suzette Jackson was published. The article looks at investigations into Victoria's recent devastating bushfires, and what it means for housing and communities in the future. Suzette is a Senior Associate, working in the Sustainable Futures Unit, providing research and expertise across HASSELL studios and disciplines.

Mike Mouritz, Head of Sustainable Futures Unit, was published in the winter edition of Fast Thinking. In the article titled, 'City Views', Mike looks at the forces shaping green cities including the global financial crises.

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Monday 2 November 2009
National awards for VS1/SA Water and HASSELL Brisbane Studio

Two HASSELL projects have been recognised in the Australian Institute of Architects National Architecture Awards.

VS1/SA Water Headquarters, Adelaide, received the National Award for Sustainable Architecture. The jury observed, "VS1/SA Water is the first building in South Australia to achieve a GBCA 6 Star Green Star design rating, delivered at competitive market rental. It sets a new benchmark in ESD, promoting best practice for a healthy office environment, with reduced energy usage, waste, and harmful emissions."

The multi-award winning HASSELL Brisbane Studio won a National Commendation for Commercial Architecture. This award capitalises on the two already received in the Queensland State and Brisbane Regional awards programs of the AIA.

VS1/SA Water has also been recognised in the BPN Sustainability Awards, which promote sustainable projects that push the boundaries of innovation, winning the Large Commercial category and highly commended in the Office Fitout category.

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Monday 26 October 2009
HASSELL features in South Australian press

HASSELL Chairman Ken Maher, and Adelaide's Thinker in Residence, Professor Laura Lee, discuss the future of architecture in The Advertiser. In the article titled 'Conservative Adelaide? Our architecture is ripe for a new-age makeover' (2 October, 2009), Ken Maher argues that there is scope for a change in Adelaide's approach to design and observes that "generally speaking, design is not on the political agenda ... [and] we get the cities we deserve."

'Travels in Immersive Reality', by Timothy Horton, was published in Place (October 2009), a section in The Adelaide Review, dedicated to design, planning and the built environment in South Australia. In his article, Tim explains the journey of discovery while creating the Giant Panda enclosure at the Adelaide Zoo. He notes that "a critical part of the design journey has been to understand the behavioural characteristics of the pandas, and to use this knowledge to generate an immersive landscape that places a topography reminiscent of a Chinese highland forest within the Adelaide context."

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Tuesday 20 October 2009
SA Water recognised at DIA South Australia Design Awards

The DIA South Australian Design Awards were presented at the Art Gallery of South Australia on Saturday 17 October. SA Water received an Award of Merit in the Built Environment category. The jury observed, "this project takes workplace design to a new level," also noting the strong focus on ESD and how "the interior provides a complementary and sound contribution to this landmark and ground breaking South Australian building."

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Friday 11 September 2009
Installations at Sydney Saturday in Design 2009

HASSELL created installations for InterfaceFLOR and Zenith at Saturday in Design 2009 in Sydney. The InterfaceFLOR design was one of five different explorations of the possibilities of carpet tiles in the showroom. HASSELL dissected the carpet tile, turned it on its head, and stretched it as far as the eye can see. The project was an interpretation of a never ending story. It imagined a continuous space with no boundaries.

At Zenith, the installation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Barbie® doll. To promote Zenith's new Stiletto table HASSELL created a series of Barbie®-inspired rooms in the showroom. Seven dolls and their period fashions were re-created in loving detail. Each room featured a different style of the Stiletto table surrounded by a Barbie® setting - Army, Conference, Kitchen, Nightclub, Outdoor, Princess and Tattoo.

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Tuesday 8 September 2009
Three projects announced as QDOS awards finalists

Queensland Design on Show (QDOS) recognises Queensland design excellence. Organised by the Design Institute of Australia (Queensland Branch) the program has been promoting Queensland designers and their work since 2002. In 2009 three HASSELL projects are finalists across seven awards categories:

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_Interior Design - Best Use of Lighting
_Interior Design - Best Use of Colour
_Interior Design - Corporate Design

HASSELL Brisbane Studio
_Three Dimensional Design - Built Environment Collaboration
_Interior Design - Best Use of Lighting
_Interior Design - Corporate Design

Premiers Lounge Bar, Treasury Casino
_Interior Design - Hospitality Design

The winners will be announced at a cocktail party event on Friday 2 October 2009.

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Monday 7 September 2009
Kirsti Simpson recognised at QUT Outstanding Alumni Awards

Brisbane-based HASSELL Director Kirsti Simpson has been recognised at the Queensland University of Technology Outstanding Alumni Awards. These awards promote the professional achievements and contributions of QUT Graduates, and Kirsti received the top prize for Built Environment and Engineering. The jury statement praises for her innovative approach to workplace design and leadership on family-friendly work arrangements.

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Monday 17 August 2009
Success for HASSELL at CCAA Public Domain Awards 2009

Two HASSELL projects have been recognised at the Cement Concrete and Aggregates Australia (CCAA) Public Domain Awards 2009 - in Western Australia the Bunbury Coastal Enhancement Project Stage 3, and in New South Wales the Macquarie University Central Courtyard.

The Bunbury Coastal Enhancement Project was the national winner in the Paths category, and also won the state award for Western Australia. The precinct consists of a parkland that interfaces with the Hungry Hollow beachfront region and the busy distributor road, Ocean Drive. The concrete pathways, stairs and wall elements integrate with other materials to create a cohesive space that has a sense of purpose and permanence in a very tough environment.

Macquarie University Central Courtyard received the Sustainable design award. The upgrade of the 1964-designed courtyard caters for a future increase in student numbers by providing a durable and easily maintained surface, while enhancing the health of the existing trees, Corymbia (Eucalyptus) and Citriodora (Lemon Scented Gums).

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Tuesday 4 August 2009
Ken Maher and Tony McCormick feature in the Sydney Morning Herald

HASSELL Chairman Ken Maher and Sustainable Futures Unit Head Tony McCormick have provided an insight into their passion for Sydney's public realm in two recent articles in the Sydney Morning Herald.

In the Sydney Magazine (August 2009) Ken Maher describes the way Sydney might reinvent itself as the city of the 21st century and beyond. Ken is a passionate advocate of liveable and sustainable cities and believes that architects need to play a wider role in the ways cities are designed, built and powered. He believes that cities, if properly managed, are equipped to delight their inhabitants.

In an article titled 'Homebush Bay tree felling for V8 Supercars gets black flag' (31 July 2009), Tony McCormick comments that the decision to stage a car race at Sydney Olympic Park is 'one of the worst' a government could make. Tony says that the government and the community have made a huge investment to transform the Homebush Bay site into a world-leading environmentally sustainable project, and staging the V8 Supercar event at the site ''trivialises the investment and sends the wrong message to the world.'' The full article can be viewed here.

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Monday 20 July 2009
HASSELL Studio Brisbane wins industry awards

The new HASSELL Brisbane Studio has been recognised at the 2009 Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Architecture Awards receiving the Beatrice Hutton Award for Commercial Architecture and the 2009 Urban Design Institute of Australia Queensland Awards for Excellence as Winner, Retail/Commercial - Small under 3,000 sqm.

The Institute of Architects jury citation describes the project as "airy collaborative spaces, defined by framed vistas and flooded generously with daylight, are delightfully supported by the interstitial spaces. The loggia accentuates the courtyard, the corridor houses the library, framed partitions morph into seating areas. The interior of HASSELL Studio has an alluring serenity not often found in office environments."

These awards follow on from commendations at the Brisbane Regional Architecture Awards and the 2009 Interior Design Awards.

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Monday 29 June 2009
Official opening of Wendouree Train Station

The Victorian Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky has officially opened the new Wendouree train station in the west of Ballarat.

The first V/Line services from the station commenced on 14 June, providing a direct link to Melbourne for the people of Wendouree and its surrounding suburbs. Member for Ballarat West Karen Overington MP commented that the "quality station includes heating and airconditioning, bike racks and lockers, and local bus routes have been re-routed to provide connection to the new station.

Ballarat residents will also benefit from significantly improved car parking with 200 spaces available at Wendouree Station for commuters, and capacity to expand to 500." The new train station and associated infrastructure was designed by HASSELL in collaboration with Parsons Brinckerhoff. It will serve more than 27,000 people living in the Wendouree, Alfredton and Lake Wendouree areas, and nearby townships of Learmonth and Miners Rest. The design seeks to minimise travel distance between transport modes and provide an attractive and comfortable environment that responds to local landscape and character.

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Monday 22 June 2009
Two awards wins at 2009 Western Australia Architecture Awards

Two HASSELL projects in Western Australia have been recognised at the Australian Institute of Architects 2009 Western Australia Architecture Awards.

The Denmark Health Service facility received an Architecture Award in the Public Architecture category and was also the recipient of the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture. The facility includes an emergency department, primary health services, a 10 bed acute ward and a 22 bed residential care facility. The design and location integrates the facility with the town and celebrates the rural context. Emphasis has been placed on the introduction of environmentally sustainable design initiatives suited to a healthcare project.

The Dalyellup College also received an Architecture Award in the Public Architecture category. This new school is in a picturesque, tree-filled site just outside the coastal south-west city of Bunbury. The design is a ribbon of contemporary architectural spaces - distinct learning communities integrated with specialist facilities - woven amongst retained trees that form a signature for the new school.

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Friday 19 June 2009
Success at 2009 New South Wales Architecture Awards

Two HASSELL projects in Sydney have been recognised at the Australian Institute of Architects 2009 New South Wales Architecture Awards.

The Epping to Chatswood Rail Link was awarded the Premier's Prize. In his citation, the premier of New South Wales Nathan Rees said: "Providing public transport is an important, expensive and difficult issue for all cities. Sydney is no exception, but the new rail link between Epping and Chatswood has delivered first-class infrastructure for the city and its commuters. The architecture of its stations presents a complex and difficult design exercise. Solving at once issues of urban presence, customer amenity, engineering complexity and interiors that have a 100-year life expectancy is no mean feat. The fact that these issues have been resolved and the result is also fine architecture is a compliment to designers and clients alike. It is gratifying to me that this project was commissioned and delivered by the Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation, a government agency, and was reviewed by a design panel chaired by the Government Architect. However, full congratulations, and this award, go to HASSELL for the excellence of the architecture."

The Turruwul Park Kiosk and Change Rooms was commended in the Small Project Architecture category. The kiosk and change rooms provides the Rosebery community with new facilities for their sporting and leisure activities. The jury citation describes the way "a clever screening device wraps each of the buildings, with two asymmetric slats cut from the same piece of timber, alternated to provide a rich wall treatment made more dramatic with direct sunlight."

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Thursday 18 June 2009
2009 Property Council of Australia Awards winners announced

The 2009 Property Council of Australia Rider Levett Awards for Innovation and Excellence have been announced. The Rider Levett Bucknall Award for Office Developments went to the AXA Centre in Melbourne's Docklands. The new AXA workplace interior, designed by HASSELL, brought together staff from separate sites around Melbourne's CBD to create 'one AXA' and established the institution's new head office for the Asia Pacific region.

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Monday 15 June 2009
2009 South Australia Architecture Awards bring success

Four HASSELL projects in Adelaide have been recognised at the Australian Institute of Architects 2009 South Australian Architecture Awards.

The SA Water building on Victoria Square received the overall Keith Neighbour Award for Commercial Architecture, an Architecture Award in the Interior category and a Commendation in the Sustainable Architecture category. The Commercial Architecture jury observed that "SA Water is an example of successful architecture that starts from the inside, where a well organised program is translated into pleasurable spaces. To the public the building is open and accessible, it allows for shared outdoor and indoor spaces which interlock well with the corporate environment."

The overall Jack McConnell Award for Public Architecture, named in honour of Institute Gold Medallist and HASSELL founding partner Jack McConnell, was presented to the Flinders University Health Sciences Building. The jury described the project as "an elegant addition to the Flinders campus. The result is a visual impact beyond its immediate boundaries to enrich the wider visual and aesthetic environment."

The St Aloysius College Redden Centre was commended in the Public Architecture category and the Flinders University, Education, Humanities and Law Building in the Interior Architecture category.

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Wednesday 10 June 2009
HASSELL recognised at 2009 Northern Territory Architecture Awards

The Darwin Convention Centre has been recognised at the Australian Institute of Architects Northern Territory Chapter Awards winning three awards, including the Northern Territory's most prestigious architecture prize, the Tracy Memorial Award. The Convention Centre, designed by HASSELL in association with Crawford Architects, won the Tracy Memorial Award, the Reverend John Flynn Award for Public Architecture and the Colorbond® Award for Steel Architecture. The jury citation describes the project as "a masterful piece of public architecture and a proud addition to the Darwin Waterfront."

HASSELL also received the Award for Urban Design for the Darwin Waterfront Master Plan. In making the award the jury observed that the "concept is the catalyst for the comprehensive re-definition of the waterfront and the expansion of public access to and around the water's edge providing the significant and long awaited transformation of the wharf area and its integration into the Darwin CBD."

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Tuesday 9 June 2009
2009 Brisbane Architecture Awards award wins

Two HASSELL projects in Brisbane received regional commendations at the Australian Institute of Architects 2009 Brisbane Regional Architecture Awards.

The HASSELL Warry Street Studio has been recognised in the Interior Architecture and Commercial Architecture categories. The Interior Architecture jury observed that "this is a beautiful conversion of a bakery into a modern design office using a campus-style cloistered courtyard as a device for extending and opening up the building." The Commercial Architecture jury likewise noted that "the interior of the HASSELL Studio has an alluring serenity not often found in office environments."

The Brisbane Water Scientific Analytical Services Laboratory was recognised in the Public Architecture category with the jury commenting that "a surprisingly active laboratory environment is accommodated within a climatically responsive, low-cost and efficiently planned solution for laboratory testing."

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Tuesday 5 May 2009
Success for HASSELL at 2009 Interior Design Awards

SA Water has won the Environmentally Sustainable Design category of the 2009 Interior Design Awards as well as receiving a High Commendation in the Corporate Design category.

The jury noted, "SA Water highlights the way the design and performance of a building and its interior can be enhanced by ESD considerations." They add, "the designer has created a finely crafted result that addresses complexity and diverse functionality."

Another three projects, located in Queensland and Victoria, were also recognised. In total, HASSELL received seven awards.

_Environmentally Sustainable Design - Winner
Corporate Design - High Commendation
SA Water, Adelaide, South Australia

_Best of State - Queensland - Commercial Design - Winner
Corporate Design - High Commendation
HASSELL Warry Street Studio, Fortitude Valley, Queensland

_Corporate Design - High Commendation
AXA Asia Pacific Headquarters, Melbourne, Victoria

_Installation Design - High Commendation
Colour in Commercial Interiors - High Commendation
Schiavello Showroom, Saturday in Design 2008, Melbourne, Victoria

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Monday 23 March 2009
Ken Maher awarded the Australian Institute of Architects 2009 Gold Medal

HASSELL Chairman, Ken Maher, has had his remarkable career in architecture and design recognised at the highest level. Ken was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects 2009 Gold Medal at a ceremony in Sydney on Thursday 19 March. In receiving this award, Ken follows in the footsteps of John Morphett, former HASSELL Chairman and Managing Director, and Jack McConnell, a founding partner of HASSELL.

"The Gold Medal is the Australian Institute of Architects' highest accolade. It recognises distinguished service by Australian architects who have designed or executed buildings of high merit, produced work of great distinction resulting in the advancement of architecture, or endowed the profession of architecture in a distinguished manner."

Ken's work in architecture and landscape architecture has been recognised on many occasions for excellence in design, including NSW's top award for public architecture, the Australian Institute of Architects Sir John Sulman Award for the National Institute of Dramatic Art (2002) and the Olympic Park Rail Station (1998) in Sydney. The Olympic Park Rail Station was also awarded the nation's top architecture prize for public buildings, the Sir Zelman Cowen Award, and the Luna Park restoration (1995) won the nation's top award for architectural conservation, the Lachlan Macquarie Award.

Ken has a strong interest in multi-disciplinary thinking in the design of our cities, in the creation of sustainable enduring architecture, in the future of our cities and densification of our urban spaces, and in ensuring architecture and architects be more engaged in the design of the built environment. His most recent major projects include:

Tianjin International Exhibition Conference and Exhibition Centre, PR China
Exchange, 2 Fitzwilliam Street, Parramatta, New South Wales
ANZ, 833 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin, Northern Territory
University of Western Sydney, Building EA,
Parramatta Campus, New South Wales
Epping Chatswood Rail Link, Sydney, New South Wales

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Tuesday 10 March 2009
New SACA Adelaide Oval Grandstand

HASSELL, working with Cox Architects, has designed a new grandstand that is contemporary yet sensitive to the heritage features of the Adelaide Oval. Located at the western end of the ground, the new grandstand will incorporate the historic George Griffin Stand. The heritage arches of the old stand will become part of the new western promenade, with Interlocking levels providing easy access to internal and external facilities.

The $95m project will accommodate 14,000 spectators over four levels, and will stretch from the Bradman Stand in the south to the grassed hill in the north-west, providing magnificent views across Adelaide Oval to the northern end of the ground.

New members' facilities will include a large dining room, a 45 metre long bar and an elevated outdoor eating area; as well as new change rooms and upgraded storage and operational infrastructure.

A prominent feature of the project will be the column-free diagrid roof, a highly engineered, freespan structure that will provide increased shade.

Work will begin in March 2009 and will be completed by November 2010, in time for the Ashes Test series.

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Friday 6 March 2009
Epping to Chatswood Rail Link officially opens

On Monday 23 February 2009, the premier of New South Wales, Nathan Rees, and Transport Minister, David Campbell, opened the Epping to Chatswood Rail Link.

The Epping to Chatswood Rail Link is a $2.35 billion expansion of the Metropolitan network, providing world class stations at Epping, Macquarie University, Macquarie Park and North Ryde.

Signature entry pavilions establish the project identity. Draped in glass louvres they welcome, shelter and direct passengers. They capture light by day and beckon at night. They breathe as the stations breathe, a naturally ventilated solution that minimises costs and enhances amenity.

The organisation of the underground stations is simple and legible; a sequence of spaces which calibrate the journey into another realm. A dramatic entrance cavern, augmented by deep penetration of natural light and unambiguous circulation, generates a sense of calm, clarity and timelessness befitting the stations importance as contemporary public buildings.

The design presents a new sustainable typology with ticketing, amenities and management located deep underground, enabling a single employee to manage the station from one central location. The station livery presents as a refined industrial language appropriate to its time and place. In the stations the air is clean, the temperature mild and the acoustics crisp.

The new stations demonstrate that travel by rail can be enjoyable, comfortable and uplifting; an urbane experience each day in a global city.

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Monday 12 January 2009
Kirsti Simpson and Akira Isogawa launch design collaboration

HASSELL director Kirsti Simpson launched the result of collaboration between fashion designer Akira Isogawa and emerging furniture designer Fukutoshi Ueno at the Living Edge showroom in Brisbane on 17 December 2008. The outcome of the collaboration is an everyday art object – at once a stool, table and object of curiosity. Both its form and surface speak of the cross-cultural approach pursued by the two Japanese-Australian designers. In Dress Code, Isogawa's kimono-inspired pattern designs are fused with the crisp form of Ueno's Code.

Dress Code was launched at 100% Design Tokyo in November and has been included in a new exhibition launched at The Art Gallery of NSW on 12 December 2008, Genji – The World of the Shining Prince. In her launch speech Kirsti also spoke about the way collaboration contributes to the success of design practice and the well-deserved critical acclaim Queensland design is receiving.

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Monday 5 January 2009
New HASSELL Brisbane studio launched

Almost four hundred guests attended the official launch of the new HASSELL Brisbane studio on 27 November 2008. The studio was opened by Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman.

The former Keating's Bread Factory building in Fortitude Valley has been extensively refurbished to create a suite of open plan, interconnected studio spaces. A new pavilion building on the eastern edge of the site creates a civic entry sequence and colonnaded courtyard.

The central courtyard is the symbolic and physical gathering space for the studio. It will be the venue for memorable events. The rebuilding work on the garrulous site continues a lineage of brick structures. Evolving over time, the existing envelope is a montage of additions, each one owing a material and formal debt to the previous. Respecting this precedent of integration and evolution, the new pavilion building is constructed from bricks of a similar scale and colour to the existing. New bricks have been used to mend the existing buildings and create internal structures and thresholds, visually and physically binding old and new.

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