News / July 2019
Friday 19 July 2019
Ingrid Bakker’s letter to her younger self

This week in Melbourne, HASSELL Principal Ingrid Bakker was included in the line-up for the Letters to my younger self – Live! event, coordinated by Parlour and hosted by the Incinerator Gallery.

Parlour, a research based advocacy organisation, works to improve gender equity in architecture and the built environment professions. The ‘Letters to my younger self’ event aims to inspire and enrich the audience with advice from industry leaders, this week including readings from HASSELL Principal Ingrid Bakker, Architect Shelley Penn, Director at Atelier Red+Black Sonia Sarangi, and Director at Boarch Christina Bozsan.

Ingrid’s letter to her younger self is available to read here.

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Wednesday 17 July 2019
Optus Stadium receives Prix Versailles World Title recognition

The winners of the Prix Versailles 2019 have been announced, with Optus Stadium taking out the 2019 World Title in Sports.

The prestigious international award recognises and celebrates commercial architecture from around the world, judged by an independent panel that included a mixture of renowned architects, designers, and prolific figures in the Arts.

Optus Stadium, a collaboration between HASSELL, Cox and HKS, was the Sporting standout among other entries from the United States, Russia, Colombia, China, and Iraq.

HASSELL Principal Peter Dean said that winning this Prix Versailles award reflects the success of having a shared client vision in delivering a fans-first stadium, and creating 365 day experience that has redefined Perth.

“Optus Stadium is a landmark project that successfully changed the way fans experience sporting and entertainments events. This international award is a testament to the hard work of our design team, our project partners, and our talented collaborators from the Whadjuk indigenous community, who worked diligently on creating something truly spectacular.” Peter said.

All nine award winners will come together at the UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, in September 2019 for the Prix Versailles World Ceremony.

More information on the Prix Versailles can be found here.

Photography by Peter Bennetts.

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Tuesday 16 July 2019
HASSELL appoints Mike Wood as Principal in London

Recently appointed Principal Mike Wood believes that today’s innovative public spaces must be driven by flexibility and sustainability.

“I have always had a passion for the natural world and an interest in wildlife. This is where core beliefs between myself and HASSELL really align, as we both want to make informed and measured design choices for future generations that are grounded in increasing sensitive interactions with people and nature,” Mike said.

Mike joins HASSELL in London following extensive experience in the UK, Australia, Singapore, and South East Asia, where most recently, he worked on a diverse range of public, mixed use and private projects for Grant Associates in Singapore.

“Spending the past five years in Singapore, it was immediately apparent that the city’s vision as a City in a Garden had a very important role for landscape architecture and improving the connection of people to its green environment. This includes important consideration of biodiversity, habitat protection, shade and amenity all of which are critical to the development of its public spaces,” Mike said.

“I want to bring these types of principles into the design process for our projects in London and the UK; it will be critical to use these as a starting point to help to develop a clear vision to tackle some of landscape’s biggest challenges and create places that have value, meaning and that people will love,” he said.

Mike has previously worked at HASSELL in Australia where he was involved in award winning projects such as the Darwin Waterfront public domain and the Magenta Shores golf course on the New South Wales Central Coast. He then relocated to the UK, working at CBA in Sussex, before moving to Grant Associates as Associate Director, based in Singapore, overseeing the firms Singapore, South East Asia, China and Australian portfolio.

More recently, Mike has led the design of major, city-shaping projects including Mandai Rainforest Park, Paya Lebar Quarter, and Resorts World Waterfront in Singapore, the Flower Garden Park Ruichang and Suzhou Creek in China, and The Secretariat in Yangon, Myanmar.

Mike said that the people-first approach and the commitment to sustainable design was what enticed him to re-join HASSELL.

“The landscape architecture discipline has evolved significantly over the past few years; it’s a really exciting time to be a designer. The HASSELL team in London has set a really high standard and I can’t wait to dive in,” Mike said.

HASSELL Principal and Head of Landscape Architecture Angus Bruce said Mike’s experience designing large-scale urban spaces across a variety of regions brings a fresh, global perspective to the London studio.

“In the UK and Europe we have been winning and producing exciting urban design and public realm projects, such as the University of Manchester First Light Pavilion, Croydon South End High Street, International Quarter and Palermo International Cruise Terminal. Mike’s knowledge and expertise in designing complex landscapes in different regions will allow us to build on our growing reputation in the region,” Angus said.

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Friday 12 July 2019
HASSELL wins two gold Good Design Awards for Design Excellence

The winners of Australia's peak industry design awards – the highest honour for design and innovation in the country – were announced at The Star, Sydney on 11 July at the 61st annual Good Design Awards Ceremony.

HASSELL picked up two gold awards with the Darling Harbour Transformation and Optus Stadium projects both receiving a prestigious Good Design Award Gold Accolade in the Architectural Design category in recognition for outstanding design and innovation.

HASSELL was also involved in the Gold-awarded, Green Square Library and Plaza, having collaborated with Studio Hollenstein and Stewart Architecture on the landscape architecture for the innovative new public library in Sydney.

The Darling Harbour Transformation, in Sydney, designed by HASSELL with joint venture HASSELL + Populous, was praised by the Good Design Awards jury for its sophisticated urban design concept.

“This re-visioning project has transformed Darling Harbour from a tired, unconnected and overscaled realm into an active, busy destination for everyone in the city – residents, visitors, and workers. The landscape is reinvigorated, commissioned artworks provide moments of delight, plazas offer places for events and activity, and intuitive pedestrian, bicycle and public transport networks effectively connect the place to the city,” the jury said.

Optus Stadium, a collaboration between HASSELL, Cox and HKS, was a standout among this year’s commercial architecture entries, with the jury saying its intelligent, well-considered design delivers a strong architectural presence on Perth’s Swan River foreshore.

“The building makes a considerable social impact integrating the many functions into the complex. The stadium itself is an attractive, integrated design and its links with public transport are a game changer for Perth. The landscape, including remediation of a neglected part of the city, makes an important and effective addition to the city,” the jury said.

HASSELL Managing Director, Steve Coster said the award wins are evidence of the value that can be generated when strategic insight is combined with creative design.

“These awards highlight the value design adds to everyday life, for everyone. Both the Darling Harbour and Optus Stadium projects presented opportunities for major urban renewal via the making of exciting, new public entertainment destinations. They’ve delivered places that truly enliven the experience of their cities, while giving back to their communities and environment.”

The Good Design Awards attracted a record number of submissions in 2019, with close to 700 design projects evaluated in this year’s international design awards.

Photography: John Gollings, Brett Boardman

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Wednesday 10 July 2019
Darling Harbour Transformation wins Chicago Athenaeum award

The Darling Harbour Transformation – Sydney’s most significant urban renewal initiative in 20 years – has been awarded The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, International Architecture Award for Urban Planning / Landscape Architecture.

HASSELL, working with joint venture HASSELL + Populous, delivered the urban design framework for the 20-hectare precinct and redesigned Darling Harbour’s public realm to better connect the city and offer engaging new places for people to gather, interact and relax.

Founded in 2005, the International Architecture Awards is the oldest annual public celebration of global architecture. The projects shortlisted were judged against a range of criteria including design vision, innovation and originality; capacity to stimulate, engage and delight occupants and visitors; accessibility and sustainability.

Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, The Chicago Athenaeum Museum President, said this year’s awarded projects “highlight the architecture visionaries whose talent and innovation have created talking points that will span generations.”

HASSELL Head of Landscape Architecture Angus Bruce says that the layered interpretation and activation program for Darling Harbour’s redesigned public realm has been central to creating a more authentic and appealing environment – enjoyed by visitors and residents alike.

“It’s a thrill to have the project recognised by our international peers for its contribution to Sydney’s vibrancy,” Angus said.

“The installation of major bespoke artworks, subtle weaving of heritage interpretation, and a diverse program of public events across the site has enriched the experience of Darling Harbour. It now offers permanent cultural landmarks and ever-changing opportunities for fun and discovery, that will no doubt be loved by people for years to come,” he said.

The Darling Harbour Transformation will feature among this year’s winning projects in “The City and the World” travelling exhibition, opening at Contemporary Space Athens in Greece on September 13, 2019.

More information here.
Photography: Simon Wood
Artwork pictured: ‘data.scape’ by Ryoji Ikeda

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Tuesday 9 July 2019
AIA New South Wales Awards announce multiple HASSELL wins

HASSELL has been recognised in a number of categories in the 2019 Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter awards.

Harold Park, a collaboration between Mirvac Design, Government Architect NSW, City of Sydney and HASSELL, was awarded the Lloyd Rees Award for Urban Design as well as the 2019 City of Sydney Lord Mayor’s Prize. This is the second year running HASSELL has received the Lloyd Rees Award, having received the same award for Darling Harbour Public Realm in 2018.

The jury cited: “[Harold Park is a] sensitively designed open space that takes the form of a beautifully resolved public park, embodying water sensitive urban design principles and creating a sense of an already established community”.

Green Square Library and Plaza, landscape and urban design by HASSELL with Studio Hollenstein and Stewart Architecture, received an award for Urban Design and the 2019 Premier’s Prize, while the revitalisation of the State Library of New South Wales received the Heritage – Creative Adaption award.

HASSELL Principal David Tickle said the awards recognise the commitment to designing spaces that respect both people and place.

“From new neighbourhoods and major public spaces to the respectful revitalisation of one of Australia’s most significant buildings, these projects will enrich Sydney’s cultural and community life. We are honoured to be recognised for our contribution to three transformative urban projects,” David said.

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Friday 5 July 2019
HASSELL announces seven new Principal promotions

International design practice HASSELL has promoted seven of its most talented people to the role of Principal as part of a number of promotions across the practice’s ten studios around the world.

In Australia, Natalie Busch, Ed Mitchell, Evodia Alaterou, and Keith Allen have been made Principals, as have Chong Wang, Tamagin Blake-Smith, and Klevis Koco in Asia.

These promotions follow the recent appointment of both Rebecca Mortimore and Mike Wood as Principals in the London studio.

HASSELL Managing Director, Steve Coster said the new Principals reflect a focus on both strategic intelligence and creative design. They have demonstrated strong leadership and broad influence across the culture of HASSELL, as well as being outstanding in winning and delivering world-class projects, and creating value for our clients.

“These promotions reflect each individual’s contribution toward designing the world’s best places – places people love. It recognises what they have achieved to date, but also our confidence in their significant contribution into the future,” Steve said.

“The number of promotions this year highlights our focus on being bold and confident in empowering and developing talent from within the business. It also reflects a better and more balanced representation of our practice including its geographic locations,” he said.

Further information on each appointment can be found below: 

Natalie Busch
Natalie is based in Perth and has been with HASSELL for 13 years. She has a leadership role within landscape architecture at HASSELL, and works with a wide range of loyal clients across traditional design boundaries due to her background in architecture and urban design – including key roles on projects such as Karratha Health Campus and Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Tamagin Blake-Smith
Tamagin is known across the practice for his tenacious and energetic pursuit of great project outcomes and for representing the best interests of his clients. Over the past eight years, Tamagin has drawn on influences across workplace and education sectors, engaging with what is driving change for clients including Arup and GSK in Singapore.

Chong Wang
Chong has played a lead role in HASSELL within the China region, particularly in urban design and public realm. With degrees in both architecture and urbanism, and experience in the Netherlands and Ireland, Chong brings an expansive, international approach to her work. During her eight years in Shanghai with HASSELL, Chong has played a critical role for clients including Shanghai Eastbund Investment Group and CR Land Shenzhen.

Ed Mitchell
Ed has been with HASSELL for 11 years in Adelaide and now Melbourne. Ed is central to the vibrant Studio culture in Melbourne and takes great ownership of his work on projects including the likes of the Melbourne Town Hall, Adelaide Zoo and the recent competition entry for the Adelaide Contemporary Gallery.

Klevis Koco
Klevis joined the HASSELL Shanghai studio in 2015 after 12+ years in China. He brings a truly international mindset to his work, speaking five languages – his native Albanian as well as English, Chinese, Italian and French. He brings curiosity, passion and thoughtful consideration to the design processes he leads and engages in – with proven results, including his current office tower project in Shanghai. 

Evodia Alaterou
Evodia has built a reputation for winning and delivering value to design projects through her strategic consulting work with clients. She combines qualifications in architecture and environmental psychology with a keen interest in business and people to unlock potential for projects including Arup IAG, and the University of Melbourne. With a particular focus on the evolution of organisations, Evodia has been able to develop strong long-term relationships with clients during her seven years with HASSELL.

Keith Allen
Keith can often be found at the wall, pen in hand, testing ideas and pushing others to do likewise. Throughout his 14 years with HASSELL based in Brisbane, he has demonstrated his passion and commitment to delivering great design outcomes – bringing innovative design solutions to solve complex problems. Most recently, Keith was instrumental to the success of the recent Cross River Rail Project bid in Brisbane, where he played a key role in shaping the architectural concept and character of the station designs.

L-R: Klevis Koco, Natalie Busch, Keith Allen, Chong Wang, Ed Mitchell, Evodia Alaterou, Tamagin Blake-Smith.

 
Thursday 4 July 2019
HASSELL pick up five wins at 2019 AILA NSW

HASSELL has received five awards at the 2019 AILA NSW Awards. The five awards were spread across a range of categories including Civic Landscape, Urban Design, Gardens, Land Management, and Infrastructure.

Winner of the Civic Landscape award, the Green Square Library and Plaza project redefines the traditional idea of a public library. The innovative design locates the library underground, allowing a street-level plaza to be realised in the town centre. HASSELL developed the design for the 8,500-sqm plaza in collaboration with Studio Hollenstein and Stewart Architecture.

On announcing the award the jury cited: “Truly public in nature, Green Square Library and Plaza contributes to the culture and amenity of the urban environment. The plaza becomes the communal heart of the future Green Square Town Centre.”

Awards were given to the SBS Headquarters Courtyard in the Gardens category, Flour Mill of Summer Hill for Urban Design, Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade for Infrastructure, and the 20-Year Delivery of the Waverton Peninsula Masterplan in the Land Management category.

HASSELL Associate Jason Cuffe said the award success showcases the team’s breadth of high quality design thinking across multiple project scales and typologies.

“To have award-winning projects across a vast variety of categories is a testament to the diversity that the team brings to every project to create great public domain outcomes. Congratulations to all winners.” Jason said.

Photography: 
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Monday 1 July 2019
HASSELL success at West Australian Architecture awards

HASSELL was recognised with three award wins and two commendations at the Western Australia Architecture Awards, held at Perth’s Optus Stadium.

The Westin Hotel was awarded the Ross Chisholm and Gil Nicol award for Commercial Architecture. As a cornerstone of the Hibernian Place development, the 368-key Westin Hotel features a facade using three types of glass, changing the building's colour from nearly black to golden depending on the light, creating a beacon within the city centre.

On announcing the award the jury cited: “HASSELL’s thoughtful approach to large scale hotel development generously creates public benefit from a private project. With careful use of form, scale and materiality, the aspirational values of the Westin brand are affirmed by the provision of enticing spaces and experiences in this outstanding example of commercial architecture”.

Karratha Health Campus and Liv Apartments received Architecture awards in the Public Architecture and Sustainable Architecture categories respectively, with Liv Apartments also being awarded a commendation in the Residential Architecture-Multiple Housing category. Hibernian Place also received a commendation in the Urban Design category.

HASSELL Principal Peter Lee said receiving these awards is testament to the work of HASSELL in unlocking the value of place.

“The three projects that have been recognised in the awards are all located in different parts of Western Australia, this highlights the ability of different HASSELL design teams to understand the needs of a project and unlock the social, economic, and cultural value of different places,” Peter said.

In addition to the above, HASSELL has also been recognised in the South Australian Architecture Awards, with the Colonel Light Centre taking out the Jack Cheesman Award in the Enduring Architecture category.

Photography:
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Robert Frith
Douglas Mark Black

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