Archive / December 2018
Friday 21 December 2018
Happy Festive Season

From everyone here at HASSELL, we’d like to thank you for an exceptional year.

Delivering complex, city-changing projects and winning a swag of design awards is no laughing matter. But sometimes, even the most serious designers just can’t help themselves.

Watch this year’s HASSELL holiday video to see us try to keep a straight face as we mangle our lines and occasionally lose it entirely.

We also take the opportunity to thank you for your continued support and wish you all the best for the new year in a selection of the many languages spoken across our global practice.

We hope all of you – our clients, partners and collaborators – have safe and happy holidays.

We're looking forward to working with you all in 2019.

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Thursday 20 December 2018
HASSELL rail forum explores design impact on commuters

As part of the annual HASSELL urban transport and rail conference, leading industry experts came together to discuss the most pressing topics in rail and passenger experience and how design can play a key part in ensuring a safe and enjoyable journey.

Chaired by HASSELL Senior Associate Keith Allen, the panel included Dr Nichole Kalms from Monash University’s XYX Lab, Clair van Veen from FreeState, and Saori Peguicha, Project Director at Pacific Partnerships.

Topics explored during the panel discussion ranged from how design can play a major role in countering gender-based harassment at transport interchanges, through to discussing the broad needs of every individual and what methodology is available to enhance every passenger’s experience.

The annual urban transport and rail conference is a chance for sector specialists across HASSELL studios to meet up face-to-face and exchange experiences, ideas and innovations.

Friday 14 December 2018
HASSELL designs Mix Design Collective even in Manchester

Henri Matisse may be an unlikely source of inspiration for workplace design, but a team from the HASSELL London studio channelled the post-impressionist master’s philosophy to design a showcase space for the Mix Design Collective event in Manchester.

Matisse’s instruction to, “Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us,” led the team of Catherine Van der Heide, Kaja Swiezeweska, Giang Le, Trang Thuy Dao and Elizabeth Terry to create a mindful experience – a place where people could take a break from the overstimulating urban environment.

HASSELL was one of just five practices selected to design a showcase space for the Mix Week Manchester headline event. The team transformed a 9m x 9m exhibition space into a series of chambers to highlight the importance of workplaces providing more mindful and adaptable experiences to support wellbeing.

“The response to the installation was overwhelmingly positive,” said Catherine.

“It was really interesting to see the transition of people from the busy conference environment into the tranquil space we had created. You could see visitors physically slow down in their movements and many commented on how calming the space was.”

Working with a number of design collaborators including Humanscale, Ocee Design, Desso, Silverline and Kettal, our team explored textural materiality, authentic finishes, soft lighting and integrated planting to create a welcoming, calming experience.

The perimeter was planted out to create individual and small group settings to recreate the sense of sitting at the base of a tree looking out at the landscape.

“With an installation you can explore new products and design approaches that will ultimately translate into the work we do for clients. We had great fun working with our design partners to create an environment where people felt comfortable and relaxed, but also equipped to perform at their best,” said Catherine.

Find out more about Mix Week Manchester.

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  • How Can Data Help us Future-proof the Workplace?

    The commercial sphere is shifting under our feet. So how can workplaces be designed for long-term relevance? HASSELL developed the RAW framework to address exactly that.


  • Buildings need to be curated; collaboration with other fields is vital to an era of experience

    As architects and designers, we have to move away from building and creating ‘things’ and instead create places people love - experiences, writes HASSELL Principal Julian Gitsham in Archinect's 'Practice Diary'.


  • Q&A: Matthew Shang, HASSELL

    Matthew Shang has amassed a prestigious portfolio over the 20 years he has been active in the interior design industry, most notably as co-founder of Singapore practice, Distillery, and as a principal at HASSELL, with which Distillery merged in 2015.

    Hospitality Interiors

  • Universities Of Tomorrow Are Becoming High Performing Urban Villages, 7 Reasons Why

    Today’s modern university campus continues to evolve in response to a high degree of disruption. Technological, pedagogical and societal changes and challenges are altering the way we use and appreciate our university campuses. These are the views of Adam Davies who is a leading urban planner, designer and Principal at Hassell.

    The Urban Developer

  • Hive of activity – agile working design

    Agile workplaces that allow staff to choose where they work are making inroads in offices. Liza Young finds out how such spaces will work alongside wellbeing principles.

    CIBSE Journal

  • Creating an Active Waterfront

    The North Bund is a historic area in Shanghai with proximity to the Huangpu River, and it is now undergoing transformation into a lifestyle hub. Andrew Wilkinson, principal at Hassell, talks about the importance of creating a continuous and active waterfront for the area.



    In hectic hospital emergency rooms communication is critical but often difficult. Part of the answer is cleverly designed spaces for staff to talk in that can help reduce mistakes and stress loads.


  • Medibank In Melbourne Champions Green Architecture And Workplace Wellness

    An Australian workplace demonstrates how its championing of green architecture and design provides a comfortable and healthy environment for its workers while enhancing their sense of well-being.


  • State Library of NSW to undergo $15m revamp

    The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) will be redeveloped with new gallery spaces and a children’s learning centre, following a $15-million private donation from benefactors.


  • Hotel design needs to accommodate the ‘blurred lines’ across our lives

    HASSELL Principal, Matthew Shang gives his take on the changing face of hospitality design ...
    Hospitality Interiors 

  • 5 Mins With HASSELL’s Glenn Scott

    The new ICC is a jewel in the redesigned face of modern Sydney. We sat down Glenn Scott, Principal at international design practice HASSELL and Joint ICC Architecture Director, to understand more about the project and what makes him tick.

  • Reclaiming the wild in our public spaces

    It’s part of our DNA to be drawn towards wild and tactile nature. And globally, there is a growing shift to let it creep back in to our cities, to resist the over-programmed, sanitised and manicured public spaces to which we have become accustomed.
    The Urban Developer

  • Galleries need to move away from the traditional white box

    The Louvre doesn’t do it, and neither does the Guggenheim. The Tate Modern’s new galleries make a good job of it, and the Hepworth Wakefield contemporary art gallery in Yorkshire gets close.
    Adelaide Review

  • Reinventing unused spaces and turning them into parks

    A major exhibition series titled Parks Changing Australia, spearheaded by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), will tell the stories of Sydney’s most progressive new parks and their interstate counterparts.

  • Robb Society - Carrie Ho

    Space, or a design of a space, is a subtle art. It can shock and awe. It can beguile and bewitch. 
    Robb Report

  • Sports venues must be iconic yet functional

    Well-designed and accessible sports venues can prolong the buildings' life, says architect John Pauline. 
    The Straits Times

  • Finger paintings

    HASSELL creates intimate spaces with a huge former warehouse to enable guests and visitors to 'gather and connect'. 
    FX Magazine

  • Dennis Ho on Monocle Radio

    Hong Kong’s booming infrastructure projects pull in architects from all over the world. Dennis Ho moved back to Hong Kong earlier this year after spending more than 20 years working for London-based architecture firm Rogers Stirk Harvour + Partners. We visit him at his new digs in North Point.
    Monocle 24.

  • Esperence Waterfront has its future solidified by HASSELL

    Esperance, located 720 kilometres South-East of Perth, may not be the biggest city in Western Australia, but it is blessed with the country’s favourite asset – clean beaches and clear waters.
    Architecture and Design

  • 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

  • The Great Room features in Wallpaper*

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

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