News / November 2019
Wednesday 20 November 2019
Aboriginal designers Yerrabingin + HASSELL finalists in ANZ Stadium Precinct competition

The shortlist for the Sydney Stadia Precinct – Public Domain Design Competition has been revealed, with an Indigenous Australian design team led by Yerrabingin, with support from HASSELL, being named among the four finalists selected to compete in the second round design phase.

The open, international competition run by Sydney Olympic Park Authority invited design teams to provide a vision for the transformation and activation of the public space surrounding ANZ Stadium – guiding the precinct into a new era. The brief calls for designs that celebrate the Olympic spirit, create a place for people, and establish a green heart.

Yerrabingin means ‘we walk together’, and this collaborative team is focused on the sharing of knowledge and ideas – about community, culture and Country – to co-design and deliver a bright future for Sydney Olympic Park.

"The team are humbled to have been selected in the final four proposals and see a huge opportunity to empower community custodianship and connection, to develop a holistic, authentic design embedded in a cultural landscape.
Our culture is embedded in the landscape and environmental consciousness, sharing this tacit knowledge and wisdom through a cultural landscape at this point in time, where our earth is under threat, is a key principal consideration of our collaboration," said Director Yerrabingin Christian Hampson.

“We’re excited for the opportunity to work together with Yerrabingin, and this team of talented Indigenous designers and specialists, on their unique vision for the iconic Stadia Precinct site. It’s an approach that listens to the land – elevating and embracing First Peoples perspective and knowledge,” said Jon Hazelwood, HASSELL Principal and public realm sector leader.

The competition winner is expected to be announced in late February 2020.

Friday 15 November 2019
SKA Global Headquarters, Jodrell Bank Observatory recognised at Building Excellence Awards

The SKA Global Headquarters at Jodrell Bank Observatory, UK, has won Best Large Commercial Project at the LABC Building Excellence Awards. Designed by Hassell from our London studio and built by Sir Robert McAlpine, Jodrell Bank Observatory has also recently been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The LABC Building Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate positive working relationships within the industry, and how this influences teams to achieve high quality, sustainable buildings.

Upon receiving the award, the judges cited - “The building is a superb example of high-quality commercial design resulting in extremely good performance characteristics exceeding building regulations with a detail quality matching any in the commercial sector. While its primary function is highly technical the building manages to provide an attractive and human working environment.”

HASSELL Principal Julian Gitsham says that the opportunity to work on such a technical, yet rewarding project was enjoyed by the whole team.

“When designing this project, we knew that it would be enjoyed by the international science community, but it also has a critical role in the exploration of the Universe by creating a global hub for the development of the world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array. This award gives the site further recognition as an award-winning space for people to work. Congratulations to all involved,” Julian said.

Photography by Max Creasy.

Friday 15 November 2019
HASSELL teams up with the Heart Foundation to design cities for active ageing

As the average life expectancy around the world increases, with older people making up a growing proportion of the world’s population (1 in 7 people were aged 65 or over in Australia in 2017), combined with increasing urbanisation, the built environment and walkability are crucial in playing a role toward creating sustainable age-friendly communities, places and spaces.

For more than 60 years the Heart Foundation has been dedicated to raising the profile of the importance of heart health and working towards lowering the rates of Australia’s biggest killer - heart disease.

According to the Heart Foundation, one of the key ways of improving heart health and longevity of life is to increase physical activity levels with evidence showing that improving the design of our cities, towns, streets and buildings makes it easier for Australians to lead heart-healthy lives.

HASSELL has been appointed to collaborate with the Heart Foundation on the Walk Wise active ageing review and content development project in partnership with the University of Western Australia. With a focus on active ageing via age-friendly design and improved walkability, the University of Western Australia Social Care and Social Ageing Living Lab will use person-centred, co-design, and social innovation methodologies, which brings together academics, industry partners and end-users to respond to critical issues facing the aging population, in particular, age-friendly design to foster improved walkability.

HASSELL Senior Associate and winner of the 2019 NAWIC Social Responsibility in Construction Award, Robina Crook, said this is the next step is a fundamental and important relationship with Heart Foundation.

“We have been involved the Heart Foundation since 2013 through the development of phase two of the award winning Healthy Active by Design website resource in collaboration with the Centre for Built Environment and Health at University of Western Australia and other collaborators,” Robina said.

“These types of collaborations are particularly important as they help push grass roots community initiatives that are working towards designing our cities for the health and well-being of all residents,” he said.

The Healthy Active by Design website is a practical resource developed to support planners, developers, local governments and communities work towards creating streets, towns and cities that allow, support and encourage active-healthy lives. It provides easy to use checklists, supported by evidence and case studies to promote the design and construction of healthy and active communities as well as a summary of the best available evidence relating to nine key design features; Mixed use, Town centre, Movement network, Public Open Space, Housing Diversity, Sense of Place, Shared Facilities and Schools and Buildings.

In 2017, HASSELL partnered with Edith Cowen University to deliver a Healthy Built Food Environment element to the Healthy Active by Design tool. This served to promote the expansion of fresh healthy food environments within Australia, specifically supporting healthy eating by increasing accessibility and availability of healthy food and minimising accessibility and availability of less healthy food within the community food environment.

“This new project, along with the ongoing relationship, not only enables our designers to have a positive impact on the way we design our cites, but it will further augment the wealth of information, knowledge and evidence already hosted on the Healthy Active by Design website,” Robina said.

Wednesday 13 November 2019
Eat Drink Design Awards names Di Stasio Citta Best Restaurant Design

Melbourne, Australia, restaurant institution Di Stasio Città has won Best Restaurant Design at the 2019 Eat Drink Design Awards.

The Eat Drink Design Awards support innovation and excellence in the design of hospitality premises of all scales and types and is the only awards program in Australiasia dedicated to this specialist area. Di Stasio Città, a dining experience that blurs the line between restaurant and art gallery, was designed in partnership with HASSELL and pays homage to brutalist design.

On announcing the awards, the jury cited: "As much art installation as dining room, this project is so unique that the jury posits it will be impossible to imitate. The restaurant’s striking minimalism combines with modern uses of technology and a remarkable level of restraint."

HASSELL Associate Di Ritter said that in order to create something extraordinary, there must be a strong foundation of trust, communication, and bravery. 

"Being involved in the process was such a unique and rewarding experience. This award is a testament to the collaborative efforts of Rinaldo, Mallory, and the entire team at Di Stasio. Thank you for allowing us to bring your vision to life," Di said.

The Eat Drink Design Awards are endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects and the Design Institute of Australia. You can read more about the awards here.

Selected artwork by Reko Rennie and Sean Gladwell.
Photography by Peter Bennetts.

Friday 8 November 2019
HASSELL urban design applauded at Australian National Architecture Awards

The new Green Square Library and Plaza in Sydney was a standout last night at the Australian Institute of Architect’s (AIA) National Architecture Awards ceremony in Brisbane.

HASSELL led the landscape architectural design for the project and with architects Studio Hollenstein and Stewart Architecture took out the 2019 National Architecture Award for Urban Design. The project also received the 2019 Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture.

The AIA awards jury praised the design team’s key move: locating the bulk of the library underground to make room for the dense urban future above ground, saying it opens-up a major portion of the site as accessible public space, enhancing the vibrancy of the place as a whole.

“The design manages difficult site constraints with apparent ease,” the jury said. “Green Square Library and Plaza is emerging as the urban and community heart of Green Square. This is placemaking led by investment in high-quality public space.”

HASSELL Senior Associate, Jason Cuffe said the project is a great example of open space and built form effectively intertwining to maximise community benefit.

“The award is a testament to our creative and rigorous plaza design for this vital and evolving precinct. Congratulations to the City of Sydney and our colleagues Studio Hollenstein and Stewart Architecture on their outstanding achievement at Green Square,” Jason said.

The QUT Creative Industries Precinct 2 designed by Kirk and Hassell (architects in association) also received a Commendation for Educational Architecture. The jury commented that the transformation of the former army barracks had created “a theatre of learning” for the Queensland University of Technology. The design “delivers a dynamic tertiary research and teaching environment on a demanding site,” the jury said.

Photography by Simon Wood and Peter Bennetts.

Thursday 7 November 2019
Optus Stadium takes out prestigious 2019 IOC IPC IAKS Architecture Prize

The winners of the 2019 International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IOC IPC IAKS) Architecture Prizes have been announced, with Optus Stadium taking out the 2019 IOC IAKS Award in Silver and the IPC IAKS Distinction.

The IOC IAKS Award and the IPC IAKS Distinction are the most important international architecture prizes for sports, leisure and recreational facilities. Awarded every two years since 1987, the IOC IAKS Award commends sports and leisure facilities of exemplary design and function. The prizes consist of three competitions, awarding bronze, silver and gold medals.

Together with the International Paralympic Committee, the IAKS also awarded the IPC IAKS Distinction for sports and leisure facilities suitable for persons with a disability. IOC, IPC and IAKS are committed to advocating for excellence in the visioning, design and operation of fully inclusive and universally accessible indoor and outdoor facilities. Identifying and promoting trends for transforming communities and urban areas into places of active living is at the core of this international competition.

The IOC IAKS Award brings to public attention exemplary buildings and complexes that integrate sensible sustainability and legacy considerations, strong functional planning and exceptional architectural design.

The IPC IAKS Distinction for Accessibility aims at increasing the accessibility of all sports and leisure facilities and architectural structures in order to offer all people opportunities to practise and view sport freely and without barriers.

Optus Stadium, a collaboration between HASSELL, COX and HKS, was the standout sporting stadium in a total of 98 submitted projects from 31 countries.

HASSELL Principal, Peter Dean said that winning these awards 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.

COX Sports Director Alastair Richardson said this award recognises the clear vision and strength of collaboration between the joint venture design partners, client, and the State Government of Western Australia.

“These awards reflect the collaborative work that occurred between the design team and the State Government in considering all fans for the stadium and their needs to be a truly inclusive fans first outcome.” Alastair said.

All award winners came together at the international IAKS Congress and FSB trade show in Cologne, Germany, on 5 November 2019 for the Awards Gala Event.

This is the tenth award Optus Stadium has received following international recognition including 2019 Prix Versailles - World Title – Sports, 2019 Good Design Award - Gold Winner - Architectural Design: Commercial and Residential, 2018 Australian Institute of Architects National Architecture Awards - National Award - Public Architecture, and 2018 Australian Institute of Architects National Architecture Awards - The COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture.

More information on the international IAKS Congress can be found here.

Thursday 7 November 2019
Introducing: Evodia Alaterou

The first appointed Principal in the HASSELL Strategy team, Evodia Alaterou, admits to not being the strongest designer at the beginning of her career, but fell in love with the industry.

“Even as a student I realised early on that I wasn’t a superstar designer. I was always greatly interested in the people who were going to occupy the spaces, and always asking questions like ‘what do these people do? What kind of lives do they live? How will the space enhance their lives?’ So I went on a mission to figure out where I could fit into the architecture sphere,” Evodia said.

Having completed a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Pretoria, Evodia discovered a Masters in Environmental Psychology at the University of Surrey which she says was her ‘aha’ moment.

“Architecture in itself is beautiful because it’s about form and about creating something, but without people to bring it to life, it’s just a beautiful sculpture. Environmental Psychology allowed me to draw what’s important out of people, as well as themes from conversations, and how to analyse the things people say. It was the analysis toolbox that I needed to apply to architecture,” she said.

Now with over 16 years’ experience in design strategy, Evodia leads a growing HASSELL team of talented and diverse strategic thinkers. The team puts people at the centre of the strategies they develop, using data and analytics to underpin their work. Evodia has been involved in developing workplace strategies for AGL Melbourne and Sydney, Adelaide Festival Centre, and Nike Shanghai.

With a diverse portfolio of projects across the globe, Evodia said that the recent work with Arup to develop their new workplace strategy was exciting as it was a true collaboration between HASSELL and Arup from beginning to end.

“We started working with Arup six years ago, and they were a different business back then. They wanted to be more than an engineering firm, they wanted to be trusted advisors, and much more visible in their local communities. We worked in partnership to develop their new guidelines and workplace strategy, and it’s fantastic to hear the impact these changes have had on attendance numbers, visitor numbers, and overall employee wellbeing. Our aim is to bring strategy to life through design, and it’s exciting to see that actually happen in project like this,” Evodia said.

HASSELL Managing Director Steve Coster said that Evodia’s natural curiosity and interest in people has enabled the practice to deliver award-winning, life-enhancing projects.

“Whether it’s a large-scale project or a modest space, Evodia has led the team to always seek out what our clients really need, challenge their thinking, and deliver exceptional strategies. We’re looking forward to seeing what else Evodia will achieve in this new role,” Steve said.

With a natural curiosity for exploring different possibilities and outcomes, Evodia says the key is knowing that you don’t have all the answers, but to have the courage to ask someone who might.

“If I was to give advice to my younger self I would say: Nobody knows all the answers. I think if you pretend to always know, you’ll never expand your knowledge. Be confident with what you know, but be ok with not knowing everything. That gives you the permission to be curious, to go and learn more, and talk to others, because ultimately things work better when done together,” Evodia said.

Wednesday 6 November 2019
2019 WA NAWIC awards recognises HASSELL designers

Two HASSELL designers have been recognised at the 2019 Western Australia National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) awards.

HASSELL Senior Associate Robina Crook took out the TBH Social Responsibility in Construction award, while Associate Annika White was given the Discus Print and Signage ‘Creating the Best Project’ award for her involvement in the Hibernian Place project. With around 500 in attendance at the HASSELL-designed Westin Hotel, the judging was conducted by a panel of industry experts who were independent from the NAWIC committee and sponsors.

HASSELL Principal and NAWIC WA Chapter President, Natalie Busch, said that these awards celebrate the role models within the industry who help to unite colleagues and communities.

“It’s important to give recognition to those who help move the industry forward, and seeing HASSELL included within the bunch shows the dedication and consistent effort being put in to level the playing field. Congratulations to all winners,” Natalie said.

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