Archive / 2011
Thursday 22 December 2011
New research program to drive a low carbon built environment

HASSELL is proud to be a key participant in the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Low Carbon Living, which recently won $28 million funding from the federal government.  Professor Ken Maher, Chair of the HASSELL International Executive is on the Interim Board of the CRC and will lead the CRC’s industry engagement network. The network will help ensure broad adoption of CRC outputs including bringing new technologies to market and mainstreaming social change. Following announcement of the CRC’s funding Ken Maher said, “Involvement in this CRC provides a great opportunity to shape the future of our cities, only possible through integrated design-based research supported by, yet also transforming industry.”

HASSELL is funding its participation in the CRC through the HASSELL Carbon Reduction Research program. This program is focussed on developing design based, low carbon and greenhouse reduction strategies that can be implemented by HASSELL in projects for the benefit of our clients and the broader community.

The CRC for Low Carbon Living brings together over 50 research institutions, government agencies and industry organisations from across Australia to develop new social, technical and policy tools for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment. The three key research programs of the CRC are; Integrated Building Systems, Low Carbon Precincts and Engaged Communities. The CRC will run for seven years and will be hosted by the University of New South Wales.

The CRC for Low Carbon Living is one of six successful applicants of this year’s CRC selection round. Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation said, when announcing the successful applicants, “These CRC’s will research the major challenges facing Australia, as well as our big opportunities. Their collaborations will deliver important economic, environmental and social benefits”. 

Further information about the CRC program including details of 14th Selection Round can be accessed from

Feature image courtesy of Elise Oddy

Walk the Line - Image courtesy of Elise Oddy
Adelaide Zoo Entrance Precinct
Millennium Parklands
ANZ Centre
Wednesday 14 December 2011
one40william wins at 2011 Planning Institute of Australia Awards

one40william was recently awarded at the 2011 Planning Institute of Australia's Awards, Western Australian Division for Planning Excellence, picking up the President's Award.

Located directly above Perth underground railway station, one40william is one of Perth's most significant and influential new buildings, enlivening the city's retail centre and setting a benchmark in environmental sustainability – achieving a 5 Star Green Star Office Design rating and targeting 5 Star Green Star Office As-Built rating.

Both celebrating and mitigating Perth's specific microclimate, the building takes best advantage of light and shade. Its orientation allows maximum daylight penetration into the work environment and incorporates extensive landscaped rooftop spaces and winter gardens. The office floors are oriented east-west and the highest office component is located to the north to self-shade the lower office floors. This results in almost half of the north-facing facade being naturally shaded and a quarter of the floor area being daylight compensated.

Additional sustainability features include transport options (public, bicycle, end-of-trip, reduced car parking), grey water storage, high efficiency low temperature VAV air conditioning, heat recovery, 'peak load' generator topping, and waterless WCs.

The President's citation noted, " One40william is one of Perth's most significant and influential new buildings, setting a benchmark in environmental sustainability, workplace design, and heritage conservation.

The considerable scale of the project is well managed through a transition from the existing heritage streetscape to the podium and skyline form of the new office towers.

The mixed use nature of the building with its linkages to the Perth Underground Railway and the introduction of lane ways through the site help integrate the building into the fabric and life of the City."

Monday 5 December 2011
DNA Event showcases design processes

The recent DNA Event, held at the Queen's Theatre in Adelaide, was a chance to showcase the broad range of skills and talent of the HASSELL designers in the Adelaide studio. It gave them the opportunity to unveil the unique 'DNA' of the processes through which they design and show how their ideas come to life.

At HASSELL, each project takes on its own path and its own unique process, moving through a combination of tools to evolve and develop into a solution that can be brought to life. This creative process is why designers are so passionate about their profession and is the binding thread that they fight to maintain when challenged from every angle throughout the life of a project.

A design needs to be strong, well understood and easily communicated. A good design remains intact until opening night and is valued and recognised throughout its life. The rigorous process and evolution of a design happens largely in the studio and most of this work is never seen by the end-users of the design.

The DNA Event was an opportunity to change that, allowing guests to see how the designers work, showing them various stages of the design process – the raw, incomplete, not yet built aspects of design. Process was very much the focus of each exhibit, demonstrating some of the tools and techniques which are used to bring ideas to life: sketches, models, prototyping and BIM platforms. HASSELL Adelaide aims to hold this event bi-annually to showcase these processes to a wider audience.

Monday 28 November 2011
James Sandwith elected to Emergency Architects Australia board

James Sandwith, Associate Architect in the Sydney studio, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Emergency Architects Australia (EAA).

EAA is a not for profit organisation that helps to rebuild lives and support local communities that have been devastated by natural or man-made disasters in Australasia and the Pacific region. Experienced architects along with other built environment specialists are sent by EAA to work alongside aid agencies, local communities, local governments and funding institutions to rebuild these devastated areas in a sustainable way.

James had the opportunity to take part in an EAA field trip last January to the Solomon Islands. On this trip, he was involved in training and assisted a community in the building of ventilated pit latrines on the island of Ranongga. James will be running a similar trip in January 2012 to Obombollu, also on the Island of Ranongga.

James' appointment to the EAA Board is a reflection of the valued relationships he has developed at EAA, as well as his contribution on behalf of HASSELL.

Monday 28 November 2011
PTTEP Headquarters commended at Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards

The new PTTEP Headquarters was commended at the recent Asia Pacific Design Awards in the Work Space Category.

Comprising 46,000 sqm of workplace, PTTEP Headquarters consolidates the various head office functions of the Thai petroleum exploration company that were previously located over a number of sites. The competition-winning design by HASSELL featured an internal stairwell linking 16 of the total 18 floors.

From briefing, PTTEP sought to support the existing activities of its staff while encouraging knowledge transfer and collaborative behaviours between them. This resulted in strategic zoning of dedicated spaces for both interaction and retreat. Complementing this was a major shift from enclosed internal offices to open plan for the majority of all senior staff to also enhance accessibility between staff and managers.

Project Principal Tanya Suvannapong paid tribute to the project team by saying, "Great outcomes start with a client with a determined and articulated vision which is then realised by a dedicated and professional team of designers and collaborators. The new office environment has enabled PTTEP to implement their workplace change with the added flexibility of adapting to emerging work-styles."

The APIDA awards are now in their 19th year and aim to showcase talented interior designers and raise the standards of professionalism and conduct among them in the Asia Pacific region.

Friday 25 November 2011
Building a more valuable workplace

Desks, chairs and meeting rooms themselves can't improve customer service, streamline systems, win new clients or generate new market opportunities – but the right workplace environment can encourage greater productivity and help achieve these goals.

HASSELL Principal and leading workplace architect, Steve Coster, shared his views on the practicalities of workplace design as guest panellist at a recent International CFO Forum luncheon, a branch of the CEO Forum Group.

Held in Sydney, Australia, the event was part of a series of group briefings and networking lunches that explore key management challenges.

"Creating a new workplace is a rare opportunity to add real value to a business," explained Steve.

Whether it's the encouragement of spontaneous discussions through an open environment or the option to run upstairs and chat to someone about an idea, rather than discouraging them with barriers – these factors contribute to each individual improving business performance.

Drawing on his experience as Managing Director of strategic workplace consultancy firm DEGW, Steve suggested that a key challenge for CFO's is to recognise the contribution workplaces (and the design process) can make to business performance.

"Making the most of space and making the most of how people function within that space – and the process it takes to achieve this – are key ingredients towards the creation of a valuable workplace," Steve said.

"Valuable workplaces are created through the process, not just the outcome. What is the purpose of the workplace? How could it function better? Making the most of the opportunity is a change management and psychology challenge, more than it is a design or technical challenge. The willingness to change is the main limitation upon what's possible."

Also on the discussion panel was Joe Basile, Director, Key Account Management at Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Neil Linwood, Chief Financial Officer at Carnival Australia. Both spoke about recent upgrades to their workplaces and the importance of maintaining engagement with their workforce while addressing the needs of the business.

Tuesday 22 November 2011
Fiona Stanley Hospital celebrates second construction anniversary

The recent topping out ceremony for Fiona Stanley, Western Australia's flagship public hospital designed by the Fiona Stanley Hospital Design Collaboration (comprising design firms HASSELL, Silver Thomas Hanley and Hames Sharley) represents a significant milestone for the $2 billion infrastructure project. It is the largest single building project undertaken by the state of Western Australia and the pouring of the last concrete by State Treasurer Christian Porter celebrates the project's second construction anniversary.

The project, which is both on time and on budget for a late 2013 practical completion, will be the major tertiary hospital in the south metropolitan area and will offer health care services to communities south of Perth and across the State. The hospital will offer leading clinical care, research and education and includes the new State rehabilitation service.

The design of the building draws on elements from the natural bushland setting, with the Banksia seed pods native to this site heavily influencing the formal geometry of the diamond patterning to the ward tower façade and its shading hoods.

The innovative design by the Fiona Stanley Hospital Design Collaboration uses the latest evidence-based design and scientific, technological and medical developments, reflecting the Government's determination to create a hospital environment to assist patients to recover while their surroundings operate in an ecologically sustainable way.

The Fiona Stanley Hospital project was named winner of the Government leading by example award in the 2010 Western Australian Environment Awards for its investment in on and off site environmental rehabilitation and commitment to sustainability in design.

Images courtesy of Brookfield Multiplex and Douglas Black

Friday 18 November 2011
2011 Dulux Study Tour report

Carly Barrett is an Architect working in the Perth HASSELL studio. Earlier this year, she was one of five winners of the Dulux Study Tour, which took her on an inspiring journey through London, Barcelona and Copenhagen

The Dulux Study Tour was established to foster the talent of emerging architects, offering winners the opportunity to visit world-renowned architects and architecture, gaining an exclusive insight into the think tank of international practices.

I entered the competition without any expectations, just a hope to be part of an amazing architectural adventure. I was not disappointed! Our trip to London, Barcelona and Copenhagen spanned eleven days and gave the group an opportunity to experience and learn in a series of exceptional settings.

Across all three cities, we noted an undercurrent of experimentation and diversification through physical model making, collage, research and emergent form studies, despite the impact of the global financial crisis. In London, many of the practices we visited offered insights into business, review and quality assurance systems. We were also treated to a walking tour with Ken Allison (an Archigram Alumni), visited the offices of Carmody Groake and toured OMA's new Rothschild Bank and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Barcelona has the highest ratio of green space per person in any European city and maybe this is why the architects there are so extraordinary at blurring the lines between architecture and landscape, occupying a unique space in between the two disciplines.

It was truly joyful walking through the offices of EMBT and Ricardo Bofil but nothing could compare to the elation when we visited the Sagrada Familia church – we were given a special backstage tour and were permitted to leave with some cracked ceramics from the top of the main tower. I had to overcome my fear of heights as I scaled rickety scaffolding to ascend to the upper-most point of the church.

In Copenhagen, there was an amazing passion for design everywhere we went. The architectural profession in Denmark is deregulated, which I think is an interesting proposition. We visited Bjarke Ingles Group (during which a leather-clad, rock'n'roll-inspired Bjarke Ingles was being photographed!), 3xn, Terrior, Jan Gehl and Jan Utzon. Jan took us on a magical tour of Bagesvaerd Church, a project he worked on with his father, Jorn.

The church was completed in 1973 and in 2007, the Utzons were commissioned to design a grand piano for the chapel - Jorn's last design. Two members of our group began to play 'Imagine' by John Lennon on the piano, and as the notes rang out we were reminded of the powerful legacy of those who rise to the occasion by designing spaces and things that provoke, motivate and inspire.

I'd warmly recommend all eligible Australian graduates enter the Dulux Study Tour competition – it's an engaging, surprising and uplifting journey which proves that all the caffeine, late nights and hard work are worth it because design has the potential to leave a meaningful impact on the world around us.

_Carly Barrett

Images courtesy of Carly Barrett, Christina Cho and Bernadette Wilson

Friday 18 November 2011
Shanghai studio hosts Future Cities Laboratory Research presentation

Ying Zhou, an architect and urbanist who has practiced within Europe, America and Asia, presented her research on how urban policy is affecting creative clusters in Asian cities at the HASSELL Shanghai studio recently. A group of professionals from local and international design studios in the city, as well as HASSELL representatives attended the talk.

Ying, who is with the Future Cities Laboratory of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH DEC), is coordinating research on creative 'Urban Breeding Grounds' as catalysts for change in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Bangkok and Singapore.

The HASSELL Shanghai studio was the perfect location for Ying to present her research, as HASSELL recently relocated its city studio to the emerging South Bund area. The practice also has studios in all the cities covered in her research.

Tuesday 15 November 2011
Walk the Line on the streets of Sydney

Check out some amazing street photography as part of the latest instalment of the Walk the Line series, a project which is currently taking place in Sydney as part of the AILA STREETWORKS initiative.

The project has been designed by a team of HASSELL landscape architects who are attempting to reactivate under-utilised city spaces by reviving the pre-iPhone fun that was once considered an iconic expression of our culture.

Walk the Line and the other STREETWORKS sites will be in place until January 2012.

Images courtesy of Elise Oddy and Desmond Org.

Tuesday 15 November 2011
University of Adelaide Learning Hub wins 2011 DIA South Australia Gold Award

The 2011 South Australia Design Institute of Australia Gold Award for Built Environment was awarded to University of Adelaide Learning Hub last Saturday evening.

The Awards are aimed at evaluating and recognising projects designed by resident South Australian designers. The program is not a competition but rather an annual recognition of professional design practice with each entry judged on its own merit.

Speaking about the Learning Hub, the jury noted that, "The language used in the design process was incisive, appropriate and articulate. After a highly consultative process with student representatives, the Learning Hub evolved as a multipurpose environment, connecting different existing buildings and activities within the campus. The student-centred space provides an enticing facility which caters for a range of educational and recreational activities from quiet study and meeting spaces, to relaxation, entertainment, socialising and retail areas. Within a strong architectural framework, the designer has used an innovative and clever mix of robust materials, furniture, space planning, colour, texture and volume to create an international standard of student-focused support within a pedagogical environment."

Tuesday 8 November 2011
Are you ready to Walk the Line?

Check out the latest images of the Walk the Line project which is currently taking place in Sydney as part of the AILA STREETWORKS initiative.

The project has been designed by a team of HASSELL landscape architects who are attempting to reactivate under-utilised city spaces by reviving the pre-iPhone fun that was once considered an iconic expression of our culture.

Check out Walk the Line sites which begin at Circular Quay, followed by locations on Alfred and Loftus Streets, onto George Street and then finishing off on Lee and Regent Streets from Central Station onward.

Walk the Line and the other STREETWORKS sites will be in place until January 2012.

Images courtesy of ARMPhoto, Desmond Org and Gerhana Waty.

Friday 4 November 2011
HASSELL wins two national Australian Institute of Architects awards

HASSELL is proud to announce that it was recognised with two major awards at the Australian Institute of Architects National Awards last night in Hobart.

These are:

_ Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design -
one40william (Perth, Western Australia)
_Harry Seidler Award for Commercial Architecture - Ecosciences Precinct (Brisbane, Queensland)

Commenting on the Urban Design award for one40william, the jury noted that, "the project essentially transformed this city block into a city fabric. (...) At the scale of the city, the massing of the building provides a rich addition to the built form of Perth as it responds to the variety of built form around it. (...)The 5 star Green Star Office project also makes one more significant urban contribution that transforms this part of Perth: it fully engages with the Perth Underground Railway Station. The project enhances connectivity with the surrounding city by providing the railway station with appropriate entrance spaces that are highly visible and fully integrated into the placemaking of the building itself."

The jury noted that Ecosciences Precinct, "purposefully unites the complex, high-performance requirements of laboratory space with social, people-oriented environments filtered by light garden ambience. From parti to detail, space planning to atmosphere, this is a carefully and sensitively conceived design. It assertively embraces the next generation of healthy, efficient and enjoyable office environments. (...) This project exudes a confident approach to workplace best practice and, therefore, respect for its inhabitants."

The jury at this year's National awards viewed 53 projects from 138 state award winners, with an overall 935 entries submitted.

Friday 4 November 2011
INSIDE World Interiors Festival – HASSELL update

Friday 28 October 2011
MP Adam Bandt and team win HASSELL high speed rail debate

Approximately eight million people travel between Melbourne and Sydney each year, with that number set to double within 25 years. Can our current infrastructure handle this demand? Is a fast train network the answer or should we spend money upgrading existing infrastructure?

These were some of the questions raised at the HASSELL high speed rail debate held in Melbourne earlier this week, which had Australian Greens MP Adam Bandt leading the 'for' team and Maddocks Partner Catherine Dunlop leading the 'against' team.

The key message argument delivered by Adam Bandt (who teamed up with Fin Robertson, Sustainability Manager at John Holland and Steve Coster, Principal at HASSELL) was that in addition to easing pressure on current infrastructure, a high speed rail network would also bring to life the small towns it travels to, boosting employment opportunities and the economy in regional areas.

Catherine Dunlop, who specialises in safety, public inquiries and government law at Maddocks, argued that that despite eight studies into high speed rail in Australia since 1977 there is still no clear national vision, and a high speed rail network in this country is simply too risky. Joining Catherine on her team were Dean Fossey, Senior Development Manager at the Department of Human Services (Housing) and Martin Rowland, Senior Associate at HASSELL.

After a show of hands to determine the outcome of a very close race, the 'for' team was announced the overall winner, taking home a model of the HASSELL Australian High-Speed Vehicle concept as their prize.

Thursday 20 October 2011
one40william wins BPN Sustainability Award

one40william was recently awarded at the BPN Sustainability Awards, picking up the best Public Building and Urban Design project, in a field of eight shortlisted projects.

Located directly above Perth underground railway station, one40william is one of Perth's most significant and influential new buildings, enlivening the city's retail centre and setting a benchmark in environmental sustainability – achieving a 5 Star Green Star Office Design rating and targeting 5 Star Green Star Office As-Built rating.

Both celebrating and mitigating Perth's specific microclimate, the building takes best advantage of light and shade. Its orientation allows maximum daylight penetration into the work environment and incorporates extensive landscaped rooftop spaces and winter gardens. The office floors are oriented east-west and the highest office component is located to the north to self-shade the lower office floors. This results in almost half of the north-facing facade being naturally shaded and a quarter of the floor area being daylight compensated.

Additional sustainability features include transport options (public, bicycle, end-of-trip, reduced car parking), grey water storage, high efficiency low temperature VAV air conditioning, heat recovery, 'peak load' generator topping, and waterless WCs.

The BPN Sustainability Award jury noted that, "one40william represents a new type of public building that manages the demands of the public realm at lower levels and a private office building above. The project integrates many facets of a complex site with heritage fabric, major city street frontages, a pedestrian mall and an underground railway station." The also noted that, "The built form shows articulate planning to utilise passive design responses, such as self shading and the maximisation of natural light."

Wednesday 19 October 2011
Ilma Siksna speaks at China Luxury Hotel Designing Congress 2011

HASSELL Principal Ilma Siksna was recently invited to be a guest speaker at the China Luxury Hotel Designing Congress 2011.

Ilma's speech title was "The Big Idea – Design Concepts from Boutique to Brands, it covered the practice's latest project experience in hospitality design and analysed design trends in China and globally.

The China Luxury Hotel Designing Congress 2011 was held in the city of Shanghai.

Wednesday 12 October 2011
Tony Grist appointed as Civic Trust Award Assessor

Tony Grist, Head of Architecture at HASSELL, was recently appointed to be one of the assessors at the 2012 Civic Trust Awards for the Westminster area in London.

The Civic Trust Awards is one of the longest standing built environment awards schemes in Europe. Established in 1959, they recognise the very best in architecture, design, planning, landscape and public art. Awards are given to projects of the highest quality design, but only if they are judged to have made a positive cultural, social or economic contribution to the local community.

From cafes and churches to housing and hospitals, the Civic Trust Awards have rewarded over 6,500 projects which have made a difference to local people and their communities by providing the design and facilities which have made better places for people.

The awards ceremony will be held next March at The Hub in Edinburgh.

For more information about the Civic Trust Awards, visit

Monday 10 October 2011
HASSELL welcomes John Stenton

We are pleased to announce that John Stenton has joined the HASSELL Bangkok studio as a Principal and the new Studio Manager in support of our expanding architectural positioning across South East Asia.

John has a strong design background in major commercial and residential high rise projects from his extensive career in Asia, the United Kingdom, Australia and the Middle East.

He brings experience as a partner for an international multidisciplinary firm together with his more recent role as the Group Architecture Director for a regional Asian practice. Based in Bangkok for the past six years, John has been recognised for his design skills, commercial acumen and enthusiasm to share his expertise with peers and clients alike.

Please join us in making John welcome. He can be contacted at

Friday 7 October 2011
HASSELL wins at Melbourne Design Awards 2011

The design of South Yarra's vibrant new Yarra Lane Precinct has seen HASSELL win a 2011 Melbourne Design Award.

Last night, the team won the Interior Design, Hospitality award for their work on the precinct and its three exciting new dining venues: Outpost Dining Room, Mopho Noodle Bar and Deba Sushi Bar.

Developer Michael Yates wanted the laneway, which runs off Melbourne's lively Chapel Street, to be characterised by a diverse mix of individual shops – a village high street – that encouraged street activation and vibrancy.

With this in mind, our designers created a unique identity for the precinct and each of its new restaurants.

In all three instances, the shop fronts are designed to reflect the nature of the dining character inside. They not only hint at the interior experience but also open out, allowing food collaboration to spill into this exciting new commercial precinct.

Outpost, designed with a simple aesthetic in mind, offers home-style dishes in a communal dining space. A recycled shopfront, door handles, an ice sink and some artwork help create a warm and welcoming homes-style experience.

Mopho Noodle was designed to respond to chef Ben Cooper's pan-Asian culinary masterpieces. Elements of a hawker's bazaar and abstract imagery of cheeky Shanghai models from the 1950s add to the energy of the space.

Deba, derived from the Japanese carving knife Deba bocho, is designed for strength and precision. The space is quiet and contemplative – a respite from the hustle and bustle of the lane.

Yarra Precinct connects Yarra Street through to Chapel Street in Melbourne's South Yarra. HASSELL interior designers Scott Walker and Rebecca Trenorden led the project team, in collaboration with Bird dela Coeur architecture.

Thursday 6 October 2011
Busselton Hospital Redevelopment win

The Perth studio has recently been appointed as designers of the $118m redevelopment of Busselton Hospital in WA's South West. This exciting win is another great project to add to our portfolio of substantial works in this important regional centre (which is forecast to become Western Australia's second largest city). Projects include revitalisation of Busselton Foreshore, the Underwater Observatory located on the iconic Busselton Jetty, and Cape Naturaliste College (pictured).

The hospital project presents a great opportunity for all our disciplines to collaborate and carefully respond to not only a project with a great health and civic brief, but a project requiring a sensitive response to existing environmental constraints.

The project is briefed to be the first State Government GBCA rated health facility in Western Australia.

Monday 3 October 2011
People’s Choice Award success at 2011 Saturday in Design

HASSELL was recently awarded the People's Choice Award for Levey 13, an installation designed for Tappeti, Viabizzuno and Envoy at 2011 Saturday in Design, which took place in Sydney in late August. The project was undertaken in collaboration with a group of interior design students from the University of New South Wales.

The challenge was to create an installation that would uniquely tie the three companies together within one building, which spanned three floors. The designers found inspiration in the beautifully simplistic character of a perfectly formed vine, which has an urge to grow and entwine.

The Yellow Pages, which are often found discarded or left abandoned on the front porch, became the key material in creating Levey 13. They offered HASSELL the opportunity to create a 'living, breathing installation' of intricate paper leaves that stemmed from the ground floor, up the stairwell core and onto each of the floor plates. The entire installation required less than eight copies of Yellow Pages books and these were hand cut into leaves and fixed to building elements to symbolise the emerging qualities of Envoy, Tappeti and Viabizzuno.

Other HASSELL-designed installations that featured at Saturday in Design this year included The Village, Kezu Installation and InterfaceFlor Installation.

In collaboration with Round, HASSELL developed the Village as a response to the Schiavello brief to represent the cultural and generational diversity reflective of the company's brand. The Village exists as a community of spaces, including the Village Green, the Town Hall, the Campfire and the Speakeasy, all connected to each other via crafted timber frames. The final result is a playful, down to earth design that invites the visitor to explore and interact with each other and Schiavello.

The main concept for the Kezu Installation was that of light to create pivot points in the large warehouse space the installation was to occupy, pulling each person from one point to the next. An experimental journey was constructed using cardboard boxes and was a non-permanent solution to forming the space, while fog was introduced to display the light as a design feature.

InterfaceFLOR presented HASSELL with the challenge of celebrating rebirth using the items which are left over following the production of carpet tiles and up-cycling them to create engaging spaces. The team based their bold installation design on the concept of 'escape', giving visitors a secluded space away from the bustle of Saturday in Design where they could feel the immediate impact of rebirth and up-cycling.

Thursday 29 September 2011
HASSELL participates in PARK(ing) Day 2011

HASSELL recently participated in International PARK(ing) Day, which is an annual, worldwide event that invites citizens everywhere to transform metered parking spots into temporary parks for the public good.

This year, the HASSELL studios in Brisbane and Adelaide participated in the event. Some of the young designers in the Brisbane studio worked with baristas from Fifth Battery Coffee Roasters (located across from the HASSELL studio) to bring dancing to the street via a multipurpose-built dancefloor made exclusively from recycled materials. The dancefloor was completed with mirror disco balls suspended from a structure of ubiquitous café milk crates and a disco soundtrack that kept passers-by dancing all day long.

Meanwhile, HASSELL Adelaide transformed a worn-out Subaru wagon into the latest in 'automotecture chic'. The exterior was painted with whiteboard paint, designed so that the public could come and write their thoughts and insights on the car. The idea came from the desire to explore how everyday objects can be re-used once they have served their original purpose and turn them into something fun and engaging that the public can get involved with.

PARK(ing) Day began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, the event has evolved into a global movement, with organisations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

Monday 26 September 2011
Peter Dean speaks about risk, one40william and sustainability

Peter Dean from the HASSELL Perth studio recently spoke to Architecture and Design about a number of topics including the biggest architectural risk he has ever taken, his involvement in designing one40william and why Australia lags behind the UK in regards to sustainability.

When asked about the key challenges in relation to the one40william building in Perth, Peter said: "A key challenge was to develop a memorable response to the original competition brief that revitalised the important landmark CBD site," while he was most proud of the "fantastic team spirit on the project."

Peter believes that the biggest risk he has taken was "leaving a very successful career in an internationally recognised practice and heading overseas in search of new challenges," but also says that this was a great risk to take as he has been able to broaden his horizons and develop his own individual approach while working alongside some extremely creative people.

Read the full interview on Architecture and Design

Thursday 22 September 2011
State government office project achieves “world leadership” sustainable design rating

The new HASSELL-designed Government Services Office development in Dandenong, Victoria has achieved the highest sustainability rating available from the Green Building Council of Australia.

A 6 Star Green Star Office Design base building sustainability rating is considered a "world leadership" category.

The building, which is being developed and built by Grocon, is part of the VicUrban-led Revitalising Central Dandenong urban renewal initiative, and co-locates four different state government departments into a single, purpose-built workplace.

Among sustainable design merits contributing to the rating is the introduction of a patterned frit element to the external glazing of the building. It acts as a veil to reduce thermal heat load and solar glare while still allowing natural daylight to permeate the building's interior.

The project features more than 14,000 sqm of PCA A-Grade open-plan office space that is linked through naturally ventilated pocket atria, and a landscaped roof terrace for communal use by staff and visitors. An underfloor air distribution system provides healthy indoor air quality for staff and is far less energy intensive than traditional mechanical ventilation systems.

An initiative by Grocon to use bushfire affected timber – sourced from trees destroyed during the 2009 Victorian bushfires – has perhaps cemented the project as a benchmark for sustainable design.

This week, the project also reached a construction milestone, with the first timber cladding structures lifted into place (pictured).

Government Services Office is due for completion at the end of 2011 and is set to be an instantly recognisable icon of the "new Dandenong".

Monday 19 September 2011
Perth studio hosts Affirmative Architecture exhibition

The HASSELL Perth studio recently hosted the official launch of an international exhibition and symposium called Affirmative Architecture. Building on what is a significant time for architecture in Perth, the guest speakers were keen to affirm architecture's preoccupation with 'truth' in beauty, delight and thought provoking design intelligence.

The line-up of international, national and local speakers included Takaharu Tezuka from Tezuka Architects in Tokyo and Anthony Hoete from London. The two-day event offered attendees the opportunity to listen to 15 design narratives presented by the broad range of guest speakers. The launch event was attended by special guests including The Honourable John Day - Minister for Planning; Culture and the Arts; Science and Innovation and the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor, Lisa Scaffidi.

Wednesday 14 September 2011
Peter Lee joins FORM Board

Peter Lee, HASSELL Director, recently joined the board of directors of FORM. FORM is an independent, not for profit organisation dedicated to advocating and developing creativity in the state of Western Australia. Peter will work with his fellow Directors to ensure FORM has the necessary funding to continue their work in building a state of creativity.

FORM's many achievements include the establishment of the Midland Atelier, Western Australia's first creative industrial hub located in historic government railway workshop site. FORM also instigated The Canning Stock Route Exhibition, featuring indigenous artists from the Pilbara. This landmark cultural and artistic endeavour recently toured in the National Museum of Australia in Canberra and will return to Western Australia as the official cultural backdrop to the 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

Friday 9 September 2011
Peter Duncan on Bloomberg TV

Peter Duncan, HASSELL Chairman, talked to Bloomberg TV's Margaret Conley about the design of Alibaba Group's corporate headquarters in Hangzhou, China.

The new Alibaba Headquarters is a benchmark for the modern workplace in China, comprising 150,000 square metres of flexible open plan office space within a campus style layout. The design is based on the concepts of connectivity, clarity and community. The workplace has been designed to be a positive and healthy environment to encourage informal and creative meetings throughout the complex.

In the interview, Peter talks about why the Alibaba Campus is designed to convey connectivity and community.

Click here to watch the interview on Bloomberg TV.

Thursday 8 September 2011
Walk the line - STREET WORKS Competition

Before iPhones and computer games, kids were playing hopscotch and marbles in the streets. And they'll be doing it again soon thanks to a team of HASSELL designers who will be reactivating under-utilised city spaces.

The team is one of five groups awarded the opportunity to transform several Sydney spaces as part of the 2011 STREET WORKS competition.

The HASSELL concept, called Walk the Line, is a path that connects all six of the STREET WORKS spaces. The path will be a simple painted line that turns into a game in selected areas. Street corners will become hopscotch pitches, bat tennis courts and marbles fields; stairs will turn into waterfalls and road crossings transformed into arcade games. The concept responds to cultural changes over the past few decades.

In the sixties, controversial writer and activist Jane Jacobs wrote a book about the death of our cities. By the seventies, the motor car had completely changed the way we lived in and designed our cities. The eighties and nineties weren't all bad, with shows like The Wonder Years, Neighbours and BMX Bandits championing the life and games that are played outside.

Through Walk the Line, our team hopes to inspire a revival of the pre-iPhone fun that was once considered an iconic expression of our culture.

STREET WORKS is an initiative of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), NSW. The sites will be in place from 21 October 2011 until January 2012. An exhibition of all STREET WORKS competition entries will be held at Customs House during the Sydney Architecture Festival in October 2011.

Wednesday 7 September 2011
Tony Grist discusses user-focused workplace design

Tony Grist, Head of Architecture at HASSELL, discusses user-focused workplace design in Australia in an opinion piece published on the World Architecture News website. 

Highlighting the increasing pressure organisations around the world are facing in this time of change and evolution, Tony says, “Companies must survive and grow while using fewer resources, be capable of agile responses to changing market demands, resolve complex organisational structures and collaborations, deal with an unprecedented geographical and temporal distribution of work and fight off intense competition to secure and engage valuable and talented personnel.”

Although traditionally the focus of design has been on buildings and control rather than people and the way they work and interact, the last decade in Australia has seen architects given many opportunities to explore the nature of workplaces with clients who place great value upon the contribution of design. This is due to a tight and expensive labour market who require exemplary workplaces if they are to be retained and stimulated. 

Tony cites ANZ Centre in Melbourne’s Docklands as a shining example of contemporary thinking in workplace and sustainable design that embodies the client's focus on engagement and productivity. He says, “HASSELL was fortunate to be able to shape the architecture and workplace together, resulting in a better place for people. We placed emphasis on integrating the building, interiors and landscape, to create a permeable and expansive ‘urban campus’ that engages with the adjacent waterfront and draws people into the heart of the main atrium.”

For example, extensive research (in collaboration with Workplace Strategy consultancy DEGW) into the needs of ANZ employees resulted in highly flexible work spaces where approximately 55% of the work area is shared collaborative space and 45% is a more conventional desk-based environment.

Tony concludes, “To achieve truly great workplaces that work for people, businesses and cities we need to support a dialogue where developers, architects and the tenant market are truly engaged in responding to future work models and workplace requirements. The creativity of architects and designers must be employed to connect the two sides of the equation using knowledge, imagination and a collaborative approach.”

To read the full article, please click here.

Tuesday 6 September 2011
Project updates: Box Hill Central Activities and Cheltenham Streetscape Plan

HASSELL recently completed the Urban Landscape Design Guidelines for the Central Activity Area of Box Hill. This document has set the design framework for public realm renewal in this strategic, transit-orientated growth centre in Metropolitan Melbourne. Following the success of this document, HASSELL has been awarded the detail design and documentation of Stage 1 of capital improvement works on Station Street and Whitehorse Road, which are primary retail streets, as well as several laneways.

Cheltenham is an activity centre about to go through significant change, with new buildings proposed to change the definition of the adjacent streetscapes. As such, the streets have a new context which they need to both respond to but also influence. HASSELL has been selected to provide public realm and urban design concept and detailed design services for streetscape improvement works in this area of Melbourne. The improvement works are to be a showcase of innovative public realm design promoting pedestrian life and sustainable initiatives.

Monday 5 September 2011
Awards success in Western Australia

A number of HASSELL projects located in Western Australia have been successful at the recent Design Institute of Australia (WA) and Urban Development Institute of Australia WA awards.

one40william Stage One fitout and Eni Australian both received commendations in the Interior Space – Corporate category at the DIA (WA) awards, held on Friday 2 September 2011 at the Western Australia Museum.

The UDIA WA Awards for Excellence were held on Saturday 3 September at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre. Australand's Port Coogee team, including HASSELL as Town Landscape Architect, won the Environmental Excellence Award, the Best Residential Development over 250 award, and the President's Award for 2011, which is the highest honour awarded by the UDIA in Western Australia.

Thursday 25 August 2011
Assaggio Restaurant recognised at 2011 Outstanding Greater China Design Awards

The Assaggio Trattoria Italiana Restaurant, designed by HASSELL and located at the Arts Centre in Hong Kong, has been recognised at the 2011 Outstanding Greater China Design Awards.

The Awards are run by the Hong Kong Art and Design Festival and are open to designers and design firms from Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and mainland China. Design categories included graphic, product, spatial, fashion and new media design.

The award-winning projects will be showcased between 26-28th August at the Hong Kong Conference and Exhibition Centre.

Opened in March 2011, Assaggio is located in the Hong Kong Arts Centre, Wanchai. Assaggio means 'taste' and 'little bites' in Italian. The design concept is to create a 'dining stage' where the cosy ambience of an Italian grocery store is presented. Vibrant art pieces over a rustic stone finish and deep wood hues make for a soothing yet stimulating dining scene. HASSELL proposed the idea of a pizza and pasta bar at the entrance to attract diners' attention and lead them to the Al Fresco area, which boasts a stunning view of Victoria Harbour.

Wednesday 24 August 2011
Esquire Restaurant opens in Brisbane

The HASSELL-designed Esquire Restaurant recently opened in Brisbane's CBD. Just like its menu, Esquire's interior design – a series of spatially diverse and connected rooms –offers an experience for everyone to enjoy.

Set on the river in Brisbane's premier dining precinct, Esquire merges old and new to create a unique dining experience with an atmosphere to be savoured by day or night.

Transformed from a large commercial space into a series of intimate dining areas, guests can stop in for lunch, take pleasure in the restaurant's fine dining menu or enjoy a casual drink at the bar.

Striking a careful balance between loft and luxury, ceiling-high windows elegantly frame Brisbane's Story Bridge, while the open plan kitchens put diners in direct contact with the chefs as they prepare and plate each dish.

Through the design, our team set out to complement the artistic presentation of the food by award-winning chef Ryan Squires. Traditional approaches have been reinterpreted into a design that emphasises natural materials and concise detailing.

Tuesday 23 August 2011
Emergency Architects Australia assist Solomon Islands

HASSELL modelmaker Simon Rich spent two weeks in the Solomon Islands with EAA assisting the community of Keigold

On 1 April 2007 an earthquake of 8.1 magnitude hit the Solomon Islands. Closest to the epicentre was the island of Ranongga in the Western Provence, which was lifted four metres as a result of the natural disaster. The local community of Mondo, home to approximately 70 families, was devastated not only by the earthquake, but by the tsunami, flooding and landslides that followed. Aftershocks were felt for months after the initial earthquake.

Terrified of repeated disaster, the village of Mondo moved to safer ground and a new village called Keigold (meaning blessed village), sited high in the centre of the island. This now meant the village no longer had access to the sea for washing or fresh water for drinking.

Unlike the Indian Ocean tsunami that hit in 2004, the death toll (65 in total, two of which were in Mondo) and damage caused (6,000 homes destroyed, 8,000 damaged and 36,000 people displaced) was far too low to attract international media coverage and the assistance of foreign aid agencies. This is where Emergency Architects Australia stepped in.

Emergency Architects sends experienced architects and other built environment specialists to disaster areas to work alongside aid agencies, local communities and governments, as well as funding institutions to rebuild devastated areas in a sustainable way. Together they develop appropriate strategies for each phase of disaster relief. Emergency Architects constructs permanent rather than temporary structures using local materials, delivering a faster long-term result.

From 11-22 July this year, a team of thirteen architects, engineers, planners and students assisted in the building of nine latrines for the local community of Keigold. Lead by David Kaunitz of Emergency Architects Australia, we formed close relationships with the families we were teamed up with. Our task was to improve their immediate hygiene.

To date, approximately 50 latrines have been built for several communities on Ranongga using local timbers that have been logged sustainably, in addition to modern materials which have been brought in by boat. These include concrete, reinforcing, corrugated iron and PVC piping.

Local builders were initially trained by EAA through the project of building a guest house and they now pass their skills onto each new family as the latrine project progresses through the village. This reinforces community motivation and as the latrines need to be moved every 4-5 years, will ensure the local builders are able to do this themselves.

The experience for all the architects involved was incredibly rewarding for many reasons – we were able to help reinstate the community's values of family and friends, assist with their food and shelter and encourage community motivation by working towards a common reward. Amazingly, everyone in Keigold had a very happy attitude despite their situation. The challenges of heat, humidity, rain, mud and even more mud were all forgotten when we saw the the warm smiles of a community enriched with mutual gratitude for people who were helping their future.

(**Two days before my two-week trip to the Solomon Islands to help the Keigold community build latrines, I broke my own – the irony of a broken toilet!)

_Simon Rich

Friday 19 August 2011
Ecosciences Precinct shortlisted at 2011 WAF Awards

The Ecosciences Precinct in Brisbane, Australia, has been shortlisted at the 2011 World Architecture Festival Awards in the Office category.

The World Architecture Festival will be held in Barcelona, Spain between 2-4 November 2011. This annual event attracts hundreds of entries and visitors from all over the world.

HASSELL won the Interiors and Fitout category at the 2010 World Architecture Festival Award for ANZ Centre.

The Ecosciences Precinct brings together 1,000 scientists from four state agencies and six CSIRO divisions into a single, collaborative research environment. The project achieves a significant innovation by creating a new facility 'without walls', encouraging knowledge exchange and discovery through the use of shared spaces and resources.

Friday 12 August 2011
HASSELL wins Zhuhai Cross Gate CBD Landscape design competition

HASSELL was recently awarded first prize for landscape architecture in the Zhuhai Cross Gate CBD competition. The winning design envisions the 94.65-hectare waterfront area located between Macau and Hengqin Island as the future 'Gateway to Southern China,' an international business and recreational environment similar to Shanghai's Lujiazui financial district.

The Cross Gate CBD includes an island with bridge connections to a coastal peninsula and is surrounded by a high-quality waterfront environment, including a rare, native mangrove forest.

A central open space corridor forms the axial link between a mountain that lies south of the site and the waterfront to its north. A park in the centre of the island provides green space in the heart of the financial district. Completion is expected by 2014.

Friday 5 August 2011
HASSELL light fitting wins first prize at 2011 LightCycle Sustainable Light Future Design Competition

A light fitting designed by HASSELL, made entirely of beeswax and wick, has been awarded first prize in the 2011 LightCycle Sustainable Light Future Design Competition.

Organised by architectural lighting firm Electrolight as part of the 2011 State of Design Festival in Melbourne, the competition asked designers to explore principles of environmental sustainability in their creation of a light fixture for a high-efficiency LED bulb.

Through its Waxlamp design, the HASSELL design team wanted to focus on the product's life cycle and its relation to our ecosystems, rather than just focusing on carbon consumption.

Entries can be viewed on the community section of the Electrolight website.

Wednesday 3 August 2011
Peter Duncan speaks at Globe-trotting Design Forum

Peter Duncan, the Managing Director of Asia, was invited to be the keynote speaker at The Globe-trotting of Design Forum, held recently in Nanjing, China.

Peter talked about the Australian lifestyle and culture, as well as the design elements that are integral to everyday Australian life. He also introduced some of the milestone projects that HASSELL has undertaken in China and other countries. Through these projects, Peter shared the practice's experience in applying sustainability concepts to our design.

The forum was organised by, one of China's largest online real estate websites. This was the fifth Globe-trotting of Design Forum, and this year's theme featured Australia and Nanjing.

Monday 25 July 2011
International awards success

HASSELL projects have been successful on the international stage, with recent award wins in the  Chicago Athenaeum and Spark Awards.

The Chicago Athaeneum, in association with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, launched The International Architecture Awards in 2005. Described as the "world's most prestigious global awards for new architecture, landscape architecture, interiors and urban planning", the program attracts entries from many of the industry's most respected and emerging design firms. Four HASSELL projects were successful, with the Adelaide Zoo Entrance Precinct, Epping to Chatswood Rail Link, Harbin Taiping International Airport and Swinburne University Advanced Manufacturing Centre, all receiving awards. In October these projects will be included in a travelling exhibition that will be open in Buenos Aires before heading across to Europe.

The Spark Awards, based in New York, launched Spark:Concept in 2011, a new international awards program for unbuilt projects or work that is in the idea or proposal stage. The competition attracts projects across a broad range of categories, from Architecture and Interiors, Graphic, Furniture and Outdoor to Product and Advertising. Winners were announced on 19 July, with the HASSELL concept for the Australian High Speed Vehicle (A-HSV) receiving a Silver award in the Architecture and Interiors category.

Thursday 21 July 2011
Ken Maher interviewed on The Monocle Weekly

Ken Maher was recently interviewed by popular global publication The Monocle Weekly which covers international affairs, business, culture and design. Ken discussed the future challenges facing cities in the Asia Pacific region, which tied in to the Asia Pacific Cities Summit.

Wednesday 20 July 2011
Rob Backhouse to judge at 2011 World Festival of Interiors

Rob Backhouse, Managing Director of HASSELL, has been selected to be a member of the judging panel at Inside, the 2011 World Festival of Interiors, to be held in Barcelona this November.

Inside is the sister event of the World Architecture Festival, which is held concurrently in Barcelona. ANZ Centre, ANZ Bank's new global headquarters in Australia, was the overall winner of the 2010 World Architecture Festival Awards Interiors and Fitout category. Rob was the design director for the interiors on this project.

Click here for more information on the World Festival of Interiors

Wednesday 20 July 2011
Design foxes – HASSELL launches Chasing Kitsune at State of Design Festival

A fox hunt is all in a day's work for designers, right?

Perhaps not. But it certainly has been keeping our young designers busy this month.

They've had Melburnians hunting for Chasing Kitsune – their version of a Yatai – for the State of Design Festival and its 'design that moves' theme.

Like its namesake, Kitsune – a mythical fox in Japanese culture – Chasing Kitsune only comes out at night and is rarely seen. It reveals its true form in shadow or reflection.

And its true form – a series of boxes that spill out from the truck and then pack away like a babushka doll inside – is certainly worth seeing.

In order to find it, people have to download the festival's iPhone app or follow Chasing Kitsune's Facebook or Twitter pages, all of which reveal its location.

Teaser images and status updates have been posted online in the lead up to the festival, creating quite a buzz amongst social media enthusiasts.

Once people 'find the fox' – whether passing by during their travels or chasing it online – they're treated to beautiful Japanese food and a hot sake to make the trip out on a winter night even more worthwhile.

Half the fun is finding it but Chasing Kitsune is more than a game – it encourages people to ponder qualities of space and enjoy an environment that can only be created by contemporary design.

Wednesday 22 June 2011
Kirsti Simpson joins IDAP as Brisbane Board Member

HASSELL Director, Kirsti Simpson has been invited to join the Independent Design Advisory Panel (IDAP) as a Brisbane Board Member. This panel provides the Brisbane City Council with design advice on the quality of public and private development in order to improve the planning, urban design, built form and landscape of Brisbane.

Tuesday 21 June 2011
HASSELL profiled in latest issue of Scoop magazine

Scoop magazine has published a profile on HASSELL in its most recent issue (Winter 2011). The article features many of the practice's milestone and feature projects, noting the detailed consultation process that is necessary as part of their design as well as the acute understanding of issues specific to each individual sector.

The article concludes that, "Size counts when you are considered one of the world's largest architecture firms. But size is not everything...Walk through a HASSELL milestone projects and take a closer look. Sure, the scale of the thing is impressive, yet the beauty is in the detail: a door handle that is original and unique; a bank of lights that softens the eye; a staircase to dance down. It's the total concept that counts."

Monday 20 June 2011
one40william awards success

HASSELL is proud to announce that one40william has been awarded the George Temple Poole award at the 2011 WA Australian Institute of Architects Awards, the Western Australian Chapter's highest honour for the year's overall winning architectural project.

one40william is one of Perth's most significant and influential new building's, enlivening the city's retail centre and providing an innovative environmental response to Perth's unique climatic conditions. The building has been designed from the inside out and strives to engage people who work within, visit or simply pass by.

In determining the George Temple Poole Award, the AIA jury said: "The design team, contractor and developer have worked as an integrated team to resolve the complex construction challenges associated with building over an operating train station to incorporate heritage building fabric into the works and to deliver a high-quality addition to the urban grain of Perth's central retail and business district."

one40william also won the Ross Chisholm award for Commercial Architecture and the John Septimus Roe award for Urban Design, while the HASSELL-designed Main Roads Great Southern Regional Complex in Albany won the Architecture Award for Sustainable Architecture.

Thursday 16 June 2011
Ilma Siksna speaks at 2011 China Hospitality Expansion Congress

HASSELL Principal Ilma Siksna was recently invited to be a guest speaker at the 2011 China Hospitality Expansion Congress.

Ilma shared the practice's latest project experience in hospitality design and analysed design trends both overseas and in China. She also spoke on the challenges of the future of hotel design in China and the many opportunities that these challenges bring with them.

The China Hospitality Expansion Congress was held in Shanghai this year.

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Tuesday 14 June 2011
Newstead House gets access upgrade with support of Kirsti Simpson and Board of Trustees

Kirsti Simpson, HASSELL Director, recently received a significant government grant from Queensland MP Grace Grace in her role as Chair of the Newstead Board of Trustees.

Newstead House is Brisbane's oldest surviving residence that has been taking generations of school groups, history buffs and families alike on a journey into Brisbane's history for decades.

The funding, awarded through the Queensland Government's 'Living Buildings and Places' Heritage Grants Program, is Newstead's most significant access upgrade in its 165-year history and will ensure that the doors of this iconic building will soon be accessible to all, including the installation of an elevator.

"Heritage architects and project specialists will ensure the authenticity of the house will be preserved," said Ms Grace.

She added that the funding announcement was part of a $270,000 project to improve access to Newstead House, and marks an important milestone in the 2011 Inaugural Australian Heritage Week.

Built in 1846, Newstead House is Brisbane's oldest surviving residence and is managed under the Newstead House Trust Act 1939.

Saturday 11 June 2011
Success at Asia Pacific Property Awards

A number of HASSELL projects were successful at the recent Asia Pacific Property Awards and Asia Pacific Hotel Awards:

International Property Awards - Office Interior
_PTTEP Headquarters - Five Star Award - Best Office Interior Thailand
_Deutsche Bank - Highly Commended - Office Interior Hong Kong

International Property Awards - Office Architecture
_one40william - Highly Commended - Office Architecture Australia
_Alibaba Headquarters - Highly Commended - Office Architecture China
_Sala@Sathorn - Highly Commended - Office Architecture Thailand

International Hotel Awards
_Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit - Highly Commended - Hotel Interior Thailand

"We're really proud to receive this recognition for some of our most innovative projects located across Bangkok, Hangzhou, Hong Kong and Perth. Congratulations and thank you to our clients in each instance for creating opportunities to deliver unique design solutions in partnership with them," said Peter Duncan, HASSELL Managing Director Asia.

Wednesday 8 June 2011
HASSELL launches Australian High Speed Vehicle (A-HSV) concept

HASSELL has revealed its conceptual design for an Australian High Speed Vehicle (A-HSV) in response to national debates on environmental, economical and social issues.

Inspired by the brut lines of the iconic Australian speed machine the 1960s HK Monaro, HASSELL has designed the A-HSV to be responsive to the Australian context. The A-HSV presents an alternative low-carbon, safe mode of transport for future travel between Australian capital and regional cities.

Pioneering a new concept in the way Australians commute and travel, the double-decker train would offer the choice of modern, spacious, open plan commuter seating or private berths for business meetings or luxury travellers. A dining/lounge bar and convenience store would be integrated into the train allowing commuters to dine or do their daily shopping before arriving at their destination.

Travelling at 400km per hour, a trip from Melbourne to Sydney would take under three hours, providing a viable transportation alternative to one of the busiest air traffic corridors in the world. The high speed train would address national sustainability issues by:
_ removing the reliance on air and private vehicle travel to in turn reduce carbon emissions _providing shorter travel times to regional cities under pressure from population growth and urban sprawl
_reducing transport-related congestion, opening up housing choice and affordability, and increasing national productivity.

Tuesday 17 May 2011
Awards news

We are pleased to announce that the ANZ Centre, designed by HASSELL and Lend Lease design, has won the prestigious Development of the Year in the 2011 Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards.

Property Council CEO Mr Verwer said: "The ANZ Centre is an outstanding showcase of the great outcomes our industry can produce. The building has not only achieved global benchmarks in environment and sustainability, but has reinvigorated the entire Melbourne Docklands precinct. ANZ Centre is a thoroughly deserving winner of this award."

University Hill in Melbourne was also awarded the Best Master Planned Community Award at the national 2011 Property Council of Australia Innovation and Excellence Awards, while Adelaide Zoo Entrance Precinct and Giant Panda Forest were recognised with the South Australian Development of the Year award.

In Brisbane, Ecosciences Precinct received the Brisbane Regional Building of the Year – John Dalton Award at the 2011 Australian Institute of Architects (QLD) Award as well as a Regional Commendation in Commercial Architecture.

Friday 13 May 2011
Ecosciences Precinct wins John Dalton Brisbane Building of the Year Award

Ecosciences Precinct, located at Boggo Road in Brisbane, was recently recognised with the Australian Institute of Architecture John Dalton Brisbane Building of the Year Award. The project also received a Regional Commendation for Commercial Architecture.

The awards jury noted the 'highly rational arrangement of various laboratories, office spaces and support areas which belie the complexity of the facility's program and the skilful hand of its architectural guidance.'

The Ecosciences Precinct brings together 1,000 scientists from four separate agencies and several different scientific disciplines in a single, collaborative research environment. Workgroups from various agencies are clustered together based on the research themes of marine/estuarine science, plant and insect production/bio-security sciences and terrestrial science.

Friday 6 May 2011
HASSELL sponsors The Big 'Design' Day Out

HASSELL is very pleased to be sponsoring The Big 'Design' Day Out industry luncheon forum coordinated by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) on Monday 23 May at the Brisbane City Council.

This forum looks at the future of urban design in Australia and will provide an update of key national and state-based urban design and major cities initiatives to promote best practice planning and urban design outcomes for our cities.

Keynote speakers Sara Stace and Tim Horton will discuss the future of integrated design in our major cities and the emerging concepts behind the National Urban Policy and the Australian Urban Design Protocol.

This will be followed by an expert panel discussion moderated by Adam Davies (HASSELL) and joined by the keynote speakers, Vice President of the Urban Design Alliance, National President of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), and Adam Beck, Sustainable Communities Manager, GBCA. Don't miss this opportunity to network with fellow practitioners and hear from the government and industry leaders at the fore of community design and delivery.

For more information, please contact Adam Davies, HASSELL Brisbane Principal, at For Bookings please visit the GBCA website.

Tuesday 3 May 2011
Peter Duncan features on

Peter Duncan, HASSELL Managing Director Asia, was recently featured on, one of China's largest online real estate and home improvement sites. Peter shared his thoughts about HASSELL in China and the practice's environmental efforts in the country.

"HASSELL has always been committed to the protection of the environment, so the principle of sustainability is instilled throughout our projects...HASSELL was recently recognised as one of the founding members of the China Green Building Council's (China GBC) International Membership Scheme," Peter said in the interview.

He also discussed the strong culture of teamwork at HASSELL, as well as the practice's understanding of China's historical background and culture, which are key factors in how the practice operates in the country.

Thursday 28 April 2011
ANZ Centre commended at Australian Interior Design Awards

The award-winning ANZ Centre has been commended in two categories at the recent 2011 Australian Interior Design Awards.

ANZ Centre, located in Melbourne's Docklands, was commended in the Corporate Design and Colour in Commercial Design categories. Other HASSELL projects that were shortlisted at the awards included Downer Edi (Sydney), Ecosciences Precinct (Brisbane), Grill'd (Sydney), Adelaide Zoo Entrance Precinct (Adelaide) and TechnologyOne (Brisbane).

The Australian Interior Design Awards recognise and celebrate interior design excellence via a credible, industry-based program, which is backed by the Design Institute of Australia, the professional body representing Australian designers.

Monday 18 April 2011
ANZ Centre wins 2011 Property Council Award

ANZ Centre was recently named the Victorian Development of the Year at the Property Council's 2011 Innovation and Excellence Awards.

ANZ Centre, located in Melbourne's Docklands, presents the next generation in collaborative and flexible design. Featuring large expanses of floor space dedicated to interactive activity, the building enables the incidental connections critical to today's knowledge economy. Incorporating a raft of innovative green initiatives, the building is a global environmental and social sustainability benchmark.

Property Council of Australia Victorian executive director Jennifer Cuncih said ANZ Centre represented 'a new generation of high quality building and development.'

The Age featured ANZ Centre as winner of the Victorian Development of the Year in its article, 'Big prize for ANZ Docklands' on 11 April 2011.

ANZ Centre and other Victorian finalists will contend for the National Award, to be announced at the 2011 Property Council of Australia Innovation and Excellence awards dinner in Sydney on 14 May.

Friday 8 April 2011
Rob Backhouse recognised with DIA Fellowship

Rob Backhouse, HASSELL Managing Director, was recognised with a Fellowship from the Design Institute of Australia in a ceremony held at the Robyn Boyd House in Melbourne on Wednesday night.

A DIA Fellow is an individual who has been in professional practice in a design or associated profession for a minimum of seven years and, to the satisfaction of the Board, has demonstrated outstanding ability, experience and achievement in a design or associated profession.

The Design Institute of Australia is Australia's professional membership body for designers and design businesses. Since its early beginnings in 1947, the DIA has been actively improving the community recognition and status of professional designers.

Tuesday 5 April 2011
Carly Barrett wins 2011 Dulux Study Tour

HASSELL Designer Carly Barrett was one of five architects nationally selected for the Australian Institute of Architects 2011 Dulux Study Tour. The winners will be taken on a tour of London, Barcelona and Copenhagen and will meet world-renowned architects with an exclusive insight into the think tanks of international practices.

Winners were announced at the Achievement in Architecture awards held in Perth on 24 March, and profiles of the award winners are featured in this month's Architecture Australia magazine.

The article notes that Carly "shows a clear commitment to and enthusiasm for architecture. She has been instrumental in exploring opportunities for emerging architects to promote architecture and to develop their skills through exhibitions and collaborative projects at a number of venues in Perth.

Barrett's work to date is highly creative and she presented an interesting series of design projects, both conceptual and realised. Insightful comments from colleagues and employers also supported her submission and attested to her 'genuine passion for design'. The jury also felt that Barrett's submission demonstrated personality and a good sense of humour, which were considered excellent attributes for tour participants."

Wednesday 23 March 2011
SA Water House recognised in WAN Effectiveness Awards

SA Water House was shortlisted in the World Architecture News Effectiveness Awards. The WAN Effectiveness Awards is the first major international competition of its kind, aiming to find the best in architectural design that has profoundly impacted society, transcending the requirements of the client brief and aesthetic appeal.

Entrants were asked to demonstrate the ways in which their building has benefited its users, the surrounding community and beyond, in relation to one or more of the following aspects - social, technological, environmental, economic and productivity.

Designed by HASSELL and DEGW, SA Water House was the first South Australian building to be awarded a 6 Star Green Star – Office Design rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. Through the thoughtful assembly of proven design strategies and technologies, the building shows that highly sustainable and innovative workplace design can be achieved within the constraints of commercial viability.

Tuesday 22 March 2011
Rob Backhouse presents at Artichoke Night School

Rob Backhouse presented the ANZ Centre design story at the recent Artichoke Night School, hosted by Artichoke magazine at the Zenith Melbourne showroom. The speaker panel also included Buro North's Design Director, Soren Luckins, and GPT Group's Head of Sustainability, Rosemary Kirkby.

Rob was one of the design directors on the multi-award winning ANZ Centre workplace which was built around the central concepts of permeability, diversity and sustainability. His presentation gave an insight into how the design team created one of the world's most open and transparent banking headquarters, housing more than 7,000 ANZ people and integrating with its surrounding Docklands community.

Monday 21 March 2011
Peter Duncan features in BRW

In a feature article in the latest issue of Australia's Business Review Weekly magazine entitled "Make it in China", Peter Duncan, HASSELL Managing Director in Asia, discussed the practice's approach on the Chinese market. HASSELL has built its successful China studios based on more than 20 years of experience working on a broad range of project types and scales across many different sectors. There are now 230 staff in five HASSELL studios across China: Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Major projects recently completed in the country include the Alibaba Headquarters in Hangzhou and Deutsche Bank Hong Kong.

Peter was asked to share his thoughts on some of the unique aspects, strengths, challenges and changes in the Chinese market and commented: "In China, things are not strictly defined in code compliance and that is a really important aspect of China's success. Because China has developed so quickly over such a short period, if it was very strict in code and regulation compliance, it would be unable to develop at the pace of growth that has been required over the past 15 to 20 years."

Wednesday 16 March 2011
HASSELL shortlisted at World Architecture News Awards

Two HASSELL projects – ANZ Centre and dtac House – were shortlisted at the recent World Architecture News Awards. The judges noted that ANZ Centre is an excellent example of a 'city within a city', saying that the building achieved a sense of intimacy as well as grandeur. "We particularly liked the grand atrium which had a public level and ground floor which really draws people into the space. When you look over the open atrium, you can see pockets of beautiful, intimate desking furniture that glows within the overall cathedral space."

The judges described dtac House as 'instilling a sense of fun into the office environment, including a racing track and spaces to practise Tai chi. Victoria Redshaw, Managing Director of trend forecasting and interior design company, Scarlet Opus, thought that dtac House broke all the established conventions concerning the workplace and that it was 'a stimulating space to learn, play and personalise your time at work to maximise productivity, commitment and entertainment. Office designers take note...this is how it's done!"

Tuesday 8 March 2011
ANZ Centre features in The Hindu Business Line

The award-winning ANZ Centre in Melbourne's Docklands has featured in the online edition of the Hindu Business Line. Following a tour of the premises by ANZ Chief Operating Officer, David Cartwright, the journalist noted that, "the ambience is very relaxed and nothing like what you would associate with the nerve centre of a multinational bank."

Commenting on the way the new ANZ building is affecting the way people interact, Cartwright said, "Wide open spaces can change your mind set. We used to live in skyscrapers with small, square, 1,000 metre floor plates and security at every floor. But here once you get past initial security you have 80,000 square metres of space where you can roam freely. We wanted to make sure people could see each other, interact in ways they were not doing earlier.

Click here to read the article in full.

Thursday 3 March 2011
Ken Maher to speak at Indesign in Discussion

Indesign in Discussion is a brand new series of events that brings major projects featured n Indesign magazine to life. The first discussion will take place in Sydney on Tuesday 15 March and will feature Ken Maher, Chairman of HASSELL, speaking about his insights and inspirations on designing the ANZ Centre in Melbourne.

Ken will be joined by James Grose of BVN, who will also share his experiences of designing the Myer building, another major project in Melbourne's Docklands.

Ken and James will give an informal seminar on the projects followed by an open discussion where the audience will have the opportunity to contribute.

The event is open for all but tickets are limited and on sale until Friday 11 March.

Tuesday 1 March 2011
Matthew Pullinger and Ingrid Bakker successful at Australian Institute of Architects elections

Two HASSELL Principals were successful at the recent Australian Institute of Architects elections.

Matthew Pullinger was elected as the President of the New South Wales Chapter on the National Council, following his valued contribution to the Institute over the course of 20 years. He has worked on various Institute initiatives, the Chapter Council and for the Architecture Bulletin and Large Practice Forum. He has been engaged in broader advocacy and teaching, reflecting his commitment to building a strong, diverse culture of design in New South Wales.

Ingrid Bakker, the Managing Principal of HASSELL studio in Melbourne, was voted onto the Victorian Chapter of the Council. Ingrid has 15 years experience in both the architectural and interior design industry and has led teams on a large variety of hospitality, retail, residential and commercial projects. She looks forward to working with her fellow councillors, particularly in the area of promoting the role of architects and architecture in our community.

Monday 28 February 2011
Rob Backhouse on World Architecture Festival

HASSELL Managing Director, Rob Backhouse, has featured in the latest issue of Artichoke magazine with his report from the World Architecture Festival that took place in Barcelona late last year.

In Barcelona, Rob represented HASSELL in the interiors category, which the practice won with ANZ Centre. There was a strong Australian contingency at the Festival, including Woods Bagot, BVN and FJMT who were also in the running for the top interiors award.

Reflecting on his experiences in Barcelona and the work presented by the designers in the interiors category, Rob discusses Australia's success saying, "perhaps it just says something about the increased effort, passion and care that Australian architectural and interior design firms, with our clients, have been placing on the importance of our internal built environment."

Thursday 24 February 2011
Ken Maher selected for Sydney Opera House Trust architects panel

HASSELL Chairman, Ken Maher, was recently appointed by the Sydney Opera House to a new panel of eminent architects to advise the Opera House Trust on architecture and design issues.

The panel will provide expert knowledge on matters such as maintaining the Opera House's functionality and structural integrity and reviewing briefs for upcoming nearby construction that may impact the visual and physical architectural integrity of the Opera House precinct.

Along with Ken, the members of the panel include award-winning architect Keith Cottier, renowned designer Kerry Clare, and New South Wales Government Architect Peter Mould.

Monday 24 January 2011
HASSELL ranked number one architecture practice in Australasia

HASSELL has been ranked the number one architecture practice in Australasia for a second year running in the Building Design magazine World Architecture survey.

Among the world's 100 largest architectural practices, HASSELL ranked 25 for the number of creative staff and 33 overall as the largest Australian practice included on the list. The practice was also ranked in the global top ten for the Business Parks/Offices and Criminal Justice market sectors.

HASSELL is a multidisciplinary design practice with studios throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Our strong position is a result of the expertise, design talent and commitment we offer our clients in the region. Our scale provides the capacity to deliver a broad range of projects, from small crafted commissions right through to some of the largest most complex developments in Australasia. Whilst scale isn't everything, we believe it reflects our success in working with our clients to achieve great outcomes.

The World Architecture 100 survey is published in association with the London-based Building Design magazine and has become the leading indicator of how the global architectural profession is developing.

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