Archive / August 2012
Friday 31 August 2012
Upgrades to Brisbane Airport Domestic Terminal officially opened

The upgrades to the Brisbane Airport Domestic Terminal were officially opened this week by Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese MP.

HASSELL was engaged in 2007 to design the Brisbane Airport Domestic Terminal Expansion providing capacity for pedestrians, cars and services to meet demands projected for 2030. The upgrades include a new nine-storey car park, a common user satellite and a 'skywalk' that connects the car park and domestic terminal.

The A$125m multi-level car park holds 5,300 spaces over nine levels. The design was driven by a strong sustainability agenda and some key initiatives include natural ventilation and lighting, rainwater collection and minimisation of carbon emissions through better traffic design and management.

The A$25m terminal access 'skywalk' connects the new multi-level car park to the existing terminal. It is an elevated walkway which eliminates pedestrian-vehicle conflict and transforms the landside precinct.

The A$30m common user satellite forms part of the Domestic Terminal Expansion and was completed in 2011. The satellite has increased the size and number of passenger gate lounges, in addition to enhancing passenger amenities and increasing the number of aircraft parking bays and links to aircraft.

Artwork plays an important role in the new elements of the airport. The Butterflies is a kinetic artwork display that was designed by HASSELL Associate Louise Pearson. It hangs in the skylights of the new boarding lounge and features almost 100 one metre wide, laser-cut butterflies that have been coloured with brass and bronze patinas.

HASSELL also collaborated with artist Ned Kahn on the Brisbane Airport Domestic Terminal car park. Ned's artwork forms the east facade of the car park and is made from a lightweight, permeable metal screen consisting of 117,643 aluminium panels. The wind flowing across the screen causes the plates to swing, creating a beautiful rippling surface that gives visual form to the wind.

Thursday 30 August 2012
MP Adam Bandt presents at HASSELL

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and MP, Adam Bandt, presented opportunities under the government's Clean Energy Future Package at a forum held for industry leaders at the HASSELL Melbourne studio this morning.

He detailed several measures negotiated by the Greens under the Clean Energy Future Package, some of which commenced in July 2012.

During the session, Mr Bandt also reflected on the opportunities Australia has to capitalise on its unique climate to harness and use alternative energy sources.

He pointed to the example of Germany which has become a standout country in the shift to a low carbon economy, despite having less natural advantages to tap alternative energy than Australia.

Adam Bandt is the Federal Member of Parliament for Melbourne. He was elected in 2010 when he made history by becoming the first Greens MP elected to the House of Representatives at a general election.

The forum was hosted by HASSELL Principal John Miller and was the fifth in a series of Green Start breakfasts hosted by HASSELL. Please register your interest in attending future Green Start forums to be held in Melbourne.

Wednesday 22 August 2012
Melbourne Design Awards - vote for your favourite HASSELL project

We're excited to announce that five HASSELL projects have been shortlisted in the 2012 Melbourne Design Awards.

Chasing Kitsune, Claremont Apartments, George Apartments, George Patterson Y&R and Urban Attitude have all been shortlisted. If you love any of these projects, we warmly invite you to vote for them!

The Melbourne Design Awards are unique in that voting is open to both the public and the design industry, allowing consumers and design enthusiasts to have a voice in the voting process.

The Melbourne Design Awards celebrate design works created by designs, companies, commissioners or design or students who are active in the Melbourne market.

You can cast your votes by clicking on the project pages above until 11 September. The award winners will be announced on 19 September 2012.

Projects top to bottom:
_Chasing Kitsune
_George Apartments
_George Patterson Y&R

Monday 20 August 2012
AILA award for HASSELL envisioning and sustainability system

The LESS System (Local-area Envisioning and Sustainability-scoring System), developed by HASSELL, has been recognised in the 2012 AILA National Landscape Architecture Awards for its excellence in research and communication.

LESS is a design decision-making framework developed to generate sustainable design solutions that lessen emissions, use of resources, and social disparity. It enables integrated mapping, measuring and monitoring of sustainability in urban areas across the four domains: social, infrastructure, governance and environmental. This allows for a triple bottom-line assessment in both the built environment and society, along with diagnosis of problems, and identification of strengths, weaknesses and successes in policy and planning.

HASSELL Spatial Technologies Leader, Arvind Varshney, has driven the LESS research and development program since mid-2008. The system has been applied to several projects to elicit vital information from existing data, ranging from creating new indicators of sustainability and indices that inform strategic decision-making, to comprehensive analysis of sustainability of existing precincts and their renewal design solutions.

LESS is an invaluable decision-making tool for landscape architects, urban planners and designers, and all levels of governance. It is scheduled for public release in December 2012.

Friday 17 August 2012
Bringing new life to Perth's CBD

The new BHP Billiton tower in Perth, Western Australia, is fostering new life and activity in the heart of the city's central business district.

Designed by HASSELL and Fitzpatrick + Partners, the tower rises 45 floors above St Georges Terrace. It sits at the centre of Brookfield Place, a new precinct that brings Western Australia's "indoor-outdoor" lifestyle into the heart of the city.

Thousands of people stream through the precinct each day to work in the tower and adjacent buildings, or to eat and drink at restaurants and bars as well as a high quality food court wrapped around the base of the tower. Pathways through the precinct link St Georges Terrace to the city bus station behind the office tower.

The restaurants and bars have brought new life to a row of heritage buildings on St Georges Terrace that had been boarded up for 25 years. Diners and drinkers spill out on to a series of alfresco spaces behind the heritage buildings. Bridging elements link those spaces to the HASSELL designed public realm between the heritage buildings and the new office tower.

"As a designer, it is a great privilege to be able to shape an entire precinct," said Andrew Low, HASSELL Project Leader for Brookfield Place. "Our client, Brookfield, could see the opportunity to make a real difference to the city. The quality of the design outcome matches the calibre of their brand, and as such they have renamed the development Brookfield Place.

"In Perth we have an indoor-outdoor lifestyle, but previously we didn't have it in the centre of the city. We do now. Bringing life back into the city and activating the precinct from day to night was very important."

The office tower puts BHP Billiton's stamp on the city and is the new workplace for 3,000 company employees who were previously scattered across 24 different sites. BHP Billiton occupies 60,000 square metres on 34 floors, all designed by HASSELL.

The design was based on a strategic brief developed for BHP Billiton by HASSELL and workplace consultants DEGW. The design objectives were to promote a global company identity and create a high performance, flexible environment that supports mobility, change and innovation, transparency and inclusiveness, and communication and knowledge sharing.

The workplace floors maximise opportunities for collaboration across teams and business units. Staircases connect each floor and floor-to-ceiling windows mean nearly all employees are within 10 metres of natural daylight.

The "top deck" Level 45 is a communal floor open to all employees. It offers a wide range of different spaces for individual working, casual meeting spaces and video conferencing facilities as well as areas for people to relax or eat their lunch.

"We set out to design somewhere that people would enjoy working in," said Caroline Diesner, who led the HASSELL workplace design team on the project. "It is fantastic to see people reacting so positively to the building."

Thursday 16 August 2012
Frame Fill Wrap at Saturday in Design this weekend

HASSELL and emerging graphic design studio Condensed are working together with Space Furniture on Frame Fill Wrap, an installation that will feature at Saturday in Design, to be held this weekend in Melbourne.

Get ready for a spatial interaction that is as much about hiding and discovering as it is about showing off. The installation, hosted at Space's Richmond showroom, will be a slow reveal that begins at street level and will guide visitors on a journey to discover what is really going on below the surface.

"We're excited to be working with Space and Condensed on this installation that we hope will both challenge and inspire visitors," said Cara Gabriel, one of the designers from HASSELL working on project

A hint as to what it's actually all about?

"Let's just say the starting point of the design is a certain piece of furniture," said Daniel Ballin, also from the HASSELL team.

Saturday in Design is an annual trade event for the design community, which began in Sydney in 2003, and now alternates each year between Sydney and Melbourne. This year in 2012, Saturday in Design celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Head on down to Space Furniture on Saturday 18 August between 9am and 5pm, or Sunday 19 August between 11am and 5pm to check out Frame Fill Wrap. for more information on Saturday in Design and other events, vist

Thursday 16 August 2012
PODCAST_Wade Sutton on By Design discussion panel

Wade Sutton, a Senior Associate in the HASSELL Sydney studio, joined a panel discussion on the design of operating theatres on ABC Radio National's By Design program on Wednesday 15 August.

The panel, hosted by Fenella Kernabone, discussed how operating theatre design is changing to keep pace with rapid technological and clinical advances and how good design also improves the working environment for clinical and nursing staff.

Wade has over 20 years of experience in healthcare planning, design and procurement of complex healthcare environments and offered his perspective on these issues.

Joining him on the panel were Professor Guy Maddern, Surgical Director, Australian Safety and Efficacy Register of New Interventional Procedures in Surgery, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Tracy Kerle, Nurse Manager, Gosford Hospital, NSW.

You can listen to the podcast of the program on ABC Radio National's site.


Image: Penrith Health Campus Redevelopment, Stage 3
Photography by Ethan Rohloff

Tuesday 14 August 2012
Elva Hua new HASSELL Principal

We are extremely pleased to announce the elevation of Elva Huawei to Non-Equity Principal. Elva will take a new role in the leadership of our Interior Design discipline in Shanghai.

Elva initially commenced in our Shanghai studio in 2007 before relocating to our Beijing studio to lead our team on various hospitality projects across the North China Market.

Undertaking this new role allows Elva to take a joint discipline leadership position in Shanghai, responsible for our team of 45, and growing.

Some of our projects led by Elva include Cuisine Cuisine Restaurant Beijing, Qinghuangdao and Qufu Shangri La Hotels, Le Meridian and Hilton Hotels Chongqing, Taiyuan and Wuxi Crown Plaza Hotels.

Elva is a trained architect and interior designer who is highly regarded within the hospitality sector as a practice and design leader. In returning to Shanghai, Elva will reestablish a long term market understanding and an outstanding design passion.

Friday 10 August 2012
Wade Sutton on By Design discussion panel next week

Wade Sutton, a Senior Associate in the HASSELL Sydney studio, has been invited to join the discussion panel for ABC's Radio National weekly design program, By Design, hosted by Fenella Kernabone.

The panel will discuss how the design of operating theatres is changing due to technological and procedural advances and how philosophical shifts, such as the development of patient-focused delivery of care, and working conditions for clinical and nursing staff have improved.

Wade will be offering the panel his perspective on some of the considerations and challenges of these issues. He has over 20 years of experience in healthcare planning, design and procurement of complex healthcare environments.

Joining him on the panel will also be a surgeon and a member of one of the peak bodies for peri-operative nursing. They will give listeners an insight into the day-to-day practicalities of implementing and using new technologies and procedures.

The program will go live to air on Wednesday 15 August, 2.30-3pm AEST.

Tuesday 7 August 2012
HASSELL wins architecture competition for Shenyang Hutai New Town

HASSELL has won an international competition to design one of northeast China's largest, state-of-the-art ecological urban centres.

Located in the capital of Liaoning province in China's industrial heartland, the 128-square kilometre Shenyang Hutai New Town is one of the city's largest and most cutting-edge ecological and natural urban centres.

Situated on the edge of a lake that spreads over 67 hectares, Phase One of the project encompasses a 100,000-square metre architecture design project comprising an administrative and planning hall, a cultural exchange centre, a music hall and a business and convention hotel.

Conveying modernity while paying tribute to the cultural and historical fabric of one of the most pristine and untouched areas of the country, the first phase of the project is due for completion end-2013.

The design by HASSELL establishes an interactive link with users and nature, combining civic and natural elements to create an un-obtrusive, vibrant yet elegant eco-urban space, with each individual architectural design enhancing the character of the whole.

Besides this Shenyang project, HASSELL recently completed the Palm Island project, an integrated commercial-retail development in Chongqing that combines retail space, residential and commercial towers in a seamless lifestyle experience.

HASSELL also spearheaded the large-scale JiNing Huan Bi Quan Commercial Development in Shandong province and designed part of the Hangzhou Xintiandi Development in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.

Monday 6 August 2012
Wins at Outstanding Greater China Design Awards

HASSELL was successful at the Outstanding Greater China Design Awards this weekend, winning two awards in the Spatial Design Category for ABN Amro (Hong Kong) and Temple Restaurant in Beijing. The Awards are an annual event and are presented in Hong Kong.

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

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


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

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

    The Urban Developer

  • Hive of activity – agile working design

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

    CIBSE Journal

  • Perspective speaks with John Pauline, design principal at HASSELL, Hong Kong

    Having played an instrumental role in six consecutive Olympics, John Pauline, design principal at international practice HASSELL, chats with us about his passion for sports design.


  • Q&A: Matthew Shang, HASSELL

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

    Hospitality Interiors

  • Creating an Active Waterfront

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



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


  • Medibank In Melbourne Champions Green Architecture And Workplace Wellness

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


  • State Library of NSW to undergo $15m revamp

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


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

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

  • 5 Mins With HASSELL’s Glenn Scott

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

  • Reclaiming the wild in our public spaces

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

  • Galleries need to move away from the traditional white box

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

  • Reinventing unused spaces and turning them into parks

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

  • Robb Society - Carrie Ho

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

  • Sports venues must be iconic yet functional

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

  • Finger paintings

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

  • Dennis Ho on Monocle Radio

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

  • Esperence Waterfront has its future solidified by HASSELL

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

  • The Art of Business Travel

    Aviation expert and principal at Hassell design studio Mark Wolfe talks with Nick Walton about terminal design, changing the traveller’s experience, sustainability, and the airports of the future.
    The Art of Business Travel

  • The Great Room features in Wallpaper*

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

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