Archive / 2013
Friday 20 December 2013
Palm Islands wins multiple design awards

The Chongqing Palm Island project designed by HASSELL won numerous design awards in November and December. These included a bronze award at the MIPIM Asia Awards and a win in the Best Commercial, Retail or Office Architecture category at the Perspective magazine awards. It was also recognised for design excellence at the 2013 China International Real Estate Architectural Technology Fair in the Commercial Building - Mixed-use category.

The MIPIM Asia Awards consist of 11 categories and recognise the best works in Asia. Palm Island Chongqing was successful in the Best Retail and Leisure Development category.

The China International Real Estate Architectural Technology Fair (CIHAF) is one of the largest real estate fairs in Asia.

Tuesday 10 December 2013
Jason Cuffe wins AILA NSW Future Leaders Award

HASSELL Landscape Architect, Jason Cuffe was presented with the Future Leaders, 2013 AILA New South Wales Graduate Landscape Architect Award in Sydney last week.

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects' award is granted to a recent graduate who demonstrates outstanding achievement in the development of innovative, creative and practical solutions in their professional practice.

"Jason joined us as a student while completing his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture at UNSW. He graduated with First Class Honours and the University Medal in 2011, and has continued this commitment to excellence at HASSELL as an invaluable member of the practice," said Angus Bruce, Head of Landscape Architecture.

"Through his contributions to a diverse range of projects, including the high profile Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct, Jason has demonstrated an exceptional level of professionalism and talent. We congratulate him on receiving this recognition from the wider landscape architecture community, and for leading the way for young designers at HASSELL," he said.

The AILA awards jury noted that, "Jason will without a doubt become a future leader in the profession."

Tuesday 10 December 2013
Immerse yourself in the 2014 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Imagine a cloud-like structure suspended above vertical rain gardens, a floating bar and an open-kitchen eatery, right in the heart of Melbourne – that's the ambitious project a group of designers at HASSELL are currently working on.

For the second year in a row, HASSELL is designing the centrepiece of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, presented by Bank of Melbourne. The Immersery – Festival Kitchen, Bar and Raingarden will be the 2014 event's spectacular hub, interpreting the Festival's theme of water.

The floating bar will be located on a barge, moored in the Yarra River. The open-air kitchen will sit on the banks of the river, next to the barge and adjacent to Queensbridge Square. The cloud-like structure made from scaffolding and PVC pipes atop Sandridge Bridge and above the bar and dining area creates a skyline community space that visitors will be able to enjoy for the duration of the Festival. Finally, the vertical plant display, demonstration rain gardens and feature plantings of drought tolerant species, appropriate to the local climate and rainfall conditions, will be located throughout the Immersery.

"The Immersery is a metaphorical representation of the water cycle, designed over three levels of the space: river, square and bridge. We celebrate the intriguing and ephemeral qualities of clouds, communicate the preciousness of water as a natural resource, and draw attention to opportunities for the capture and reuse of water in an effort to reduce consumption and protect the quality of our water ways," said Brenton Beggs, a Landscape Architect from HASSELL.

"Our installation will temporarily transform a well known Melbourne space on the Yarra River, and provide visitors with an immersive experience to learn about water within the urban context," said Andrea Giuradei, a HASSELL Architect.

The project is inspired by the inherent qualities of water and the processes through which it is transformed during its continuous cyclical journey around the earth.

The Immersery follows the successful centrepiece of the 2013 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the HASSELL designed Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar.

The 2014 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival runs from 28 February – 16 March

Thursday 5 December 2013
A hive of activity on Adelaide’s riverbank

A matrix of blue octagons on the banks of Adelaide's River Torrens will have people talking about more than just the cricket score this weekend, with the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure unveiling a brand new pop-up venue set to boost public engagement with the city's Riverbank Precinct.

The Blue Hive is the latest in a series of unique temporary installations by HASSELL that challenge the public's view of the city and demonstrate the benefits innovative and quirky design can deliver to urban spaces.

HASSELL Project Designer Frank Smith says the application of landscape architecture and urban design principles to reinvigorate under-used areas of our cities is essential to building a diverse dynamic public realm that people want to be part of.

"Pro-bono or low-cost projects such as The Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar, Chasing Kitsune and Walk the Line in Melbourne and Sydney demonstrate that increasing public engagement with the city doesn't need to come at a significant cost," said Frank.

"Instead it's about casting a fresh light on existing infrastructure to create temporary spaces that transform public perception of how a space can be used and enjoyed."

Water misters and structures for climbing around The Blue Hive offer a playful element of discovery for children, while areas for vendors and performers will keep the adults entertained as they sit back and watch the riverbank come alive for summer.

"Adelaide's Riverbank Precinct is undergoing a significant period of transformation. However, it is essential that the public spaces that link the individual stakeholders are not overlooked if the area is to meet its full potential," said Frank.

"Over the coming three months, The Blue Hive will capitalise on the prominent location of the site, to showcase the potential of the area as a vibrant hub of activity that people will visit simply to take in the atmosphere and vibrancy of the area."

The Blue Hive is an initiative of the South Australian Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure and will be open to the public from 5 December until the end of February 2014.

Monday 2 December 2013
Stop comparing, start competing

HASSELL has thrown its support behind a new South Australian initiative that draws together a range of high performing organisations and individuals to reinvigorate thinking in the state and set clear goals for economic sustainability.

Following a model which has already seen success in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, A Committee for Adelaide embraces an integrated, a-political approach to city shaping, identifying new ways to build a more competitive economy, lifestyle and built environment.

HASSELL Principal and Head of the Adelaide studio, David Homburg, said since being established in Adelaide in 1938, HASSELL has played a central role in shaping the city and the time was ripe for a new wave of thinking.

"Adelaide can re-establish its reputation as one of the great second tier cities of the world. Cities of our scale and intimacy are often the incubators of innovative ideas," says David.

"We need to embrace this and carve out our own path in a global environment using the positive cultural and lifestyle aspects Adelaide has to offer, while developing practical strategies that support sustainable population growth and economic development.

"With the redevelopment of Adelaide's Riverbank Precinct and major upgrades underway throughout the city, we are already taking steps in the right direction," says David.

"However, a more nuanced approach is needed to ensure the necessary shift in cultural, social and business habits in South Australia also takes place to support a more internationally competitive city."

As a global practice, with its foundations in South Australia, HASSELL brings a unique perspective to the Committee.

"This is a great chance to work closely with some of the brightest minds, from both South Australia and internationally, to deliver bold ideas that will deliver tangible benefits back to the state," says David.

Monday 2 December 2013
Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre opens

The Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre - officially opened by the Hon. Jillian Skinner OAM, NSW Minister for Health on Friday - offers a dignified and reassuring environment for patients receiving specialist cancer treatment in the Shoalhaven region of New South Wales.

HASSELL worked closely with Health Infrastructure NSW to design the Centre, which engages with its surrounding natural south coast landscape to deliver a positive healing environment.

"The Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre is unique in that, while it is in close proximity to the main hospital, it stands on its own within a very picturesque woodland setting," explains HASSELL Principal Luke Johnson.

"The building and its individual treatment and consultation spaces are sited to maximise opportunities for views into the natural landscape - providing distraction and respite to patients and staff.

"Even the waiting room is connected to a landscaped courtyard offering patients the opportunity to sit comfortably within a sheltered space that has direct access to fresh air and natural light.

"The predominant colour palette of white and grey relates to surrounding tree colours and the building's use of timber, concrete and glass throughout the Centre's interior, further blurs the boundaries between the indoor clinical and respite areas and the Centre's bushland setting," said Luke.

While the Centre is deliberately designed to feel more casual than formal, the Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre will deliver the highest quality care supported by its advanced medical equipment and facilities.

Image courtesy of Mike Chorley Photography

Wednesday 27 November 2013
Sweet success for the Hotham Street Ladies

The Hotham Street Ladies artist collective has turned cake icing into an art form with a life-size reproduction of a typical share house dining and living room - almost completely made out of the sugary concoction used to decorate cakes. Cassandra Chilton, a Landscape Architect in the HASSELL Melbourne studio, is one of the group's five members.

At Home with the Hotham Street Ladies is one of the feature installations at the Melbourne Now exhibition on display at Australia's National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). Virtually the entire installation – all the soft furnishings, food leftovers, everyday objects and the wallpaper – have been created from hundreds of kilograms of cake icing.

"This work subverts the model of museum rooms which showcase period decorative arts furniture and objects. Instead, it presents an inhabited everyday modern version of living," said Cassandra. "It mimics the eclectic share household style, containing a mish mash of furniture, items that have been passed down through the generations and gathered from op shops and hard rubbish collections."

The Hotham Street Ladies create public art and installations. Their story began six years ago when they were all living together in a share household – a group of unrelated people sharing a rented home – in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood. The architecture of the homes in the area, along with its varied food culture, street art and galleries, form the background of the collective's work.

The cake icing installation includes a dining room table where a dinner party has evidently just finished, discarded pizza boxes, a colourful nine-metre long runner carpet in a connecting hallway, along with paintings and objects that reference artworks from the NGV's collection.

Melbourne Now is the largest contemporary art exhibition ever undertaken by the National Gallery of Victoria and features more than 175 projects by 400 contemporary Melbourne artists, designers and performers, reflecting the city's complex creative landscape. It runs until late March 2014 and entry is free.

ABC report on At Home with the Hotham Street Ladies

 Images courtesy of NGV

Tuesday 12 November 2013
Palm Island successful at Perspective Awards 2013

The HASSELL-designed dining-and-leisure complex Palm Island in Chongqing, China, won another award in Hong Kong - Perspective Magazine's Best Commercial, Retail or Office Architecture category.

The Perspective Awards are in their tenth year and recognise the best designs in architecture, interior and product designs. Located in Chongqing in southwest China, Palm Island won a Platinum Award at the 2013 Successful Design Awards and received a bronze award at the 2013 MIPIM Asia Awards. The project was also a finalist at the World Architecture Festival held in Singapore.

Dae Wook Lee, Senior Architectural Designer from HASSELL Hong Kong, received the Perspective Award in Hong Kong. The annual event was held in early November at The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.

Friday 8 November 2013
HASSELL on London Mayor's design panel

HASSELL has been selected in three specialist categories in a new design framework set up by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. The framework will help overhaul design standards across the public sector in London.

The framework names a panel of design firms to be used by the Mayor, Transport for London, London Boroughs, Housing Associations and the London Legacy Development Corporation to select the "best possible talent" for major projects.

The framework supports the Mayor's vision of London as the best big city in the world, underpinned by excellence in urban design and architecture, the creation of beautiful, vibrant and well-designed public spaces and high-quality housing.

HASSELL specialities recognised in the framework are public realm and landscape; transport architecture and interchange design; and interior design and space planning.

The design panel was selected by the Greater London Authority and Transport for London on behalf of the Mayor and will support delivery of the Mayor's regeneration program and other public sector led projects.

"The regeneration projects will have a significant impact on London and we are delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to them," said HASSELL UK Managing Principal Colin Hockley. "It is very pleasing to be recognised in three different categories."

Thursday 7 November 2013
Palm Island wins MIPIM Asia Award

Designed by HASSELL, Palm Island in the Chinese city of Chongqing received a bronze award in this year's MIPIM Asia Awards.

Held in Hong Kong this week, the MIPIM Asia Awards recognised the best works in Asia across 11 competition categories. Palm Island was successful in the Best Retail and Leisure Development. Martin Lee, Principal from HASSELL Hong Kong, attended the MIPIM Asia Gala Dinner held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel to receive the award.

Wednesday 6 November 2013
HASSELL as one of the finalists in Dapeng New Area Tourism Development

HASSELL was one of the finalists for Shenzhen's Dapeng New Area tourism development and industrial planning consultancy competition (Competition Two).

HASSELL and five other design practices participated in the competition's evaluation process. Dapeng New Area is an ancient town in Shenzhen, southern China. In order to inject new life into this ancient town, Dapeng New Area government invited the design companies to meet with the residents of Dapeng and members of the public selected to judge the competition.

Shenzhen media interviewed Valentina Preti, an urban designer from the HASSELL Shanghai studio. Originally from Italy, Valentina's impression of Dapeng New Area is that it is a place "full of history, peace and potential". She is fond of the beautiful natural environment and would like to join the other designers in contributing to a tourism blueprint for the future of the Dapeng New Area.

The participating companies will involve the public in their design process to provide sophisticated and practical tourism development advice and industrial schemes, which will also serve as a focal point for future development of the Dapeng New Area. The companies will present their proposals at meetings that are open to the public. The winner of each stage of the multiple-round judging process will be tasked with developing a study report.

Wednesday 6 November 2013
David Tsui judges at Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards 2013

HASSELL Principal David Tsui was one of the judges for the 21th Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards 2013 held in Hong Kong. The event, held annual for the past 20 years, recognises outstanding interior design projects and designers in the region and aims to raise the professional standard of the industry.

This year's awards attracted overwhelming participation from interior designers from Greater China and Singapore. The finalists in ten categories were selected from more than 500 submissions.

Friday 1 November 2013
Peter Duncan speaks at The Economist breakfast event

Peter Duncan, HASSELL Chairman, recently spoke on a panel discussing sustainable urbanisation at a breakfast event organised by The Economist Corporate Network.

The event, held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Shanghai, was attended by over one hundred corporate representatives. Peter shared with attendees his firsthand experience through HASSELL of planning sustainable green cities in China and answered questions about issues related to urbanisation in China.

Wednesday 30 October 2013
Gold Coast University Hospital officially opens

The new A$1.75 billion Gold Coast University Hospital in Australia was officially opened today by Queensland Premier Campbell Newman. Patients from the old Gold Coast Hospital began transferring into the new state of the art facility in late September.

HASSELL designed the 175,000 sqm tertiary hospital with joint venture partners Powell Dods Thorpe and Silver Thomas Hanley, together with managing contractors Bovis Lend Lease.

Gold Coast University Hospital establishes a benchmark in the delivery of healthcare facilities for Queensland and is one of Australia's largest tertiary hospitals.

Key features include a pathology education building, a 72-bed mental health facility, a comprehensive cancer care centre, and an integrated women's and children's health service with a 50-bed neonatal intensive care unit. Many of these services were only previously available in the state capital of Brisbane, meaning patients had to travel in order for some important treatments.

Gold Coast University Hospital is one of the first to incorporate a precinct strategy and a fully resolved public realm, creating a sense of place through surrounding parklands and excellent public transport connections.

As a tertiary hospital, the co-location of GCUH with Griffith University's Gold Coast campus and close collaboration with various teaching institutions creates an ideal environment for training future doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

Three-quarters of the patient rooms at GCUH are singles, which is a major factor in reducing hospital acquired infections, one of the biggest issues that such health facilities currently face.

Access to daylight and the outdoors is also integral to the design of the hospital. Some of the outdoor areas serve as clinical spaces, while others provide important relief from intense clinical environments.

Monday 28 October 2013
HASSELL reinvents the Qingdao #6 Textiles factory

HASSELL has been appointed master planner and architect for the development of a new mixed-use urban precinct on the site of the former Qingdao #6 Textiles factory.

The project involves the adaptive reuse of a collection of warehouses including unique timber structures built by the Japanese over 70 years ago. Located on a central park that connects to the new high speed railway station, the development will also introduce a range of new uses across the entire ten hectare site to create a new urban hub and centrepiece for the transforming Licang district of Qingdao.

The HASSELL scheme, developed over an intensive three-week competition process through a Shanghai/London studio collaboration, delivered a holistic proposal for the Virpark/Hicreate client group that boldly reference the site's former uses. It entwines new insertions within the retained built fabric and extending the historical texture. Weaving a green layer through the site, new public open spaces will be created and the surrounding urban fabric stitched together to provide the foundation for a vibrant new creative precinct.

Wednesday 23 October 2013
75 years

HASSELL was established in 1938, so this month we are celebrating 75 years of architecture and design. The practice began in the Australian city of Adelaide – still home to one of 14 design studios HASSELL operates in Australia, China, South East Asia and the United Kingdom. The company takes its name from one of the three founding partners – Colin Hassell, Philip Claridge and Jack McConnell.

The HASSELL practice of today is very different than the original partnership. The one city architecture firm has become an international design practice. It is a trans-disciplinary practice. We use that term – rather than multidisciplinary – deliberately. Our designers come from a number of disciplines – architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and planning. Our success is built on collaboration across the disciplines, across geographies and with clients. We value a democracy of design thinking in which all ideas are worthy of consideration, regardless of who they came from.

This democracy of design is explored further in MULTITUDES, a 312 page book published by Uro Media to mark the 75th anniversary of HASSELL. The book is not a year by year, project by project history of the practice. Instead, it discusses some of the major movements and issues in architecture and design of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The book is built around a series of essays by independent design practitioners and commentators. Each essay is followed by images and descriptions of work in the HASSELL portfolio that responds to the movements the essay discusses.

Over coming months, HASSELL will publish a series of digital magazines, also called MULTITUDES. Each issue will feature a chapter of the book as a stand-alone essay along with other original material.

You can find a link to the first issue of MULTITUDES magazine here

You can order the book at a special online price of $79.00 here

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Wednesday 16 October 2013
New rail station opens as part of A$4.8 billion project

The HASSELL designed West Footscray Railway Station has been officially opened in Melbourne, Australia, one of the first benefits of the A$4.8 billion Regional Rail Link.

It is a massive project with new stations and 90 kilometres of new track. Regional and Melbourne metropolitan train services will no longer have to share tracks when the project is completed in 2016. The result will be better regional services and the capacity for an additional 54,000 passenger trips a day on the metropolitan system.

HASSELL is the design specialist on a key part of the project, the Footscray to Deer Park work package. We are working with Alliance partners Thiess, Balfour Beatty, Parsons Brinckerhoff, SKM, MTM, V/Line and the Regional Rail Link Authority.

As well as the new station at West Footscray, the HASSELL team is designing major upgrades of two other stations and a series of bridges and pedestrian footbridges.

“It is great to see passengers using West Footscray Station, although there is still some work to be completed,” said Peter Morley, who heads the HASSELL design team.

“We have delivered a new transport hub on Melbourne’s western fringe that will provide a much better passenger experience for people using the station. Improving the passenger experience has been the over-riding aim in our design for West Footscray, Footscray and Sunshine Stations. We are making them more accessible, safer and better connected to the communities around them. We have been involved in intensive, ongoing engagement with local people and businesses.”

The new West Footscray Station delivers:

_A covered pedestrian and cycle overpass connecting Sunshine Road and Cross Street
_Stairs, lifts and ramps from the overpass to the station entrances and to all platforms
_Canopies above the station entrances, stairs and platforms
_Landscaped forecourt areas on both sides of the station
_New car parks, improved connections to buses, and taxi and drop off zones on both sides of the station
_Secure bicycle storage
_Improved pedestrian access.

Monday 7 October 2013
World Architecture Festival Awards

HASSELL has won an international award for its workplace design for advertising and marketing agency Clemenger BBDO in Sydney, Australia. It won the office interior design category at the World Festival of Interiors and was shortlisted in three further categories at the World Architecture Festival. Both festivals were held concurrently in Singapore.

This continues a run of success for HASSELL in international design awards. Last year, HASSELL took out three prizes and a commendation at the World Architecture Festival.

Designed by HASSELL, Clemenger BBDO’s new workplace draws creative teams out of what were previously small offices into a more inspiring workspace that encourages them to collaborate. The new 750 square metre workplace includes a mix of quiet spaces, shared work spaces and informal meeting areas.

In the new office, work is pinned up on purpose-designed walls to encourage co-workers to comment on each other’s projects. The office also recognises the need to make workers feel comfortable in their surrounds to support the creative process.

“Creativity and collaboration are the life blood of an advertising agency,” said HASSELL Principal Matt Blain, who led the design team for the new workplace. “Leading agencies like Clemenger BBDO instinctively understand that the design of their workplace is critical to fostering both collaboration and creativity.”

HASSELL Managing Director Robert Backhouse said the diversity of categories the practice was nominated in at the 2012 and 2013 awards reflects a breadth and depth of design expertise.

“In the past two years we have been recognised for education, residential, hotel and leisure, interior design and infrastructure projects,” he said. “It shows the diversity of our practice areas, the diversity of our clients and some of the innovative projects we’ve been privileged to work on.”

At this year’s festival, HASSELL was shortlisted for The Floating Islands: Palm Island, Chongqing, China. This was in the Completed Buildings – Hotel/ Leisure category. The island project is a hospitality precinct on the banks of Palm Lake and the Taiping Reservoir. The key element of the design is water and it has been melded with light and reflections for the project concept. When viewed from afar, the five buildings housing six different restaurants appear to float on the lake.

HASSELL was also shortlisted for The University of Queensland Advanced Engineering Building, in conjunction with Richard Kirk Architect. The Brisbane, Australia, project was nominated in the Completed Buildings – Higher Education/ Research category. The building co-locates five key materials, science and engineering research centres, with flexible teaching and learning spaces. The building integrates teaching and research laboratories in addition to large scale manufacturing and civil engineering research laboratories. It incorporates passive and integrated sustainability features.

In the Completed Buildings – Villa category, HASSELL was shortlisted for the Point King Residence. The waterfront residence is on a cliff-top location at Portsea, near Melbourne, Australia. The house sits two metres below ground level, limiting its impact on the surrounding Port King area. It was designed as a slatted timber box over a limestone base and includes three spaces (shared, private and living) around a central entrance space.

Wednesday 2 October 2013
Knowledge precincts showcased at ISOCARP conference

Delegates at the 49th ISOCARP (International Society of City and Regional Planners) conference in Brisbane this week will hear about the benefits that an urban design approach to precincts can deliver to regional economies through greater innovation, idea sharing, employee engagement and urban regeneration.

As a supporting partner of the event, HASSELL will lead a showcase exploring South East Queensland's most significant knowledge precincts and the design considerations that come into play when creating environments that foster greater collaboration and innovation.

One such example is the Herston Health Precinct, which will be presented by HASSELL Principal Adam Davies. Located near the Brisbane CBD, the precinct houses a host of health facilities, including the Royal Brisbane Women's and Children's Hospital, University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research, The Queensland Institute of Medical Research and The University of Queensland's School of Medicine.

Accommodating more than 11,000 people on a daily basis, the future of the precinct must account for the needs of its users in terms of transport links and amenities, while also creating an environment that encourages interaction and collaboration. A rich mix of users and activities at Herston will enable it to attract a critical mass of high value workers and will assist the precinct in becoming known as one of Australia's most outstanding centres of health and innovation.

The Boggo Road Urban Village and Ecosciences Precinct (presented by Lucy O'Driscoll) is an urban renewal precinct that converts a large city fringe gaol site into a mixed use development of commercial, retail, residential and institutional activities. The Ecosciences Precinct at Boggo Road brings together Queensland State Government research groups and has broken new ground in the collaboration and collocation of diverse science agencies into shared laboratory, office and support facilities to optimise the potential for discovery and intellectual exchange.

The Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct (presented by Principal Ron Bridgefoot) will be a specialist health, research and education precinct. The Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH), due to open in 2014, is a 175,000 sqm tertiary hospital serving the Gold Coast region of Queensland. The collocation of multiple facilities creates an ideal environment for the training of future health professionals and the development of knowledge-based industries.

In other sessions, HASSELL Principal Toby Lodge will be speaking about Gold Coast Rapid Transit 2031 - a study commissioned by the City of Gold Coast to harness one of the country's most significant public transport investments. Principal Adam Davies will be facilitating an Urban Futures discussion about the challenges and opportunities cities face with increasing urbanisation, including the role of high performance cities and mega-regions where the needs of diverse populations have access to housing, education, work, high levels of environmental amenity and regional and global connections.

Click here for information about the ISOCARP conference.

You can also follow Lucy O'Driscoll (@LucyODriscoll_1) and Adam Davies (@urbandesign) on Twitter live at the conference.

Wednesday 25 September 2013
Philip Hannaford presents at BEX Asia 2013 exhibition

Philip Hannaford was a guest speaker at the BEX Asia 2013 exhibition held at Singapore's Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre during September, held in conjunction with the International Green Building Conference (IGBC) 2013, the inaugural World Engineers Summit (WES) 2013 and World Engineering Expo (WEE) 2013. The theme for this conference was 'The Green View' and as Southeast Asia's premier business platform for the green building and construction industry, was a platform for industry leaders to share sustainability initiatives, trends, innovative technologies and design.

Philip's talk was entitled 'Sustainability through Workplace Agility' drawing on recent HASSELL research on the financial and human benefits for developers and tenants made possible by maximising productivity improvements through climate responsive architecture and non-territorial workplace design. He referenced a number of recent architectural and workplace projects from around the region, including Singapore, demonstrating how adoption of workplace agility supports a number of key components within regional sustainability codes and provides affordable incentives and opportunities to target the higher sustainability ratings for projects.

Wednesday 18 September 2013
Sharing insights on sustainability

Brett Pollard, joint Head of Knowledge and Sustainability at HASSELL, delivered a number of university lectures this week in Shanghai, sharing some of the practice's insights on sustainability.

Brett spoke at the Sino-Finnish Centre at Tongji University and the Architecture Faculty at Shanghai Jiao Tong University about the holistic and committed approach HASSELL takes towards sustainable development in its project work and studio operations around the world, with a vision of being a global leader in designing a sustainable future.

In his lectures, Brett presented an overview of a number of Australian rating systems, including Green Star and NABERS sustainable building rating tools, as well as research by the Co-operative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living.

He also presented a number of case studies including the recently-opened Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland. Designed by HASSELL, this is a zero energy, carbon neutral building that meets the world's most advanced levels of sustainability.

Brett's lectures concluded with some thoughts and insights on where sustainability is headed, which includes a much greater focus on cities and the human factor in design.

HASSELL is a founding member of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and the China Green Building Council Foreign Membership Scheme, as well as a member of the United States and Hong Kong Green Building Councils.

Tuesday 17 September 2013
HASSELL presentations at Tertiary Education Management Conference

The Tertiary Education Management Conference is an annual event that gathers a large number of tertiary education professionals and experts. Currently being held in the Australian city of Hobart, the focus of this year's conference is on how in an ever-changing environment tertiary institutions ride, exploit and set the trends, challenging and transforming traditions. It is also looking at how technology interfaces with people as well as integrates and innovates for positive and effective outcomes in the local and wider community.

A number of HASSELL education and science design experts are presenting at the conference today, drawing on the practice's experience of designing in this sector.

HASSELL Principal Mark Roehrs will be speaking on the topic of research-led education in engineering buildings, presenting two very current project case studies designed by HASSELL – the Advanced Engineering Building at the University of Queensland, as well as the Tonsley Building at Flinders University in Adelaide. Engineering faculties are re-evaluating learning experiences and outcomes for students, engaging the full cycle of research, testing, industry and application and the integration of these outcomes back into the curriculum and learning experience. Additionally, a return to authentic experiences for students means that engineering buildings are becoming living laboratories. The design of the Advanced Engineering and Tonsley buildings explore various spatial models and learning modalities that help to achieve these outcomes including hands-on problem based learning in studio settings and the use of the buildings as a living demonstration of a range of innovative engineering approaches with real-time monitoring.

David Homburg, a Principal at HASSELL, together with John Holm (SocioDesign) and Shane Jennings (Flinders University) in Adelaide, will be presenting on the problematic task that universities face when planning specialist research buildings that will flexible enough to cater for both the near and distant future. This is no easy feat as psychological studies show that people think in very abstract and optimistic terms about the distant future. These research buildings need to support the needs of academic and professional staff and students who are often focused on the short term. Also, staff will often identify what they actually needed in the past as needs for the future. The presentation looks at the Tonsley Building at Flinders University (the new home for the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics) as a project that faced all these challenges and how they were overcome. The team engaged the end-users of the building in a process of creating a 'day in the life' of a future they desired as well as drew on the experience of exemplar projects of other institutions.

Principal Adam Davies is presenting on how university campuses can gain a competitive advantage through master planning, using a comparative analysis of the 'Group of Eight' master plans. The landscape for the delivery of higher education and research is changing and universities need to provide environments that are adaptable and flexible. The experience that campuses provide – particularly the built environment – will be crucial in attracting and retaining students and top academics and researchers. Technological and social changes have changed how campuses are and will be used in the future, as they increasingly become centres for interaction through socialisation. New pedagogies, changes in student demography and increasing competition are putting pressure on traditional campus facilities and setting the future direction for universities is a critical element of business planning. Adam's comparative analysis of all the master plans of all the Group of Eight universities aims to understand the type of master planning being undertaken within the group so as to inform decision making against comparable universities. Adam also presented this paper at the Urban Design Conference in Sydney last week.

Friday 13 September 2013
HASSELL Shanghai Landscape Architecture team book published

As part of its objective to be one of the world's great cities, the Shanghai Government invests in and encourages the development of a world class public realm. To keep abreast of what is happening in the city, the landscape architecture team in the HASSELL Shanghai studio organises a program of regular field trips to the city's significant parks and public spaces.

HASSELL colleagues Tsehou Hsiao, Sean Lin and I-Hsiang Lee documented what they saw on these field trips in a blog curated by Tsehou Hsiao. The blog came to the attention of a publisher who approached the team to use their material in a book, published under the title "Great Beauty Has No Boundary". The 392-page book includes photographs, detailed project information and the team's critique of 50 landscape projects.

Tsehou Hsiao, Senior Associate in the Shanghai studio said, "The blog served purely to enjoy the novelty of these visits in the beginning, get inspired and improve on my design. Building on my blog, I wanted to share my experience with friends through this book."

Fellow author Sean Lin, HASSELL Associate noted that landscape architecture is different from architecture and interior design as projects change over the years and with the seasons.

View Tsehou's blog that provided much of the material for the book continues to grow as more field trips and reviews are completed.

Thursday 12 September 2013
John Pauline interviewed by leading world media on Olympic design

HASSELL Principal John Pauline was interviewed this week by BBC World News, Bloomberg TV and Channel News Asia on the 2020 Olympic Games.

John shared his views on Tokyo's win for the 2020 Games and his experience working on five past different Games.

HASSELL Principal John Pauline is a world leader in architectural sports design. He has designed venues for five other different Olympic Games Committees: the 2000 Sydney Games, 2004 Athens Games, 2008 Beijing Games, 2012 London Games and 2016 Rio Games.

Some of John's past Olympic projects before he joined HASSELL in 2011 include the Watercube (2008 Beijing Olympic National Aquatic Center), the Beijing 2008 Athletes Village and he served as the competition venue planning specialist to the Beijing Olympic Organising Committee. He was the lead sports architect for the London 2012 Games Handball and Modern Pentathlon Competition venue – The Copper Box. He also consulted for the Rio 2016 Olympic Master plan.

_Interview on BBC World News 

_Interview on Bloomberg TV

_Interview on Channel News Asia

Tuesday 10 September 2013
HASSELL presentations at International Urban Design Conference

A number of HASSELL representatives are presenting at the UrbanAgiNation International Urban Design Conference which is currently taking place in Sydney.

The conference examines the liveability, productivity, affordability and efficiency of Australia's cities.

HASSELL Principals Mary Papaioannou and Shaun Schroter are presenting a range of projects from the practice's growing temporary project portfolio. They will discuss whether the 'pop up' can be a legitimate tool for the testing of street activation opportunities in design and development projects. Through 'experimental' urban intervention projects which are largely instigated via design competitions, are self-commissioned or undertaken on a pro bono basis, the multidisciplinary teams at HASSELL are actively engaged in research from which results can equally be applied to long term and more traditionally commissioned projects. Walk the Line, Chasing Kitsune and the Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar are examples of how temporary projects can be great vehicles for producing design projects reflective of their time and place.

Principal Adam Davies is presenting on how university campuses can gain a competitive advantage through master planning, using a comparative analysis of the 'Group of Eight' master plans. The landscape for the delivery of higher education and research is changing and universities need to provide environments that are adaptable and flexible. The experience that campuses provide – particularly the built environment – will be crucial in attracting and retaining students and top academics and researchers. Technological and social changes have changed how campuses are and will be used in the future, as they increasingly become centres for interaction through socialisation. New pedagogies, changes in student demography and increasing competition are putting pressure on traditional campus facilities and setting the future direction for universities is a critical element of business planning. Adam's comparative analysis of all the master plans of all the Group of Eight universities aims to understand the type of master planning being undertaken within the group so as to inform decision making against comparable universities.

Finally, HASSELL Urban Design leader David Tickle is presenting on how the rapid urbanisation of China can inform the understanding and design of Australian cities. China is undergoing urbanisation at a pace and scale unprecedented in human history. Under its current (12th) Five Year Plan, the Chinese government has sought to balance this rapid growth with a broadening of the country’s economic base, social development and environmental protection. HASSELL has operated in the Chinese market for more than twenty years, working on multiple scales and typologies, from regional strategies and city-wide masterplans to the design of individual buildings and open spaces.

Our China operations have built upon the expertise of the Australian studios, focusing on key areas of urban renewal, transport-focused development, workplace and residential projects. David's presentation will demonstrate the way in which HASSELL exchanges knowledge and ideas between the China and Australia studios, with the work in China increasingly informing the understanding and delivery of major urban projects in Australia.

Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar
University of Adelaide Learning Hub
Tianjin Binhai Transport Interchange

Thursday 5 September 2013
Hub Adelaide opens

Hub Adelaide officially opens today - it is the first national and global co-working space with a presence in Adelaide. Its members join a national co-working community of over 800 members across 40 industry sectors.

Hub Adelaide is designed by HASSELL, Hub Australia's strategic design partner, and it is the third such space in Australia following the hugely successful hubs in Melbourne and Sydney.

Co-working and hubs are the new reality of work – the manifestation of a dynamic, mobile, networked and independent knowledge-based workforce. Established in London in 2005, the Hub community currently has over 40 sites in six continents.

Hub Adelaide's founding members represent a melting pot of sectors including people from business management, finance, legal, government, sustainability and environment, marketing and public relations, research and design.

Hub Australia founder and CEO Brad Krauskopf says it's the members, partners and collaborators that make these spaces a success.

"Hub works when there is a critical mass of energy for greater connection and collaboration. Co-working is more than a shared space - it's a way of working. These days collaboration doesn't help you succeed - it's a prerequisite for success. Everyone is connected and those who master connection will thrive," said Brad.

HASSELL Principal Steve Coster has played a significant role in all Hub projects and says that co-working spaces such as the one in Adelaide are a true reference point for leading workplace design.

"As a true mix of learning environment, social hub and agile workspace, co-working environments are now more relevant reference points for leading workplace design than other traditional workplaces," said Steve.

Hub Adelaide boasts a state-of-the-art fit-out including private meeting rooms and event spaces, vertical herb gardens and community terrace for outdoor working and business and innovation library and wireless internet.

Kyrstyan Mcleod, an Associate at HASSELL, was the design leader on the project. "Working with the Hub team was one of the most rewarding and unique experiences I have had as a designer. It was a truly collaborative approach, gathering ideas from all involved and curating them in a manner which supports the HUB ideology and functionality.

The result is a celebration of all those ideas - manifesting in a co-working environment which promotes innovation, collaboration, communication - everything that a Hub needs to do"

Top - Hub Melbourne (Dianna Snape)
Bottom - Hub Adelaide (courtesy of Denis Smith Photography)

Thursday 5 September 2013
Sheree Proposch joins HASSELL

Noted health architect Sheree Proposch is joining the international design practice HASSELL as a Principal.

Her appointment further strengthens the HASSELL health team which is currently working on projects in Australia, the United Kingdom and the Middle East. Sheree will be based in Melbourne, Australia, and will work on health projects across all our markets.

Sheree is a recognised leader in hospital design, perhaps best known for her role in the design and delivery of the A$1 billion Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne while at the Australian based practice Bates Smart. The Royal Children's propject won a number of international awards, including one at the World Architecture Festival.

Over a 25 year career, Sheree has worked in Australia, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Her reputation as an international knowledge leader in hospital design has been developed across an extensive portfolio of successful projects.

"It is essential we understand our clients business, and design buildings and spaces that are not only high performing, but create an elegant design that transcends the brief, and improves community amenity," Sheree said.

"I am joining HASSELL because it reflects these values, and a commitment to further developing its knowledge and understanding of the drivers for clients in hospital projects. Cultural and geographic diversity across the HASSELL studios, clients and projects, allows international collaboration for a local solution.

"Hospital design is continually evolving and the knowledge that designers bring to the process is critical to delivering successful social infrastructure."

HASSELL Managing Director Rob Backhouse said Sheree's appointment underlines the importance of hospitals and health care projects to the practice.

"HASSELL has the scale and international footprint to design and deliver big, complex hospital projects," he said. "HASSELL can bring together teams of architects, landscape architects, interior designers, planners and urban designers. Collaboration across those disciplines delivers the best outcomes for clients."

Sheree joins HASSELL on Monday 23 September. Her email address from that date will be and her phone number will be +61 3 8102 3000.

Thursday 5 September 2013
HASSELL projects win at 2013 Successful Design Awards – China

The awards ceremony of the 2013 Successful Design Awards – China was held in Shanghai this week. Two projects designed by HASSELL in China were awarded the prize – the Chongqing Palm Island commercial project (which won a Platinum Award) and Shenzhen Qianhai urban planning. Senior Urban Designer Ying Xuan and Architect Dae Wook Lee of HASSELL received the awards on behalf of the practice.

The awards are hosted by the Shanghai Industrial Design Association and Shanghai Creative Industry Association. The competition this year attracted 500 projects from Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Mainland China. Over 300 guests including business leaders and media representatives from around the world attended the event.

Friday 30 August 2013
Angus Bruce appointed to 2013 WAN AWARDS jury

Angus Bruce, Head of Landscape Architecture at HASSELL, has been appointed to the international 2013 WAN AWARDS jury to assess the inaugural WAN Landscape Architectural Award.

Now in its fifth year, the WAN AWARDS has evolved into one of the world's largest architectural awards programs. The newly established Landscape Architectural Award aims to celebrate the best in landscape architecture, recognising projects that create distinct spaces, whether through urban design, recreation planning or environmental restoration, reinvigorating them with new possibilities that enrich the human experience.

"I'm thrilled to have been invited to participate on the judging panel among such highly esteemed design professionals for the launch of the landscape architectural category," said Angus. "As with the benchmark set in the existing WAN categories, I anticipate the innovation and quality contributed by the many outstanding landscape architects worldwide will be equally inspiring," he said.

The 2013 Landscape Award entries can be viewed here from 1 October, with the winners revealed online on 5 November 2013.

Wednesday 28 August 2013
Zero energy, carbon neutral Global Change Institute officially opens

The Global Change Institute, a $32 million building designed by HASSELL which meets the world's most advanced levels of sustainability, was officially opened by The University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane today.

The bold, new GCI Building at UQ's St Lucia campus was made possible by a $15 million donation from UQ alumnus and philanthropist Graeme Wood.

Global Change Institute Director Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg said it was the latest example of UQ's commitment to improving sustainability outcomes across the world.

"It's the ideal home for the Institute's game-changing research, ideas and evidence-based advice for addressing the challenges of global change," Professor Hoegh-Guldberg said.

"The building is designed to work with the natural environment and it will operate as a net zero-energy and carbon neutral workplace.

"It will be naturally ventilated for most of the year whilst a super low energy comfort conditioning mode ensures occupant comfort in even the hottest and most humid Brisbane days. The building generates and stores all its own power on-site through renewable solar energy sources that are pollution-free. All excess power will be delivered back to the national grid."

The GCI Building also represents the first Australian use of structural Geopolymer concrete, a low-carbon product produced with significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions than conventional concrete.

Professor Hoegh-Guldberg said his team wanted to push the boundaries and create a building that symbolised the Global Change Institute's work.

"We wanted to 'walk the talk' of operating more sustainably," he said. "The building had to be functional, as well as help our researchers better understand how to maximise a space in a sub-tropical environment.

"The end-product is aesthetically beautiful and challenges the GCI team to work in new ways and change their workplace behaviour," Professor Hoegh-Guldberg said.

HASSELL Principal Mark Roehrs, who led the project design team, said the GCI is attuned to its place and climate and is at the forefront of sustainable design innovation.

"The building moves away from a framework of consumption of the world's resources to one that contributes to the restoration and regeneration of the environment. The building will produce more pollution-free energy than it consumes and be carbon neutral in operation," said Mark.

"It is able to act as a live research site, with the building systems and occupants used to assess comfort conditions in low-energy buildings for the sub-tropics."

The building features an operable sun shading system that tracks the sun and protects the glass louvres which optimise natural ventilation for 88% of the year. The air flows across occupied spaces to the central atrium which acts as the building's lungs, discharging warm air through its thermal chimney. The thermal mass of the building is cooled with chilled water flushed through the exposed sculptural Geopolymer precast floor panels to optimise its performance in open and closed ventilation modes.

In closed ventilation mode air is pre-cooled through a labrinyth before an innovative 'free-energy' comfort conditioning system cools and dehumidifies the air using a heat recovery sensible wheel and dessicant thermal wheel. Moisture is expelled from the air via a phase change material heated from 90C hot water generated in an evacuated solar tube water heating system.

The translucent ETFE atrium roof allows natural light into the interior while insulating from the sun's heat. Optimal natural lighting is supported by environmentally-friendly LED lighting. Rainwater storage of 60,000 litres services the hydronic cooling system, kitchen and shower.

A green wall, bush tucker garden and bio-retention basin breathe life into the building's green ethos, and UQ's St Lucia campus pedestrian links provide easy access by foot or bike.

The Global Change Institute is hosting several seminars and events to celebrate the opening of the building. Click here for more information about the project and for Channel Ten news coverage of the opening.

Wednesday 28 August 2013
University of Western Australia residential hall opens

The University of Western Australia officially opened University Hall this week, the only residential housing managed directly by the University. The new facility will provide high quality affordable housing for more than 750 students of all ages, interests and cultural backgrounds.

University Hall was opened by Chancellor Dr Michael Chaney who was joined by ALP Senator Sue Lines, WA Minister for Housing the Honourable Bill Marmion, and City of Perth Lord Mayor the Right Honourable Lisa Scaffidi.

Designed by HASSELL, University Hall is one of the largest developments undertaken by the University in the past decade, with 514 new residences including studio rooms, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and universally accessible apartments.

The new facilities include media, games and music rooms, bike storage, undercroft parking and landscaped courtyards.

HASSELL worked closely with the University to achieve its goals for high quality affordable, accessible and sustainable accommodation that expands opportunities for social interaction, quiet reflection and study.

The resulting design creates engaging vertical neighbourhoods and encourages social interaction between students at ground level. It capitalises on University Hall's position as the primary pedestrian gateway to the Crawley campus, and provides strong linkages with the adjacent student residential colleges.

The development was supported by the Federal and State governments under the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS), and is the first stage of the university's 1,000 Bed NRAS program.

The University of Western Australia enjoys a growing international reputation, and this new development will play an important role in the University's goal to be included in the world's top 50 universities by 2050.

See a time lapse of the construction of University Hall here.

Thursday 22 August 2013
ABW – it should be as simple as ABC!

ABW is just one of many potentially confusing acronyms confronting organisations embarking on a workplace design project – a situation HASSELL Principal Matthew Blain works hard to avoid.

"ABW stands for Activity Based Working – a broad term to describe flexible workplaces and practices where employees are encouraged to work in a range of spaces, rather than being tethered to a single allocated desk," explained Matt.

"It isn't a new concept – organisations like Google, while not ABW, have been working with these principles for years," said Matthew.

"What I am noticing is that as concepts like ABW take hold, people are getting lost in the science and buzz words and losing sight of the simplicity of the concept."

Matthew recently joined fellow experts Rosemary Kirkby and Stephen Minnett on a Sydney Indesign panel moderated by Paul McGillick, editor of Indesign and Habitus magazines to discuss ABW and the future of the workspace.

The question posed to the panel was: Who's afraid of ABW – Is the Party Over?

"This question implies that ABW is a trend or a fad but I think the true definition of ABW is much more fundamental and actually much simpler than that," said Matthew.

"ABW is about designing a space around the functional needs of the people who use it – in the same way we design a house with rooms for specific purposes. So to say ABW is outdated doesn't really make sense to me.

"And as for who is afraid of ABW – I don't think any organisation should be afraid of ABW because it isn't a one-size fits all, narrowly defined concept. It's a way of approaching workplace design tailored to best support the many and varied needs of an organisation," said Matthew.

Pictured: Clemenger BBDO

Tuesday 20 August 2013
IDEA People’s Choice Award open for voting

Voting for the Designer of the Year: People's Choice Award as part of Australia's Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) is now open.

This year, HASSELL has four projects shortlisted in the IDEA Awards that you can vote for:
_Urban Coffee and Brew Bar – Event
_George Patterson Y&R – Workplace over 1,000 sqm
_Gadens Lawyers – Workplace over 1,000 sqm
_Clemenger BBDO – Workplace under 1,000 sqm

You can only vote once so choose wisely.

The winner of the People's Choice Award will be the designer/design practice who receives the most votes from their peers. Voting is open until 6 September 2013.

For more information and to voite, visit People Choice Award 2013 and IDEA Awards

Friday 16 August 2013
Cronton Colliery successful at Chicago Athenaeum Awards

Cronton Colliery, a concept designed by HASSELL for a new visitor destination on a disused coal mine at Knowlsey in the UK, was a winner at the recent Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Awards. The awards are run annually by the Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

HASSELL was one of four finalists shortlisted in the Royal Institute of British Architects competition to design a new visitor destination at the former Cronton Colliery at Knowsley near Manchester. The HASSELL vision for the site is for a world class, sustainable park. At its heart is a new community and new connections to the surrounding countryside and its communities.

The park would be a vibrant place for current and future generations to enjoy - engaging the community and visitors in activities that reinforce the significance of the place while showing how natural and urban areas can co-exist in a positive and sustainable way.

The 2013 Jury for the Chicago Athenaeum Awards was held in New York and the Museum received a record number of entries projects for new architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture proejcts this year from over 20 countries.

In September 2013, the Chicago Athenaeum, together with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies will present a special exhibition of all awarded buildings at the 14th Interntional Biennial of Architecture in Buenos Aires. After Buenos Aires, the exhibition will travel to Europe.

Monday 12 August 2013
Canberra beyond 100

As Canberra celebrates its centenary with a year-long program of events showcasing its history as one of the world’s most enduring planned cities, HASSELL is working with the government of the Australian Capital Territory to realise the plan for the Australian ‘bush’ capital’s latest urban development area – the Molonglo Valley.

HASSELL has developed the concept plan for the Molonglo River Park, an enormous 650 hectare park that will extend 14 kilometres downstream from Lake Burley Griffin, providing a dramatic river gorge setting for its 55,000 future residents.

Building on this foundation, HASSELL was also commissioned to prepare the detailed design for the first stage of the park, which comprises 2.5 kilometres of riverbank adjacent to the new Molonglo Valley suburb of Coombs. The preliminary designs for Coombs Riverside include proposals for the remediation and regeneration of bushland habitat, asset protection zones to help manage fire risk, and recreational infrastructure such as walking and equestrian trails, picnic areas and interpretive displays.

The Molonglo River Park represents a significant update to Canberra’s world-class, urban open space system. It will conserve and celebrate the natural and cultural values of the area and provide recreation opportunities and lifestyle benefits for residents.

Friday 9 August 2013
Peter Duncan interviewed by WSJ on increasing number of skyscrapers in China

HASSELL Chairman Peter Duncan was recently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal about the increasing number of skyscrapers in China. In the article 'Will New Tenants Flock to China's Tallest Tower?' published in August, Peter said that skyscrapers are a small part of the broader urbanisation story, which is about creating better housing, schools, hospitals and parks to serve the millions of new urban residents each year for decades to come.

"China is undergoing the phase in development where skyscrapers are built as much for their office and hotel space needs as a show of prosperity and prestige," said Peter Duncan, who is based in Shanghai. "They are a highly visible but a small part of the broader urbanisation story."

For the full article, click here

Thursday 8 August 2013
HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron win Flinders Street Station competition

HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron have won the $1 million international design competition for the redevelopment of the historic Flinders Street Station in the city of Melbourne, Australia. The decision by the competition jury was unanimous.

The project will turn the station into a modern 21st century transport hub while retaining its best known heritage features and buildings. It transforms the site into a new civic precinct with a major public art gallery, a public plaza, an amphitheatre, marketplace, and a permanent home for arts and cultural festival organisations.

Flinders Street Station is the hub of Melbourne's fixed rail network with connections to other transport modes. It sits on a 4.68 hectare site on the banks of Melbourne's Yarra River, adjacent to the city's Federation Square and important arts and cultural institutions. The HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron proposal pulls all these elements together.

The Government of the Australian State of Victoria first announced the competition in November 2011. The final result was announced today by the Premier of Victoria, Denis Napthine. The competition attracted 117 entries. The winning proposal was selected from six short-listed entries by a jury chaired by the Victorian Government Architect, Professor Geoffrey London.

The winning entry is the work of a global team comprising the renowned Swiss based architectural practice Herzog & de Meuron, HASSELL (Melbourne) and Purcell (London) as heritage consultants. The team was supported by a wide range of collaborators including ARUP, Thiess, Equiset, RLB and Aunty Joy Murphy from Jarlo Visions.

Jacques Herzog, Herzog & de Meuron said: "We are excited that our first project in Australia will be a truly public building with such a rich history and inspiring context."

Ascan Mergenthaler, Herzog & de Meuron:

"Our proposal for the Flinders Street Station underscores the civic nature of a train station by complementing it with cultural and public functions rather than purely commercial activities.

"The weatherproof, articulated filigree vaulted roof-scape is a respectful yet dynamic interpretation and contextual response to the history, function and location of this very special place in the heart of Melbourne."

Mark Loughnan, HASSELL:

"The winning proposal improves all aspects of the station transport hub and adjacent transport nodes with each of the project boundaries responding specifically to its own distinct context, affording both public function and connection across the site.

"Over the years, Flinders Street Station has been compromised by successive changes. Today it is a place that people generally choose to hurry through. Our design makes it a destination, with new buildings and features that will attract people to the precinct.

"The site was an important place in indigenous life and culture. The new art gallery will house indigenous art from Australia and the Pacific, reflecting that historical importance. The gallery will also provide a link between the arts institutions of St Kilda Road and Federation Square and the Immigration Museum and old Customs House on Flinders Street.

"After European settlement, Melbourne's first official marketplace was near the site. We are bringing the marketplace back for the many thousands of new residents who moved into the centre of Melbourne in recent years. The public plaza and amphitheatre create new meeting places in the city."

Michael Morrison, Purcell:

"It was critical that the proposal preserved Flinders Street as a working station, not a transport museum. The most familiar built fabric, the Flinders Street building and the corner entrance pavilion, will be unaltered, but carefully restored and brought back into public use," he said. "They will be painted in the original colours. The new building integrates with them by reflecting the spirit of the original design."

About Herzog & de Meuron: Herzog and de Meuron was established in 1978 by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. Today Herzog & de Meuron is a partnership led by five Senior Partners: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Christine Binswanger, Ascan Mergenthaler and Stefan Marbach. The practice has designed a wide range of projects from the small scale of a private home to the large scale of urban design. While many of their projects are highly recognised public facilities such as the Tate Modern in London (2000), and the development of its extension (2016), as well as the National Stadium in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games, they have also completed several distinguished private projects including apartment buildings, offices and factories. The practice has been awarded numerous prizes including The Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2001, the “RIBA Royal Gold Medal“ (UK) and the “Praemium Imperiale“ (Japan), both in 2007. Herzog and de Meuron is currently working on projects across Europe, North and South America and Asia. The firm’s main office is in Basel with additional offices in Hamburg, London, Madrid, New York and Hong Kong.

About Purcell: Purcell brings together architects, heritage consultants and surveyors who share a passion for the thoughtfully designed evolution of buildings, places and communities. It operates 13 studios in the United Kingdom and one in Hong Kong.

About the HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron design collaboration: HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron formed a global team for the Flinders Street Station competition together with Purcell, London as heritage consultant.

The collaboration combines wide international perspective and experience with deep local knowledge of Melbourne and comprehensive experience in the development and revitalisation of historic buildings. While sharing a common spirit of innovation and responsiveness, each team member also contributes specific expertise. Herzog & de Meuron is a recognised leader in urban cultural vitalisation, public spaces and the revitalisation of historic buildings. Its work can be seen in landmark projects such as the Tate Modern in London and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. HASSELL brings extensive experience on complex infrastructure and transport projects in Australia, China and South East Asia.  It has been in practice in Melbourne since 1948 and has a detailed understanding of the city’s history, culture and civic context. Purcell provides thoughtful and profound expertise as heritage architects. It has worked on many transport projects, including the relocation and restoration of a Victorian era water-tower as part of London’s St Pancras station redevelopment.

Watch the winner of the competition being announced

See the design proposal by HASSELL + Herzog and de Meuron

Friday 2 August 2013
Welcome Jean Wu

We would like to welcome Jean Wu who joined the HASSELL Shanghai this week as a Principal and joint architecture discipline leader for all five studios in China.

Jean is an architect and urban planner with more than 18 years experience in design and practice management at international practices including I M Pei, Broadway Malyan, RMJM and John Portman. He has expertise in large scale architectural design, urban planning and experience with different types of projects - lifestyle, mixed-used, hospitality and landmark buildings. He has particular expertise in positioning international design within a China market context.

His designs in Asia include the Beijing Yintai Centre, a landmark project located on Changan Avenue, the Chinese capital's most important thoroughfare. The mixed-use complex houses the Park Hyatt Hotel. Jean was also the project designer for the rejuvenation of Shanghai's historic Bund and the master planner for South Korea's New Songdo City.

Jean has a bachelor's degree in architecture and urban planning from Switzerland and completed his master's degree in the USA. With his combination of design, client engagement, communication and project management skills, Jean will play an important part in growing the architecture discipline, one of the top design priorities for HASSELL in China.

HASSELL Chairman Peter Duncan said that he looks forward to working with Jean on more exciting projects in one of the practice's fastest-growing regions.

"We are constantly looking for the best talent to join us in all our disciplines," said Peter. "With his long working experience in China, Jean will help to market and position the firm's expertise across our key sectors in China. China is a progressive and diverse market that top international practices are attracted to."

Jean can be contacted on

Friday 2 August 2013
Moreton Bay Rail Link win

HASSELL has won a key role in designing the new Moreton Bay Rail Link project – the latest in a succession of major urban rail link projects in Australia.

We are part of the Thiess Contractors design team awarded the contract to design and construct the new link north of Brisbane, a transformative project for one of Australia’s fastest growing regions.

HASSELL has been involved as a lead architect, landscape architect or urban designer on many urban rail link projects built or under construction in Australia since 1998. These include the Homebush Bay Rail Link, Epping to Chatswood Rail Link, and South West Rail Link, all in Sydney, and the Perth MetroRail. We are one of two lead station architects working on Melbourne’s Regional Rail Link. We have also designed six stations in and around Brisbane.

Outside Australia, HASSELL is working on two important rail projects in Singapore.

On the A$1.1 billion Moreton Bay project, HASSELL brings architecture, urban design and landscape architecture services to the team, with a focus on facilitating wider city building objectives at the precinct level.

The project comprises a rail corridor 12.6km long which begins at Petrie Station and adds six new stations to the line connecting suburbs in the Moreton Bay region. It will terminate at the new Kippa-Ring station.

The HASSELL design positions each of the new stations within an urban precinct, connecting the transport infrastructure with the wider community, and reinforcing the increasingly important role that public transport plays in the region.

High quality architecture and environmental design will create stations that are safe, easy to use and efficient to operate. They will provide real community assets and catalysts for the future growth of each precinct, and a stimulus for the region.

The Moreton Bay project is jointly funded by Australia’s Federal Government, the Queensland State Government and the Moreton Bay Regional Council. Construction will begin next year.

Wednesday 31 July 2013
HASSELL to design gateway to China’s National Geopark Museum

Following an international landscape design competition, HASSELL has been engaged by Nanjing Tangshan Construction Investment and Development Company to deliver the public realm for the Fangshan Tangshan National Geopark Museum.

Located 40 kilometres east of Nanjing, the Museum's 15 hectares of public open space occupies a geologically significant area within the national park and is the site of some of China's most important archaeological discoveries.

The design proposal was required to simultaneously cater for the tourist park's combination of commercial interests, while respecting and celebrating its exceptional natural, historical and cultural qualities. It needed to provide a harmonious, contemporary forecourt for the new national museum, as well as a large-scale, gateway parkland that is clearly linked and integrated with the wider geopark and surrounding urban context.

The HASSELL design honours the international importance of the site. The new museum forecourt and parkland will recreate the experience of exploration and discovery, offering a journey through a series of themed landscapes embedded with interpretive narratives of the major archaeological features of the region, including the nearby Nanjing 'Ape-man' Caves.

Through a multidisciplinary approach, the HASSELL team has optimised the site's existing topography to establish seamless patterns of movement and access between the public and private functions within, as well as integrating the park's design with the surrounding transport infrastructure. Together with a range of environmentally conscious inclusions; such as the creation of micro-ecosystems to foster specific plant growth and a cleansing waterway to treat site run-off, these initiatives will support the sustainable development and future operation of the park.

The Museum is one of a number of public realm projects that HASSELL is currently undertaking in the rapidly expanding Nanjing region. It is scheduled for completion by August 2014, when the city will host the Youth Olympic Games.

Beyond the games, the Fangshan Tangshan National Geopark Museum and surrounds promise to be a beacon for local and international tourism, offering a fascinating and informative experience for all who visit.

Imagery by HASSELL

Tuesday 23 July 2013
Flinders Street competition – have your say on its future

There are six competing proposals for the future redevelopment of the iconic Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia – and you are being invited to have your say on which one should proceed.

The proposal by HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron is one of six shortlisted entries in a design competition for the station which sits on the banks of Melbourne's river Yarra, adjacent to the city's Federation Square and important arts and cultural institutions.

The HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron proposal restores the best known heritage features of the station and transforms it into a modern transport hub with a series of vaulted, weatherproof arches across the platforms. It also creates a new civic precinct with a major public art gallery, a public plaza, an amphitheatre, marketplace, and a permanent home for arts and cultural festival organisations.

Click here to see all six shortlisted proposals for the station and to vote for your favourite. You will be asked to rate each proposal against the five key selection criteria for the project. Voting closes on 5 August.

The official competition winner, selected by a jury appointed by the Victorian Government, will be announced on 8 August. The winner of the online popular vote will be announced at the same time.

Our entry is the work of a global team between the renowned Swiss based architectural practice Herzog & de Meuron and HASSELL, which operates 14 design studios around the world, including one in Melbourne. The UK based architectural practice Purcell acted as heritage consultants.

Click here to see the HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron design animation.

About Herzog & de Meuron: Herzog & de Meuron was established in 1978 by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. Today Herzog & de Meuron is a partnership led by five Senior Partners: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Christine Binswanger, Ascan Mergenthaler and Stefan Marbach. The practice has designed a wide range of projects from the small scale of a private home to the large scale of urban design. While many of their projects are highly recognized public facilities such as the Tate Modern in London (2000), and the development of its extension (2016), as well as the National Stadium in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games, they have also completed several distinguished private projects including apartment buildings, offices and factories. The practice has been awarded numerous prizes including The Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2001, the “RIBA Royal Gold Medal“ (UK) and the “Praemium Imperiale“ (Japan), both in 2007. 

Herzog & de Meuron is currently working on projects across Europe, North and South America and Asia. The firm’s main office is in Basel with additional offices in Hamburg, London, Madrid, New York and Hong Kong.

About Purcell: Purcell brings together architects, heritage consultants and surveyors who share a passion for the thoughtfully designed evolution of buildings, places and communities. It operates 13 studios in the United Kingdom and one in Hong Kong.

About the HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron design collaboration:
HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron formed a global team for the Flinders Street Station competition together with Purcell, London as heritage consultant. The collaboration combines wide international perspective and experience with deep local knowledge of Melbourne and comprehensive experience in the development and revitalisation of historic buildings. While sharing a common spirit of innovation and responsiveness, each team member also contributes specific expertise. Herzog & de Meuron is a recognised leader in urban cultural vitalisation, public spaces and the revitalisation of historic buildings. Its work can be seen in landmark projects such as the Tate Modern in London and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. HASSELL brings extensive experience on complex infrastructure and transport projects in Australia, China and South East Asia. It has been in practice in Melbourne since 1948 and has a detailed understanding of the city’s history, culture and civic context. Purcell provides thoughtful and profound expertise as heritage architects. It has worked on many transport projects, including the relocation and restoration of a Victorian era water-tower as part of London’s St Pancras station redevelopment.

Friday 19 July 2013
HASSELL projects shortlisted at IDEA awards

Four HASSELL projects have been shortlisted in the Interior Design Excellence Awards 2013:
_Clemenger BBDO (Workplace under 1,000 sqm)
_George Patterson Y&R (Workplace over 1,000 sqm)
_Gadens Lawyers (Workplace over 1,000 sqm)
_Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar (Event)

Advertising and marketing agency Clemenger BBDO has creativity and excellence at its core. Their new Sydney office facilitates a culture of inclusiveness, stimulates creative thinking and inspires knowledge sharing by providing an open plan environment that is permeable, honest and flexible.

The brief for the George Patterson Y&R workplace called for a 'studio' office environment that would reflect the creative team while still being a practical modern office. Various working areas were required, from presentation spaces and informal lounges to collaboration areas and formal workstations.

Gadens Lawyers have evolved their brand from an up and coming top tier firm to an established yet connected practice and their new office fitout reflects this.

The Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar was the centrepiece for the 2013 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, transplanting the world's exotic and elusive coffee growing origins to Melbourne's CBD, generating a new landscape for the visitor to explore.

The Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) is Australia’s largest independent design awards program. Launched by (Inside) magazine in 2003, the program celebrates the best of Australian interior and product design across 11 categories and five special awards. The winning projects at the awards will be announced in November.

Thursday 18 July 2013
The greening of Medibank at 720 Bourke Street

As the new Medibank headquarters rises from the ground in Melbourne, the plants that will give it a dynamic green facade are being trialed on an adjacent rooftop.

The southern façade of the Cbus Property development at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands will feature two 20 metre high planted green walls rising from the Bourke St entrance. Higher up, the building will have a growing façade system consisting of 520 planter boxes as part of the façade curtain wall.

It is an ambitious greening project in a difficult environment. While green walls in an urban environment flourish in Asia and the tropics, the challenges of such projects are much greater in the temperate climate of Melbourne.

The challenges of the coastal location in the Docklands include a variety of conditions for plants to prosper on each aspect of the façade. There are varying levels of exposure to daylight and to prevailing winds

The HASSELL design team is working with consultants Fytogreen to select the right mix of plant species for 720 Bourke Street. Fytogreen supply technology and systems for greening the built environment. The Fytogreen consultants have taken over part of the roof of the neigbouring Cbus Property building at 700 Bourke Street to carry out prototyping of the shortlisted six different plant species in planted test beds.

"This is probably the largest facade greening project this far south of the equator," says HASSELL Senior Associate Travis Hemley. "The plantings are an integral part of the design concept that has been embraced by both Cbus Property as the developer and Medibank as the anchor tenant."

"When it is finished in 2014, Medibank will move into a 6 Star Green Star building that embodies Medibank's aspirations and values. It reflects Medibank's transformation from a traditional health insurance business to a new focus on better managing health and well-being as a preventative measure."

The first eleven levels of 720 Bourke Street are now structurally complete with services and façade panels beginning to be installed. The building will eventually have 23 levels.

Monday 8 July 2013
HASSELL and Populous project to feature at MoMA in New York

Images of a major project that will transform a key precinct of Sydney are to be featured in an exhibition at the prestigious Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

The images are digital renderings of the HASSELL + Populous designed Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct at Darling Harbour, a project being delivered by the New South Wales Government The images will be part of an exhibition called "Cut 'n' Paste" that explores the relationship between collage and architecture. It will be on view from 10 July to 1 December at MoMA's Architecture and Design gallery.

MoMA describes the exhibition as focusing on collage as a quintessential technique in contemporary architectural representation, and a practice across different artistic expressions that has greatly influenced today's visual culture and ultimately permeates the way we perceive cities.

The HASSELL and Populous images feature three public buildings that will make up the around A$1B capital investment in a key Sydney precinct. They showcase the new Convention Centre from the waterfront, and the Exhibition Centre and Entertainment Theatre from Tumbalong Park.

As joint venture partners, HASSELL + Populous won the architectural contract for the design of the new integrated convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct at Darling Harbour, due for completion in 2016. HASSELL will also design the extensive public parklands and open space within the 20 hectare precinct.

The design director for the project, HASSELL Director Ken Maher, said inclusion in the MoMA exhibition recognised the global significance of the two practices and will reveal the project to a wide audience.

"HASSELL and Populous are now responsible for the transformation of this significant part of central Sydney to a vital urban quarter, with three major public venues and renewed parkland of distinctive Sydney character," he said. "For this project our creative design process is enriched by digital modelling as the basis of exploration of ideas, and engagement with our clients. These digital representations also allow the public to better understand the design, and are the first of a series that will successively reveal the refinement of the design proposals for this game changing project."

Populous Senior Principal Richard Breslin said the MoMA Exhibition provided a high profile opportunity to showcase the work in Sydney using digital modelling images as part of a collage to demonstrate the dynamic of modern architecture.

"Populous has a global reputation in the design of large scale public buildings, including convention and exhibition centres, as well as arenas and theatres and the Sydney precinct has set a new benchmark in venue design. Digital modelling imagery is a great tool we use round the world as it's an effective means of communicating concepts as design develops, enabling significant projects to come to life for all stakeholders," he said.

HASSELL + Populous are design consultants to the Darling Harbour Live consortium, which has been selected by the New South Wales Government as preferred developer and contractor of the new facilities and urban renewal.

Monday 8 July 2013
Brookfield Place takes out WA AIA Awards

Brookfield Place, a city changing project in Perth, has dominated Western Australia's leading awards for architecture. It won all three of the categories it was nominated for in the Australian Institute of Architects' WA awards announced on Friday night.

Brookfield Place was designed by HASSELL in collaboration with Fitzpatrick + Partners as a new headquarters for the resources company BHP Billiton. The focal point is a new office tower, a massive presence on the city skyline. The tower sits in beautiful public spaces also designed by HASSELL that link it to a row of previously derelict art deco buildings that have been refurbished as food and entertainment venues. HASSELL oversaw the refurbishment and designed the workplace floors for BHP Billiton.

The success of the overall design can be seen in the way the people of Perth throng and enjoy the precinct. It has breathed new life into Perth's prime business district, bringing the outdoor life for which West Australians are noted into the city centre.

Brookfield Place won the:
_Ross Chisholm and Gil Nicol Award for Commercial Architecture
_John Septimus Roe Award for Urban Design
_Margaret Pitt Morison Award for Heritage

The awards jury noted that, "The project has made an outstanding and generous contribution to the civic dimension of the city.

"Through careful conservation and adaptation as well as judicious urban design, a large slice of the city, unknown for a generation, has been given back to the people, effectively creating a new city block."

Its 'extraordinary' transformation of a 25-year-old hole in the ground into the most dynamic destination in the city is the heart of the project's success, the jury said.

"With a visionary approach to adaptive reuse, the design team has revitalised long-derelict heritage building, giving them a dynamic new public purpose and weaving around them a rich complexity of both civic and intricate spaces and creating a high-quality pedestrian-focused public realm."

The judges congratulated the architects on overcoming the challenges involved in restoring the buildings and said it would underwrite their future for years.

The fitout of the new BHP Billiton workplace also received a commendation in the Interior Architecture category.

Click here to see a video about the story behind the creation of Brookfield Place.

Friday 5 July 2013
HASSELL projects shortlisted at WAF

Three HASSELL projects have been shortlisted for awards at the 2013 World Architecture Festival, to be held in Singapore this October:

_The University of Queensland Advanced Engineering Building by Richard Kirk Architect + HASSELL (Australia) – Architects in association – shortlisted in the Completed Buildings: Higher education/research category
_The Floating Islands: Palm Island (China) – shortlisted in the Completed Buildings: Hotel/leisure category
_Point King Residence (Australia) – shortlisted in the Completed Buildings: Villa

The Advanced Engineering Building (AEB) at the University of Queensland is a state-of-the-art engineering education building with flexible teaching and learning spaces. The multi-purpose building has the appropriate mix of learning, workplace and social areas. Hands-on learning is embraced through an engaging and collaborative education environment. Some spaces follow a 'design studio' model with well-considered learning tools that enhance the creative process.

Located to the north of Chongqing on the banks of Palm Lake and the Taiping Reservoir, the Palm Island project is a new hospitality precinct designed by HASSELL. The key element of the design is water and it has been melded with light and reflections for the project concept. Patrons at each restaurant enjoy views of natural water vistas on one side and a private 'water courtyard' on the other, integrated visually through the creation of an infinity pool-style water feature. This gives the architectural impression that the buildings are 'floating' on water.

Point King Residence is located at Portsea on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. The site is characterised by its cliff top location and orientation towards the north. The entire house sits almost two metres below ground level, limiting the visual bulk of the building when viewed from other parts of Point King and the Mornington Peninsula. It is a strategy that deals with the scale of the building and links it to the site. It is designed to bring family and friends together in a beach setting, while allowing the owners to rest and relax in privacy.

Last year, HASSELL won the top awards in three categories at the Festival.

All category judging will take place on 2 and 3 October this year. The winners of each category will then present once more on Friday 4 October to WAF's super jury for one of the overall Festival awards, World Building and Future Project of the Year.

The Clemenger BBDO workplace project by HASSELL has also been listed in the Office category of the Inside Festival, which is the interior design part of WAF.

Thursday 4 July 2013
Ken McBryde joins HASSELL

Ken McBryde, co-founder of the noted design studio innovarchi, has joined HASSELL as a Principal. From this week he is based in our Sydney studio but with a brief that extends across the markets HASSELL works in internationally.

Managing Director Rob Backhouse described Ken's recruitment as a major coup for HASSELL that would further enhance the depth of design talent available to the practice's clients. "Better designers mean better solutions to the increasingly complex projects that clients bring to us, and Ken McBryde is a great designer," Rob said.

Ken set up innovarchi with Stephanie Smith in Sydney in 1996. Earlier in his career, he was the local representative architect for the Renzo Piano Building Workshop that designed and delivered Aurora Place in Sydney. Before that, he worked with Renzo Piano in Paris, Genoa and Osaka. He has particular strengths in commercial high-rise and residential projects. He is the City Representative in Sydney for the international Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

Ken said he had decided to join HASSELL after studying its portfolio of work and detailed discussions with leaders of the practice.

"I have always looked for the best opportunities to do the most creative work for the most interesting clients," he said. "That was the thinking behind the establishment of innovarchi. But after 17 years, I was looking for a new challenge. I chose HASSELL because the practice leadership shares my passion for great design and because of the high quality design work the firm produces. It is clearly a progressive, contemporary design and practice culture. With its scale, international presence and clients it has worked with over many years, HASSELL offers a great place to work."

HASSELL Sydney Managing Principal Matthew Pullinger said Ken joins the practice at an exciting time. "He is stepping into our new studio on the waterfront in Sydney," Matthew said. "He will be working with a group of designers delivering some of the best projects currently under way in Sydney, projects that will change the face of the city.

"Initially, he will be working with Ken Maher and his team on the Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct (SICEEP) project at Darling Harbour."

Ken will also be working on a number of projects he brings to HASSELL.

You can contact Ken on +61 2 9101 2138 or 

Thursday 4 July 2013
David Tsui judges at 2013 Fisher & Paykel Social Kitchen Design Contest

HASSELL Principal David Tsui was recently invited to be a judge at the 2013 Fisher and Paykel Social Kitchen Design Contest and attended the awards ceremony in Shanghai. The contest was held by Fisher and Paykel and ID China online, and co-organised by ID China magazine and the China Institute of Interior Design Construction Branch.

The theme of Social Kitchen explored how social demands change people's lives and encourage young designers to break the rules and interpret kitchens from the perspective of a reconstructor.

The contest attracted much industry attention since it was open for entries in January 2013. Two young designers, Kang Jian and Zhao Xin from Tongji University won the grand prize for their work Cook Stage. The winners were awarded an overseas design travel scholarship and the opportunity to travel to New Zealand, where the Fisher and Paykel headquarters are located.

Tuesday 2 July 2013
It’s a university campus – but not as we know it

When experts talk about the next generation of learning spaces they talk more about cafés, parks and lounge rooms than lecture and tutorial rooms.

Mobile technology means students can now study anywhere, anytime – so why would they bother to come to the university campus at all?

HASSELL Principal and education and science sector design expert Mark Kelly will discuss what universities must do to keep attracting students to their learning spaces at the Next Generation Learning Places and Work Spaces conference at the University of Greenwich in London today.

Now in its eleventh year, the conference provides an opportunity to debate and explore issues surrounding the impact of 'disruptive' technologies on next generation learning places and work spaces, and the people who work and live in and around them.

Mark's three presentations at the conference will draw on the extensive experience HASSELL has in designing for higher education, research and workplace facilities.

With the emergence of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and the rapid proliferation of mobile technology, students can choose to work anywhere, anytime, creating new competition for the campus.

Increasingly, students expect 24/7 access to flexible, multipurpose 'hub' spaces with furniture that can be quickly moved around and technology that supports the way they want to study.

Similarly, academic workplaces which have lagged behind industry best practice in terms of flexibility and amenity are now being modernised by universities to meet the expectations of academic staff who want to work in inspiring, collaborative environments.

One of the projects Mark will be exploring at the conference today is Hub Central at the University of Adelaide in South Australia. Designed to transform the student experience, the University of Adelaide Hub Central is an ambitious 10,500 sqm learning and information space that represents the latest test bed environment for student support self-learning. The Hub offers the University a flexible, functional and secure space 24/7 to support current and future generations of students and academic staff in meeting their needs for onsite learning. The presentation will describe the consultation and design process that translated pedagogical objectives and the 'student orientated experience' into the physical environment, why this 24/7 space has been overwhelmingly embraced by the campus community, the challenges around managing such a space and the positive post-occupancy studies.

The second topic Mark will be discussing is how engineering faculties are re-evaluating how learning experiences and outcomes can be optimised through a research-led translational approach to learning. This means engaging the full cycle of research, testing, industry application and the acceleration of outcomes back into curriculum and learning experience through the collocation of these activities into an integrated collaborative faculty, in addition to a return to hands on problem based learning. Mark explores two projects as examples of this – The University of Queensland Advanced Engineering Building and the Flinders University Kinetica project, both in Australia.

Mark's final presentation will focus trends and influences that are currently transforming the design of learning spaces. This inspiring presentation showcases some of the most interesting and innovative learning and work spaces in the world, including Hub Melbourne, Learning Ecoasis Sanctuary in Singapore and Learning Steps in Toronto.

Find out more about Education and Science design at HASSELL

Monday 24 June 2013
HASSELL to design first boutique hotel on China’s Mt Wawu plateau

HASSELL is set to design China's first sustainable boutique hotel on Sichuan province's largest mountain plateau, 2,600 metres above sea level. The Wawu Shan Resort and Hotel will be located on the edge of the summit with panoramic views of the neighbouring peaks and valleys.

The brief asked for an 80-room boutique hotel with 10 villas set amid the lush forests and cascading waterfalls of fog-shrouded Mt Wawu in south-western China.

Mt Wawu - which means "tiled house" mountain in Chinese - is named after its flat summit, which covers 11 square kilometres and is the world's second largest plateau.

Mt Wawu and the surrounding national park is home to more than 200 species of birds and the endangered red panda. The summit is blanketed in primitive firs and dragon spruces. Dove trees and azaleas spread along the mountain crest, providing a spectacular backdrop to the mountain views.

Sustainability is a key driver for the Wawu Shan Resort and Hotel, and the design of the buildings works around the ancient trees to ensure that the natural heritage of the site remains intact. The project will also use locally sourced materials to reduce the carbon footprint of transporting building materials from outside Mt Wawu.

Guests can only access the mountain top by cable car and foot. The development extends through forest to a precipice framed by breathtaking views. Away from the main hotel building, exclusive villas are tucked away in seclusion, elevated above the ground on stilts. From a distance, the villas give the impression of floating on the tree line.

A covered walkway connects the hotel to the cliff, with layered and folding paths leading to cantilevered viewing decks that extend over the 500-metre drop. The hotel will be designed to cope with the extreme altitude climate, such as snow cover for many months of the year.

The Wawu Shan Resort and Hotel is owned by Sichuan Wawu Mountain Tourism Development and is due for completion in 2014.

Tuesday 18 June 2013
Alex Hall of HASSELL awarded SA AIA Emerging Architect Award

HASSELL Senior Architect Alex Hall was awarded the Emerging Architect Award at the Australian Institute of Architects South Australian Chapter Awards, announced on Friday 14 June.

The Emerging Architect Prize recognises young designers who have made a substantial contribution to architecture in South Australia.

Alex graduated from the University of South Australia in 2006 with first class honours and has been employed with HASSELL since 2005. He has worked on a diverse range of projects at HASSELL, with some notable examples being the Hawke Building and Master Plan 2020 (University of South Australia), and the Adelaide Zoo Entrance Precinct and Giant Panda Forest (Zoos South Australia).

The award jury noted that Alex has demonstrated his contribution to architecture through leadership in his role as project architect and involvement in developing other young designers at HASSELL.

Alex has contributed to architectural research and teaching through his engagement with the University of South Australia and Adelaide University architecture schools, as both studio educator and guest lecturer. He is also an active chapter councillor with the Australian Institute of Architects in South Australia and on the editorial committee of PLACE magazine.

As a keen advocate of community design activities, Alex has co-directed Adelaide's Park(ing) Day event, curated exhibitions and was involved in the 5000plus project as a contributor. He is interested in developing and providing opportunities for newer members to the profession and his interest saw him take up the role as chair of New Architects and Graduates in 2013.

"On behalf of HASSELL, I would like to congratulate Alex on this achievement. We are very proud of and committed to supporting all our young designers in their professional development and contribution to the industry," said Marianno DeDuonni, Managing Principal of the HASSELL Adelaide studio.

Among strong competition, two HASSELL projects were also successful at the AIA SA Chapter Awards:
_Murray Bridge Library, Murray Bridge, Australia
2013 Australian Institute of Architects (SA) Awards - Robert Dickson Award for Interior Architecture

_Flinders University Biological Sciences Building, Adelaide, Australia
2013 Australian Institute of Architects (SA) Awards - Commendation for Public Architecture

Wednesday 12 June 2013
HASSELL wins Singapore rail project

HASSELL is part of a design team set to play a key role in the expansion of Singapore's mass rapid transit system – already one of the best and most extensive in the world. Led by Principal Mark Paterson, HASSELL designers will be working on Singapore's Eastern Region Line.

The 21 kilometre underground Eastern Region Line (ERL) will link the east coast from Changi to Marina Bay. It will have 12 underground stations and a mega depot. The project has been split into three design packages. HASSELL has been appointed to the Parsons Brinkerhoff-led architectural/engineering team for Package E1001, which comprises an underground station and the mega depot.

Mark Paterson said the HASSELL design team is looking forward to working with Singapore's Land Transport Authority and Parsons Brinkerhoff in what will be a uniquely challenging project.

"The brief from the Land Transport Authority requires the new facility to achieve a BCA Green Mark Gold rating, ensuring it meets a high standard for its environmental impact and performance, as well as delivering an optimal, safe and efficient design solution," he said. "The rail depot alone presents significant architectural challenges, with a number of engineering constraints and multiple operator needs that have to be taken into account.

"In a densely populated place like Singapore, there is a need to get the most out of every piece of land, so the depot will accommodate train storage, workshops and administration facilities for the existing elevated East West Line (EWL) as well as the new ERL and DTL underground systems. But it is challenges like this that make rail projects so interesting. HASSELL is currently working successfully with Parsons Brinkerhoff in Australia and our own design team brings together people with many years of rail project experience in Europe, South East Asia and Australia."

Singapore's existing MRT system has 150 kilometres of track and over 90 stations. It carries more than 2.5 million people every day.

Thursday 13 June 2013
Oncology Centre at King Hamad University Hospital reaches project milestone

Scheme design has been approved for a new Oncology Centre at the King Hamad University Hospital (KHUH) in Bahrain. Led by HASSELL for client the Bahrain Defence Force, and working in partnership with Bahrain-based Mazen Alumran Consulting Engineers (MACE) and team members Aecom, Baker Willis Smith and MJ Medical, the new building will be designed to the highest international standards of healthcare provision, bringing first-class cancer care and research facilities to Bahrain in one 'translational' environment.

Incorporating the latest advances in technology, the new Oncology Centre will combine research functions with comprehensive in-patient, out-patient, diagnostic and treatment facilities. Its location on the existing KHUH site will ensure an integrated approach to a wide range of healthcare services for all patients, while further treatment integration will include work with other hospitals in Bahrain. This holistic approach to healthcare provision in Bahrain is designed to establish a multidisciplinary and effective care program for all citizens.

The Oncology Centre will play a leading role in the worldwide development of radiation oncology. Bahrain's location at the centre of the Arabian Gulf, neighboured by Qatar and Saudi Arabia (to which it is connected via the King Fahd Causeway), will be critical to achieving national and internationally coordinated clinical trials to improve medical knowledge beyond borders and contribute to the worldwide fight against cancer.

The KHUH project builds on the international healthcare experience of HASSELL, such as the 2,700 sqm Lismore Cancer Care, Australia and the 140,000 sqm Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth, Australia. The practice has designed general and specialist hospitals, as well as research facilities such as the award-winning 50,000 sqm Ecosciences Precinct in Brisbane.

Colin Hockley, Managing Principal for HASSELL in the UK, commented, "Bahrain is working to lead the region in developing first-class healthcare and specialised cancer-care. HASSELL is looking forward to cooperating with the Bahrain Defence Force in achieving this goal through our research based approach to healthcare design, focusing on delivering high performing clinical spaces and environments for patients, visitors and staff which promote health and wellbeing."

Friday 7 June 2013
Lord Mayor launches new HASSELL Sydney studio

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore last night opened a new studio for HASSELL on the city's harbour waterfront at Walsh Bay.

Around 150 architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners and interior designers will work in the new studio, part of the historic Pier 8/9, originally built in 1914 to store and load wool on to ships bound for Europe. But last night 400 invited guests toured the new studio and helped HASSELL celebrate its arrival in the city's creative precinct.

Clover Moore congratulated HASSELL on the new studio. "Isn't it fabulous to see this wharf used for the wonderful work HASSELL does?" she said.

Introducing Councillor Moore, HASSELL Principal and Chair of the International Executive, Ken Maher, said the practice cared about the cities it works in, and the role design can play in enriching them. He said the new studio reflects the values HASSELL stands for and its inclusive, collaborative and creative culture.

Established in Adelaide in 1938, HASSELL is celebrating its 75th anniversary year. It is now an international design practice, operating studios in five Australian cities, five in China, two in South East Asia and two in the United Kingdom.

In Sydney, HASSELL is working on projects including:

_The Sydney International Convention Exhibition and Entertainment Centre and the associated public domain known as Darling Harbour Live
_A new glasshouse and tropical centre at the Botanic Gardens – The Biome Top End
_Sydney Light Rail project from Randwick and Kingsford through the heart of the CBD to Circular Quay
_The bid for the North West Rail Link enhancing travel along the Sydney North West corridor
_The Westconnex urban renewal project
_Taylor Square Bike Hub
_Major workplaces including ANZ's new Sydney head office and Hub Sydney, a collaborative co-working venue and a new workplace for Screen Australia
_Summer Hill Flour Mill redevelopment
_60 Martin Place renewal
_The Young Street Precinct at Circular Quay

The new studio takes up 2,600 square metres in Pier 8/9. The move to an industrial wharf building re-imagined for a new purpose continues a HASSELL tradition – the practice's Shanghai studio is in a former motorcycle factory, in Brisbane it is housed in a transformed bakery and in Melbourne it occupies what was once a clothing warehouse.

The new studio is designed to reflect the engaged culture HASSELL has fostered over the years. It is focused on a large double height creative hub that reveals the historic fabric and function of the building. This space facilitates everything from incidental get-togethers, to formal presentations and even performances for larger groups.

The main studio space on the mezzanine level overlooks the hub, placing the designers and the design process on display, visible from both the entry below and throughout the large character-filled workspaces.

"Our carefully designed studio environment, situated in a finger wharf on Sydney Harbour is a truly amazing place to work," said HASSELL Sydney Managing Principal Matthew Pullinger. "And the official launch showed that it is also a great place for celebration."

He said HASSELL is celebrating the new studio with a major contribution to Sydney's Vivid Festival of Light, Music and Ideas.

"Our designers have produced four separate Vivid installations that are drawing hundreds of thousands of people to the city's streets," he said.

"The Vivid installations may appear modest compared to some of the projects we work on. But they give our people a great opportunity to extend their creativity and sense of fun. It also demonstrates our commitment to making a contribution to enlivening creative places and the cities we live and work in."

Find out more about the four installations HASSELL has contributed to 2013 Vivid Sydney and watch this video to find out about the design process and design teams. 

_The historic Pier 8/9, home to the new Sydney HASSELL studio
_Ken Maher, Chairman of the International Executive, Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Matthew Pullinger, Managing Principal of the Sydney studio
_Sydney studio launch event

Thursday 6 June 2013
A vivid launch for a new HASSELL studio

HASSELL marks its arrival in the Walsh Bay area with "Rats", an installation created for the Vivid Light Festival by three of our talented designers, one hundred and thirteen years after ship-borne rats brought bubonic plague to Sydney.

The plague has long gone, but the "rats" are back, represented by 100 floating balls bobbing up and down in the water along Walsh Bay's Pier 8/9, home to the new HASSELL studio which officially opens this week. Black silhouettes of rats appear on the balls. Two LED "eyes" on each glow in the dark.

Rats is one of four remarkable Vivid installations created by HASSELL designers, a major contribution to the festival, which draws hundreds of thousands of people to the city each year. Billed as a festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid takes over the centre of Sydney after dark. This is the second year that Walsh Bay has been a major festival location and the new HASSELL studio is in the centre of the action.

The new studio takes up 2,636 square metres in the historic Pier 8/9 at Walsh Bay. It is adjacent to the planned Barangaroo Headland Park and in the heart of the Walsh Bay creative industries community. Pier 8/9 was built in 1914 to store and load wool onto ships bound for Europe and has a wonderful tough, industrial character.

The move to an industrial wharf building re-imagined for a new purpose continues a HASSELL tradition – our Shanghai studio is in a former motorcycle factory, in Brisbane we are housed in a transformed bakery and in Melbourne we occupy what was once a clothing warehouse.

HASSELL was established in 1938 and this year we mark our 75th anniversary. The new studio is designed to reflect the engaged, collaborative culture the practice has fostered over the years. It is focused on a large double height creative hub that reveals the historic fabric and function of the building. This space facilitates everything from incidental get-togethers, to formal presentations and even performances for larger groups.

The main studio space on the mezzanine level overlooks the hub, placing our design process on display, visible from both the entry below and throughout the large characterful workspaces.

HASSELL Sydney Managing Principal, Matthew Pullinger, said the move to Walsh Bay brings a new impetus and energy to the studio.

"It comes at a time when we are working on important projects that will help reshape Sydney," he said. "They include Darling Harbour Live, the redesign of the convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct, a new glasshouse and tropical centre at the Botanic Gardens, the new light rail project in the central business district and south eastern suburbs and a number of mixed use developments.

"The Vivid installations might appear small -scale compared to those projects. But they demonstrate our commitment to making a contribution to enlivening creative places and the cities we live and work in."

Find out more about the four installations HASSELL has contributed to 2013 Vivid Sydney and watch this video to find out about the design process and design teams. 

Monday 3 June 2013
Hong Yi speaks at China Academy of Arts

Hong Yi, an architect and artist who works at HASSELL, spoke recently at the Shanghai campus of the China Academy of Art.

Hong Yi became famous around the world after video clips of her unconventional portraits of famous people went viral on the internet. Hong Yi shared with students at the Academy details of some of her recent art projects and projects she has worked on as an architect at HASSELL.

She shared her experiences of creating interesting pieces of art using unusual materials rather than paint. She also encouraged the students to find time to do things that they enjoy and never stop creating. The Shanghai campus of China Academy of Art is also known as Shanghai Institute Of Design.

Friday 31 May 2013
HASSELL helps transform Walsh Bay for Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney is an annual event that transforms the Sydney Harbour into a spectacular canvas of light, music and ideas. This year numerous creative agencies and artists from Australia and around the world have created 60 light installations and projections that take over the city after dark from 24 May until 10 June.

Individuals from HASSELL have participated regularly in Vivid Sydney in the past, but this year our involvement has been taken to a new level. Four HASSELL-supported installations have been set up in the vicinity of our newly-opened studio in Walsh Bay. Interestingly, this is also the first time that historic Walsh Bay is a major location of the Festival. The event has been a fantastic opportunity for the Sydney studio to engage and become involved with the whole creative community in the Walsh Bay precinct.

The Dalgety Line is a site-specific installation that seeks to reconnect the city and the Harbour, responding to the original position of two assets of the Dalgety company (a wharf and a wool store), as well as a 2012 proposal to split the Millers Point area into two suburbs, disconnecting the hillside settlement from the waterfront. The Dalgety Line seeks to reconnect Millers Point with its historic waterfront, both literally and conceptually. It runs along and across a portion of Hickson Road, suspended above the ground and tethered sensitively to buildings and urban elements. Marking the western threshold of the Vivid Festival, the line creates a sense of arrival or departure for people passing beneath it.

Field of Colour is a series of illuminated coloured tube clusters. Each cluster has the same geometry and spacing except that each is rotated in a slightly different way. The installation accentuates the quality of the site, as it is a quiet and calm piece of work with no strong narrative. Its abstract nature means that people can engage with it and interpret it in their own way.

Rats references the invasion of rats that took place in 1900 in The Rocks and Walsh Bay area that resulted in an outbreak of bubonic plague. A program of quarantining the outbreak area followed, as the Sydney Harbour Trust demolished all the existing buildings in the area and created a new rat-proof sea wall to stop rats breeding in the area. The invasion of rats can be seen as the single most defining fact in the development of the area as it is today and the design team used this idea to create the random effect of rats floating the water of Piers 8 and 9 in Walsh Bay. The rats – which try to evoke the slightly eerie feeling of eyes staring out from the dark at passers-by – were crafted by the design team themselves, completely out of material that are associated with the sea and water.

Walsh Bay Whispers looks to the Walsh Bay Wharves and the significant role they played in Sydney's founding history and maritime past. The wharves were hubs for settlers, traders and travellers, each with their own colourful tale to tell. This installation aims to bring those secrets and stories back to life, capturing the essence of the era when the wharves were first built and the area was a bustling centre of Sydney. Using light and sound to inspire imagination and evoke emotions, Whispers is an immersive experience of discovery and delight where nothing is as it seems. The installation is best described as real-time public theatre and features a custom-built brass and crystal chandelier, ghost illusions, reclaimed doors and windows from historic sites and an emotive soundscape designed by David Pickvance.

If you are in Sydney between now and 10 June, be sure to visit the Harbour and the Vivid Sydney Festival

Thank you to the sponsors who supported our installations:
Waterman Group, Contemporary Furniture Design, Domus Lighting, Production Resource Group (PRG), MySmartCTI, Stowe Australia, UNSW, Media Architecture Institute, AHL, Light Force, Point Of View Lighting Design and JHA Engineering, David Pickvance

Thursday 23 May 2013
Christchurch Integrated Terminal opens

The Integrated Terminal at Christchurch Airport has officially been opened, marking the end of a two-stage development for the NZ$237 million project that took place during the worst earthquakes ever seen in Christchurch.

Working with local partners Warren and Mahoney, HASSELL has delivered a state of the art terminal that integrates international and domestic check-in, provides a retail shopping and food court area, new domestic jet departures and swing gates, a new baggage sorting system and new arrivals baggage reclaim area.

The project certainly had more than its fair share of 'force majeure' – the worst natural disaster New Zealand has faced in 70 years came in the form of a devastating earthquake and 11,000 aftershocks, along with two of the worst winters in 30 years in Christchurch. This was combined with the usual challenges of keeping an airport operational throughout construction and the discovery of substantial amounts of asbestos in the existing buildings.

However, the contractor and the design team worked incredibly hard to ensure that potential delays were minimised. Christchurch Airport has also been recognised internationally for its role in the emergency recovery of Christchurch, despite being a construction site at the time.

In the recent submission to The Property Council of New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards 2013, Christchurch International Airport Limited stated that, "The new terminal is a resounding success and is receiving praise from all quarters. It meets all the key criteria set out in the business case."

Wednesday 15 May 2013
New Principals at HASSELL

We are pleased to announce the appointment of three new Principals at HASSELL, all of whom have been promoted from within the business. The promotions were announced at the practice's annual Principals' Conference, which took place in the new Sydney studio last week.

The new Principals are:
_Mike Rendell, Architecture, Perth
_Megan Reading, Architecture, Brisbane
_Thomas Herron, Interior Design, Shanghai

Mike Rendell has worked at HASSELL for nearly a decade and over this time has had a focus on residential design, including bespoke housing, multi-residential buildings as well as urban design master planning. Some of the key projects Mike has worked on include Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority Precinct Master Planning at Riverside in Perth and the University of Western Australia Currie Hall Student Accommodation project.

Megan Reading has been working as a designer for almost 20 years and has been at HASSELL since 2006. Key projects in her portfolio include the A$1.75 billion Gold Coast University Hospital (the Hospital's Mental Health Unit recently received the 2013 Building of the Year in the AIA Gold Coast/Northern Rivers Regional Awards) and the Auburn Hospital Redevelopment in Sydney.

Thomas Herron joined HASSELL in 2012 and has extensive experience across the workplace, hospitality and residential sectors and has led projects in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Significant projects he has worked on include the Bank of America in Hong Kong, the Radisson Blu Resort in Qingdao and the Hongqiao Xin Qiao Office Tower in Shanghai.

Announcing the appointments, HASSELL Managing Director Rob Backhouse said that our continued ability to attract retain and develop future leaders is one of the key factors in the company's continued success.

"We focus on identifying and promoting great designers who genuinely love working collaboratively with colleagues and clients. Our Principals are not only talented designers but they also immerse themselves in the business of their clients. The combination of creativity, passion, listening and understanding is at the heart of great design," said Rob.

L-R: Mike Rendell, Megan Reading and Thomas Herron

Tuesday 14 May 2013
Vale Dianne D’Alessandro

A tribute from the team at HASSELL on the passing of Dianne D'Alessandro: an admired and much loved member of the Sydney design community

To those who knew her personally and professionally, and to many of you who were great friends with her, you would know that Di had been putting up a courageous fight against leukaemia for the last 16 months. On Tuesday 7 May, Di unfortunately lost that battle.

During her time at HASSELL, Di lent her extraordinary talent and patience to projects not just in Sydney, but around the world, including Bangkok and Greece. She demonstrated her unique talent through award winning projects such as Leo Burnett and PTTEP.

Her clients loved working with her and more often than not they became more than just clients, they became friends. Together with us will they will mourn the passing of this remarkable young woman.

Her most valuable and inspiring trait was her love for life. She attacked everything she did with gusto and a can do attitude. She bought to the Sydney interiors team and the Sydney studio this love for life. She embraced her work and the social aspects of the studio and the industry, like she embraced everything in her life. In times of stress she was the one still with a smile on her face and trying to make others laugh. In fact her smile was one of the brightest I have ever seen.

She was always at the centre of any fun, and at any social event she would be there to the bitter end; dancing, singing, drinking red wine and entertaining those around her. Di also loved the outdoors and when she wasn't running marathons and participating in fundraising events for CanToo, she could be found either in the yoga studio or topping up her tan on Bondi beach.

We have lost a real bit of magic from not only HASSELL, but this world. Di had an amazing talent, an undeniable spirit and love for life, a personality that would light up a room, and in the last 16 months, an undeniable courage that allowed her to spend what precious time she could with her two little twin girls Luella and Saskia, that she and Josh had wanted so much.

She will be missed by all of us.

_Matthew Blain
HASSELL Principal

(As published on IndesignLive)

Friday 10 May 2013
Virtual cuppa with Tony Grist

Companies now want their workplaces to reflect brand values, but who gets to see them except for staff, asks Neil Usher from On Office magazine? In the May 2013 issue of the magazine, Neil discusses a more extrovert approach that blurs the boundaries between public and private with Tony Grist, Head of Architecture at HASSELL, who has worked on many high profile workplace projects.

"Moving to a system that acknowledges the benefits 'in use' of a workplace is much more valuable, and will deliver more creative spaces that in turn influence the public realm and the city," explained Tony.

"The lower levels of a building are beginning to define this new direction by effectively becoming a hub space for a multi-tenanted building and its immediate environs, providing enticement for various tenants in a building to come together, and mix with visitors looking for mobile space."

Tony further explained that models do exist where corporates have opened their doors to the public through exhibitions and the arts, and there are models for space to be visually connected to the public realm, while some organisations are providing more public access through manipulating points of security, giving the ground floor over to more public interfaces.

HASSELL uses university learning hubs and campus designs (such as the University of Adelaide Learning Hub) as a model for these merging forms and transitional spaces – they merge architecture, workplace design and the design of the public realm. The students that use these spaces will, in time, demand similar spaces in their working life, Tony explained.

"Employers specifying new workplaces have to deliver space that remains relevant in five or ten years' time. The design community must take every opportunity to engage with current and future users, while at the same time sharing their findings with those who procure the workplaces of the future," Tony concluded.

Tuesday 7 May 2013
The airport with no check-in

Imagine an airport terminal with no check-in counters - designers at HASSELL already have.

HASSELL Principal Mark Wolfe recently told an international conference in Switzerland that there might be no need for traditional check-in facilities at many airports by 2025.

“We are likely to see more sophisticated security, trusted traveler programs etc,” Mark said. “With the majority of processes either disappearing or becoming virtual, the journey through the terminal and kerb-to-cabin journey will become faster and more reliable.”

Mark was speaking at Passenger Terminal 2013 in Geneva.

He said the key to airport design in the past 20 years has been flexibility with the most successful terminals able to respond to exploding demand for air travel, changing technologies and the growth of new, budget airlines with very different business models.

“The challenge from here on in is to design terminals that are not just physically flexible,” Mark said. “Terminals will have to cater for a range of airline operational models and provide opportunities for clear product differentiation.

“A more reliable and seamless passenger experience could result in a change in behavior. Could it means that greater number of passengers arrive later and move through the terminal just in time for boarding? Does the airport lose that passenger dwell, that contact that enables them to transact and generate revenue?”

HASSELL put those questions to a group of airport planners from Australia and New Zealand in Melbourne recently.

“We debated whether this future was a reality and whether or not airports would struggle to be commercially viable,” Mark told the Geneva conference.

“We considered whether they would become something like a bus station – somewhere to go to catch a plane but with very little amenity, or would they respond by reinventing themselves as a destination.

“Interestingly, the consensus was that this would really be defined by the passengers themselves. In some cases the terminal would need to be both a bus station for some passengers and a destination or experience with amenities for others.”

Thursday 2 May 2013
Tony Grist featured in The Welsh Agenda publication

Tony Grist, Head of Architecture and based in the HASSELL London studio, believes it is time to create a new heart for Cardiff and that the redevelopment of the Central Station could be the focus for uniting a divided city. Following his successful presentation at the Design Commission for Wales conference, ‘Moving – Prioritising People and Place in Transport Interchanges’, Tony was invited by the Institute of Welsh Affairs to write a parallel article for their Spring issue of The Welsh Agenda.

In the article, Tony talks about how the coming of rail in the mid-nineteenth century divided the Welsh capital with the rail lines creating a division between the north and south sides of the city. He discusses how this could be repaired through the creation of new public space, and reconnecting the valleys though linear greens spaces down to the docks.

He describes how a new Metro may integrate with a revived Central Square, bringing life to the public spaces and reinvigorating traditional arcades and connecting laneways; and how event crowds from the Millennium Stadium can work within this new public space.

The Institute of Welsh Affairs is an independent, membership-based think tank, dedicated to promoting the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales.

Monday 29 April 2013
HASSELL @ Salone Internazionale del Mobile design festival, Milan

The London HASSELL studio was invited by Wallpaper* magazine to take part in their Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition at this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan.
The Garden Wall is the result of close collaboration between HASSELL and the world’s leading wool textile organisation, Woolmark. Its intention is to emphasise the natural character of wool. Landscape architect, Lasse Ryberg and architect, Antoine Pascal from the London studio used a simple weaving method to generate interstitial spaces where selected plant species can grow, creating ‘living partitions’.
The piece was a great success at the exhibition, with Wallpaper* editor-in-chief Tony Chambers enjoying the HASSELL philosophy of introducing a landscape aspect into the fabric. Woolmark’s Fabrizio Servente was interviewed for a primetime TV broadcast with the Garden Wall featuring as the backdrop to the news item Item at approximately 23:25. View video
The Garden Wall is now packed up and ready to go on tour: next stop Intertextile, Shanghai in August. Following that there will be exhibitions at London Design Week, Maison et Objet, Paris and Neocon, Chicago.

Monday 22 April 2013
Khoa Do of HASSELL joins government education assessment panel

Khoa Do is the HASSELL Perth studio's resident academic and design researcher who applies his expertise to the theory, practice and communication of design. He emphasises the value of enquiry and reflection in the practice of design, advocating for design that is led by critical thinking and research.

He was recently invited to be part of a 50-member panel of Australian academics and specialist practitioners who will assess learning and teaching grants and project applications for the Australian government's Office for Learning and Teaching. Khoa's role is to assess applications that deal with architecture and the built environment. It is his second consecutive year as an assessor.

The Office for Learning and Teaching promotes and supports change in higher education institutions for the enhancement of learning and teaching. Among other things, it provides grants to academics and professional staff to explore, develop and implement innovations in learning and teaching and develop leadership capabilities. It also commissions work on issues of strategic significance to the higher education sector to inform policy development and practice in relation to learning and teaching.

Before joining HASSELL, Khoa was an academic at the Department of Architecture and Interior Architecture at Curtin University for over a decade, and was the Chair of the Design Communication Stream.

In 2011, the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) awarded Khoa the National Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of his contribution and commitment to architectural education.

Friday 19 April 2013
Landscape breathing life into Fiona Stanley Hospital

Already a landmark in Perth, Western Australia, and with the base building works virtually completed, the landscape of the $2B Fiona Stanley Hospital health campus is nearing completion more than six months ahead of practical completion.

The landscape of the Fiona Stanley Hospital health campus plays several significant roles: provision of healing landscapes which promote health and wellbeing, protecting and providing habitat for the endangered Carnaby Black Cockatoo, and cohesively knitting the nine buildings across the health campus together and into the wider urban context.

The benefits of an integrated landscape response are immense. At Fiona Stanley Hospital well designed courtyard spaces and building settings not only provide pleasant green environments, but also contribute to improved clinical outcomes.

The extensive access and visual connections to landscaped building settings, courtyards, roof gardens and conservation bush reserves assist in alleviating patient stress, resulting in less pain and shorter stays. Well designed external spaces for staff retreat have been proven to increase job satisfaction, reduce absenteeism and turnover, therefore reducing operating costs and increasing patient care.

At Fiona Stanley Hospital a significant portion of the hospital roofscape is planted to provide habitat for the locally endangered and federally protected Carnaby Black Cockatoo. It also provides a calming and restorative outlook from inpatient wards and treatment areas, to further aid positive health outcomes.

Environmental initiatives have included protection of some onsite bush land areas and the salvage of grass trees, zamia palms and orchids, seed and timber for onsite reuse. Collected seed has been propagated to provide plant material for the new streetscapes, parklands, hospital courtyards and rooftops.

Tuesday 16 April 2013
Green Friday flea market @ HASSELL Shanghai

The Shanghai HASSELL studio hosts an event called Green Friday once per month, and the April event centered around a free and sustainable flea market.

Many people from the HASSELL studio brought things that they no longer needed and could be exchanged with others at the event. Items included clothing and accessories, books, toys and drawing and sketching tools. The afternoon was a great success with many people participating.

The studio's Green Team has decided to hold a regular flea market so people can exchange rather than throw away unwanted items. The concept of "treasuring the earth's resources, utlising their value and maintaining a low-carbon environment" is what the HASSELL Green Team advocates for through the Green Friday events. Other HASSELL studios are following suit, with the Beijing studio deciding to hold a similar flea market very soon.

Tuesday 16 April 2013
William Chan reflects on Venice Biennale experience

HASSELL architecture student William Chan from our Sydney studio was awarded the Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship which enabled him to go to the Venice Biennale in 2012. There he assisted with the construction and design of the International Architecture Exhibition. He reflects on his time at the Biennale and what the experience meant to him.

The Byera Hadley Scholarship encourages architectural education through travel and research that contributes to advancing architecture. It is awarded by the New South Wales Architects Registration Board and I was honoured to receive the scholarship and the opportunity to attend the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale. I spent one month in Venice working as part of the design-build team of the Wall House One to One international exhibit.

The project gave me an invaluable behind-the-scenes experience because the installation was a full scale replica of Indian architect Anupama Kundoo's original house in Auroville, south India. The structure is renowned for its technological and spatial innovation and vernacular techniques. What was unique about our project was that we were showcasing actual architecture – a building within a building – which had never happened before at the Biennale.

Perhaps there were good reasons why this was the case. Supporting the weight of the house inside the 900-year-old Corderie, which is the former naval rope factory of the Arsenale, was just one of the many challenges we faced. I spent the first week building timber spreader frames so that the building loads would be spread across the site. Being able to engage on a 1:1 scale has definitely heightened my pragmatic design capabilities and understanding of constructional considerations.

Working with an international and multidisciplinary team, I learnt a variety of skills - from perfecting my drilling and jigsaw cutting technique to mixing cement to create mortar, I helped create timber wall panels, ferrocement stepped platforms and even a vaulted ceiling made out of recycled wine bottles. It was fascinating to observe the myriad of low-technology systems employed, particularly the onsite creation of the rammed earth wall using soil from India.

The main architectural feature was the ground-breaking terracotta barrel vault. By using individually hand-crafted clay pots stacked together, a self-supporting arch was created. This proved to be very challenging as the first roof failed due to changes in the design and supports. Despite being a disappointing setback, our team was able to understand and learn from the problems, including how they were managed and resolved onsite.

Through creative problem-solving, we delivered a highly praised exhibition for 178,000 international visitors, especially complimented as a highlight by the Biennale Director, Sir David Chipperfield. Spending over a month abroad to build a house, with limited sleep, was laborious – but it was most definitely rewarding. I have learnt more about architecture than I ever would ordinarily in such a short period of time.

_William Chan

Click here for the full scholarship report and photographic essay.

Monday 15 April 2013
HASSELL to undertake planning projects for China’s Luzhou Laojiao distillery

Luzhou Laojiao, a distiller of the oldest brand of Chinese 'baijiu', a white spirit dating back more than four centuries, has commissioned HASSELL to undertake a series of planning projects to showcase the local wine culture and heritage of the ancient town of Luzhou.

Located in the fertile southwestern Sichuan province on the Yangtze River, Luzhou has a unique clay composition that gives the spirit its famous aroma and palette. The earliest wine vaults date back to 1573 during the Ming Dynasty and they are still in use today.

Luzhou Laojiao is striving to preserve the wine culture and traditions of southwest China amid rapid modernisation, while designing immersive tourism experiences of an international standard.

HASSELL drew inspiration from 'ganbei' and 'suiyi,' common phrases used for toasting in China meaning 'bottoms up' and 'as you please.' 'Ganbei' translates into bold lines and magnitude, while 'suiyi' emphasises intricacy, marrying scale and detail in a seamless reflection of China's baijiu wine culture.

HASSELL will help Luzhou Laojiao design a town that allows visitors to take in the baijiu brewing process and culture that surrounds Chinese wine, helping people to understand that baijiu is to China what wine is to Australia and Europe, sake to Japan and whiskey to Scotland.

The design will help showcase Luzhou Laojiao's heritage and assist to build the regional wine economy, helping smaller local craft baijiu brands to develop by bringing the area more international recognition.

Thursday 11 April 2013
HASSELL overall winner of Dance for Life fundraiser

Dance for Life is an annual dance competition that has been developed by Ontera, Instyle and JSB Lighting for architects and interior designers. The focus of the event is to create an entertaining and fun night while also raising awareness and much needed funds for Inspire, an organisation that works to assist teens and youths suffering from suicide and depression.

HASSELL is a regular participant in the event and this year was no exception. In fact, our HASSELL Sydney studio dance team, called HAKUNAMAHASELL, was the overall winner on the night. This year's dance theme was inspired by Hollywood, and our team performed to a medley of songs from the films Lion King and Madagascar.

Ten Sydney design firms participated in this year's Dance for Life event, which raised over $50,000, with the contribution from HASSELL coming at over $7,000.

We are proud to be an ongoing supporter of the event and look forward to participating again the future.

Wednesday 10 April 2013
Going back to the roots of HASSELL – Adelaide’s 2 King William Street

It's not often designers get to refurbish the building that launched their practice 75 years earlier - but that's what's happening at HASSELL and the 2 King William Street building in Adelaide.

This heritage-listed building, designed by Philip R. Claridge, Colin Hassell and Jack McConnell in 1938, was originally built for the Bank of New South Wales and was the building that marked the beginning of the company that is now HASSELL. The Modern/Art Deco design of the building reflected the most up to date thinking in Australia at the time – and the beginnings of the International Modern Movement in Adelaide. Subsequently, the trio decided to enter into a partnership as Claridge, Hassell and McConnell - the roots of today's HASSELL.

Now, exactly 75 years since first designing it, HASSELL has been commissioned to undertake a major refurbishment of the iconic building which has been vacant for approximately five years.

The last tenant was Westpac Bank and the $10.5 million refurbishment will turn it into six floors of office space above ground level and mezzanine level retail space. It occupies a key location at the corner of King William Street and North Terrace with fantastic views over the northern parklands. Level 7 is currently being investigated for a restaurant and possible roof top bar.

"We are working closely with the state heritage architects as well as DASH Architects who are heritage advisors, to attain the best outcome for this heritage listed building," said Brendan Le Var who is the team leader on the project and is based in the Adelaide HASSELL studio.

"We're very encouraged by the city's attitude towards heritage buildings, as the prevalent thinking is that the best outcome is to get the building used."

The building retains many of its heritage features including its stripped classical-style façade and banking chamber. A doorway made of bronze panels framed by granite blocks is also a feature that will be retained. This will be the building's first major upgrade since 1981 and the refurbishment is due for completion in early 2014.

Tuesday 9 April 2013
John Pauline on Hong Kong's major new sports hub

Hong Kong's former Kai Tak airport site is to be redeveloped into a major sports hub for the city's residents and HASSELL Principal John Pauline was asked by The South China Morning Post to share his views on the potential design of the site and sports facilities, along with the pitfalls that are important to avoid.

John is an experienced designer of sporting venues - he was one of the design leaders on the Water Cube project for the 2008 Beijing Olympics which has been transformed into a commercially viable and iconic national aquatic centre since the event. This commercial success after the games is something Olympic venues often fail to achieve.

John also worked on the design for the 2012 London Olympics venue the Copper Box, which hosted handball and fencing events. It is now being transformed into a venue with flexible seating capacity and facilities for high-performance indoor sports training and competitions, as well as cultural, community and business events. John and his colleagues at HASSELL are also helping to design all sports venues for one of the city's bidding to host the 2020 Olympics.

John sees something similar happening at the Kai Tak sports complex. He argues that it can't just be a sports complex - it should combine sport with retail and even residential elements, ensuring the space stays relevant between major sporting events.

"One of the difficult things about major sports buildings and big sports hubs like this is that, historically, they're difficult to make financially viable if they're purely sporting buildings.

"The success of these types of things is really about mixing different types of functions within the precinct in order to give it some day-to-day life," John told The South China Morning Post.

The vision for the Kai Tak complex is that it will provide facilities for the community as well as world-class venues, including a 50,000-seat stadium, a 5,000- seat public sports ground, a 4,000-seat indoor centre, office space of at least 10,000 square metres, commercial space of at least 31,500 square metres and public recreational facilities in a park setting.

HASSELL is currently in talks with various organisations that could lead the complex's development. The Hong Kong Home Affairs Bureau will publish a report later this month before considering the next step in the planning and procurement of the project. The Kai Tak Multi-purpose Sports Complex is expected to be fully operational in 2019-20.

Read the full story in The South China Morning Post here.

Tuesday 9 April 2013
Peter Duncan meets with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard

HASSELL Chairman Peter Duncan recently attended a breakfast meeting with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and other Australian business leaders in Shanghai when the prime minister visited the city as part of her state visit to China.

Peter was seated beside Ms Gillard and shared the experience HASSELL has had in doing business in China and Asia. He also showed the prime minster some of the firm's milestone projects in the region. Seated at the same table were Westpac Chief Gail Kelly and ANZ CEO Mike Smith, both HASSELL clients.

Peter shared with the prime minister and Mr Smith photos of the Alibaba Headquarters project in Hangzhou. Peter also shared the experience HASSELL had in Melbourne designing ANZ Centre and how it had informed the firm in the design of the Alibaba Headquarters and other major campus projects in China. He also discussed with the PM and the business leaders the growth of China's smaller cities that are underpinning the country's urbanisation story.

Prime Minster Gillard told attendees of the breakfast meeting that the Australian dollar would for the first time be directly convertible to Chinese yuan, cutting the cost of doing business for the country's companies.

As part of her trip, Prime Minster Gillard met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing and attended the Bo'ao Forum in Hainan. Gillard was accompanied on the trip by senior officials including Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr, Financial Services Minister Bill Shorten and Trade Minister Dr Craig Emerson.

Images courtesy of David Foote, Auspic, Australian Government

Monday 8 April 2013
Under the Same Blue Sky – ID magazine festival stand

HASSELL designed the stand for renowned Interior design magazine ID at the recent Shanghai International Building and Interior Design Festival. The theme of the 160 sqm stand was 'Under the Same Blue Sky' and was the result of a collaboration between designers from the Shanghai and Hong Kong studios. The design concept evolved from the notion of a clear blue sky and happy childhood memories.

The HASSELL communications team prepared handmade Chinese toys and Australian wooden boomerangs as special gifts for guests who attended the event. The whole design process of the stand was made into a video clip which was aired during the three-day festival.

At the same design event HASSELL Principal David Tsui spoke about Design without Borders as part of the designer forum. He shared his experiences in design management and talked about how practitioners in China can produce design that is both culturally compatible and globally relevant.

Please click here to view the design process video.

Wednesday 3 April 2013
Philip Hannaford participates in panel discussion at Global Free Trade Summit

HASSELL Director Philip Hannaford, who is based in Singapore, recently participated in a panel discussion at the second Global Free Trade and Special Economic Zone Exhibition and Summit, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The discussion focused on integrated strategic master planning for sustainable infrastructure and economic development. The panel talked about land-use planning, connectivity (roads, rails, ports, airports), hard and soft infrastructure, financial and economic analysis, and investment promotion.

The event promoted the strategic advancement of international free trade, through the development of special economic zones and regions.

Thursday 28 March 2013
HASSELL designs London cycle superhub

London is planning a £1billion investment to get more people cycling – and HASSELL has designed a vertical 'hanging tree' storage system so cyclists can securely store their bike on city streets. The system comes complete with a smartphone app that allows cyclists to pre-book a storage spot and identify and retrieve their bikes promptly when they want to collect them.

London Mayor Boris Johnson announced the £1bn package to create a bicycle version of the city's Crossrail system. Cycling is already popular in London where up to 60 percent of people don't own cars and the new package could see pavements fill up with many more bicycles.

The HASSELL storage solution builds on 'vertical' stacking systems developed in Switzerland, Iran and Japan. The vertical storage towers allow cyclists to easily stack their cycles in a waterproof enclosure and retrieve them with a command through the smartphone app.

The app would allocate a personal storage 'bracket' to the user when they approach the tower, based on their pre-entered arrival time. The cyclist would hook their bike's front wheel to this bracket which would then be lifted up the 'hanging tree' for safe keeping. The same app arranges for the bicycle to be delivered back to the owner when they arrive back at the tower to collect it.

The storage towers could be linked with a suite of street facilities that can define areas of the city and provide visible markers. There many facilities could be clustered at the base of the 'hanging tree' - public toilets, Wi-Fi zones, pop-up shops, bicycle repair centres and cafes. The mix would depend on demand, location requirements and available space.

Such a cycle storage system could become iconic and define a new cycle culture. It could also be a digital signpost powered by solar panels and delivering messages and advertising to support the costs of installation and operation.

Thursday 28 March 2013
Success at the Australian National Planning Awards

Two HASSELL projects were successful at the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Awards held in Canberra this week – the Gold Coast Rapid Transit Corridor Study and Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability.

GCRT 2031 was awarded the prestigious Best Planning Ideas – Large award conferred by the Planning Institute of Australia for its innovative approach to urban infrastructure.

In announcing the award, the PIA jury noted, "This is a substantial and significant piece of work that truly represents a large project that demands the best ideas that planning can provide (...) The project is part of a continuum in the delivery of the Gold Coast's strategic plan, adopting the principles of integrated planning practice and operating spatially at a metropolitan scale. Whilst the project has an understandable focus on public transport connectivity, its intrinsic value is on how it seeks to re-position the city to take advantage of this potentially transformative piece of city infrastructure."

The Gold Coast Rapid Transit Project itself is one of the most significant public transport projects in Australia, and the first modern light rail project in Queensland.

The North Sydney Council was presented with the 2013 PIA Great Place Award at the National Awards for Planning Excellence acknowledging the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability. HASSELL led the design for the new public parkland and community facilities on the former industrial site at Waverton Peninsula.

The PIA jury commented, "The Coal Loader Centre represents best practice adaptive refurbishment, the application of sustainable design and a philosophy to return value to the community. In doing so it has been adopted by the community as an integral part of its social infrastructure. It supports cultural and historical interpretation to this part of Sydney's foreshore, and has been designed to achieve effective connectivity with adjacent development sites, the harbour and surrounding bushland."

Tuesday 26 March 2013
Making a Welsh metro happen

HASSELL Principal Tony Grist and Senior Associate Jon Hazelwood spoke at a conference this week organised by the Institute of Welsh Affairs in Cardiff exploring the challenges for the creation of a successful metro for South-Eastern Wales.

They used examples from around the world that were explored for the current Sydney Light Rail, for which HASSELL has been appointed as Urban Designer. Jon and Tony explained the urban issues associated with inserting a metro in a city context, and how an overall line strategy could be developed to ensure design consistency. The keynote speech was delivered by Owen Smith MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, with other speakers including Vaughn Gething AM, Chair, National Assembly Cross-Party Rail Group.

Tuesday 26 March 2013
A Liveable Chinese City–Oxymoron or Possibility

Peter Duncan, HASSELL Chairman, recently spoke at the China Contemporary Architects Forum in the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC) on the topic of A Liveable Chinese City–Oxymoron or Possibility. This forum is held as part of the annual Shanghai Architecture Fair 2013.

During SAF, Terry Fan, Managing Principal of HASSELL Hong Kong also spoke at another forum organised by MARK and FRAME magazine, called MARK Architects Forum where he shared HASSELL news and some recent key projects that the firm has completed internationally.

Wednesday 20 March 2013
Into the Colleges

Richard Mullane, HASSELL Senior Associate and Wang Cong, HASSELL Associate, both from the Shanghai studio attended an event today organised by Sou Fun the leading real estate nternet portal and home furnishing and improvement website in China.

The event aims to reach out to universities in Shanghai by showcasing the latest green projects designed by HASSELL. The company's culture was also showcased to the fine arts students at Shanghai Normal University.

Wednesday 20 March 2013
David Tickle speaks about building business in China

David Tickle, a Senior Associate at HASSELL, spoke about the firm's experiences of building a business in China at a briefing organised by the Australian Government's Trade Commission in Melbourne earlier this month.

David presented the firm's history in China which began 20 years ago and the strategies that HASSELL uses to grow its business and build relationships in the Chinese market. David was previously based in the HASSELL Shanghai studio and has worked on many large-scale planning projects in China. He also talked about some key HASSELL projects in important sectors like city master planning (Ningbo New City), transport (Tianjin Binhai High Speed Rail Station) and housing (Shenzhen Affordable Housing Scheme).

The event, which centred on trade opportunities in the infrastructure sector in Asia, was hosted by Austrade's Senior Trade Commissioner for businesses that are interested in exploring the Asian market. HASSELL was presented as a case study of an Australian firm that has successfully operated in this market, alongside presentations from trade commissioners from India and Indonesia.

At a separate forum in February in Sydney, which brought together top government and business leaders from Sydney and China, David discussed the firm's long-term presence in China and highlighted recent projects such as Shenzhen Qianhai District's latest planning project. The forum, hosted by Lord Mayor Clover Moore, was attended by the Vice Mayor of Shenzhen, Wu Yihuan, and the Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Sydney, Duan Jielong.

Monday 18 March 2013
New terminal opens at Perth Airport

Perth Airport's first new terminal to be built in 26 years, Terminal 2 (T2), is open to passengers. The $120 million domestic terminal designed by HASSELL supports the growth of Perth's population and increasing passenger numbers at the airport. Terminal 2 is located next to the International Terminal (Terminal 1) and marks a crucial milestone in Perth Airport's redevelopment plan. It underpins significant investment in new regional, domestic and international terminal facilities over the next ten years.

Terminal 2 caters for thousands of people flying in and out of Perth regularly to work on major resource projects in Western Australia. These workers make up approximately 90 percent of the passengers travelling through the terminal. It will also have the capacity to handle medium sized jets operating on domestic services, as it will be the new home to Alliance Airlines and Skywest. The new terminal is filled with natural light, increasing the sense of space and passenger comfort. The apron and terminal facilities have been designed to cater for up to 36 aircraft and allow for significant north and south expansion to accommodate future growth.

Thursday 14 March 2013
2012 HASSELL travelling scholarship announced

We are pleased to announce that Benjamin Kronenberg from RMIT is the winner of the 2012 HASSELL Travelling Scholarship – Robin Edmond Award.

HASSELL embraces opportunities to stretch minds and evolve talents. The annual scholarship recognises landscape architecture students who show outstanding potential for future contribution to the profession and gives them the opportunity to explore an area of landscape architecture that they are interested in developing further.

Benjamin was chosen by the HASSELL landscape architecture discipline leaders following interviews with nominated students from all participating universities.

Ben's project 'Fault Line Living – Strategies for fluid territories' focused on the town of Shibitachi in Japan, which was dramatically affected by the 2011 tsunami, to explore the question 'How can a landscape architecture approach contribute to the resilience of townships that exist within volatile environmental conditions?'

His research found that the effectiveness of various existing proposals for the reduction of physical loss in townships affected by earthquake and tsunami remain uncertain, and that the continued reliance on obstructive strategies, such as wave walls and buffer zones, may also remain unresponsive to the conditions, relationships and social micro-systems within these landscapes. Furthermore, they offer no alleviation of the shock and often implicit lack of awareness of these imminent events.

In response to this deficiency, Ben's research engaged with a strategy that accepts water inundation and non-solidity of territory around the water edge of tsunami affected townships. His approach facilitated an exploration into new interpretations of ocean edge relationships, degrees of permanency in relation to infrastructures, urban conditions and land ownership for these regions.

Angus Bruce, Head of Landscape Architecture at HASSELL commented, "The judges were extremely impressed with Ben's depth of thinking, design ability, presentation skills and level of project rigour. We congratulate Ben for delivering an outstanding and engaging body of research. HASSELL is excited to be able to support him in furthering his investigations into this challenging, yet vital aspect of urban, environmental and social resilience."

"We would also like to thank all of the universities and students who participated in the 2012 program. As with previous years, the standard of portfolios submitted was extremely high, and all students are to be congratulated for the quality of their design thinking and development".

Click here to download a booklet featuring selected highlights from the portfolios presented in 2012. For a high res version of the booklet, please email Kelly O'Rourke at

Images by Benjamin Kronenberg

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Tuesday 12 March 2013
Green Square Library competition winner announced

Talented HASSELL employee Felicity Stewart is one half of the team that was announced as the winner of the international design competition for the Green Square Library in Sydney.

Apart from working at the HASSELL Sydney studio, Felicity and her friend and business partner Matthias Hollenstein have been running their part-time side company Stewart Hollenstein since 2010. They won the competition in association with Colin Stewart Architects.

"We are very pleased for Felicity and this great achievement and feel proud to have her working with us at HASSELL," said Matthew Pullinger, Managing Principal of the Sydney studio.

The library will form the centrepiece of the $8 billion Green Square project, Australia's largest urban development which is expected to become the home of some 40,000 residents. The library will also serve the suburbs of Rosebery, Zetland, Beaconsfield, Waterloo and Alexandria.

The council had called for a "beautiful, functional and sustainable design" for the library and community centre that would attract visitors for a range of cultural activities. The competition attracted over 160 submissions from around the world. Architects and designers were inspired by the chance to shape a new town centre in Sydney and the idea that libraries are increasingly becoming ' urban living rooms' – places for exploration, creativity and connection.

The design solution for the library by Stewart Hollenstein involves a below-ground library connecting with the plaza to maximise public space - theirs was the only design that didn't focus on above-ground buildings.

Click here for more information on the Green Square Town Library.

Thursday 7 March 2013
Mark Roehrs presents at Green Cities 2013 conference

HASSELL Principal Mark Roehrs presented today at the Green Cities 2013 conference being held in Sydney.

Mark spoke about the HASSELL-designed University of Queensland Global Change Institute which will be an exemplar for the ecological transformation of the university campus.

It aims to be a 'Living Building' that will make a positive contribution to climate and ecology as an energy provider targeting net zero energy and net zero carbon, the Global Change Institute will produce more energy than it consumes, with solar energy as the renewable free source collected and stored at the building. This will necessitate a low energy system approach at around 30% of a typical university building

"The Global Change Institute presents a holistic sub-tropical response to its environment attuned to its place and climate," said Mark. With a strategy to naturally ventilate the building 88% of the year the building also provides an innovative closed comfort conditioning system for the times of climate extremes ensuring an all year strategy to achieve comfort conditions.

The design of the building recognises people as active participants in a sustainable system that demands behavioural and cultural change. Finally Mark demonstrated that the Global Change Institute is an example of a workplace moving towards an activity based, wireless and paper-free environment.

The building will be completed in mid-2013 and is an exciting demonstration of the potential for sustainable design.

Green Cities is an annual conference and exhibition co-hosted by the Green Building Council of Australia and Property Council of Australia which focuses on sustainability within the built environment.

Wednesday 6 March 2013
Peter Duncan featured on ABC news Business Today

HASSELL Chairman Peter Duncan was interviewed by Whitney Fitzsimmons last week on ABC's Business Today program.

Peter shared his 20 years of experience working in Asia and the firm's projects and business development in China and other parts of Asia.

You can watch the program here.

Wednesday 6 March 2013
HASSELL wins urban planning project for China’s new economic zone

HASSELL was recently announced as the winner of an urban planning project in China, together with the Urban Planning and Design Institute of Shenzhen (UPDIS).

The HASSELL proposal is a conceptual plan for a 340-hectare site within the Qianhai Zone, called the Qianhai Hong Kong – Shenzhen Modern Service Co-operative Zone Key Precincts.

Shenzhen Qianhai Zone, a special new economic zone, will serve as an experimental business area for better interaction between Mainland China and Hong Kong in the financial, logistics and IT service sectors. It is estimated that the Qianhai Zone will take up to 25 years to develop.

As the only precinct in Qianhai facing the ocean and Hong Kong, the HASSELL and UPDIS winning concept features a structured green connectors framework for the tax-free port with a future plan to build shipping headquarters and services. HASSELL incorporated a future iconic green wedge into its transformation of the waterfront into a recreational area. The spatial planning embodies the theme of opening Qianhai to the ocean economy.

"We are very honoured to win this project for the Qianhai Economic Zone. This Special Economic Zone in Shenzhen is one of the most important new development zones in Southern China. The winning HASSELL concept combines our experience and thinking about the design of China’s new liveable green cities with a Chinese cultural quality," said Peter Duncan, HASSELL Chairman, who is based in Shanghai.

Friday 1 March 2013
First annual co-working conference at Hub Melbourne

Steve Coster, Head of Knowledge and Sustainability at HASSELL, is among the presenters at the first Co-working Conference Australia that is being held today and tomorrow at Hub Melbourne.

Steve spoke about how co-working can inform the future of traditional workplaces, commenting that, "As a true mix of learning environment, social hub and agile workspace, co-working environments are now more relevant reference points for leading workplace design than other traditional workplaces."

Co-working refers to the concept of a workplace shared by a community of independent users or organisations that leverage social capital to create innovation and business opportunities. More than just a shared space or serviced office, co-working communities are focused on creating a network of mutually supportive relationships, connections and entrepreneurial opportunities among members.

"It raises new issues and opportunities for organisations - issues that are also present for traditional workplaces but are taken to the next level in co-working settings. It is a window into a way of working that is likely to be more mainstream in future. One key issue is the importance of creating an authentic and meaningful environment where people gather because they want to - not because they have to," said Steve.

"Co-working environments also give us clues on how we can start moving on from measuring the value of office space via two dimensional metrics such as 'cost per square metre' to using three dimensional metrics such as 'value created, or business opportunities per square metre," explained Steve. "After all, in a voluntary membership scenario such as a co-working community, it is possible to measure things like patronage and the amount people are willing to pay to belong to the community rather than renting a serviced office space," he said.

According to a recent article in HBR co-working is a fast-growing trend with more than 2,000 co-working spaces globally – a 250% increase in two years.

Steve and Hub Melbourne were featured earlier this week in an article published by The Age.

Thursday 28 February 2013
Adelaide Festival Centre celebrates its 40th birthday

It's not as well known as the Sydney Opera House, but the HASSELL designed Adelaide Festival Centre has had as great an impact on its home city as Jørn Utzon's harbourside masterpiece has on Sydney.

The Opera House budget was $100 million – a huge amount at the time it was designed and built. The Festival Centre cost $8 million.

The Festival Centre this year celebrates its 40th birthday, as HASSELL celebrates its 75th.

John Morphett, one of the most influential people in the history of HASSELL, led the design team. His contribution is marked this week in a four page article in The Adelaide Magazine.

As the magazine noted, it is hard to imagine the Torrens riverfront in Adelaide without the shimmering white geometric shells of the Festival Centre.

John Morphett was Managing Director of HASSELL from 1978 to 1992 and Chairman from 1978 to 1997. He won the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal, his country's highest award for architecture.

Tuesday 26 February 2013
Ningbo New City showcased on News Asia TV

Channel News Asia recently featured the New City of Ningbo as an example of urbanisation in China. As part of the feature, HASSELL Chairman Peter Duncan was interviewed.

The rapid pace and scale of urbanisation in China means that cities will have to accommodate an additional 10 million people every year over the next three decades. This means that building new towns will be a key focus.

Click here to view the TV news coverage on the New City of Ningbo.  

Friday 22 February 2013
Burnley Green Roofs project opens today

Australia's first green roof research, demonstration and teaching facility opened today at the University of Melbourne's Burnley Campus. It is one of only a few similar centres in the world.

The Burnley Green Roofs project is a true collaboration between the University's School of Land and Environment and HASSELL. Ongoing research and the design lessons from the Burnley Green Roofs will provide technical knowledge for architects, landscape architects and public policy makers to install green roofs in Australian cities.

The project consists of three areas. The first is a large demonstration roof with 14 different green roof types made up of distinct planting zones, irrigation and growing treatments. The second is a research roof, dedicated to quantifying the environmental benefits of green roofs and plant performance. The third area is a biodiversity roof, comprising a range of habitat features to encourage and sustain local wildlife.

The Burnley Green Roofs will enable small group teaching activities and demonstrate the variety of green roofs available to the building industry. The facility will determine the best plant species and soils to use on city roofs. It will also demonstrate how green roofs can use storm water, reduce building energy use and showcase how visually attractive and multifunctional green roofs can be.

Green roofs have a range of environmental benefits that can help adapt Australian cities to climate change, as well as social and economic benefits that can make denser cities more liveable and attractive. However, they are still not common in Australia partly because it has taken time to research which plants will be most successful in the Australian climate. This facility aims to show what is possible in the local climate and context.

John Rayner from the University of Melbourne said, "Planning and design are key components to successful green roofs and the Burnley Green Roofs are an example of this."

HASSELL provided innovative design solutions to assemble the roofs. "Many elements were pre-fabricated and test assembled off-site, then transported and reassembled on the living rooftop." said Stephen Tan from the HASSELL design team. "This represents an innovation in design, research and construction process." The project has been designed with the ability to evolve with changing technology and in response to new research developments.

Photography courtesy of Les O'Rourke

Thursday 21 February 2013
HASSELL to deliver key public realm project for Croydon Council, London

HASSELL has been appointed by the London Borough of Croydon to design and deliver an important public realm project for the Borough. Supported by architecture practice We Made That, engineers Buro Happold and graphic designers Objectif, our team will deliver the South End Public Realm, which is one of a number of co-ordinated projects to enhance Croydon's high streets as part of the Connected Croydon program.

The £2.8m South End scheme will transform the streetscape of a key gateway into central Croydon and the heart of the Borough's restaurant district. It will create a coherent, high quality and welcoming place. Works are expected to start on site in early 2014 following extensive consultation with stakeholders and community groups.

Jon Hazelwood, Head of Landscape Architecture for HASSELL in the UK said, "This is a fantastic opportunity. We will be working closely with residents and traders to make this a vibrant stretch of high street, all in the context of Croydon's plan to transform its centre."

Holly Lewis, Partner at We Made That commented, "We will improve the streetscape and building frontages, and activate and promote the area to make it more attractive to residents and visitors. We'll be thinking about how different activities can shape our high streets and how we make South End High Street a place where social and civic functions attract commerce and activity.

Tuesday 19 February 2013
Year of the Snake

See how the HASSELL studios in China and South East Asia welcomed the Lunar New Year in a video message to our clients and collaborators.

Watch video

Thursday 31 January 2013
The future of workplaces – what’s going to happen next?

Steve Coster, Head of Knowledge and Sustainability at HASSELL, was one of the presenters at the Workplaces of the Future Summit hosted this week in Melbourne by the Green Building Council of Australia. He spoke about where the current changes in technology, workplace behaviours and the uptake of free-range working (or activity-based working) are leading workplace design – what’s in store next?

"We're now reaching a point where organisations can become so flexible - so dynamic - that their internal structures become more fluid and their borders become less fixed," said Steve. The uptake of flexible working, teleworking and co-working means that the office takes on many forms and is a series of nodes in a network of places across the city, rather than a ‘container’ for an organisation. These issues make design more critical than ever in creating places that people want to use to work effectively – especially for working that requires bringing people together.

Learning environments, student hubs, libraries and co-working spaces are now more relevant reference points for leading workplace design than traditional workplaces. One workplace that demonstrates these drivers is Hub Melbourne – a co-working community that blurs the traditional organisational boundaries to foster innovation through collaboration. Hub Melbourne provides a shared workplace for a range of diverse, independent member organisations who want to come together for the opportunities, skills and resources, and referrals that exist among the member community.

"Co-working is an emerging phenomenon that raises new issues and opportunities for organisations - issues that are also present for traditional workplaces but are taken to the next level in co-working settings. It is a window into a way of working that is likely to be more mainstream in future. One key issue is the importance of creating an authentic and meaningful environment where people gather because they want to - not because they have to," said Steve in his presentation at the Summit.

Other key aspects of co-working communities that are relevant to workplaces of the future include much greater intensity of usage and diversity of workspaces – more extreme choices of settings for different activities, and more immediately adjacent activities. Also critical is the degree of self-organisation – the ability for the users to move and reconfigure the space at the speed of their dynamic business. Of course. the integration of fundamental wireless technology networks and special pieces of high-specification technologies for members to share gives them access to possibilities they wouldn't otherwise have.

Steve and Hub Melbourne also featured in Australian business publication BRW this week as part of an article on collaborative work spaces, which looked at the death of the permanent desk and the more frugal use of space within offices.

Read the full article in BRW here

Wednesday 30 January 2013
It's official: we're big, but does size matter?

HASSELL is the 31st biggest architecture practice in the world, based on the number of architects we employ, according to an international survey of leading practices. We are ranked the second largest architectural practice in landscape architecture, the seventh in interior design, and the ninth in master planning and transportation by revenue. We are the biggest practice overall in Australasia, in terms of earnings. So we are BIG, according to the WA100 for 2013, a list of the world's largest 100 architecture firms.

But the rankings raise a much debated question: does size matter in architecture and design? Some of the world's most exciting practices - for example BIG, Herzog + De Meuron and Jean Nouvel - aren't listed, perhaps because they did not take part in the survey. There are great architects and designers working for large and small practices, according to HASSELL Managing Director Rob Backhouse.

One thing the list does demonstrate is the increasingly international way in which practices operate. "Design and architecture are increasingly global, whether the projects are big or small," Rob Backhouse said. "We can win a hospital project in Australia or China and ask our studios in the UK to work on it because they have some of the best talent in Europe in the health field. Technology is making this kind of collaboration across our 14 studios easier all the time. But the big change is probably in the mindset of our design teams. They just don't see themselves as limited by geography."

Technology makes it easier for small practices to compete outside their home markets. But size DOES matter, allowing practices to build a strong, international talent pool. But size is not a guarantee of design excellence and buildings and places that meet the needs of clients and end-users.

"HASSELL has not grown its practice just because we wanted to be big", Rob Backhouse said. "We have grown along with our clients and with opportunities. As a result, we can compete for the best projects locally and globally and attract the best designers who want to work on those projects."

For the record, the WA100 ranking of HASSELL at 31 is based on the number of qualified "fee-earning architects" that HASSELL employs, a number that excludes our landscape architects, interior designers, urban designers and planners. The rankings are compiled each year by the United Kingdom based magazine Building Design. The list is based on a survey of architecture firms in October 2012.

HASSELL operates 14 design studios in Australia, China, South East Asia and the United Kingdom. In 2012, our work was recognised with the top awards in three categories at the World Architectural Festival.

Friday 25 January 2013
Find out more about Sydney's new light rail

HASSELL, together with Arup and Aurecon, are the engineering, light rail systems and urban design team commissioned by Transport for NSW to deliver the new light rail project in Sydney's CBD and South Eastern suburbs.

The New South Wales Government has committed to deliver light rail from Randwick and Kingsford through the heart of Sydney's CBD to Circular Quay to reduce urban congestion. The design challenge is to create a transport system befitting Australia's global city, integrating the physical infrastructure into existing urban areas of distinctive character and significant heritage value to establish a sensitive and high-quality public domain.

You can find out more details about the project in this new video

Friday 25 January 2013
Margaret River centre to be reinvigorated

HASSELL has been engaged by the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River to redesign the main streetscape of the Margaret River township in the heart of Western Australia's popular south-west wine region.

The HASSELL design seeks to reinvigorate the public realm through the expansion of public space, widening pavements to reduce the impact of vehicles and creating opportunities for al fresco dining, markets and festival activities.

New street furniture, lighting, surface treatments and interpretive elements, referencing the rich cultural and natural vernacular of the region, will enhance this vibrant social centre for residents and visitors.

Margaret River Main Street is a 'SuperTowns' project funded by the Government of Western Australia's 'Royalties for Regions' initiative. 'SuperTowns' seeks to target sustainable regional economic development to stimulate diverse employment and investment opportunities, assist in managing projected population expansion in key regional towns, and plan and invest in development and growth within an integrated strategic planning and implementation framework.

Tuesday 29 January 2013
Peter Duncan interviewed about toxic smog in China

HASSELL Chairman Peter Duncan was interviewed by Bloomberg News on the toxic smog engulfing Beijing and other Chinese cities. He spoke on how urban planning can help reduce the need for automobile use and the role of public transportation in lessening the impact on the environment.

With China's cities expected to grow by as many as 350 million people over 20 years, the Chinese government has foreshadowed action to reduce air pollution.

The article was translated and carried by the official Xinhua News Agency and published by its affiliated newspaper, the largest-circulation daily in China distributed to government departments and state-owned companies.

To read the Bloomberg article and Peter’s comments, click here.

Monday 21 January 2013
A jungle with your morning coffee?

Coffee and the cafes that sell it are ubiquitous in the world's major cities - but how about a jungle of coffee trees on the edge of a central business district?

That's what HASSELL is bringing to the Australian city of Melbourne in partnership with the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne. The work of young designers at HASSELL, the Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar will be the centrepiece of this year's Festival which runs from 1 to 17 March.

A total of 125 coffee trees will transform the 'Red Stairs', a popular public amphitheatre on the banks of Melbourne's River Yarra, into a terraced coffee farm. Alongside the trees, a collection of shipping containers, timber pallets and packing crates will demonstrate the journey that coffee beans take from where they are grown to the lips of a big city coffee connoisseur.

The inspiration for the Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar comes from a desire to evoke the still somewhat mysterious and exotic geographies associated with the source of coffee. It brings to life the story about coffee, inspiring coffee drinkers to think about its origins, production and transport. They can also enjoy some of the best coffee in Australia from top baristas.

Click here to watch a video about the Urban Coffee Farm concept and design process as told by the HASSELL project team.

Monday 14 January 2013
HASSELL recognised as hospitality design leader

HASSELL was recently recognised as a hospitality design leader in the Asia Pacific region, winning the Most Competitive Hotel Design Company award at the 2012 Asia Pacific Golden Art Hotel Design Awards.

David Tsui, a Principal in the HASSELL Hong Kong studio, also won the Asia Pacific Top Ten Hospitality Designer Award.

These annual awards are organised by the Asia Pacific Hotel Design Association and attract great interest both in the region and wider.

Some of the notable hospitality projects in Asia that HASSELL has completed include the Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit, the Radisson Hotel at Century Park and the Renaissance Hotel at Zhongshan Park.

Recently, the Ovolo Hotel also opened in Melbourne as the first Australian venture for Hong Kong's successful Hind Group. The hotel was designed by HASSELL and is aimed at tech-savvy professionals.

Friday 11 January 2013
Former HASSELL MD’s university appointment

Former HASSELL Managing Director Tim Shannon has been appointed a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne. The appointment in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning is for four years.

Tim retired from HASSELL in 2008 after 32 years, including 15 as Managing Director. He played a key role in building HASSELL as an international practice working in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, planning and urban design. His work with HASSELL can be seen in a series of landmark projects in Australia including office towers, hospitals, airports and law courts.

While at HASSELL, Tim's career included a series of teaching appointments at universities in Australia and Canada. He said he always greatly enjoyed working with students and was looking forward to his new appointment. "The university environment is so rich with youthful enthusiasm and willingness," he said.

Tim was appointed a Director of the building and construction company Hansen Yuncken in 2010 and to the Board of the government owned development agency Places Victoria in 2011.

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