Archive / 2014
Tuesday 16 December 2014
Landscape architecture award for China’s national geopark

HASSELL is the recipient of a Silver Award from the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects for the Fangshan Tangshan National Geopark Museum Public Realm.

The Fangshan Tangshan National Geopark, located 40 kilometres east of Nanjing, is home to China’s new Great Relic Museum. It is also the site of a number of internationally significant archaeological discoveries, including the Hulu Caves – where homo erectus fossils dating back 0.16-0.60 million years were discovered in 1993 – as well as an ancient quarry exhibiting geological formations of the Paleozoic era.

HASSELL designed the museum's gateway plaza and surrounding parkland connections for the Nanjing Tangshan Construction Investment and Development Company following an international landscape design competition. Landscape architects and urban designers from the Shanghai and London studios collaborated on the initial competition concept, which featured gardens inspired by the environmental characteristics of each period of the Paleozoic era.

HASSELL was later engaged to develop the detailed design for the new 15 hectare cultural tourism destination.

"Our response helped our client achieve their vision of creating a truly remarkable destination for visitors to the region that is integrated with wider parkland and transport infrastructure,” said Andrew Wilkinson, HASSELL Regional Manager for Greater China.

“It celebrates the plaza's gateway status, the museum's architectural form, and the geopark's many extraordinary features while supporting the local natural environment through the regeneration of native vegetation and water sensitive design. Visitors are taken on a journey through the site that reveals its history and formation along the way."

The museum plaza was recently completed to coincide with the opening of the museum. Construction of the wider parklands is scheduled for completion in 2015.

Tuesday 9 December 2014
New era for Sydney’s Flour Mill

For 120 years the landmark concrete flour mill silos have stood over Summer Hill in the inner west of Sydney. They’re now set to be transformed into contemporary apartments as the focal point of a new master planned residential community that will contribute to the ongoing revitalisation of Summer Hill.

The HASSELL design for the Flour Mills at Summer Hill opens up the former industrial site to incorporate new social and recreation spaces, amid 300 contemporary apartments and terraces, a new retail precinct and a light rail station.

A mixture of adaptive reuse and heritage focused new construction will transform the brownfield site into 300 apartments and a mix of public and commercial space. HASSELL worked with EG Funds to connect the site with the surrounding neighbourhoods and link the disused site into the community for the first time.

Incorporating modern apartments into the visually striking grain silos at the heart of the precinct presented a particular design challenge. But the proof of the successful design was in the end result, with the rounded silos becoming the fastest selling portion of the development. Almost 90 per cent of the 127 apartments sold off-plan at the sales launch on Saturday 6 December.

"The Flour Mills at Summer Hill exemplifies the process of urban renewal in cities,” said HASSELL Principal Matthew Pullinger.

“With the relocation of the flour mill to the city fringe, we’ve inherited a very strategically located, valuable piece of land that can contribute to the efficient functioning of the city in new ways.

“In this instance, it's mixed use, it's highly connected, predominantly residential, but supported by a number of complementary retail and commercial uses.

“The level of interest from purchasers – and the high proportion of owner-occupiers – reinforces the public’s appetite for living in a place that feels real, authentic and part of a community within the heart of an inner urban area.”

Matthew said the project fell right in the ‘sweet spot’ for HASSELL, drawing together architects, landscape architects, interior designers and urban designers to deliver a truly integrated design solution for the site.

“The project has a great blend of old and new, it has aspects that bring together all the areas we're interested in to create a really beautiful place to live and work. That was the most exciting dimension of the whole project, seeing the true power of collaboration,” said Matthew.  

Watch this video to see Matthew Pullinger talking about how the Flour Mills at Summer Hill breathes life back into the city.

Flour Mills at Summer Hill, Sydney, Australia
Flour Mills at Summer Hill, Sydney, Australia
Friday 5 December 2014
Urban Futures: Imagining the cities of tomorrow

Shanghai can create more parks and more accommodation for its growing population – without the need for further urban sprawl - by being smarter about how it uses its available space and designs its apartment buildings.

New research undertaken by HASSELL looked at the distribution of a typical cluster of 6 to 8-storey Xincun apartment blocks within the city’s middle ring and reconfigured the layout to achieve more green space and accommodation within the same footprint.

By removing 5 per cent of existing building stock within a typical neighbourhood, the HASSELL design was able to create room for 10 new local parks – all within a 5-8 minute walk of surrounding residents – and 20 new residential towers at the park edges.

David Tickle, Head of Urban Design at HASSELL, said that increased urban density could enhance Shanghai’s future standard of living and support the strategic planning directions of the Shanghai city government.

“Like other major cities, Shanghai is experiencing persistent population growth, and we need to start looking at how we accommodate the growing urban populace without having to resort to spreading at the outskirts and encroaching on valuable farm land,” David said.

“The key is to stop taking a ‘cookie-cutter’ approach to residential apartments, and start applying smarter design that works to site conditions to maximise the use of available space while keeping the amenity for residents foremost in mind.”

The Urban Housing Challenge study also looked at residential buildings in Sydney and will be expanded to consider London’s row houses. Applying a similar process, HASSELL found it could improve the amount of green space and personal living space available by reconfiguring the footprint of Sydney’s inner suburban walk-up apartments.

“HASSELL operates in each of these cities, which has allowed us to understand and respond to their unique needs and conditions, and to provide an original and compelling vision for their future,” said David.

This research comprises the first stage of the HASSELL Urban Futures initiative, a knowledge and research program due to be launched in early 2015 focusing on urbanisation and urban design. Future studies will look at new models for mixed use and retail precincts, urban schools and public spaces.

HASSELL presented the Urban Housing Challenge findings to some of China’s leading urban thinkers in the Shanghai studio in November. HASSELL designers from London, Sydney and Shanghai explored the future of cities, the challenges facing urban centres and the innovative approaches to help unlock their economic, social and cultural potential.

London-based Principal Julian Gitsham explored how the visions of science fiction films have been translated into contemporary cities, while Senior Associate Richard Mullane, based in Shanghai, outlined how monumental shifts in the Chinese context are changing the way we design cities. David Tickle shared urban density insights from the research.

“Living in a high rise does not inevitably mean compromising on important considerations like a sense of community and access to parks and outdoor space,” David said.

“In fact, these fundamentals will become more important as the population grows, so now is the time to start thinking about how to better design and redevelop our cities and suburbs for future sustainability.”

Shenzhen Affodable Housing Design Competition
Shenzhen Affodable Housing Design Competition
Shenzhen Affodable Housing Design Competition
Monday 1 December 2014
Breaking the rules of art on display

By pushing the boundaries of traditional art display, HASSELL has helped the Art Gallery of South Australia secure some of its most significant international exhibitions in recent years, including Turner from the Tate and this summer’s blockbuster exhibition, Fashion Icons: Masterpieces from the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris 

Since completing the Art Gallery’s vestibule and refurbishing its historic Elder Wing in 2011, HASSELL has worked with the gallery’s curatorial team to transform the display of works at one of Australia’s most established art institutions.

The Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, Nick Mitzevich, said the design perspective and commercial insight brought by HASSELL had delivered great value to the gallery.

“With every exhibit, we have a series of very complex works to put on display. We've got a visitor experience that we want to enhance. We've got commercial imperatives that we want to deliver. And I think the collective experience that HASSELL brings to us means that we can really move ahead on all of those fronts and generally deliver quite an exceptional result,” said Nick.

“We had no hesitation to work with HASSELL on designing Turner from the Tate. We wanted to raise the bar, and that exhibition was the most ambitious we'd ever staged to date.

“I think when you display art, there is a set of rules and you need to know those rules. But for you to be ultimately successful, you need to be able to break them and to take art and the visitor experience to another level.”

Raquel Dean, HASSELL Associate, said working with the Gallery and Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris to deliver the Fashion Icons exhibit was particularly exciting.

"The team from the Musee des Arts was keen to experiment with the space at the Art Gallery of South Australia, particularly as it was coming from the Louvre, which is extremely specific about how art is displayed,” said Raquel.

“While they and exhibition designer Christian Biecher had extremely clear expectations around how the exhibit should be put together, our intimate understanding of the gallery space ensured a seamless visitor experience was created.”

Fashion Icons: Masterpieces from the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris runs until 15 February 2015 at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Fashion Icons: Masterpieces from the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
Tuesday 18 November 2014
Landscape architecture boost for HASSELL Singapore studio

Richard Jones has delivered standout  landscape architecture projects in South East Asia, the Middle East, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Now he joins HASSELL as a Senior Associate and is based in our Singapore studio.

Richard’s recent experience with Singapore-based landscape architecture practice ICN Design International saw him leading projects for hospitality, residential and aviation clients in Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar and the Middle East with partners ranging from Zaha Hadid to Foster + Partners, Aedas and more.

The breadth of his international experience will contribute to the expansion of the HASSELL hospitality and residential design offers.

“The background and core values of HASSELL align very much with my own approach to design,” said Richard.

“I have no doubt that the increasing complexity and need for sustainability in projects today means the multi-disciplinary approach of HASSELL is the future for landscape architecture in South East Asia and beyond.

“It’s very exciting to be joining a visionary firm like HASSELL and being part of their development during an exciting period of growth.” he said.

Richard’s large scale and complex residential projects include The Interlace with OMA, D’Leedon with Zaha Hadid for Capitaland, the Singapore Flyer and South Beach with Foster + Partners and Aedas. His aviation experience includes Changi Airport Terminal 4 in Singapore.

He has also delivered landscape master plans and constructed landscapes for hospitality clients, including the Ho Tram hotel and casino in Vietnam, the Desaru Resort in southern Malaysia and the Yangon Railway Building in Myanmar.

HASSELL Principal Brenden Kelly said he was looking forward to Richard leading the landscape architecture team from the Singapore studio.

“The projects that Richard has worked on in Singapore and beyond demonstrate a high level of design ambition and richness, and we’re excited to incorporate his experience into our work at HASSELL,” said Brenden.

Richard Jones officially joined HASSELL on Monday 29 September 2014. Email

Richard Jones, Landscape Architect
Thursday 6 November 2014
Live learning building wins National Architecture Awards

The Advanced Engineering Building (AEB) at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, has been awarded the Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture at the 2014 Australian National Architecture Awards.

The AEB also took out the Emil Sodersten Award for Interior Architecture and an Award for Sustainable Architecture.

Officially opened in September 2014, the AEB is a green living and learning building with real time monitoring of its structural and climatic performance, making it a subject for study in its own right.

It is the result of a design collaboration between two practices - Richard Kirk Architect and HASSELL. The design team was led by Richard Kirk, who founded the firm named after him, and HASSELL Principal Mark Loughnan.

The AEB is a technologically sophisticated and environmentally sustainable building with flexible teaching and learning spaces.  The study of engineering is very much a hands-on experience, so the designers created an environment that supports this physical approach. The AEB breaks down boundaries between teaching, learning and research by co-locating teaching and research spaces across engineering and materials science disciplines, and bringing lectures into laboratories.

“We wanted to give students the most practical and realistic education we could offer, and knew that started with their learning environment,” said David St John, recently retired Professor of Materials Processing and Manufacturing at University of Queensland.

The project brief sought to establish a new benchmark in sustainability. Design and form follow core sustainability principles with the aim of minimising the building’s impact on the environment. AEB responds to the unique sub-tropical Queensland climate by incorporating passive sustainability principles in order to reduce its energy consumption, largely through simple systems such as solar shading, natural cross-ventilation via the atrium using operable louvres, ceiling fans and controlled daylighting.  

The Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards were announced at the Darwin Convention Centre on Thursday 6 November.  

Thursday 30 October 2014
Top sustainability award for Global Change Institute

The Global Change Institute (GCI) at the University of Queensland has been praised for shifting thinking about buildings as consumers of resources to contributors of environmental and social sustainability at the BPN Sustainability Awards 2014.

GCI, designed by HASSELL, was presented with the Public Building and Urban Design Award for 2014 at the awards, with the judges noting the building’s technical, spatial and programmatic innovations.

The judges stated: “This combination of industry leading, seamlessly integrated technology and design, spatial solutions that foster collaboration and a program designed specifically for interdisciplinary work on climate change issues resulted in a completeness that we recognised in awarding this the Public Building and Urban Design Award for 2014.”

Designed to operate as a zero energy and zero carbon workplace, the building has achieved a Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) 6 Star Green Star Design rating (certified).

“GCI has set a new bar for sustainable design. It’s rewarding to be recognised for introducing a range of sustainability initaives that go beyond industry measures,” said HASSELL Principal Mark Roehrs.

GCI is a world first in the use of structural Geopolymer concrete, a low-carbon product produced with significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions than conventional concrete.

“Geopolymer concrete is a fantastic example of a product with the potential to make a very significant contribution to the global reduction in carbon emmissions,” Mark said.

Mark acknowledged the University of Queensland staff, who were prepared to take the significant time and cost risks required to be at the forefront of innovation.

Global Change Institute Director Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg said GCI  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.

Find out more about the Global Change Institute.

Global Change Institute, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Monday 27 October 2014
HASSELL shapes new era for University of Brighton

The University of Brighton in the UK has selected HASSELL to deliver a master plan that will unite the university's five campuses and see it better equipped to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing tertiary education sector.

The University was seeking an approach that would enhance the individual strengths of each site while supporting a more vibrant and connected campus.

Principal Julian Gitsham said the practice's international track record in city-making, urban planning and higher education design was central to the University's decision to work with HASSELL.

"Like many universities around the world, the University of Brighton is grappling with pressures from tighter funding, increasing competition for staff and students, and rapidly changing technologies," said Julian.

"The University understands that clever urban design is critical to its future success. The campus must become more than just a convenient collection of buildings for teaching and learning. It must look beyond its boundaries and connect more meaningfully to the city it sits within."

Having delivered more than 200 education and learning projects around the world - including campus planning, building design and refurbishment, and detailed public realm projects – HASSELL is well placed to guide the University of Brighton through this next phase of development.

The project will be delivered by an integrated team of specialist urban planners, architects and urban designers located in HASSELL studios in London, Shanghai and Brisbane.

Thursday 23 October 2014
Designing for health on the global agenda

Healthy Active by Design – a web-based tool designed by HASSELL to help shape communities that support and promote healthy living – has sparked interest from the international attendees at the National Urban Design Conference in the UK.

Working in partnership with the Centre for the Built Environment and Health at the University of Western Australia, AURECON and Bouncing Orange, HASSELL developed HABD for the Australian Heart Foundation to help combat rising rates of obesity and chronic disease in Australia.

Presenting HABD to the conference, HASSELL Principal Chris Melsom outlined how the tool helps incorporate safe, accessible and attractive buildings, movement networks, open spaces, and diverse public places into community designs.

“Designing for health and wellbeing is now on the global agenda,” said Chris.

“There was great interest in the HABD tool due to its simplicity and ease of use. People who had attended the presentation approached me afterwards to discuss the contextual similarity of the work we have done in Australia with their own regions.

“There is growing awareness, particularly in the UK, of the role public realm can play in supporting healthier communities. People were keen to explore how HABD could be expanded to address local planning requirements and regulations.”

The theme for conference was Urban Design For All, Towards A Life Less Ordinary, and explored the importance of urban designers, architects, planners, engineers, developers, politicians and communities working together effectively to create better places to live.

Find out more about HABD.

Brookfield Place, Perth, Western Australia
Chris Melsom, HASSELL Principal
Tuesday 21 October 2014
Dr Agustin Chevez joins HASSELL

Architect. Lecturer. Workplace strategist. Internationally recognised researcher. These are the credentials Dr Agustin Chevez brings to his new position as Senior Researcher at HASSELL.

Brett Pollard, HASSELL Head of Knowledge and Sustainability, said Agustin’s exceptional mix of academic and design backgrounds will help HASSELL to further develop its research programs, particularly in the commercial and workplace sector.

“Agustin will be working with us on new evidence-based design strategies so we can deliver even better designs to meet the needs of our clients and the wider community,” he said.

One of the areas Agustin and the team will be focusing on is the development of industry relevant measures to understand and demonstrate the value of design.

“We know that design can support an organisation’s objectives, but we need to be able to measure the result and impact in a way that is useful and meaningful for clients,” Agustin said.

“I am particularly excited about applying my research experience and industry practice within the international, cross-sector environment at HASSELL.”

Agustin originally practiced as an architect in Mexico and moved to Australia in 2002, where he undertook postgraduate studies in project management and completed a PhD in workplace architecture. His reputation as a workplace strategist and researcher has been developed across a significant body of national and international research.

He is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for Design Innovation (CDI) at Swinburne University of Technology. His research around workplace design has won awards and led to keynote speaking appearances at international conferences.

Agustin will be based in Melbourne, Australia. Email

Dr Agustin Chevez, HASSELL Senior Researcher
Monday 20 October 2014
China hotel takes out design prize

The first lifestyle hotel to open in the north-eastern Chinese city of Qingdao has won the grand prize at the Success Design 2014 awards in Shanghai, China.

Himalayas Qingdao Hotel, designed by HASSELL, was presented with the Most Successful Design Award from a field of projects spanning more than 20 countries.

Himalayas Qingdao Hotel is located in Mount Lao, one of the birthplaces of Chinese Taoism. HASSELL drew on the philosophy and aesthetics of Taoism in designing the hotel, creating a simple, elegant and classic place that draws on the serenity of the nearby mountains. The design of the hotel’s rooms balances a sense of intimacy and calm with striking features in the public areas.

The Taoist aesthetic advocates a strong connection to nature, which was reflected in the choice of materials. HASSELL used timber and stone extensively in the lobby area, setting the tone for the hotel. A timber staircase also offers an interpretation of a winding valley.

The hotel has a reputation for exceptional service, quality cuisine and wellness experiences. The 208 guestrooms are a true haven for urban travellers seeking a private place to retreat.

Images: Luo Wen 

Himalaya Qingdao Hotel 1 October 2014
Himalaya Qingdao Hotel 2 October 2014
Tuesday 14 October 2014
GCI shortlisted for sustainability award

The University of Queensland's Global Change Institute (GCI), designed by HASSELL, has been shortlisted for the 2014 World Architecture News Sustainable Building of the Year Award.

The award celebrates buildings that combine the world's most advanced levels of sustainability with an exceptional standard of design. The $32 million GCI is in the running against projects including 1 Embankment Place in London by TP Bennett, and Powerhouse Kjøin Oslo in Norway by Snøhetta.

Principal Mark Roehrs, who led the HASSELL design team for GCI, said the calibre of international design firms on the WAN Awards shortlist reflected the world-class standard of GCI.

"To be shortlisted for a WAN award against some of the world's leading names in sustainable design is testament to the level of innovation and original design thinking that went into this project," said Mark.

"GCI sets a new bar for sustainable design. Learnings from this project will continue to benefit our clients and the end users of their buildings through the delivery of better performing spaces that have lasting value."

GCI is a world first in the use of structural Geopolymer concrete, a low-carbon product produced with significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions than conventional concrete.

The building has achieved a Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) 6 Star Green Star Design rating (certified) and is targeting operation as a zero-energy and carbon neutral workplace.

The award winners will be announced at the end of October 2014. 

Friday 3 October 2014
Fiona Stanley Hospital officially opens

The Fiona Stanley Hospital was officially opened in Perth today by the Premier of Western Australia, Colin Barnett. It is a 783 bed hospital named after Professor Fiona Stanley, an epidemiologist with an international reputation for her research into child and maternal health and birth disorders.

Click here to see a video featuring Professor Fiona Stanley speaking about the hospital design which will promote speedy recovery of patients, be a great place to work and attract world class medical researchers to Perth.

At the opening ceremony today, Premier Barnett said: “It is a huge project, a complex one. It is more than simply a hospital, there are eight buildings on this site, hundreds of beds. The clinical services and research facilities are truly magnificent.

“Everyone walking in here today is struck firstly by the architecture and then the extraordinary attention that is given to the clinical and research capacity and the care of patients. This hospital is the biggest advance in health in Western Australia in our history and will serve generations to come.”

The Fiona Stanley Hospital Design Collaboration comprises HASSELL, SILVER THOMAS HANLEY and Hames Sharley. It delivered urban design, architecture, landscape architecture and interior design services for the hospital.

Wednesday 1 October 2014
Shaping cities of the future

HASSELL Fellow, Ken Maher will travel from Sydney to the UK next week to give the Keynote Address at an international seminar titled ‘City Futures: Challenge and Opportunity in an Urbanising World’, organised by the Design Commission for Wales.

Ken will join a panel of urban designers, architects and sustainability experts from the UK and Europe to discuss how cities must adapt to address the challenges of rapid urbanisation, resource depletion and climate change.

Incorporating his own project experience, international best-practice and the outcomes of studies conducted by the Urban Futures team at HASSELL, Ken will reinforce the need for visionary planning strategies that enhance the character, identity, and quality of public places to create vibrant, diverse and highly connected cities.

“The demand for a more sustainable built world is becoming increasingly urgent,” says Ken. “It’s the key to our collective health and vital to the growth of global and local economies,” says Ken.

“The prevailing preoccupation with risk averse management strategies needs rethinking. It prohibits the intelligent innovation and creativity that is essential to addressing a new age of complex challenges faced by our major centres.

“Designing and achieving cities that are engaging, diverse, creative and humane requires multi-dimensional design thinking, underpinned by strong shared visions and inspiring political leadership.

“Conferences, such as City Futures are critical to drawing designers, decision makers and city-shapers together. They create a forum for robust debate and push for a new understandings of how we should be working together to deliver more equitable, efficient and enriching cities that people want to be part of.”

Tuesday 30 September 2014
Claremont Manor marketing suite opens to public

Southlink Property has launched the marketing suite for the new Claremont Manor complex located on Claremont Street in the Melbourne suburb of South Yarra.

With interior design by HASSELL and architecture by Bird de la Coeur, the Claremont Manor project follows on from the success of Yarra House and the Claremont Apartments in the same sought-after precinct.

The brief for Claremont Street Apartments was to deliver a contemporary multi-residential apartment building which promotes a sense of home and ownership and in doing so set it apart from its competitors. The development is made up of 318 apartments of various sizes, including three penthouses and common use areas, such as lobby, lounge, media lounge, meeting/dining rooms, pool, gym and amenities.

HASSELL has met the challenge by exploring the idea of home as a collection/journey of experiences that start from the moment the resident enters the lobby, and continues through to their apartment. These experiences form a collection of 'things' that make it feel like a home.

The Claremont Manor marketing suite was also designed by HASSELL and presents the project, its site and apartment interiors to potential buyers. The project is due for completion in 2016.

Tuesday 16 September 2014
NAB Private Wealth Emerging Artist finalist exhibition on show in Sydney studio

Finalists of the NAB Private Wealth Emerging Artist Award are currently exhibiting their work at the HASSELL Sydney studio. The exhibition is a selection of the art work from the finalists of 20/20, a unique artist and gallery networking event held during Art Month earlier this year in Sydney.

The exhibition is a showcase of the next generation of Australian artistic talent and is open to the public during business hours until 20 September. Art Month is an annual city-wide celebration of contemporary art, while the NAB Private Wealth Emerging Artist Award helps nurture the next generation of Australian artistic talent.

At the launch of the exhibition last week, Tully Arnot was announced the winner of the award. Tully lives and works in Sydney and his work investigates the intangible relationships we have with objects and illuminates new, poetic ways of interacting with the world around us. His winning piece is called 'Nervous Plants', an installation which consists of a group of artificial plants animated by motors attached to the base of each branch.

Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Senior Curator, Artbank, identified Tully as a stand-out artist and Nervous Plants as a stand-out work. "Through the kinetic activation of otherwise passive and domesticated plant life, Tully's work demonstrates an innovative use of found objects in a corporate context," he said.

Barry Keldoulis, also on the judging panel said: "The work displays an interesting connection to the history of office decoration and a fantastic engagement with the artificial nature of most office environments, as well as the human love of anthropomorphism. Are these 'plants' dancing in the air-conditioning 'breeze', or shuddering in fear of their captors?"

The NAB Private Wealth Emerging Artist finalist exhibition runs from 11-20 September at HASSELL, Level 2, Pier 8/9, 23 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay Creative Precinct, Sydney.

Images: Tully Arnot, Nervous Plants, 2014 

Friday 12 September 2014
Radical change for healthcare in Jersey, UK

HASSELL has been named design-lead for the £279 million redevelopment of the Jersey General Hospital and the development of a new ambulatory care facility.

The UK island's governing body, States of Jersey, is committed to radically changing the way Jersey's healthcare is delivered, and this project represents a significant step towards achieving that goal.

The redeveloped hospital will comprise 100 per cent single-occupancy rooms, eight new operating theatres, an emergency department and a paediatrics department. With an ageing population ­– the number of Jersey residents aged 65 and above is expected to double during the next 30 years – making quality healthcare services a priority for the island.

Principal Kieren Morgan said the international expertise of HASSELL enabled the firm to unlock the potential of complex healthcare projects and placed it in a strong position to secure further health work in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

"Our ability to combine latest international thinking from projects such as Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth (Australia), with a deep understanding of specific healthcare systems and standards in the UK has been recognised by our clients as an attractive proposition in a sector where technical and operational performance of the facility matters most," Kieren said.

"In addition to the Future Hospital project in Jersey, HASSELL has recently started on site with a specialist oncology centre in Bahrain. We are also underway with the design for a new critical treatment hospital in the UK and been short listed for a €214 million acute hospital in Copenhagen and a separate mental health facility elsewhere in Denmark."

Image: HASSELL Principal Kieren Morgan

Wednesday 10 September 2014
AEB officially opens its doors

Students at the University of Queensland's Advanced Engineering Building (AEB) in Australia are getting hands-on "real world" experience in the study of engineering - by learning from the building itself.

The award-winning building was officially launched by the university today and features cutting-edge design intended to give students the most practical engineering education.

The design collaboration, between Richard Kirk Architect and HASSELL, delivers on the university's aspiration for an interactive "live learning" site that can be interpreted by students and used for further research.

HASSELL principal Mark Loughnan said the building's design encouraged students to constantly engage with research and practical learning - and even the research labs, which have traditionally been hidden from view, are on display to passersby.

"The study of engineering is very much a hands-on experience, so we needed to create an environment that supports this physical approach," Mr Loughnan said.

"We also wanted to put all the engineering in the building on display. The research labs are on show so everyone can glimpse the exciting work taking place, and AEB has an engaging an 'stripped back' interior that showcases its structure and materials so students can observe how the roof struts, supporting columns, cantilevers, and so on have been constructed."

A key aim of the $135 million building is to break down the boundaries between teaching, learning and research by co-locating teaching and research spaces across engineering and materials science disciplines, and bringing lectures into laboratories.

Strain, movement and temperature gauges have been embedded throughout the building's floors, walls and support columns, to allow students to monitor and measure how it performs under various conditions, and the building's designers have made the engineering and construction materials visible throughout.

AEB has also been designed specifically for the tropical Queensland climate, incorporating state-of-the-art green technology which has resulted in a 5 Star Green Star Education Design v1 Certified Rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.

The building has won a number of awards this year, including three Australian Institute of Architects (Queensland) Awards for the state's best sustainable architecture, interior architecture, public architecture and it also won Brisbane Regional Building of the Year.

To see 360 degree views of the building visit

Monday 1 September 2014
Universities with ageing infrastructure risk competitive edge

Universities with poor quality research and teaching facilities risk jeopardising their share of research funding and undermining their competitive position to attract talented researchers, academics and students, according to an international review of university master plans released by HASSELL.

Presenting the review findings today at the Tertiary Education and Facilities Management Conference in Cairns, Australia, HASSELL Principal Adam Davies said some universities have an oversupply of aging and unfit-for-purpose building stock which has left them with high operational and upgrade costs, a campus that lacks cohesion, and an expensive backlog of capital works.

"Given the increasingly competitive environment in which these universities are now operating, they need to plan the program of capital replacements required over the next 10-15 years, or they risk a further erosion of quality and high ongoing operational costs for poorly performing assets," Adam said.

"In light of the tougher funding environment, these universities may also need to shift their thinking away from familiar ownership models and consider alternative financing options and inventive partnering deals that will allow them to invest to modernise and future-proof their campus facilities."

The International University Master Plan Review builds on the findings of an initial review by HASSELL of the master planning processes of Australia's Group of 8 Universities. Both studies showed an increasing trend to co-locate industry on university grounds for collaboration on bio medical, technology and science research, which has led to an increase in the number and size of research buildings built or leased by universities.

For more details about the Australian and international reviews and to read the full reports, click here.

Related content: Universities in need of master plan for success 

Monday 1 September 2014
International Urban Design Conference - Adelaide

What happens when Sydney adopts the density of London, or Shanghai the lifestyle qualities of Sydney? And what would it be like if London adopted the speed of delivery that we see in Shanghai?

These and a number of other topics will be explored by HASSELL representatives presenting at the International Urban Design Conference to be held in Adelaide, Australia this week. The conference will focus on the framework required for creating today's cities and the process of designing and shaping our cities to make them more functional, attractive and sustainable.

HASSELL Urban Design Leader, David Tickle will share some early insights into a HASSELL exploration of the housing density challenges faced by the cities of Shanghai, Sydney and London. The study demonstrates how a typical housing typology in each city can be transformed to generate better social, economic, environmental and urban outcomes.

"These speculations test the application of the successful elements of one city to the others," said David.

The project is part of the HASSELL Urban Futures initiative, a research and design program that brings together the diverse skills of our global design team.

Principal Adam Davies will deliver a presentation entitled 'Major Health Precincts: An urban design approach to positioning, partnering and place-making' on Tuesday at the conference. It explores the urban design and place-making aspects of such precincts to ensure they have the best chance of attracting and retaining talent, provide for wellness and restoration and succeed as hubs of health innovation and knowledge transfer.

"As with any urban design or master planning process, it's about stitching the individual elements of the site together to create a place people want to be part of," said Adam.

"The success of these sites depends on much more than simply co-locating hospitals, allied health, research and education facilities. It's about providing shared social spaces and outdoor areas that entice people out of their offices and encourage greater interaction and knowledge sharing."

Associate Andrew Hancock will present on how railway stations can be a catalyst for urban regeneration, using three redeveloped stations that are part of the Regional Rail Link project as examples. Each station is an example of quality civic investment and urban renewal in brownfield environments, in the inner-west of Melbourne.

"These stations interface with their immediate urban contexts and the suburbs beyond the project boundaries, in distinctive ways at each location," said Andrew.

Image: Shenzhen Affordable Housing Design Competition

Wednesday 27 August 2014
Pinnacle South Perth to become city’s tallest residential tower

Chinese residential developer Zone Q has marked its arrival in the Australian marketplace receiving development approval for a $100 million apartment and commercial project in the west coast city of Perth.

The $70 million, 20-storey residential tower known as Pinnacle South Perth, is the tallest residential tower to receive development approval from the City of South Perth in almost 45 years.

Due for completion in 2016, the HASSELL-designed development incorporates a mixture of one and two bedroom apartments as well as penthouses. It also includes a $30 million seven-storey commercial tower, a ground level retail offering and communal facilities including an indoor/outdoor deck with heated waterfall edge pool, a barbecue terrace, gymnasium, chef's kitchen and dining/function space.

Principal Mike Rendell said the international experience of HASSELL was significant in helping Zone Q navigate the Australian market.

"With studios across China, Australia, South East Asia and the UK, HASSELL is well placed to assist developers who are looking to expand their global footprint," said Mike.

"We worked with Zone Q to understand its goals, drivers and aspirations for the project and developed a design response that was appropriate for the leafy suburb of South Perth.

"Successful mixed-use developments are often both complex and multi dimensional, addressing a range of urban design, technical and qualitative design questions. The design for Pinnacle South Perth balances the complex and often competing needs of the residents and commercial tenants with those of the local community."

Thursday 21 August 2014
HASSELL Sydney studio hosts Danish design students

HASSELL is playing host to five Danish design students who have been tasked with developing concepts for the future of Sydney’s iconic Opera House.

The students have been based in the HASSELL Sydney studio for the past five weeks as part of the MADE by the Opera House program. The program exposes them to life in a multidisciplinary studio and provides design masterclasses in urban planning, wayfinding, theatre planning, acoustics, wind engineering and lighting.

“The students have really engaged with our designers and used their time at our Sydney studio to develop an impressive array of design concepts that could one day help enrich the visitor experience at the Opera House,” HASSELL Principal Matthew Pullinger said.

MADE by the Opera House was established last year in honour of the Sydney Opera House’s 40th Anniversary. The Opera House and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture and Design established the program, which is supported by Australian and Danish sponsors and contributors, including HASSELL.

Each year, ten students of architecture, engineering and design are involved in exchange programs in Australia and Denmark. As well as providing multidisciplinary experience for Australian and Danish students, the program fosters cultural links between the two countries.

This complements the role that Danish architect Jørn Utzon played in the innovative design and construction of the Opera House. Each intake of students generates ideas to benefit the host city, and the current cohort of Danish students opted for a collaborative piece of work focused on the Opera House.

The students held meetings with stakeholders, before developing their ideas.

“HASSELL was approached by the program sponsors to host the students and help them experience life in a multidisciplinary studio, to give them a more rewarding experience,” said Matthew.

“We have supported them with technology, holding masterclasses on design issues 3-4 times a week, and connecting them with Australian students, recent graduates and mentors.”

Photogrpahy by Christian Garcia.

Monday 18 August 2014
New home for HASSELL Singapore

The new HASSELL Singapore studio was officially opened today, providing a collaborative and creative new studio space for our designers and clients in Singapore and the Southeast Asian region.

The studio, which replaces the previous HASSELL Singapore studio that opened in 2010, has been converted from its original use as three shophouses. Existing walls were demolished to create a vast studio space with a high vaulted ceiling and plenty of natural sunlight.

Our studios – including this one – breathe new life and purpose into old, character-filled spaces. Other HASSELL studios around the world have been converted from a range of previous lives including a bread factory, clothing plant, motorcycle factory and an historic wharf.

In transforming these places we are careful to retain what is intrinsically beautiful about their design – the parts that lend a sense of meaning to the space, that naturally enrich the environment. An approach we also take to our other projects.

“Unlocking the potential of places is central to our purpose at HASSELL,” said HASSELL Principal Philip Hannaford.

“By that we mean designing, creating or transforming places so they can be used to their fullest potential to unlock economic, social and cultural value – whether that’s on a very small scale for one of our own studios or on a much larger scale to create for example a highly efficient airport terminal, iconic cultural centre or inspiring new public space.

“Our ability to do this time and time again is made possible by the collaborative efforts of our diverse talent pool using our rigorous bespoke design process,” said Philip.

It is not just about transforming the building itself. The design of our new workplace is also very much a reflection of our culture and personality as a practice. When we design our own studios, we strive to cultivate the curiosity, creativity, innovation and collaboration that inspires great design.

“Another important aspect of the way we work is that while we are in multiple locations, we operate as one global firm, drawing flexibly on the best talent from across the practice for the benefit of our clients internationally,” said Philip.

“With that in mind, we make sure that a designer or client visiting Singapore or Shanghai from Sydney or London will immediately feel at home in a recognisable HASSELL environment, where our collaborative systems and technologies connect them to the skills and knowledge base of the whole practice.”

Wednesday 13 August 2014
Raising Nanjing's public profile

Nanjing in China is undergoing a major urban renewal with an impressive array of development projects now in progress – and HASSELL is playing a key part. While many of the city's projects are linked to Nanjing's hosting of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games, the People's Government of Nanjing City is also looking to the future.

HASSELL is delivering a series of public, cultural places in time for the influx of international and domestic visitors, set to arrive in Nanjing for the games. And these places will continue to serve the people of Nanjing – along with its thriving tourism industry – long after the games are gone.

HASSELL Principal, Angus Bruce, says: "This is an exciting time to be working in Nanjing. The projects now under construction are positioned to support dynamic urban living and sustainable growth," he said.

"The cultural tourism projects HASSELL is delivering also support the city's desire to reconnect with its rich heritage, natural history and incredible landscapes. In the process, we'll be helping Nanjing captivate an international audience," Angus added.

HASSELL cultural tourism projects in Nanjing

Fangshan Tangshan Geopark Museum Public Realm

Nanjing Fangshan Tangshan National Geopark, 40 kilometres east of the city, is the site of some of China's most important archaeological discoveries. HASSELL will deliver phase one of the project, a new plaza area, in time for games in mid-August. The plaza area serves both as the museum's forecourt and as the gateway to the larger tourist park. Extensive regeneration of native habitat will help connect this site with its local environment.

Niushoushan Cultural Park

The Nanjing Niushoushan Cultural Park is located on Niushou Mountain, a centuries-old, sacred Buddhist site that’s home to Ming Dynasty temples, historic tombs and palaces, unique villages and reservoirs.

HASSELL is delivering the cultural park to connect, exhibit and preserve the many cultural treasures spread out across the mountain landscape. The result will be an immersive cultural experience for visitors, designed for easy navigation and serene exploration.

Tangshan New City – River Zone

At Tangshan, 30 kilometres from Nanjing’s city centre, a new waterfront promenade and recreational destination will connect the area’s old-world attractions and its new high-end tourism destination, Tangshan New Town. Comprising pedestrian bridges, outdoor cafes, grassy amphitheatres and flowing shade canopies, this new river zone will serve as a welcoming place for social relaxation.

Monday 11 August 2014
HASSELL awarded first place in Bao’an urban design competition

A consortium comprising the Urban Planning and Design Institute of Shenzhen, the Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School and HASSELL has won first place in an international competition for the conceptual urban design of the Bao'an West Dynamic Coastal Zone in China. Bao'an is one of the largest districts of the Chinese city of Shenzhen.

The winning concept aims to transform the west coast and turn it into the prime area of coastal economic development in Shenzhen. It will help Bao'an revitalise its maritime economy, coastal life and maritime culture, establishing a sustainable bay city model centred around people and the ocean.

The competition was organised by the Shenzhen Bao'an District government together with the Urban Planning Land and Resources Commission of Shenzhen Municipality.

The judging panel comprised nine experts in urban planning and design, architectural design and environmental design. After four rounds of open voting, HASSELL and the consortium won the completion.

Thursday 7 August 2014
Winning new Perth stadium design revealed

The new Perth Stadium will be a world-class five-tiered stadium with roof coverage over 85 per cent of its seats, a striking bronze facade that reflects Western Australia's unique geology, LED lights that show home sports team colours, and a wide range of 'fans first' facilities including two of the largest video screens in the country.

The WESTADIUM consortium architectural team consists of HASSELL, Cox Architecture and HKS Sport + Entertainment.

Premier Colin Barnett and Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron recently unveiled the winning stadium design at a special event on the Burswood Peninsula.

Mr Barnett said contractual negotiations between the State Government and WESTADIUM to design, build, partially finance and maintain the new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct were successfully concluded and the contract would be signed in coming days.

"This is a very exciting day for all West Australians and I am delighted to reveal the design of this world-class venue, which will play a pivotal role in the transformation of Perth," the Premier said.

"The winning design successfully meets the State's requirement for a world-class, multi-purpose stadium within a parkland setting, and does so with a uniquely Western Australian focus.

"The seating bowl maximises stadium atmosphere, gives fans exceptional views and brings them close to the action, providing a special home ground advantage for our teams.

"These facilities will not only deliver an outstanding fan experience on event days, but will also provide year-round access to a magnificent recreational precinct.

"I'm also particularly pleased to announce that the successful negotiations for this contract have confirmed that the capital cost of the stadium is around $40million less than what was originally budgeted."

Mr Waldron said this was an important day in the State's sporting history which reflected the meticulous planning undertaken over the past three years and an unrelenting focus on successfully delivering a 'fans first' stadium.

"The emphasis on delivering a venue that has the fan experience at the very heart is very much in evidence in this design," he said.

"Seat sizes are generous and each one will have a cup holder; fans will enjoy access to more than 70 food and beverage outlets; and those requiring higher levels of access - such as people in wheelchairs - will be able to use designated seating platforms across all seating tiers.

"The technology provisions include 4G Wi-Fi coverage across the stadium and precinct, two giant 240sqm video screens - some of the biggest in the country - and a further 1,000 screens throughout the stadium so fans never miss any of the action.

"The stadium will include the widest range of seating and hospitality options of any stadia in Australia."

The design of the sporting and recreation precinct surrounding the stadium is inspired by Dreamtime stories and the connection with the Swan River, and will have three distinct recreational spaces encouraging use by the community all year round.

A covered Community Arbour, linking the new six-platform stadium station to the river, will represent Noongar community stories. The western section of the precinct will be home to an amphitheatre, two children's playgrounds, picnic areas and a boardwalk while the community sporting oval to the north will be available for public use on non-event days, as well as providing event-day parking.

On site, WESTADIUM will now begin preparations for construction to start by the end of the year. This will involve erecting site offices, mobilising machinery and other facilities necessary to accommodate a peak workforce of 950 during the construction phase.

The WESTADIUM consortium has significant international stadia experience and its members have been involved in an impressive array of past projects, including the recently completed and highly acclaimed Adelaide Oval redevelopment, ANZ Stadium Australia and the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in the USA.

The consortium is led by three key members, Brookfield Multiplex (design and construction), John Laing (equity investor and asset management) and Brookfield Johnson Controls (facilities management).

Fact file

_The new Perth Stadium is due to be open in time for the start of the 2018 AFL season
_The Project Definition Plan released in December 2012 stated the project budget was $902.4m, consisting of $820.7m for the stadium and $81.7m for the sports precinct, plus $16m for project management
_Finalisation of the design-build-finance-maintain contract for the stadium and sports precinct confirms the project is within budget
_High resolution images of the stadium and sports precinct plus a new Perth Stadium fact sheet are available.

Tuesday 5 August 2014
The people of Newcastle weigh in on their city's potential

HASSELL is working with UrbanGrowth NSW, providing both urban design and public domain expertise for the New South Wales Government’s Newcastle Urban Renewal and Transport Program. This initiative will revitalise the state’s second largest city and former industrial powerhouse.

During the past decade, Newcastle’s city centre has struggled with the challenges of a changing economy, shifting social and consumer habits.

HASSELL is supporting the program, designed to unlock Newcastle’s potential as the urban core of the Hunter Region – a place supporting long-term economic growth and community vitality.

A major milestone was reached last week as UrbanGrowth NSW hosted the Design Newcastle Summit, attended by 150 Newcastle residents.

HASSELL Urban Design leader, David Tickle said, “Newcastle has the potential to become an exceptional city that attracts and inspires its community, and after the summit, it’s clear Newcastle’s people feel the same way.”

Newcastle Urban Renewal and Transport Program

The renewal program, originally conceived by NSW Department of Planning and Environment and now being delivered by UrbanGrowth NSW, is focused around three city precincts, and includes a series of ‘city building’ projects and initiatives, to be delivered over the next 25 years. The removal of the city’s heavy rail line and the introduction of a new light rail system is central to the project and will restore access from the city to its waterfront and attract people back into the city centre.

HASSELL Principal, Angus Bruce said, “Newcastle’s setting, between the river and the ocean, puts the city in an enviable position. The location provides many of the ingredients needed for an appealing, compact and people-friendly city.”

“Sensitive design improvements will greatly enhance the city’s public spaces and connections. HASSELL will help create a fantastic new interface between Newcastle and its waterfront,” Angus added.

Image courtesy of UrbanGrowth NSW

Monday 28 July 2014
AEB views

The University of Queensland is so taken with the new Advanced Engineering Building, designed by Richard Kirk Architect and HASSELL, that it has commissioned 360 degree imagery of the building. Click here to see the results.

Make sure you use the arrows to scroll right around each 360 degree view.

Wednesday 9 July 2014
New home for ING Media in London

ING is a public relations and communications agency based in Shoreditch, London. The agency specialises in global campaigns for clients in the architecture, design and property sectors.

ING looked to HASSELL to refresh their existing workplace and provide their team with a more creative and collaborative environment.

“We are constantly exploring new approaches to make our clients stand out from the crowd, so a space that encourages vibrant discussion and innovation is really important,” said Leanne Tritton, Managing Director.

“We needed a diverse space that could be easily adapted to suit a range of purposes, from client workshops and events, to team meetings and impromptu brainstorms.”

The HASSELL-designed solution brought the previously dispersed team together into a central, more interactive working space. Brick alcoves around the edge of the space were used to create resource and presentation meeting areas, while a new media zone – housing the large number of magazines and newspapers that are crucial to ING’s core business – doubles as a break out and client event space.

“Our staff have really embraced the new workplace and it has already had a huge impact on the way we work and collaborate,” said Leanne.

ING Media builds on a growing portfolio of workplaces HASSELL has designed for creative agencies around the world including Clemenger BBDO and George Patterson Y&R.

Images by Grant Smith

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Monday 7 July 2014
Fiona Stanley Hospital sets benchmark for sustainability in architecture

Two of the state's newest and grandest buildings, the Fiona Stanley Hospital and the University of Western Australia's University Hall, have been recognised for their excellence in the 2014 Western Australia Architecture Awards.

The $2 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital – designed by the Fiona Stanley Hospital Design Collaboration, which comprises HASSELL, Hames Sharley and Silver Thomas Hanley – was named the state's most sustainable project, winning the Wallace Greenham Award for Sustainable Architecture.

HASSELL also designed the hospital's landscape, which extensively reused the site's existing flora, provides a haven for the protected Carnaby's Cockatoo, and incorporates rehabilitation aids throughout its "restful public parkland" grounds.

The judges for the WA Architecture Awards 2014 said the hospital had "set the benchmark for future public buildings in Western Australia with its systemic approach to sustainable design". University Hall was awarded the Harold Krantz Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing in recognition of the "sensitive and considered" way HASSELL catered for the varied needs of the 750 student residents.

The judges said the "architects' ideas of student experience, collegiate environment and 'place' are abundantly evident throughout this well-crafted project".

Fiona Stanley Hospital was also awarded a commendation in the Urban Design category, and another HASSELL project, the historic Kalgoorlie Courthouse also received commendations for Heritage and for Public Architecture.

HASSELL Principal Brenden Kelly said the awards were recognition of the practice's ambition to weave sustainability into all its designs as well as benefit and add value at different levels to the broader community wherever possible.

"Fiona Stanley Hospital sets a new standard in 'green' healthcare design for Western Australia," Brenden said. "The client and design team took a holistic approach to sustainability for this project, and the scale and number of initiatives we have adopted are unprecedented for a public precinct in WA. The State and Brookfield Multiplex showed significant commitment in support of such initiatives, even beyond the site itself."

He said the hospital's urban design was key to its success, with every facet aimed at aiding patient recovery and supporting the staff who care for them.

"It was important to create an environment conducive to providing leading healthcare and promoting healing, rather than simply a "treatment and recovery" factory."

Mr Kelly said HASSELL's goal in designing University Hall was to create a vibrant community and collegiate environment in a building that blended and respected the surrounding precinct and complemented the existing campus.

Fiona Stanley Hospital by Peter Bennetts
University Hall by HASSELL

Tuesday 1 July 2014
The Ribbon: making a mark on Sydney's skyline

Planning approval for The Ribbon - a spectacular new office, retail and entertainment complex designed by HASSELL – has been granted to Australia's largest privately owned development, construction and investment management company, Grocon.

Named for the building's undulating form that rises through two elevated roadways, The Ribbon is set to make its mark on Sydney's skyline. It will be a new gateway to the western side of the city's Central Business District.

The design, which was approved with no conditions or alterations, appears to peel the surrounding roadways up and manipulate them into a built structure sympathetic to the change of scale between the high rise city to its west and Darling Harbour to its east.

The 20 storey development will deliver modern new premises for the IMAX theatre, which currently occupies the site, and incorporates significant upgrades to the surrounding public realm.

HASSELL Principal Mark Loughnan said the approval demonstrates a new scale of development that is redefining the character of the area.

"The design responds directly to its setting within a major entertainment, cultural, tourist and commercial precinct," said Mark.

"It will create a spectacular waterfront experience and form a critical link between the CBD and the new Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct and the Barangaroo site currently under development."

Monday 23 June 2014
AEB recognised as exemplar building at AIA Queensland awards

The University of Queensland's Advanced Engineering Building has been recognised as an exemplar building at the Australian Institute of Architects Queensland state awards, winning three awards.

Designed by Richard Kirk Architect and HASSELL in joint venture, Advanced Engineering Building (AEB) is a state-of-the-art engineering education building with flexible teaching and learning spaces. Hands-on learning is embraced through an engaging and collaborative education environment. The building was awarded in three categories:

_ FDG Stanley Award for Public Architecture
_GHM Addison Award for Interior Architecture
_Harry Marks Award for Sustainable Architecture

The awards jury said the building "exquisitely embodies a significant benchmark in sustainability within a complex building program of research, teaching and learning. AEB expertly embraces setting and place and has created an exemplar of engagement with renewable resources and local industry.

"The project provides teaching, research and laboratory facilities either side of a five storey timber clad, elongated central atrium with a double glazed roof. The axis terminates in an expressive timber trussed off-form concrete lecture theatre back dropped by the lake setting. Thoroughly considered and exquisitely detailed."

“We set out from the early concept phase of AEB to strive towards three primary outcomes,” said HASSELL Principal Mark Loughnan. “Adopting new pedagogies for teaching and learning, embedded sustainability, all encompassed within a high quality, contextual architectural response.”

Another HASSELL-designed project, the Australian Taxation Office on Elizabeth Street in Brisbane, Australia was awarded in the Interior Architecture category. The jury said that "this project brings transparency and intimacy to a quality contemporary workspace for a government agency with strict security and privacy requirements. The project works cleverly around the edges of rigid Government standards to deliver an outstanding workplace environment."

Finally, the Gold Coast University Hospital, designed by Powell Dods Thorpe + Silver Thomas Hanley + HASSELL, was commended in the Public Architecture category. The jury noted that "carefully curated engagement with the parkland setting and sophisticated interiors provide high quality amenity that is comforting and engaging."

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Monday 16 June 2014
Envisioning a Low Carbon Future

More than 35 people from a range of industries attended a workshop at the HASSELL Sydney studio in May to envision a resilient, low-carbon future for Australia as part of the Visions and Pathways 2040 Project.

The workshop is the second in a series that seek to harness expertise from across industry, academia and research and develop new strategies to address the negative impact of the likes of climate change and increasing urbanisation.

Led by researchers from Melbourne University and the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL), the Sydney workshop explored themes including how potential changes to energy sources and the way we travel will impact the urban environment, how we can create more connected communities, and how this will influence the way we build cities in the future.

Over the next four years the Visions and Pathways 2014 Project will build on the outcomes of these initial workshops to identify the technical, economic, social and policy changes required to create truly sustainable urban environments.

The Visions and Pathways 2040 Project is part of the CRC for Low Carbon Living in which HASSELL is participating. HASSELL is funding its participation in the CRC through the HASSELL Carbon Reduction program. This program is focussed on developing design based, low carbon and greenhouse reduction strategies that can be implemented by HASSELL in projects for the benefit of our clients and the broader community.

A video documenting the first workshop at Melbourne University was developed by HASSELL and is available to watch here.

Wednesday 11 June 2014
Rob Backhouse named IFI fellow

HASSELL Managing Director Rob Backhouse has been named a fellow of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI).

This is the inaugural year of the IFI Fellowship, which has been established to recognise international achievement in interior architecture and design.

"The news of the fellowship actually came as a bit of a surprise," said Rob. "It's a great honour to be acknowledged by your professional peers at a global level and be among such respected names, both past and present."

Rob has been Managing Director of HASSELL for six years. As well as leading the practice internationally, he plays a key role in many of our milestone projects around the world.

The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers is the global voice and authority for professional interior architects/designers. It is the sole international federating body for Interior Architecture/Design organisations, and acts as a global forum for the exchange and development of knowledge and experience in worldwide education, research and practice.

Tuesday 3 June 2014
Darling Harbour goes live

Construction has started on the transformation of Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia.

A large part of the project is known as Darling Harbour Live and will deliver a $1bn development of three distinct, world-class venues for convention, exhibition and entertainment, designed by the joint venture HASSELL + Populous.

HASSELL has also designed the public realm for the 20-hectare integrated precinct, which will knit together these exciting new destinations with a vibrant network of laneways, public open space and parkland.

HASSELL Fellow, Ken Maher said it was a rare opportunity to design a significant new quarter of Australia's best-known city.

"This project will extend the urban fabric of Sydney. It will reconnect the central business district with the city fringe and establish Darling Harbour as Sydney's popular cultural heart, with each of the new public buildings responding in character to its unique program and location," said Ken.

Populous senior principal, Richard Breslin added that the project presents a great opportunity for Sydney as a major international destination.

"This precinct will reflect the dynamism of Sydney's cityscape and redefine Darling Harbour. We have significantly increased the available exhibition space, plenary and meeting capacity to provide an asset that is capable of attracting the best conferences and events in the world," said Richard.

The experience-driven, mixed-use precinct will incorporate custom street furniture, lighting, public art and water-play areas inspired by the site's magnificent waterside environment and existing cultural character. A more engaging public domain, with better open and green spaces, connections and amenities, will energize Darling Harbour, increase opportunities for activation, and significantly boost its appeal for locals and visitors alike.

HASSELL + Populous is delivering the design on behalf of the Darling Harbour Live consortium (comprising Lend Lease, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless).

To find out more about Darling Harbour Live visit

Tuesday 27 May 2014
HASSELL wins first place in airport seating design competition

HASSELL has been awarded first place in a global airport seating design competition run by the air travel industry publication Passenger Terminal World.

The Multiplicity Seat was selected as the winning entry by a panel of judges comprising leading names in furniture design and manufacturing from around the world.

The competition brief was to come up with innovative, next-generation concepts for airport seating design that could change the way seating is developed in the future. The judging panel considered factors such as aesthetics, features, cost, durability and environmental impact.

"Air travel is becoming progressively competitive with travellers now able to choose between not only airlines but also airports. This means that airports are relying on customer satisfaction to attract and retain travellers, and seating plays a role in this," said Adriano Denni, HASSELL Senior Associate.

The HASSELL team spent over two months working on the winning design, engaging in a process of open discussion and weekly critique and design review sessions. The design process highlighted the challenges of designing for passengers who have various needs and use airports at all times of day and night.

The Multiplicity Seat is highly adaptable and caters to families, business, individual and leisure travellers. Each module has two moveable pods, ensuring flexibility and a variety of social configurations for passengers - linear, L-shape and enclosed ('campfire'). Made from recycled aluminium, the seat features ergonomic design and soft upholstery.

Related video: The passenger experience


Tuesday 20 May 2014
Brookfield Place named Australia’s best property

Brookfield Place, designed by HASSELL and Fitzpatrick + Partners, has been named Australian Development of the Year at the 2014 Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Awards (PCAA).

The Council described the development as an excellent contribution to Perth's skyline and a demonstration of a design-led community transformation.

"Brookfield Place Perth is not only an exciting addition to the Perth city skyline, but also demonstrates how leading-edge contemporary design can transform an unloved heritage area – one that had been described an 'ugly hole in the ground' – into a spectacular new space for people," said the Property Council of Australia jury.

The project also won SAS International Award for Best Office Development and S4B Studio Award for Best Heritage Development.

The 130,000 sqm development includes a 45-storey commercial tower, home to BHP Billiton, as well as a retail and food and beverage precinct that incorporates some of the city's most historically significant heritage buildings. It provides an exciting backdrop for bars, restaurants and cafes, along with high end shopping.

Earlier this month, Brookfield Place received a 2014 Excellence Award for Design in Landscape Architecture from the Western Australian chapter of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

A number of other HASSELL designed projects have also received awards. The University of Queensland Advanced Engineering Building won three awards at the 2014 Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Awards and two at the 2014 Australian Interior Design Awards:

_Brisbane Regional Building of the Year – John Dalton Award
_Brisbane Regional Commendation - Public Architecture
_Brisbane Regional Commendation - Interior Architecture
_Winner - Best in State - Queensland – Commercial Design
_Commendation – Public Design

The Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar was successful at the 2014 Australian Interior Design Awards, as winner in both the Installation Design and Sustainability Advancement categories.

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Monday 12 May 2014
A win-win for rowers, walkers and bike riders on Sydney Harbour

The Iron Cove Bay Walk is one of Sydney's favourite harbourside tracks, and is better than ever as a result of the HASSELL designed refurbishment of the University of Technology Sydney's Haberfield Rowing Club.

Gearoid Towey, former Irish Olympic rower and now UTS Head Rowing Coach, says the redeveloped clubhouse at Dobroyd Point is the best rowing facility in Australia. Just as importantly, the adjacent track along the water is safer for walkers, cyclists and roller skaters.

Improved facilities at the club include a gym, weights lifting area, better boat racking and a new and enlarged pontoon. There are also enhanced dining and bar facilities and a new café.

The Iron Cove Bay Walk is a seven kilometre loop around the bay, with views of mangroves, sandy beaches, historic buildings and parks. Before the refurbishment of the rowing club, the track ran close to a busy roadway.

The HASSELL design moved the club facilities further away from the road, creating more space for the people who use the track. This solution also allowed for soft landscaping and bicycle storage racks.

Creating engaging and social places like the UTS Haberfield Rowing Club requires intense and effective consultation with the local government authority and with a range of stakeholders. HASSELL consulted broadly and deeply with the local community, addressing people's issues and concerns. The result was a design solution that won unanimous support from the local Ashfield Council.

A critical issue for the community was the need to preserve view lines to the harbour from neighbouring residences. The new facility sits beneath the previous roofline so that views from nearby homes are not affected.

Mangroves have been disappearing from the harbour environment for many years, so the design also had to protect the mangroves near the club.

Within the facility, low energy ventilation and other sustainability initiatives were incorporated in the design right from the start. The pre-conditioning system draws fresh air off the harbour. The air is then cooled naturally above the boat storage area and circulated through the building's interior spaces. Careful planning ensured the passive cooling system did not compromise the space required for boat storage.

The result of the project is a win-win design for both the club's rowers and the wider community.

Wednesday 7 May 2014
The university is dead - long live the university: London Education Futures Forum

Fierce competition, increasing student expectations, funding cuts and the proliferation of online learning courses – these are just some of the challenges that higher learning institutions are facing today. Together, they are causing many to wonder: are universities as we know them dead?

That theory will be put to test at an Education Futures Forum to be held on 8 May at Wallacespace. It will look at how universities are being used as a catalyst for a number of regeneration proposals for major sites in London and south east England.

The forum will provide some interesting insights into how the challenges that universities face can be turned into opportunities. If they plan for the future correctly, universities will be able to play a vital role in the future economic growth of the world's cities. Organisations that thrive on knowledge and thought leadership are interested in remaining connected to universities that can provide them with quality future leaders.

In order to stay relevant and competitive, universities need to ensure that their campuses remain the primary place of learning and teaching. As they compete with a multitude of alternative learning settings, the real challenge is to create on-campus spaces that compare favourably with options like studying in a cafe or park using wi-fi or avoiding campus life altogether by opting for online education. The foundation for success is robust university master plans that establish a core vision and are underpinned by a suite of strategies for development and implementation that are flexible to market and environmental change.

The forum panellists will be HASSELL Principals Mark Kelly and Julian Gitsham, both highly experienced in designing for the education sector, along with Bob Hedivan and Dr Jon Atkinson from CH2M Hill, a global leader in full-service engineering and construction firm. Amanda Baillieu, editor of Building Design magazine, will chair the forum.

Image: SAgE Building, Newcastle University

Thursday 1 May 2014
Healthy Active by Design

HASSELL has collaborated in the development of a new online tool, created to help urban designers and planners demonstrate the importance of incorporating safe, accessible and attractive movement networks, open spaces and diverse public places in community designs.

Launched last month, Healthy Active by Design, was commissioned by the Heart Foundation and developed by HASSELL and the Centre for the Built Environment and Health at the University of Western Australia, with assistance from AURECON.

HASSELL Associate Robina Crook said helping people to get moving more in their everyday lives is critical in supporting government efforts to reduce the population's ever-expanding waistlines.

"We have a big issue in terms of our chronic diseases, and it's an international issue. We've had health programs that talk about healthy food for three decades now, and they're not necessarily working: obesity rates are still increasing," Robina says.

"66 per cent of Australians are either overweight or obese – and WA rates are higher than the other states. Australian and international research has identified a link between the built form you live in and your health.

"With the Healthy Active by Design tool, we want decision makers to think about incorporating the right urban forms. By encouraging walking, cycling, public transport use and even simple things such as taking the stairs or walking through an attractive park to get to the shops instead of driving, the right urban forms can contribute to creating a healthier, more active population."

Nine features for healthy communities

Healthy Active by Design is delivered via a web-based tool designed for town planners, urban designers and community shapers. It is based around the nine features which, when designed in line with Healthy Active by Design principles, can help people become more active. The nine features are:

_Public open space
_Town centres/main streets
_Movement networks
_Mixed use
_Housing diversity
_Sense of place
_Shared facilities

"The key to a healthy, active community is the provision of multiple destinations, offering a diverse range of public places people want to visit and use. Safe, accessible and attractive walking and cycling paths, prioritising public transport, encouraging facility sharing and creating opportunities for sport and recreation activities are among the design solutions promoted by Healthy Active by Design," Robina says.

Using the Healthy Active by Design tool

The online tool includes urban design checklists, case studies and references to existing policies and guidelines. It also offers research evidence supporting its recommendations.

"On a really basic level, a town planning student can use the references to guide them through their research papers. A community member who is interested in supporting increased walking in their community can also dip into the tool.

"At a more professional level there's a 23-page checklist for town planners. And during the beginning phases of their projects designers and planners can use this tool to help their clients understand the merits of an integrated movement network, and how it links to community amenities and destinations.

"People can then gather support for new developments under the premise of wellness and health. And, in fact, we've actually started already doing that with our clients," Robina says.

See for more information.


Tuesday 15 April 2014
Perth Stadium

HASSELL is one of three design firms involved in WESTADIUM, selected as the Preferred Proponent for the biggest sports arena project in Australia, the Perth Stadium. The Premier of Western Australia, Colin Barnett, announced the preferred proponent.

Preferred bidder named for new Perth stadium

Image: Colin Barnett, Premier of Western Australia

Monday 7 April 2014
Julian Gitsham joins HASSELL

Julian Gitsham has played a key role in the design and delivery of noted buildings and projects in the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East. Now he is joining HASSELL as a Principal and will be based in our London studio.

As Managing Director Rob Backhouse put it, we invited Julian to become part of the HASSELL leadership team "because he has a great body of work that demonstrates design leadership and diverse design thinking across a wide range of typologies and markets."

Here are some of the projects Julian has been involved in over a 25 year career as an architect and urban designer: the Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design in London, Broadcasting Place at Leeds Metropolitan University, Beaufort Court affordable housing in London, a masterplan for the regeneration of Salford city centre, the National Cold War building at the RAF Museum in Shropshire and Portcullis House Parliamentary Building, Westminster, London. International project experience includes the National Library of Israel, cultural waterfront projects in Abu Dhabi, and a masterplan and residential development in Cairo, Egypt.

Julian Gitsham comes to HASSELL from the UK based practice Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios where he has been Managing Partner and a Board member since 2007, and a partner since 2001. He spearheaded the growth of the practice's London studio.

"I was attracted to HASSELL by the depth of its design talent," Julian said. "The practice is focused on continually improving the quality of its design and the value it delivers to clients. It is an inclusive, collaborative culture with strengths across international markets and a wide range of sectors."

Julian is optimistic about the UK market as it emerges from difficult economic times. "There are significant opportunities for HASSELL to grow there through new ideas, creativity and a laser-like focus on clients and what they are trying to achieve," he said.

Julian's appointment strengthens the practice's leadership team in the UK. He will work closely with Principals Colin Hockley, Kieran Morgan and Mark Kelly. Colin and Kieran have been with HASSELL for three years. Mark Kelly recently moved to London from HASSELL in Melbourne. He has previously led a practice in the UK.

Colin Hockley, Principal at HASSELL, joined Rob Backhouse in welcoming Julian to HASSELL. "Julian is a proven leader, unlocking real value for clients through design and creativity," Colin said. "One of his great strengths is in the relationships he builds with clients."

Julian Gitsham officially joins HASSELL on Monday 14 April.

Monday 7 April 2014
Kirsti Simpson on Eat-Drink-Design Awards jury

HASSELL Director Kirsti Simpson has been selected to join the jury for the 2014 Eat-Drink-Design Awards. She has worked on a number of notable hospitality projects, including Esquire Restaurant in Brisbane.

The annual Eat-Drink-Design Awards supports innovation and excellence in the design of hospitality premises of all scales and types, retail environments for the sale of food and beverages and visual identities for both. The program celebrates Australia and New Zealand's best projects, rewarding design achievement in six categories. From high-end restaurants and bars to offbeat hole-in-the-wall cafes and pop-ups, the awards are a unique forum for architects, designers and their clients to present their best new projects. The Eat-Drink-Design Awards is the only awards program in Australasia dedicated to this specialist area.

The other jury members joining Kirsti this year are Simon Denton, Michael Harden, Tina Engelen and Cameron Bruhn. Judging will take place in Melbourne on 7-8 August.

HASSELL has undertaken numerous well-known hospitality projects, including the PARKROYAL Darling Harbour refurbishment, the Ovolo Hotel Melbourne, Cuisine Cuisine Beijing and is currently working on Wawu Shan Resort and Hotel in China.

Watch this video about what factors contribute to making a hospitality venue successful.

Friday 4 April 2014
HASSELL shortlisted for Bispebjerg New Hospital project

HASSELL, together with Danish architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen, has been shortlisted among a group of top international contenders for the new Bispebjerg New Hospital and Mental Health project in Copenhagen.

The new hospital is part of the larger project to modernise and merge the Frederiksberg and Bispebjerg hospitals and also bring together the Mental Health Centre Copenhagen and Children's Mental Heath Centre Bispebjerg.

The design of the new €214.4 million hospital includes a new 'front of house', emergency ward, operating theatre complex and inpatient wards. The project also encompasses refurbishing existing buildings and the redevelopment will take place over a 10 to12 year period, during which the hospital will continue to operate at full capacity.

HASSELL is providing expertise in healthcare, clinical planning, architecture and public realm for the project concept, working in collaboration with Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects supported by Dutch engineers Haskoning DHV (NL). Danish landscape architects Kragh and Berglund (DK) will work alongside HASSELL landscape architects and SHLA to further develop the overall redevelopment master plan as well as the public realm and landscape architecture for the somatic hospital.

The next phase of the selection process will commence in April. By the end of the year one to three teams will be selected for a second round and a final winner will be announced in the middle of 2015. Thereafter construction of the Bispebjerg New Hospital and Mental Health Centre is due to start in 2017.

HASSELL is also the designer of the 783-bed Fiona Stanley Hospital in, Perth, Australia, together with Silver Thomas Hanley and Hames Sharley who came together for the project as the Fiona Stanley Hospital Design Collaboration (FSHDC). The A$2 billion hospital breaks new ground in hospital design delivering the highest standards of care in a flexible layout that can accommodate future expansion and new developments in clinical treatment and medical technologies. It will welcome its first patients later this year.

Image: Fiona Stanley Hospital, Perth, Australia

Wednesday 12 March 2014
2013 HASSELL Travelling Scholarship announced

We are pleased to announce that Wen Yu Kee from the University of New South Wales is the winner of the 2013 HASSELL Travelling Scholarship – Robin Edmond Award.

The annual award recognises landscape architecture students who show outstanding potential for future contribution to the profession. It provides the winner with the opportunity to expand their education by travelling abroad and immersing themselves in a destination of their choice that is undergoing significant urban development or renewal.

Wen Yu Kee was chosen by the HASSELL landscape architecture leadership following interviews with all 20 nominated students from the seven participating universities around Australia.

Wen's outstanding project 'Tidal Impressions', looked to the City of Gosford on the New South Wales central coast as a case study into the greater dynamics of a coastal city's water systems. It investigated the potential ramifications of extreme flooding scenarios and the preventative possibilities of an adaptive approach to the landscape in pursuit of answers to the question: How can designing for environmental change improve a human's experience in an urban landscape?

"By obtaining a greater understanding of the intertidal nature of Gosford's urban estuary landscape through in-depth research, analysis and ideation modelling, Wen was able to present some interesting strategies for the development of more ecologically sustainable and flood resistant places for the communities affected by the phenomenon of rising sea levels," said Angus Bruce, Head of Landscape Architecture at HASSELL.

"Wen's ability to communicate these ideas through her various concept designs, plans and programming was impressive. She presented her well-considered and refined design proposals very compellingly," he said.

HASSELL received many outstanding submissions for the 2013 Travelling Scholarship, and we would like to thank and commend all of the students who participated in this year's program and the universities for continuing to drive such a high standard of design thinking and development to the benefit of the landscape architecture profession.

Click here to download a booklet of selected highlights from the portfolios presented in 2013. For a high-res version, please email Ashleigh Crabtree at

_Images by Wen Yu Kee

Monday 10 March 2014
Yahoo!7 CFO Penny Diamantakiou speaks at HASSELL Sydney for IWD

The HASSELL Sydney studio welcomed Yahoo!7 CFO Penny Diamantakiou as a guest speaker to mark International Women's Day last Friday afternoon.

Penny has had a long and diverse career including senior executive roles with SingTel Optus and SOLA Optical (now Carl Zeiss) and as such has great insight into the challenges women face in the workplace.

In her informal talk, Penny emphasised that women had to be very open to work and career opportunities, noting that resilience was critical to being successful. She said that companies should always put the best person forward, regardless of gender.

In terms of practical advice, Penny advocated that women put their hand up for new opportunities in the business they are working in and expand their skills and experience within the same company. Drawing on her own experience, she noted that she has been able to make braver decisions by staying at the same business as people have been more aware and understanding of her strengths and weaknesses when she moved into more challenging roles.

The event at the HASSELL Sydney studio was well attended and continues a tradition of the practice marking International Women's Day.

Friday 7 March 2014
Michaela Sheahan wins NAWIC Scholarship

HASSELL researcher Michaela Sheahan has been awarded a $A14,000 scholarship that will help fund her research into how leading hospital precincts in the world are designing connections within and between institutions to enable collaboration, innovation and activity.

Michaela was named last night as the winner of Australia's National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) International Women's Day Scholarship for 2014.

She won the award for her planned research project called "Care, Connectivity, Collaboration: Urban design for interaction in hospital precincts – an international perspective."

"Thanks to NAWIC, I will be able to do field research in the United States, United Kingdom and Europe," Michaela said. "I am very fortunate to be one of the few researchers working within a design firm in Australia.

"Research in design is largely confined to academia, so this scholarship provides me with an opportunity to demonstrate to a wide audience the value of research in practice and evidence-based design."

With qualifications in interior and urban design, Michaela Sheahan is part of the HASSELL Knowledge and Sustainability team. She specialises in research into design for sectors including health, education and transport.

"This is fantastic and a well-deserved opportunity for Michaela," said Brett Pollard, HASSELL Head of Knowledge and Sustainability. "It will allow her to further explore a highly relevant topic. The result will be practical, impactful research for the benefit of the healthcare sector and the wider property and construction industry."

The NAWIC scholarship provides funding for a research paper that challenges existing industry thinking and outlines practical recommendations to enhance the Australian property and construction industry.

NAWIC was established in 1995. It is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to improve the participation of women in the built environment. Now in its sixth year, the NAWIC scholarship is funded by design furniture, lighting and accessory company, Corporate Culture.

"NAWIC is committed to being a positive instrument for change and building a diverse, dynamic and talented construction workforce," said Jane Bateson, NAWIC's National President. "Michaela Sheahan's contribution will help us to advance this mission."

Richard Munao of Corporate Culture said Michaela's research has the potential to identify improvements in the way hospital precincts are designed and constructed in Australia.

Wednesday 5 March 2014
Workplace delivers cultural change and lower costs

The opening of Qantas' newly refurbished campus in Mascot, Sydney this month marks a new era in workplace culture for Australia's best-known airline.

The decision to bring aproximately 3,500 Qantas employees together into four buildings on a site stretching more than 40,000 square metres will save the airline millions of dollars in rent and building maintenance costs each year.

HASSELL Senior Associate Julia Borghesi explains the variety of workspaces and greater connectivity of the campus has created a fun and interactive environment that employees enjoy being part of.

"Rather than reducing people's workspace, the open plan environment offers a number of spaces that support different styles of working," Julia says.

"By moving people out of individual offices and partitioned desks, and increasing connections between business divisions, employees have been able to get to know each other and feel part of a bigger team.

"Moving senior management down from what staff called the 'Ivory Tower' on level nine to a more open and accessible space on the first floor has been particularly important to this. It has generated a more inclusive culture where employees feel valued and recognised for their work," says Julia.

Responsible for the interior refurbishment of the four main office buildings, HASSELL worked closely with designers from Architectus who created a series of internal streets and communal spaces to link the buildings and create a vibrant campus feel.

"Qantas is an organisation that people aspire to work for, but until recently the Mascot site – which was built for Qantas in the 1970s - didn't measure up to the expectation," says Julia.

"The refurbishment has given it a new lease of life. It brings the experience of working for Qantas back in line with people's perception of the brand and will help the airline attract and retain the best industry talent."

Wednesday 5 March 2014
Light rail coming to Canberra

Plans for a metro light rail system in Australia's national capital, Canberra, have taken an important step forward with the appointment of technical advisors including HASSELL to the project.

The Capital Metro in Canberra will transform the way people move around and deliver a critical piece of city shaping infrastructure.

HASSELL light rail specialist Daniel Bennett said the Capital Metro will create new cross-city links connecting major population and employment centres.

"It's about reshaping Canberra's approach to transport by providing an attractive, people-focused system that supports greater population density and fosters urban renewal," said Daniel.

HASSELL is the urban design firm on a consortium of advisors named by the Government of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). The Arup led team was selected from four competing groups.

It will advise the Government's Capital Metro Agency on engineering, design, construction, operations, urban design, maintenance, network integration, sustainability and land development.

The ACT Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said Capital Metro would deliver a range of planning, economic, social and environmental benefits.

Daniel Bennett said the initial stage of the Capital Metro would run 12 kilometres along one of the city's fastest growing corridors from Civic to Gungahlin with construction expected to begin in 2016.

An integrated urban design approach would maximise public engagement in planning the proposed transport network.

"For Canberra's light rail system to be a success, it requires thinking beyond the tracks," Daniel said. "Understanding wider factors such as the housing market, major centres of employment, population demographics and travel patterns will be critical to developing a system that truly meets the needs of users."

HASSELL and Arup are joined on the advisory team by Parsons Brinckerhoff, Brown Consulting, LandDATA Surveys, Phillip Chun Access, SLR Consulting, GML Heritage and dsb Landscape Architects.

Thursday 20 February 2014
Workplaces going public

Modern workplaces are changing, becoming increasingly more like public places.

That was the theme of a London forum on workplace design where HASSELL designer Felicity Roocke was one of the featured presenters.

Speaking at the event hosted by On Office magazine, she said different design typologies are merging, reflecting changes in the way people want to work and their employers' business or operating models.

For example, some business workplaces now look more like learning spaces at universities or co-working spaces with employees choosing different work settings for different tasks. Individual offices and even personal desks are disappearing.

Felicity identified eight key themes within modern workplace design:

_Workspaces are becoming more permeable, accessible and open to outsiders. This can be seen in many HASSELL designed projects, including ANZ Centre in Melbourne, the global headquarters for a major Australian bank. The building is designed around a multi-storey atrium that links different floors both visually and physically. It has fostered greater collaboration across the bank's different business units.

_The workplace has to be somewhere people like working, becoming an important factor in why many people choose one employer over another. The offices of advertising agency George Patterson Y&R are described by many employees as the best place they have ever worked.

_ Activity is more intense and more diverse – workers in creative and knowledge based companies need a range of different work settings with both quiet areas for individual working and bigger, flexible collaborative areas.

_ Spaces are often self organising and self managing with employees able to reconfigure and move furniture and even walls. An example of this is Hub Sydney. It is a shared workplace catering for a dynamic, mobile, networked and independent knowledge-based workforce. Hub Sydney provides the introduction, interaction, learning and event experiences that add a meaningful layer of social and intellectual capital to the idea of a shared workspace.

_Workplaces are more focused on creating community and social capital than just real estate. One example of a workplace that is also a community is dtac House in Bangkok, headquarters for one of Thailand's leading telcos. The dtac corporate philosophy of "play and learn" is reflected in the design of the workplace, challenging conventional notions of arrival, meeting, concentration and relaxation spaces.

_Workplaces are destinations for events and engagement with clients, partners and collaborators. The HASSELL Sydney studio is designed around a large event and exhibition space. Work areas overlook the space which features bleacher-style seating.

_Workplaces are seeking to involve more diverse types of people in a creative community. CEOs rub shoulders with freelance workers, creative media workers mix with finance and legal teams. The current work that HASSELL is undertaking advising the Battersea Powerstation redevelopment in London is focused on harnessing and expressing the vibrancy of its diverse creative community of tenants and visitors.

_Workplaces are spilling out into the public realm, with people working outdoors and in public space. HASSELL landscape architects are increasingly involved in designing outdoor and public spaces that support work activities, including outdoor work settings at Medibank's new headquarters in Melbourne (under construction) and concepts developed for Lend Lease's International Quarter development in London where the public realm is considered as a working extension of the office.

Felicity and the HASSELL team are supporting clients wishing to explore new opportunities for workplace design.

"Workplace design can unlock significant opportunities for organisations , whether they are businesses, public sector agencies or community groups," she said, speaking after the London forum. "At HASSELL we are pleased to be part of the debate about workplaces 'going public', and to be part of the vibrant design discourse in London."

Other presenters at the forum were:
_Kevin Haley, Director, Abberant Architecture
_Tobias Goevert, Principal Regeneration Officer, Greater London Authority
_Oliver Marlow, Director, Tilt Studio
_Jeremy Myerson, Helen Hamlyn Professor of Design, Royal College of Art
_Luke Pearson, Co-founder, Pearson Lloyd, furniture designers

Wednesday 5 February 2014
HASSELL joins the 202020 Vision

HASSELL has joined the 202020 Vision - a national campaign with its sights set on increasing Australia's urban green space by 20 per cent, by the year 2020.

The campaign mission is to map and showcase Australia's most innovative and inspiring urban green spaces – quantifying their value and positive impacts – to inspire governments, developers and communities to create more green space in their cities.

HASSELL partnered with the Vision, joining a growing number of organisations and individuals who are supporting the campaign by sharing their knowledge and latest green space projects, helping to broaden awareness of the wide-ranging benefits best-practice urban green space can deliver.

Angus Bruce, Head of Landscape Architecture commented, "HASSELL embraces the objectives of the 202020 Vision and is firmly committed to delivering environmentally conscious design solutions that enable sustainable development in all of its forms."

"We are proud to have played a pivotal role in some of Australia's pioneering green infrastructure projects, and in the enrichment and rehabilitation of our urban ecologies. Our practice is continuing this legacy, advancing and advocating sustainable development through projects like the recently completed the Burnley Living Roofs – a world-class research and education facility, designed in collaboration with The Melbourne University, which is being used as a living forum to demonstrate how green transformations can be achieved on our urban rooftops," said Angus.

"We look forward to sharing more of our significant green space projects over time, like the recently added Sydney International Convention Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct, which integrates seven hectares of public parklands and open space. We also look forward to working together to reach this goal, because more trees means healthier cities, restorative public spaces, and an essential rebalance of the built environment."

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