Archive / 2016
Tuesday 20 December 2016
Introducing Liz Westgarth

HASSELL Principal Liz Westgarth, is driven by her passion for design rigour, always challenging preconceived design ideas that impact on the way we live and work.

Based in the Sydney studio, Liz has called on this drive to help shape and influence communities and cities throughout Australia, the UK and Middle East over the past 12 years, including working on the ambitious Masdar City master plan in Abu Dhabi for Foster + Partners.

“The brief was to design a new carbon neutral, zero waste, and zero fossil fuel city for 40,000 people, which meant the master plan needed to plan for no cars. It was an ambitious and challenging project,” Liz said.

Since returning to Sydney in 2013, Liz has worked on a number of significant projects, including a significant commercial development at Circular Quay.

Liz jointly led the urban design and architecture work to support the planning proposal for the 235m commercial tower for Lendlease in Circular Quay, which, when realised, will pave the way for Sydney’s tallest commercial tower.

A key element of the master plan is a network of lanes and a new public square alongside George Street, which will feed off the revitalisation already underway in the precinct, returning significant value to the city and its people.  

“In any high rise development it’s important that developers look beyond simply the financial return to its cultural and social impact. They should be sensitively integrated to promote life and activity around them, 24 hours, 7 days a week, not just during the working day,” Liz said.

More recently Liz led the National Institute of Dramatic Art’s $15 million two-storey extension, building on the extension above the existing library. It will incorporate new performance spaces, multi-function rooms for post grad students and a renewed façade on Anzac Parade to coincide with a rebrand.  

“When a project is complete it is a legacy, left for generations to come – that’s why it’s so important we deliver value not only to our clients, but to those who get live, work and play in the spaces we create.”

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Friday 2 December 2016
Introducing Ashley Munday

Recently appointed Principal Ashley Munday has more than 20 years’ experience in architecture and urban planning working in Australia, The Middle East, China, the UK and Europe and has a portfolio including a wide range of architectural and urbanism projects. 

“Buildings and building design needs to display a wider consideration and responsibility to the city and landscape, while urban proposals should not rely on any singular architectural gesture for success”, says Ashley. 

Ashley began his career working on sports and infrastructure projects in the UK before moving to Allies and Morrison where as director of urbanism led many high profile urban planning and architectural projects. He was responsible for the urban regeneration plans at Brent Cross Cricklwood, The New Heart of Doha in Qatar and the Strategic Plan for Perm in Russia as well as many housing, education and public building projects including the new mixed use towers for Elizabeth House at London’s Waterloo Station.

More recently Ashley he has worked on master planning and architectural projects in Europe, the Middle East, China, and Africa. These include the design of the Olympic Village for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, the Progetto Flamino master plan in Rome, Italy, the New Guggenheim Museum competition in Helsinki, Finland, the Bukerere Kampala New Town master plan in Uganda, and a new stadium for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Ashley has been guest design critic at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London and at the University of Cambridge School of Architecture as well as tutoring as part of the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics. Ashley has also lectured and been guest critic at schools of Architecture in both China and India.

“I’m interested in the development and evolution of cities, as well as the role architecture plays in the quality of public realm, and I’m looking forward to working with the international HASSELL team to enhance these qualities in current and future projects,” he said. 

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Wednesday 30 November 2016
HASSELL principals join New York-based Van Alen Institute

HASSELL Principals Tony Grist and Mark Loughnan have been invited to join the influential Van Alen Institute based in New York City.

The non-profit, international group works with architects, academics, policymakers and communities on cross-disciplinary research, public programs and design competitions that address “the most pressing social, cultural and ecological challenges of tomorrow”.

Founded as a Beaux-Arts architecture society in 1894, the institute was eventually named after William Van Alen, architect of the iconic Chrysler Building.

Tony and Mark – joint Heads of Design for Architecture at HASSELL – were appointed to the institute’s International Council, whose members have worked on ground breaking projects in every corner of the globe.

“It’s a privilege to represent HASSELL on the council of such an important body, and we look forward to making a significant contribution,” said Tony.

Read for about the Van Alen Institute.  

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Wednesday 23 November 2016
Atlassian: an incubator for ideas and innovation

Atlassian is one of Australia’s biggest tech success stories, growing from a two-man start-up working from a garage, to an internationally recognised company with eight offices across the globe.

For the new Sydney office HASSELL proposed a design solution that not only reflected the company’s creative values, but encouraged them as well.

The pilot project needed the best team spaces to truly support collaboration and help Atlassian unleash their full potential of being innovative, customer focussed and “committed to making awesome products”.

Working closely with Atlassian, HASSELL assessed and challenged the current Atlassian workplace to develop concepts for the future Atlassian workplace, focusing on rapid reorganization of teams, ensuring cultural continuity and driving connection across multiple sites.

HASSELL Senior Associate Emily Moss said the primary focus was to create a workspace that was adaptable and was able to be reconfigured with minimal technical issues.

“Using an ‘Incubator’ process to test the Altassian user experience was key in defining the success of each concept. The process allowed us to quickly and safely develop, test and accelerate workplace ideas to identify the right opportunities. It also meant we were able to cross collaborate, to test solutions applicable to Atlassian globally, to facilitate team ownership and customisation, and to ultimately develop a ‘kit of parts’ that is uniquely Atlassian,” Emily said.

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Wednesday 16 November 2016
HASSELL + FreeState merge

HASSELL + FreeState merge to offer world-leading user experience design

HASSELL has strengthened its offering to clients by merging with London based firm, FreeState, a multi-award winning group of user experience designers founded by Adam Scott, Ben Johnson and Charlotte Boyens.

The merger, effective immediately, brings together the collective creativity, knowledge and resource base of the two practices for the benefit of their clients.

Based in London and working internationally, FreeState has collaborated with some of the world’s biggest brands including Sony, Nokia and Virgin Atlantic, as well as world-class property developers including Brookfield Property and Exemplar. They are experts in developing user-focused stories, designed journeys and immersive experiences that connect people with brands, each other and places to create a more valuable end product.

“What we’ve seen really clearly over the past 20 years is a shift into the era of experience. By that I mean that people are increasingly placing value on ‘experiences’ over ‘things’ and their expectations of those experiences are very high,” said FreeState Creative Director Adam Scott, citing a recent survey by Harris Group that found 72 percent of millennials prefer to spend more money on experiences than on material things.

“What that means is that brands – and places – now live or die by how well they inspire attraction, involvement and a sense of belonging,” he explained.

HASSELL Managing Director Rob Backhouse said the merger is about responding to this significant disruption by expanding the HASSELL offer beyond the traditional boundaries of architecture and design to encompass new and innovative ways to deliver value to clients and end users.

“Globalisation, rapid urbanisation and fast changing technology are fundamentally changing the way we live, learn, work and play. Our clients and cities are grappling with these dynamics daily – and it’s increasingly vital to understand and design for the ‘human factors’ associated with these changes,” said Rob.

“Our shared vision is to design the world’s best places – places people love. This merger adds a new dimension to our practice – market-leading capability in user experience – which will give us and our clients a valuable competitive advantage,” said Rob Backhouse.

Adam Scott agreed. “In everything we do, we start with people – imagining what their ideal journey might be as the basis for designing their ideal future environment.”

“So we can work with clients well before the traditional design process would start to define individual user journeys and map ideal experiences of places ‘moment by moment’ to create engaging, meaningful and memorable experiences, events, buildings and places.

“This process is really powerful in connecting brands and places with target audiences – whether they be customers, commuters, employees, students or members of the public – in completely new ways and ultimately transforming everyday places into extraordinary experiences,” he added.

HASSELL + FreeState have already started working together on client projects, with Arup engaging the practice on its workplace strategy for the Australian region.

“Arup engaged HASSELL to develop its regional workplace strategy and is now implementing it across our various offices. As part of the strategy in Melbourne we were keen to engage clients as well as our staff in the design process. We wish to truly capture what’s great about working with and at Arup within our new workplace.” said Arup Buildings Principal and Office Leader, Dr Joseph Correnza.

“We were aware of FreeState’s past work, and their merger with HASSELL has allowed us to take a different approach to our workplace design. We stepped into the shoes of our clients to understand their experience and how that impacts us as a business. This, in turn, helped the HASSELL design team to deliver the most innovative, engaging and experiential workplace for us. In our opinion, it’s the great merger because it delivers the best results for Arup, our people and for our clients,” he said.

FreeState will continue to operate under its own name and leadership but as part of HASSELL, sharing people, knowledge and projects.

Read more about FreeState and their clients.

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Tuesday 8 November 2016
Introducing Carrie Ho

Recently appointed HASSELL Principal Carrie Ho brings a sharp focus on consumer trends and a deep interest in designing great experiences for people to her work, much of which is being delivered in the fast-changing urban context of China and Hong Kong.

Over the past 18 years Carrie has worked in New York, Hong Kong, China, and across Asia, amassing broad experience in both interior and urban design, from city planning to mixed-use projects.

Carrie’s portfolio includes designing the world’s largest duty-free shopping precinct, the Haitang Bay International Shopping Centre in Sanya, China. She has also collaborated with well-known architect Daniel Libeskind on the Korea Songdo City Mall. Carrie is currently working on the Gree Coast Shopping Mall in the coastal city of Zhuhui, China, as well as the first bricks-and-mortar retail mall for one of the world’s biggest online retailers.

“Designing for flexibility in order to help our clients meet these challenges and deliver robust, adaptable commercial developments is key to our retail design process and strategy. There has been a dramatic shift from ‘big box’ retail to a different type of development – more destination oriented, curated, individual and social in nature,” says Carrie.

“Placing people and connections at the heart of commercial developments is vital these days. It’s all about the experience, and giving people the space and environment to gather and socialise.”

Carrie points to the K11 retail mall designed by HASSELL and located in Central Shanghai as a prime example of this trend.

“The art gallery-anchored K11is all about curated entertainment that brings people together to socialise. It’s become one of the most popular places for people to hang out, whether they’re shopping or not. It’s a great example of what’s becoming known as ‘museum retail’, where malls are organised like museums,” explains Carrie.

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Monday 7 November 2016
RIBA London Student Mentoring Scheme

HASSELL architect Libby Makinson, based in our London studio, will be participating in the 2016 RIBA London Student Mentoring Scheme. The scheme gives an introduction to life in a design practice for final year BA students in Architecture. As well as providing an opportunity for mentees to get an insight into what it means to be an architect and to have their CV reviewed by an industry professional.

The mentoring sessions take place during November 2016 and sees students supported in a scheme that gives them opportunities for mentors and mentees to discuss the role and work of architects through meetings, site visits, and design reviews.

Students also have the opportunity to gain experience in areas such as client liaison, information production/workflows, specialist meeting, local authority liaison, and Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Libby, who has been involved in the scheme since its inception in 2012, said it is a great way for students to gain further training in the field of architecture, and for us as a design practice to engage with the next generation of architects.

“It’s been great to see the mentees learn more about the industry outside of the classroom,” said Libby.

“This RIBA initiative has offered emerging practitioners the opportunity to understand how architecture operates as a discipline, while also offering hands on, practical experience.”

Learn more about the RIBA London Student Mentoring Scheme

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Friday 28 October 2016
HASSELL wins 2016 National Landscape Architecture Awards

The 2016 National Landscape Architecture Awards were announced by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (AILA) on Thursday 27 October in Canberra, with HASSELL receiving four awards, including top Awards of Excellence in two categories.

Melbourne’s Afghan Bazaar Cultural Precinct, designed by HASSELL in collaboration with Sinatra Murphy, took out the Award of Excellence for Communities with the jury commenting on the precinct's richly layered design, and commending the project for "its multivalent approach to community engagement and its exploration and recognition of the diverse Afghan communities in Dandenong, as well as deep collaborations between artists, landscape architects, community members, traders and local government.”

Nanjing Tangshan National Geopark Museum in China also received an Award for Excellence in the new ‘International’ category. The jury identified the museum’s public realm as a standout project of international significance, noting that it successfully integrates the often competing needs of environmental responsibility and the creation of sustainable tourism. The landscape architects are to be congratulated on the impressive outcome.”

HASSELL also received two Awards for Civic Landscape. The redevelopment of Rundle Mall in Adelaide received recognition for becoming the people’s place, with the jury stating “the design creates a destination beyond the merely transactional and encourages communal gathering and social engagement. [It] moves away from typical pedestrian street amenities and commercial singular programs. It embraces emerging and dynamic short, medium and long-term strategies that anticipate change and drive urban vitality”.

Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth received the other Award for Civic Landscape with the jury commenting that “the hospital is a world class example of the integration of landscape spaces across a large public health facility. The natural environment of this project is already benefiting the hospital’s patients and workers.”

On the announcement of the awards HASSELL Principal Angus Bruce said: ‘This outcome is a testament to the ongoing commitment of HASSELL to deliver landmark projects and to designing places people love.”

The ceremony, held at the National Arboretum Canberra, was the first major event at AILA’s 2016 Festival of Landscape Architecture. HASSELL is also featured in an exhibition at the National Museum of Australia as part of the festival. 

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Thursday 27 October 2016
HASSELL projects feature in Parks Changing Australia exhibition at National Museum of Australia

City shaping projects designed by HASSELL will feature in the Parks Changing Australia exhibition at the National Museum of Australia from 26 October 2016 to 30 April 2017.

Darwin Waterfront, Brookfield Place and Sydney Olympic Park are included in a collection of thirteen of Australia's most significant contemporary landscape architecture projects - showcasing parks and public spaces that have changed their cities for the better. 

Parks Changing Australia is a collaboration between the National Museum of Australia and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. Coinciding with the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture, the exhibition aims to provide insight for the general public into the work of landscape architects, and highlight the importance of design and urban planning in shaping vibrant cities and communities. The projects featured were selected by a national jury for their influence and ability to promote positive social, environmental, health and economic change. 

An extension of the exhibition: Parks Changing Australian Cities, will also feature at Virgin Lounges around the country until 13 January 2017. HASSELL projects on display include:
_Virgin Lounge Brisbane: Rocks Riverside Park, Darwin Waterfront
_Virgin Lounge Sydney: Victoria Park, Sydney Olympic Park
_Virgin Lounge Perth: Brookfield Place

As part of the exhibition at The National Museum of Australia every primary school student that visits will receive a colouring in book that features included projects. 

2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture takes place in Canberra from 27-30 October.

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Tuesday 25 October 2016
Medibank Place on display at New London Architecture

One of Australia’s healthiest workplaces is being showcased to Londoners over the coming months as part of an exhibition looking at the city’s changing nature of work and the resulting evolution in office spaces.

Medibank’s award-winning Melbourne headquarters, designed by HASSELL, has been selected as a case study for the WRK / LDN event being run by NLA (New London Architecture) until 17 December 2016.

The program of events includes discussions, presentations and tours examining London’s future workspaces and will showcases exemplar projects from around the world.

The Medibank building embodies the insurer’s core health business, and demonstrates how successful workplace design is underpinned by the culture and values of an organization, and then considers how the design can enable greater collaboration, engagement and productivity.

London-based Principal Matt Blain says many organisations in the UK are yet to see the workplace as a cultural differentiator and a way of attracting the right people in an open talent economy. He says familiar approaches, such as open plan offices and activity based working (ABW), are not a ‘one size fits all’.

“For Medibank, it was about protecting what was important to the client first before looking at areas of change to ensure they created a thriving workplace,” Matt says.

“Critical to any recommendation from us as designers is an understanding of the business in more detail, to find out if there is any drive for organisational transformation from a cultural and performance level, to increase innovation and agility.”

The Medibank project is currently on display at NLA, at The Building Centre in London.

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Friday 21 October 2016
ICC Sydney - What Lies Inside

Sydneysiders can now get a glimpse of what lies inside ICC Sydney at Darling Harbour.

Joint venture partners HASSELL + Populous have worked together to design the new convention, exhibition and entertainment venues for Sydney, with inspiration from the site’s spectacular city and harbour surrounds as well as Cockle Bay’s history.

While the design creates a cohesive overall precinct, each of the buildings has its own personality and unique architectural character, from the cool reflective style of International Convention Centre Sydney to the warm natural features of ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre, and the vibrant energy of ICC Sydney Theatre.

All have been designed to capture the spirit of Sydney, and to make the most of the inner city harbour-front location.

For example, many of Convention Centre spaces have been brought to the edges of the building so that people can enjoy stunning harbour and city vistas. The building’s 2,500 seat plenary hall draws on Sydney’s wind-sculpted sandstone headlands for its internal form, with lime-washed timber panels.On the top level, Australia’s largest ballroom offers a stunning 270 degree view of the Sydney skyline across the harbour.

Next door, ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre creates Australia’s first multi-storey exhibition venue and the country’s largest, with the floor-space on the upper and lower halls equal in size to 26 Olympic pools, or more than four football fields. Yet the immense scale of the venue is dramatically reduced by being integrated into its terraced park surrounds which cleverly conceal a substantial proportion of the building. A key design feature is the location of the meeting room pods and breakout spaces at the front of the building, to connect and engage with the views and outside environment.

And finally, there is the ICC Sydney Theatre, able to seat 8,000, with the possibility of an additional 1000 on a standing GA floor, yet designed to ensure an intimate and engaging experience, with an innovative fan-shaped seating bowl that brings the audience close to the stage.

In designing the new ICC Sydney, HASSELL and Populous have created world class venues that connect with their surrounding built and natural environments as part of a new inner city destination that people will love.

ICC Sydney will be open to the public on October 22nd ahead of officially opening for business in December.

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Monday 17 October 2016
Superdensity and China’s emerging workplace precincts: hot topics at CTBUH

Hong Kong is one of the world’s most fascinating urban environments with its dispersed high-density centres, vast surrounding areas of natural vegetation and liveability. But under increasing population pressure, what is the next step in its evolution and which new spatial models of urbanisation could work in this established city?

According to HASSELL Principal and Urban Design sector leader David Tickle, some inspiration could lie in the innovative concept of superdensity which he’ll be presenting at the international Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat conference this week in China. Superdensity is a new urban concept that relies on three-dimensional systems of open space, transport and resource utilisation, inspired by the systems of the existing city.

New ‘vertical streets’, including a network of public spaces and public infrastructure, become the catalyst for the renewal of whole neighbourhoods – giving new capacity for the city to grow and intensify, and generating a model that can be applied to cities worldwide.

Also at CTBUH, HASSELL Principal Richard Mullane will present about the emerging high performing workplace precincts in the super-connected Pearl River Delta region.

He explores how the real success of these precincts comes down to their ability to attract young talent, an increasingly complex task in the context of China’s often misunderstood post-90s generation. His talk is based on research about both the development and social demands on future creative and innovation-based workplace precincts in the changing urban context of China’s megacities.

Friday 14 October 2016
Ken Maher honoured at 2016 Sustainability Awards

HASSELL Fellow Ken Maher, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Sustainability Awards on Thursday 13 October. The awards  recognises the efforts of Australia’s best architects, builders and designers to improve Australia's built environment.

When presenting Ken with his award, the judges noted Ken’s recognition as a designer is reflected in the many other awards he has received for sustainably designed projects over the years.

Throughout Ken’s career he has worked on a number of city shaping projects including the recent renewal of Sydney’s Darling Harbour. He is also Professor of Practice at UNSW Built Environment, and currently President of the Australian Institute of Architects and President of Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council. He is chair of the City of Sydney’s Design Advisory Panel, a member of Sydney Opera House Eminent Architects Panel and board member of Urban Growth NSW and the Co-operative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living, and was a founding board member of the Green Building Council.

On receiving the award Ken said: “It’s an honour to receive this recognition from my peers. I have had the privilege of working on some truly wonderful projects throughout my career and I am humbled that this work, along with my roles with the GBCA and ASBEC has resulted in receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. Now more than ever I believe it is critical all of us engaged in the built environment sector focus on delivering a sustainable future through the design of our towns and cities.”

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Tuesday 4 October 2016
Lights and ribbons - new HASSELL London studio opens

The new HASSELL London studio was officially launched during London Design Festival, with 200 clients and collaborators celebrating in style with HASSELL board members and our London team.

The studio opened its doors in May and provides an accessible and open space for both visitors and our designers in the heart of Shoreditch, which is famed in the capital city for its creative edge.

Guests to the party experienced the interactive Chance Encounters installation, created for London Design Festival, which provided an intriguing and colourful backdrop to the night. The resident London HASSELL DJ got people dancing amongst architectural models and projected animations.

The party and the launch of the new studio marks a significant step in the HASSELL London journey.

Find out more about Chance Encounters.

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Friday 30 September 2016
A revitalised coastal destination for Shenzhen

HASSELL has won a competition for our master plan to renew China’s Xiaomeisha beach precinct and the much-loved Ocean World tourist attraction in Shenzhen.

In partnership with Shenzhen Urban Planning and Design Institute (UPDIS) our master plan renews the clean, sandy cove and positions a major water plaza as the new focal point of a mixed-use community. The redevelopment of Ocean World will create a landmark and re-establish Xiaomeisha as a weekend destination for the people of Shenzhen and beyond.

“The master plan will embrace both the ocean and the new sustainable redevelopment of Xiaomeisha,” says HASSELL Principal Dennis Ho.

“New functions and public spaces are sensitively integrated within the local landscape and existing urban setting.”

Wednesday 21 September 2016
The Global 1:1
Tape Down

How much space do we really need to live well? Is it the same for Sydney as it is for Shanghai? For Copenhagen? New York?

See for yourself at The Global 1:1 installation in Sydney in October. Together with Committee for Sydney we're taping down on the ground the typical floorplans of one-bedroom apartments in a range of global cities. Thanks to ineni Realtime's Virtual Reality Experience you'll be able to step inside the tape and get a taste of what life's really like in apartments across the world.

As part of the Sydney Architecture Festival, The Global 1:1 installation at Central Park Brewery Yard explores what personal and public space means in different places, and how much of each we really need to live well.

Look out for more Global 1:1 events organised by HASSELL studios in Shanghai, Hong Kong, London and other Australian cities in the coming months.

For more on the challenges of meeting the housing needs of rapidly growing cities around the globe, see our Urban Housing Challenge Report.

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Friday 16 September 2016
Creative collaboration inspires Chance Encounters

HASSELL is set to make our debut at London Design Festival with the opening of Chance Encounters – an installation exploring how thoughtful design can bring people together in unexpected, positive ways.

Held in our new London studio, Chance Encounters is the result of a creative collaboration with international lighting designers, einstein and sons. Interactive digital technologies and lighting design hidden amongst a beautifully crafted backdrop creates a playful and surprising experience that celebrates the potential outcomes of an impromptu meeting.

Chance Encounters explores the fortuitous outcomes that can arise out of these moments, something Principal Julian Gitsham says is a recurring theme in a lot of the work HASSELL undertakes.

“We are always looking for new approaches to designing spaces which encourage interaction – ‘bump spaces’ which can spark creativity, establish new relationships, and forge opportunities,” says Julian.

“Central to this are collaborations with likeminded creative thinkers such as einstein and sons to rethink how to turn otherwise ‘dead zones’ into interactive places, which can unlock untapped value for the people who live, work or visit these spaces.”

Chance Encounters is open from 19 September until 2 December 2016.

Read more about Chance Encounters

Read more about London Design Festival.  

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Tuesday 13 September 2016
Advanced forensics centre opens in Canberra

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull says the unique, new Australian Federal Police (AFP) forensic facility “embodies a culture of innovation and collaboration.”

Designed by HASSELL, the integrated AFP Forensic and Data Centre Facility in Canberra is one of the most advanced of its kind in the world. It was officially opened by the Prime Minister in August 2016.

The new facility allows more than 200 forensic scientists, data analysts and other professionals to work together for the first time in a shared workplace, laboratory and industrial facility. The site houses state-of-the-art, specialist facilities such as a forensic firing range, vehicle examination areas and chemistry and biology labs.

The new AFP centre will support intensive collaboration and intelligence sharing – ultimately boosting federal law enforcement efforts during major investigations and crisis situations.

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Wednesday 7 September 2016
Introducing Kristjan Donaldson

Recently appointed HASSELL Principal Kristjan Donaldson focuses on functional, operational, and cultural needs in order to deliver innovative and research driven solutions for clients.

Kristjan, who is based in our Perth studio, joins HASSELL with more than 15 years’ experience across architecture, landscape architecture and interior design, working in Australia, the UK and the United States. His design work has been internationally recognised and widely published.

“I feel a natural affinity with the way the HASSELL design team approaches the design process to create valuable, research-driven solutions for clients,” says Kristjan.

After graduating with honors from UWA, Kristjan led a small studio in Perth for several years before moving to New York City to undertake a Postgraduate Master’s degree in Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia University under the guidance of Bernard Tschumi, Kenneth Frampton, and Juan Herreros. Whilst in New York he collaborated on projects in Mexico and NYC with his work being featured in numerous architectural journals including MARK magazine (NL), Monitor (Italy/ Russia), Artichoke (Australia), Beyond (China), SPACE (Korea).

Kristjan has previously worked at Perkins + Will and Woods Bagot in San Francisco, and has been involved in numerous large high profile projects including the award winning Telkom Landmark Tower in Jakarta, Al Marwa Metro Station in Mecca,  Al-Maktoum International Airport in Dubai and the Auckland Downtown tower in New Zealand.

“I’m very much looking forward to working further with the HASSELL team and to contribute to that process and outstanding projects in Australia, Asia, and the rest of the world.”

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Friday 2 September 2016
ICC Theatre: Sydney’s largest theatre nearing completion

With construction of the ICC Theatre nearing completion, Keith Urban has been announced as the venue’s first headline act.

Designed by HASSELL + Populous for the Darling Harbour Live consortium, the ICC Theatre will provide an unrivalled Sydney concert experience with an expansive stage designed for rock concerts and other large entertainment events.

Every one of the venue’s 8,000 seats is focused on the centre of the stage, and a fan-shaped vertical seating layout ensures an optimal view from every seat in the house. The venue can accommodate 9,000 people when additional standing room is employed.

One of three new ICC Sydney venues, the Theatre’s layered mesh facade wraps what will be a unique and memorable venue, with the vibrant red foyer areas glowing in the evening signaling the exciting energy of the entertainment industry.

While inside the auditorium the experience is inward looking, focused on the event, the VIP areas of the ICC Theatre boast spectacular views of Sydney’s city skyline to create an all-encompassing experience for fans – a connection to the performance and a connection to Sydney.

Glenn Scott, HASSELL Principal, Joint ICC Sydney Architecture Director said:
“The ICC Theatre will provide an unrivalled Sydney concert experience – one that starts outside the front door, with its wrap-around high definition LED screen, and continues inside the theatre, where the vertical stacking of seats will ensure a high intensity experience. There is no doubt that the ICC Theatre will be the number one venue in Sydney for rock concerts and other big entertainment events.”

Richard Breslin, Populous Senior Principal, Joint ICC Sydney Architecture Director said:
“The innovative fan shaped bowl of the ICC Theatre draws the audience closer to the performance for a more intimate and engaging experience in line with the latest evolution in theatre design.”

The Darling Harbour Live consortium comprises Lendlease, HOSTPLUS, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless.

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Thursday 1 September 2016
Soufflés, gymnasts and the workplace of the future

Watch Senior Researcher Dr Agustin Chevez’s presentation from TEDxMelbourne – Adventurous Minds in August 2016.

In the presentation, Dr Chevez takes us on his journey to find out how many people can fit into an office building. He tells us what the future holds for where, when and how we work by connecting a series of seemingly random points – souffles, the temperature of Venus, how many gymnasts can fit into a Mini Cooper, Watson the cognitive computer and just what people are most likely to Google about their jobs.

Held in Melbourne on 3 August 2016, TEDxMelbourne 2016 – Adventurous Minds was about ideas that blaze trails and spark new concepts. It was about pushing boundaries to imagine future possibilities. It was about resilience, reflection and recognition.

Watch the presentation.


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Tuesday 30 August 2016
High-tech home for world’s largest telescope

The headquarters for the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) at the Jodrell Bank Observatory in the UK is one step closer to realisation today, receiving unanimous approval from the Cheshire East Planning Authority.  

The £16.5 million headquarters, designed by HASSELL, is home to one of the most significant scientific and engineering projects of the 21st Century.

Colin Greenwood, Head of Administration at SKA Organisation, said, "This is an important milestone towards constructing the headquarters of the international organisation that will build and operate the world’s largest radio telescope.

"We now look forward to the start of construction, and of course, inauguration of this new state-of-the-art facility."

HASSELL Principal Oliver Kampshoff said the scale and magnitude of the work being undertaken by the SKA Organisation was exceptional and the headquarters, which will sit in the shadow of the Lovell Telescope, called for a design that reflected this.

"The SKA headquarters is an extremely high-tech building, surrounded by farmland which creates an intriguing setting for what is soon to become one of the world’s leading science destinations," said Oliver. 

"The design plays on the contrast between the cutting edge science taking place within the building and the rural life taking place around it."

The approved proposed design takes inspiration from the radio waves that are at the heart of the SKA's work.  The zig-zagged 'Pulsar' façade changes depending on the angle from which you are standing.

When completed, the building will hold up to 135 staff, providing research and office space as well as catering facilities for the SKA Organisation that will supervise the international effort to build and operate the world's largest radio telescope.

SKA Headquarters is funded by the UK Government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the University of Manchester with contributions from Cheshire East Council. The design is led by HASSELL and Sir Robert McAlpine is leading the construction.

Early works are due to start in December 2016 and construction is expected to last around 12 months.

Find out more about the building.

Thursday 25 August 2016
HASSELL announced as design partner for $1.1b health precinct

The former children's hospital site at Herston in Brisbane, Australia will be transformed into a comprehensive health precinct following a $1.1 billion, 10-year development project.

HASSELL has been announced as design partner to preferred tenderer Australian Unity on the back of our ambitious master plan for the precinct.

The Herston Quarter development will be a showcase for complex health precincts, which see health, education and research facilities integrated into their locations. The Herston Quarter’s health services will be complemented by residential options, child care, consulting and a wellbeing precinct.

HASSELL Principal Adam Davies believes the master planning process allows the future Herston Quarter to integrate more broadly into Brisbane.

"Thousands of workers, patients and visitors use the Herston precinct on a daily basis. This new piece of the city will invite human occupation through a generosity of public realm, open spaces, safe connections and a new retail, food and beverage offer."

The new Specialist Rehabilitation and Ambulatory Care Centre will anchor the Quarter, restoring the vacant Royal Children’s Hospital site back to a modern public health centre, and retaining five heritage buildings.

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Tuesday 23 August 2016
Sydney Metro Northwest underway

Sydney Metro Northwest, Stage 1 of Sydney Metro, is well underway.

HASSELL Principal, Ross de le Motte, is leading the HASSELL team designing eight new stations, as well as upgrades to five existing stations along the line.

"Over the years I've heard projects like these described as 'heavy engineering projects' but it is actually so much more than that. This is transport product for the everyday person, to improve their lives," says Ross.

"We developed an idea of skylights and, by doing that the station picks up the ambience of that day. The prismatic forms we have in those skylights are bouncing light to different parts of the station at different times of the day, so there's this ephemeral quality of daylight animating the public realm under the station, which I think is going to be phenomenal."

HASSELL is providing all architecture, urban design, landscape architecture and interior design services for the Northwest Rapid Transit consortium, which comprises CPB Contractors, John Holland Group, MTR, UGL Rail Services, Plenary Group and Alstom.

Watch more about Sydney Metro Northwest

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Friday 19 August 2016
Design unveiled for Geelong Performing Arts Centre

The next generation of performers and aspiring artists could get their first taste of the stage at the state-of-the-art performing arts centre in Geelong, Australia, following a major upgrade of the facade and facilities.

The HASSELL design for the 35-year-old Geelong Performing Arts Centre will cement its position as one of the leading venues in the state.

The $38.5 million redevelopment centres on a new entrance heralded by an impressive contemporary facade, which provides an exciting new experience for visitors from across Geelong, the region and beyond. The new entrance also improves accessibility and amenity.

HASSELL Principal and Head of Design Mark Loughnan says the redevelopment is testament to Geelong leading the way in regional arts.

“The expansion will also include rehearsal facilities, new dance studios and provision for creative industries offices. As the only stated-owned arts centre outside Melbourne, Geelong Performing Arts Centre will not only be a landmark destination it will also service the needs of the growing creative and cultural community,” he said.

Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2017 and Stage 2 is slated for completion in late 2018.

Monday 15 August 2016
Introducing Geoff Crowe: HASSELL Principal

Geoff Crowe enjoys the balance between the creative and the practical in rail infrastructure design.

"There is a real sense of purpose to designing rail infrastructure. I really enjoy using the imperatives of engineering to create beautiful transport systems that help transform travel into an enjoyable experience in daily life," says the HASSELL Principal.

It's this motivation that drove him as project lead on the award-winning Epping to Chatswood Rail Link

"We won the bid in 2001 and construction didn't finish until 2009. You have to have patience and perseverance on a job like that," Geoff says.

"There is a complex range of issues that you have to understand to design an underground rail station. You need to appreciate the requirements of the engineers in a wide range of specialised fields and shape them into a cohesive whole, always keeping the needs of the customer in mind."

Since 2013 Geoff has been working on Sydney Metro Northwest – Australia's largest infrastructure project, and one he says is his most challenging yet because of its scale and timeframe.

"We started in 2013 and we'll be finished in 2019, which in rail terms is quite quick," he says.

Geoff identifies one of his strengths as his breadth of understanding and interest - everything from the commercial and the contractual to the functional design and the construction detailing.

He enjoys the teamwork and collaboration at HASSELL – the chance to work on great projects, and to work with a broad range of talented people. He particularly enjoys working with younger architects and designers, helping them to build their skills and their careers.

"On one hand station design is a specialised field where designers need to be familiar with the technical requirements. On the other hand our rail projects benefit from bringing together designers with experience in other sectors, such as commercial, hospitality and public realm to help design stations that enhance the overall passenger experience," Geoff says.

Sharing his expertise and experience is a big part of Geoff's day, with everyone from fellow designers and consultants to clients asking questions and seeking guidance. "Ultimately, it’s very satisfying to contribute across so many aspects of the project."

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Wednesday 10 August 2016
New Three Points Bridge connecting Perth

The city centre of Perth in Western Australia will be more closely connected to the port city of Fremantle with the construction of the Three Points Bridge. This network of protected bike lanes also aims to reduce traffic congestion and improve transport options for the city’s growing population.

A design collaboration between WSP, Parsons Brinckerhoff and HASSELL, the two-kilometre Three Points Bridge links Perth’s riverside footpaths and cycleways to create a 40-minute bike ride from Perth to Fremantle.

The bridge alignment follows a graceful sweeping single arc generated from a centre point at the extreme tip of Point Walter. When river users round the Point they will be able to enjoy a view of the bridge in its entirety. As it terminates at Point Resolution and Chidley Point, the geometry integrates naturally with the landform.

The bridge provides a varied crossing experience. Spectacular views can be seen from its height of 20 metres above the river. The central section becomes a tree-top walk as it passes through the canopy of Point Walters’ existing mature trees, where users can exit and enjoy the leisure facilities.

Each river crossing is a long-span suspension bridge with the deck supported by masts that have been positioned and sculpted to provide an efficient, elegant structure that evokes movement and responds to the yacht architecture of the river.

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Monday 8 August 2016

Over one hundred Chinese cities now boast populations greater than one million. How do these rapidly growing cities tackle sprawl and meet the demands of an increasingly urbane population who want open green spaces, authentic retail options and better transport connections?

In the latest issue of the MULTITUDES digital magazine we revisit 'The Chinese City in the Asian Century', writer Justin Bergman's 2013 chapter of the HASSELL MULTITUDES book. Principal Richard Mullane picks up the thread three years later and looks at what’s changed politically and in the design space in China.

Also in this issue we share some of the insights we've gleaned working with a range of clients and partners within China on extensive urban design, retail and civic master planning projects.

We contend that the shift to a slower economic pace has brought a corresponding positive shift in the pace and quality of urban development, and we showcase some of the urban design projects we’ve delivered in light of this shift.

And finally, in this issue a team of our urban designers explores how co-operation is triumphing over competition when it comes to developing China's urban policy.

Read the fifth issue of the MULTITUDES digital magazine.

Friday 5 August 2016
HASSELL projects shortlisted for 2016 WAF/Inside Awards

The HASSELL concept to transform a disused power station in Perth, Western Australia, into a cutting-edge art gallery has been shortlisted for the 2016 World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards.

And our design to breathe new life into a historic Sydney building for Ovolo Hotels has been shortlisted in the Hotels category of WAF’s sister festival, the 2016 Inside World Festival of Interiors Awards. In 2015, the Medibank workplace took out the Inside Award for best office.

Inside and WAF will be held in Berlin in November, with both projects presented to international juries before the winning projects are announced on Friday 18 November. This year the jury for the Inside Awards includes HASSELL Managing Director Rob Backhouse.

Find out more about the East Perth Power Station and Ovolo Woolloomooloo.

WAF website/Inside Awards website.

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Thursday 4 August 2016
HASSELL welcomes Mark Haycox

Experienced landscape architect and urban designer Mark Haycox is bringing his considerable expertise to HASSELL as a Principal in Landscape Architecture in our Melbourne studio.

As a past Director of McGregor Coxall, Mark established the firm’s Melbourne studio in 2011 and led its award-winning team and operations until 2016. Prior to this, he contributed to a range of widely recognised projects at DCM before collaborating with many of Australia's leading private sector developers, all levels of government and many community groups through his client roles at VicUrban.

Mark also holds a number of advisory positions and contributes actively to academic life. This has allowed him to influence, work with and learn from a cross section of top practitioners in design, sustainability and related disciplines over his 20-year career.

Angus Bruce, Head of Design – Landscape Architecture, says Mark's appointment is great news for HASSELL on a number of levels.

"Mark brings with him a wealth of project and design experience, from large scale urban design and city-shaping work through to small, detailed public art interventions," says Angus. "Importantly, he provides a valuable client perspective, having worked for an extensive period as both the client and consultant."

"We're excited to have Mark join the team, to expand our landscape architecture leadership locally, nationally and internationally, and to help broaden our already strong skillset and diverse portfolio of great public realm projects."

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Wednesday 3 August 2016
An adventurous mind at TEDxMelbourne

TEDxMelbourne 2016 – Adventurous Minds is about ideas that blaze trails and spark new concepts. It’s about pushing boundaries to imagine future possibilities. It’s about resilience, reflection and recognition.

HASSELL Senior Researcher Agustin Chevez has been invited to present on the first day at the 2016 event to be held on Wednesday 3 August – the biggest TEDxMelbourne to date. As an architect and academic, Dr Chevez’s career ambition has been to discover how work has shaped our civilisation and given purpose to our lives and has taken him down some interesting pathways.

In his TedXMelbourne presentation, Dr Chevez takes us on his journey to find out how many people can fit into an office building. He tells us what the future holds for where, when and how we work by connecting a series of seemingly random points – souffles, the temperature of Venus, how many gymnasts can fit into a Mini Cooper, Watson the cognitive computer and just what people are most likely to Google about their jobs.

As Dr Chevez says, "An adventurous mind can turn paralysing fear into unstoppable drive and also take you to places – both physical and mental – that could not have been reached otherwise."

The speaker lineup for TEDxMelbourne 2016 – Adventurous Minds includes nine speakers ranging from award-winning spacecraft designer Professor Michael Smart to intrepid young adventurer Jade Hameister and celebrated business leader and transgender advocate JoAnna Ferrari.

More information
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Wednesday 3 August 2016
HASSELL shortlisted for China waterfront competition

HASSELL has progressed to the second and final phase of a competition to design the new Qianhai Guiwan Park Waterfront, selected among six other internationally renowned practices including James Corner Field Operations and MVRDV.

Guiwan Park is a 2.2 kilometre urban water corridor within the main business district of Qianhai, located in the southern coastal city of Shenzhen, China. When completed, Guiwan Park will provide easy access to nature and the waterfront within this densely developed urban precinct that is the gateway to mainland China.

Qianhai is a rapidly developing district and when complete it will extend over nearly 15 square kilometres with an expected population of 300,000 and 800,000 people working in the area. Guiwan Park will help to increase the quality of life for Qianhai’s inhabitants and those who visit by improving the quality of open public space available for all to enjoy.

The winner of the Guiwan Park competition will be announced towards the end of 2016.

Sunday 31 July 2016
New Museum for Western Australia design revealed

HASSELL + OMA design for New Museum for Western Australia revealed

International design practices HASSELL + OMA have joined leading global contractor Brookfield Multiplex and the Western Australian government to reveal the design for the highly anticipated New Museum for WA.

The reveal comes as the contract to design and build the New Museum was officially awarded to the Brookfield Multiplex-led team.

The HASSELL + OMA design, to be located in the heart of Perth’s cultural precinct, has been conceived as a collection of physical and virtual ‘stories’, providing a multidimensional framework for visitors to engage with the Western Australian people and places.

HASSELL Principal and Board Director Mark Loughnan, and OMA Managing Partner-Architect David Gianotten stated: “Our vision for the design was to create spaces that promote engagement and collaboration, responding to the needs of the Museum and the community. We want it to create a civic place for everyone, an interesting mix of heritage and contemporary architecture that helps revitalise the Perth Cultural Centre while celebrating the culture of Western Australia on the world stage. The design is based on the intersection of a horizontal and vertical loop creating large possibilities of curatorial strategies for both temporary and fixed exhibitions.”

At the heart of the design is a public space that is the central point of the new museum, in terms of both location and programming. It is a spectacular outdoor room framed by refurbished heritage buildings and intersected by new buildings and virtual platforms, enabling the diverse stories of Western Australia to be told.

A large new temporary gallery space will complement the extensive permanent collection of the museum that includes renowned collections including the much-loved Blue Whale skeleton. The Museum will host a diverse range of cultural, retail and dining experiences, increasing visitor numbers especially after hours.

Early works are expected to start in late 2016 with main construction starting in 2017. The New Museum is due to be completed in 2020.

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Friday 1 July 2016
Introducing Glenn Scott: HASSELL Principal

Design for sport and entertainment precincts isn't just about the venues, it’s about the whole experience – and how people interact with the surrounding spaces as much as the main event itself, says HASSELL Principal Glenn Scott.

"One of the key priorities with venue design is identifying broader commercial opportunities, diversification of revenue streams, and creating community connections that extend the life of a place beyond its traditional uses," Glenn says.

Glenn – who works out of our Sydney studio – is an internationally recognised specialist in large-scale, public assembly design and planning, with a focus on sport and entertainment venues.

Prior to joining HASSELL in 2010, he worked on many high-profile sports projects around the world including:

_IOC award-winning Beijing 2008 Olympic Tennis Centre
_AIA award-winning Redfern Park and Oval in Sydney
_Venice Football Stadium in Italy
_AIA award-winning Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre
_Master planning of the Giza Pyramids, UNESCO World Heritage site in Egypt
_Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney
_UNSW Sports Park (David Philips Field)

As Principal-in-Charge of the Transformation of Darling Harbour in Sydney, Glenn is leading the redevelopment of convention, exhibition, and entertainment facilities. Together, these projects represent the most exciting renewal in the history of this major waterfront precinct.

"We wanted to strike a balance between providing a range of activities aimed at international and national visitors – as well as incorporating the needs of the local community, to ensure Darling Harbour remains a vibrant and continually active precinct," he points out.

Glenn and his team had a similar focus on the Pirtek Stadium master plan project in western Sydney. The plan provided a strategic guide for the stadium's development and establishes a vision for a destination that engages the community through its mix of cultural and sporting activities that embraced its unique heritage landscape. The team has pursued the same attitude for the new Perth Stadium which incorporates extensive public landscape areas and facilities around the venue, new public transport, indigenous heritage, and the venue itself embracing its unique location with views of the city across the Swan River.

"Just like the hospitality and tourism industries, sporting and entertainment venues and precincts need to think about how they are going to cater to families and community groups, to ensure their future sustainability," Glenn explains.

Glenn has also played a key role in multiple Olympic Games projects, including the master plan for Istanbul’s 2020 Olympic bid. With a focus on the city's rich culture and history, the master plan aimed to create a dynamic and exciting backdrop for the Games while also establishing a vision for the city's sustainable growth in the future.

“With the global trend leaning towards a decrease in stadium sizes based on more focused business plans, venues must think about the needs and demands of the future and respond in an informed way to their local context - one size definitely does not fit all. While it will always be the most important aspect of a venue it's just about the singular main event – it's about the whole fan experience of the venue, how families are catered for, and how the precinct engages the wider community, that will ensure their success and sustainability," he adds.

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Thursday 30 June 2016
April Pine's Convergence

HASSELL designer April Pine's Convergence artwork can now be seen around the new Kings Square in Perth, Western Australia after being selected for a temporary artwork commission scheme.

April (aka April Davison), from our Perth studio, won the commission through a competition process in the Western Australia State Government’s $1.8m Percent for Art Scheme. Connect Kings Square, facilitated by Artsource, was launched on 30 April 2016, with Aprils’ artwork Convergence a prominent feature.

Convergence sees 50 life-size bright yellow figures (made from coreflute) paused in motion along Wellington Street in their journey towards Kings Square. From afar, the figures act as one, suggesting an event or exciting destination as they transition from the street, throughout the laneways towards Northbridge stopping to ponder, reflect and consider the architecture and permanent artworks on their journey.

The temporary work was a response to the misalignment between the Perth and Northbridge grids that were a result of how the city developed around the wetlands; now known as "Perth’s lost lakes". Although three-dimensional in nature, each figure was made up of flat vertical and horizontal sheets intersected to mimic the connection of these two distinct city grids that are now connected. 

As a result of this latest work, April was contacted to create a bespoke figure of 2016 International Designer of the year Jaime Hayon. The three-metre tall sculpture will be showcased at the State Theatre in Perth next week as part of Hayons Asia/Australia speaking tour.

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Monday 27 June 2016
Global headquarters in UK wins top award

The HASSELL design for the London Headquarters of one of the world’s best known mining and resources companies was named Large Commercial Interior Project of the year at the UK’s Mixology Awards.

The jury commended the quality of the design, saying it felt more like a high end residential home than a corporate workplace.

In her acceptance of the award, HASSELL UK Practice Leader Felicity Roocke said the headquarters’ setting in the heart of London’s historic St James Square presented the opportunity to explore a new direction for the organisation’s workplaces internationally.

“It was a unique opportunity to create a workplace that is based as much in hospitality and residential design as it is in corporate office design. The result is a high quality space that reflects both its status as the global headquarters of a world-class organisation, while sitting very comfortably as part of its prestigious West End location.”

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Wednesday 22 June 2016
Celebrating change in Shanghai at HASSELL

Last week, our new studio in Shanghai's Xuhui district hosted a large number of clients and collaborators at an event and exhibition that celebrated the transformation of Shanghai. We showcased some of the recent projects that our international HASSELL design team have been working on in the China region. They included two that are set to transform Shanghai - an exclusive preview of a mixed-use development in Jing'An, and the Huangpu East Bank design competition entry.

Guests were treated to delicious food by renowned international chef Austin Hu who has now planted himself in Shanghai and runs one of the city’s most loved restaurants, Madison.

The event was also a celebration of our new studio space and sky terrace located in the heart of Shanghai in the Xuhui district, which is also part of a transformation process for HASSELL in China.

Just like all the projects we undertake for clients, the new Shanghai studio is the result of in depth consultation with staff who were involved in deciding on the location and design of the space from the beginning of the process. The new studio supports our open, collaborative working style.

Friday 3 June 2016
Perth Stadium precinct parklands take shape

The first plants are in the ground at the Chevron Parkland, the 2.6 hectares of rehabilitated parkland that comprises part of the Perth Stadium precinct in Perth, Western Australia.

Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett and Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies joined representatives from Westadium and commercial partner Chevron Australia in the symbolic first planting.

The Chevron Parkland, which sits along the Swan River foreshore, will include six nature play areas, which will encourage children to explore the natural landscape and participate in unstructured play and recreation.

The play areas incorporate various climbing, balancing, tunnelling and chill out elements, plus sand pits and lookouts.

The Chevron Parkland will also feature a number of permanent artworks by Western Australian Aboriginal artists. The parkland design was developed with input from the Whadjuk community and is inspired by the six seasons of the Noongar, the local Indigenous Australian people.

Around 160,000 seedlings and 500 mature trees will be planted in the parkland.

HASSELL, with Cox and HKS, was part of the Perth Stadium design team.

"The rehabilitation of the stadium precinct river foreshore into a multi-generational nature play is an exciting place-making opportunity for the HASSELL landscape architecture team," said Anthony Brookfield, Principal.

"We are looking forward to an outcome which synthesises the ecological revitalisation of the waterside landscape with a celebration of its significance to the Whadjuk community through habitat creation, play, art and storytelling."

Construction of the Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct is on schedule to open in time for the start of the 2018 Australian Football League season.

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Wednesday 1 June 2016
GSK Asia headquarters revealed

A responsive façade, activated roof-deck and cascading landscaped sky terraces will all be features of GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) new Asia headquarters in Singapore.

As the concept architect, concept landscape architect and interior designer for the headquarters, HASSELL has outlined a ­vision for a human-centric workplace to encourage knowledge transfer. The development, which is now under construction, will be a beacon for GSK and its focus on Asia, empowering its people to work in a more connected way both locally and globally.

Situated within a landscaped public realm, the distinctive building has been designed with tiered horseshoe-shaped floors wrapping around a central atrium. Its various features work together to activate visual and physical interaction across the workplace.

GSK's employees are expected to move into the building in late 2017.

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Monday 30 May 2016
Innovation award for Archikidz PLAY[ground]

Kids diving into multi-coloured ball pools, shimmying up ropes, and running through a maze of plants and a forest of multi-coloured ribbons. This was the Archikidz PLAY[ground] that transformed Sydney’s Hyde Park Barracks during Vivid Sydney 2015.

We thought it made a pretty awesome playground, and so did the jury of a national playground competition, run by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).

The expert jury awarded Archikidz PLAY[ground] the Innovation Award in the Australia’s Best Playground competition, impressed with the temporary project’s innovative approaches, new conversations, and important advocacy.

Archikidz in partnership with Sydney Living Museums for Vivid 2015, transformed Hyde Park Barracks for three days into PLAY[ground], an immersive play space for kids. Archikidz PLAY[ground] was a collaboration with HASSELL young designers and a diverse and dynamic team of creatives, who have a shared passion for making our city more equitable and sustainable for future generations.

The jury citation stated: “The jury were impressed by the project’s outreach to an audience that might not ordinarily engage with landscape architecture and conversations around city making – 6,000 people, 30 free workshops, over 100 volunteers.

“[Archikidz] PLAY[ground] is unique in that it engages in a conversation with the community about our cities, their future and how we interact with the public domain, with a focus on kids and play.”

Jon Hazelwood, HASSELL Principal, said ‘playability’ is an important consideration for our urban environments as it brings life into our city spaces, and encourages people to linger, explore and most importantly, smile.

“Play brings joy, it helps people feel connected, included and excited by the cities they live in,” said Jon.

With over 4,000 kids swinging, climbing, crawling, tunnelling, jumping and connecting over the three days, we definitely put kids into the city and put play on the city-making agenda.

Tuesday 24 May 2016
Sensorium: A nod to Clerkenwell's historic pleasure gardens

From the sedate to the salacious, Clerkenwell’s historic pleasure gardens are being brought sensationally back to life for Clerkenwell Design Week in a creative collaboration between HASSELL and Scandinavian seating designer HÅG.

The pleasure garden, ‘Sensorium’, will explore how we view and experience the world around us, whether through everyday technology, or through our physical presence in a space. It promises to be a truly immersive experience with a riot of colours and textures, smells and tastes, leading visitors to question how the senses influence their experience of a space.  

The creative collaboration between HASSELL and HÅG has gone beyond looking at purely the built environment to create spaces – public or private – that entice and delight, challenge and intrigue. It offers a new perspective on how people shape design and how design responds to people.

HASSELL Principal Julian Gitsham said the pleasure gardens of the 18th Century broke down social and cultural boundaries by challenging the status quo.

“They fundamentally altered the way people interacted with each other and the space around them,” Julian said.

“As designers, it’s our role to do the same. By bringing people together in new ways, you forge channels for innovation and partnership, driving economic uplift and boosting social and cultural capital.”

Julian will be exploring how such incidental meetings and collisions with people throughout our lives can impact and shape us, in a reflective PechaKucha presentation being held in the Sensorium garden on 25 May.

Sensorium is open from 24-26 May 2016. Visit for more information.

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Photo credit: Edward Bishop

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Friday 13 May 2016
Ken Maher appointed AIA President

Congratulations to HASSELL Fellow and former long-time Principal, Ken Maher, on his appointment today as President of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA).

“Ken’s appointment is well-deserved recognition of his leading role in the architecture profession in Australia over many years, and he will be a powerful advocate for the profession,” said HASSELL Managing Director, Robert Backhouse.

“While Ken stepped away from his formal leadership role at HASSELL several years ago he continues to provide guidance to the practice and to be a key contributor to major HASSELL design projects including the renewal of Sydney’s Darling Harbour.”

Ken said his involvement in major design projects at HASSELL will inform the contribution he makes as AIA President.

“HASSELL focuses on unlocking the potential of cultural, social and economic benefits. My interest in this leadership role will be to work with my colleagues in the profession to demonstrate the role architecture can play in ensuring our towns and cities are sustainable, and that they enrich the quality of our lives through design,” he said. 

Thursday 12 May 2016
Good design to address healthcare crisis

At a time when tens of thousands of nursing and medical staff posts stand vacant, a new report by HASSELL suggests better design of healthcare spaces could significantly enhance staff attraction and retention in the sector.

The Design Matters for Nurses study, conducted by HASSELL and the University of Melbourne’s Health Systems and Workforce Unit, explores how hospital workplace design affects nurse attraction and retention in the UK and Australia.

It found poorly designed hospital wards are having a negative impact on the productivity and morale of medical staff, and can contribute to a culture that devalues what nurses do and how they work.

“In our conversations with nurses across multiple sites, we found that the condition of the facilities they worked in corresponded to how valued they felt by management - whether they had a proper break area, space to debrief, complete paperwork, or rooms for meetings and training,” says HASSELL Principal Kieren Morgan.

“Many nurses can feel as though their hard work is taken for granted, but one way to counter this is to provide a comfortable, effective and efficient workplace that supports nurses to do their job well.”

The outcomes of the study suggest involving nurses in the early stages of design development for new healthcare facilities is invaluable to creating workplaces where nursing staff feel supported and equipped to perform at their best.

Click here to read the full report.

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Wednesday 11 May 2016
HASSELL shortlisted in Shanghai waterfront design comp

HASSELL has been shortlisted as a finalist in a major international design competition for the transformation of a 21-kilometre stretch of waterfront on Shanghai’s Huangpu River.

One of five finalists, HASSELL has been shortlisted alongside West 8, KCAP, Terrain Studio and Agence Ter, with a brief to unlock the east bank of the river and build “world-class activated waterfront open spaces”.

Known as the East Bund in the New Pudong Area of Shanghai, it includes the former site of World Expo 2010 and Lujiazui – Shanghai’s international financial precinct – and is currently congested by ferry docks, commercial buildings, a cement plant and construction sites, with limited public access.

Monday 2 May 2016
Introducing David Tickle: HASSELL Principal, Urban Design Sector Lead

Successful public places rely on many different conditions and considerations, a constantly shifting formula that fascinates HASSELL Principal David Tickle.

“Cities are complex. To make a really great city we need to think about the way people live, the way people move around, the quality of public space, the quality of architecture. Often, part of the role of urban design is to mediate all of those different things, to make them better places for the people who live and work in them,” David says.

David joined HASSELL in 2004 as a graduate of architecture, specialising in residential design. His first urban design project was the original competition scheme for Barangaroo, which he describes as being an “eye-opener” about how buildings and spaces could be used in different ways.

“Joining HASSELL gave me exposure to a whole range of design disciplines, broadening my understanding of cities and the importance of smart, integrated design thinking,” he says.

David’s passion for urban design grew during his time in the HASSELL Shanghai studio from 2010 to 2012. “China is experiencing urbanisation at an unprecedented scale and pace – so it was fascinating to see how Chinese cities are developing and to explore ways to make this rapid change both socially and environmentally sustainable.”

Since then he’s worked on a range of urban design projects, including the masterplan for the revitalisation of the Summer Hill Flour Mills, a project that is turning grain silos and warehouses into a new vibrant mixed-use community. He is currently leading the urban design component of the Sydney Metro City and Southwest projects, as well as the NSW Government’s plan to revitalise the city centre of Newcastle.

“We’re looking at how we unlock the greatest potential for the city, how we help deliver more jobs and housing and more efficient and effective transport systems, and how these in turn build the identity and confidence of the city,” he says.

David’s interest in global cities has led him to instigate a program of urban research projects at HASSELL. His latest research project saw HASSELL teams in London, Shanghai and Sydney investigate how each of these cities is grappling with issues of housing, including density, livability, affordability and delivery.

David remains captivated with Shanghai and the way it’s dealing with ongoing rapid population growth. He has recently been back in the city, working on a master plan competition for a 20-kilometre stretch of the Huangpu River, the city’s main waterway.

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Friday 22 April 2016
Innovative affordable housing on display in Brisbane

China faces challenges of limited land availability and massive future population growth, as well as a growing demand on natural resources. So how do you address these challenges when designing social housing? The solution includes an eighth floor park, greenhouses, homework spaces, and flexible apartments to accommodate a growing family.

These are just some of the features of the Shenzhen Affordable Housing scheme designed by HASSELL and now on display at the Museum of Brisbane as part of its Living in the City exhibition. The scheme was originally a finalist in a social housing competition in the southwestern city of Shenzhen in China and included apartment buildings with vertically stacked shared facilities, allowing for easy access for residents.

“It was a brief that demanded a whole new way of thinking about how people live and, even though it was specifically for a city in China, it highlighted the sort of innovation that is possible in social housing,” said HASSELL Principal, David Tickle about the original design competition.

“In a bid to counter some of the problems of social housing, our focus was on enabling people to interact with each other, to share experiences as well as spaces.”

These spaces not only promote a strong sense of community but also generate a unique architectural solution for the buildings.

“Our design also dealt with the issues of flexibility and adaptability of personal space, which has immediate relevance to cities around the world.

“A regular structural grid minimised cost and construction time, and we designed apartments so that they could be modified to suit changes in lifestyle on a daily or longer-term basis. For example, enabling single apartments to be combined into a larger apartment to accommodate a growing family, while furniture could be folded to turn a living space into a bedroom.

“By equipping the apartments to cater to the changing needs of their occupants through their different life stages, there is a more stable community. The design also imbues a greater sense of responsibility for the residents to care for their living environment, something that is often not provided within social housing developments.”

“While the challenges in Shenzhen are extreme, housing supply is also a growing issue in Australia’s major cities, and as architects and planners we need to be prepared to think ‘outside the square’,” David said.

Architectural models, plans and 3D renderings of the HASSELL design are on display in the Living in the city exhibition until 22 May, which showcases innovative architectural projects in Brisbane’s nine Asia-Pacific sister cities as well as projects under construction in the Queensland capital.

Thursday 21 April 2016
Help PLAY[ground] win 2016 AILA Best Playground competition

Kids diving into multi-coloured ball pools, shimmying up ropes, and running through a maze of plants and a forest of multi-coloured ribbons. This was the Archikidz PLAY[ground] project that transformed Sydney’s Hyde Park Barracks during Vivid Sydney 2015. We think that makes a pretty awesome playground.

Archikidz in partnership with Sydney Living Museums for Vivid 2015, transformed Hyde Park Barracks for three days into Archikidz PLAY[ground], an immersive play space for kids. Archikidz PLAY[ground] was a collaboration with HASSELL young designers and a diverse and dynamic team of creatives, who have a shared passion for making our city more equitable and sustainable for future generations.

We’ve entered the project in the AILA Best Playground competition and need your help to get the project to the next round.

The competition is judged via a voting system, so get behind our work and design team with your vote and help PLAY[ground] progress to even maybe the next round.

Voting is open until 28 April.

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Wednesday 6 April 2016
The future of the hospitality experience, through technology and design?

HASSELL Principal Paul Semple was part of a panel at Singapore’s renowned Hotel Vagabond last night that looked at how design and technology are impacting the future of Hospitality.

The panel was moderated by international media personality and travel host Anita Kapoor and also included Judith Davidson, HomeAway, Allan Yip, Artyzen Hospitality Group, James and Tamara Lohan, Mr and Mrs Smith, and Damion Breust, The Bleisure Traveller.

Media representatives, industry influencers and guests who attended the panel discussion heard Paul and the other industry leaders discuss topics such as design-led hotel strategy, the importance of design in the hotel experience and the future of hotels, the growth of community-based models such as AirBnB and HomeAway and shifting trends towards home-like comforts over 5-star luxury.

All panellists agreed that while the industry is constantly evolving and that technology is becoming more adaptable, including in-room smart phone technology and ‘staffless’ hotels, the guest and guest experience should always be the key consideration for any hotel design. Quality and value of experience is driven by comfort, hospitality and amenity at whatever level a hotel brand is positioning its offer.

HASSELL has worked with some of the biggest players in the global hospitality industry including Hilton Group, Hyatt Group, InterContinental Hotels Group, ACCOR, Harry’s International, The Ascot Group, and Ovolo Hotels to deliver hospitality projects across the world including Coppersmith Hotel, Melbourne, The Club Hotel, Singapore, and Ovolo Woolloomooloo, Sydney.

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Friday 1 April 2016
Introducing Dennis Ho

Recently appointed HASSELL Principal Dennis Ho is an innovative and creative designer with a strong portfolio of international experience. 

Dennis, who will be based in our Hong Kong studio, comes to HASSELL with 20 years of experience at Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners (RSHP), where he worked closely with both Richard Rogers and Ivan Harbour. Dennis is known for his exceptional design talent, hand sketching ability, creativity and problem solving.

During his career, Dennis has been involved in a wide range of buildings and master plan projects, from large-scale, mixed-use complexes in Singapore and Seoul to high-end residential development in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei, and city regeneration projects in Malaysia, Italy, Spain and Portugal. 

Some of the projects Dennis was involved in during his time with RSHP include Double Cove in Hong Kong, Fubon HQ and Taoyuan International Airport Control Tower in Taipei, The International Quarter Building S6 in Stratford (UK), and Crystal City in Washington DC. 

Dennis has worked across multiple sectors in Asia and will be a key asset to our team and clients in Hong Kong and across the region, contributing to existing projects as well as new opportunities. His digital presentation expertise, unambiguous conceptual creative thinking and his ability to distil client briefs will be an asset to the HASSELL team. 

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work within HASSELL on such a diverse range of projects across Asia. My emphasis will be on collaborating to create exemplary and innovative design,’ says Dennis.

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Friday 1 April 2016
Vale John Morphett

It’s with great sadness we mark the passing of revered architect John Neville Morphett AM, OBE.

A truly remarkable person and an award-winning designer, John was a driving force in championing HASSELL as the collaborative, international practice it is today.

John joined HASSELL in 1955, (or HASSELL, McConnell and Partners as it was known then), after graduating from the University of Adelaide, and continued his association with the practice for over forty years.

“His clear vision to distinguish HASSELL as a ‘design practice’, rather than just an architectural one, has been a cornerstone of our ongoing strategic vision,” said HASSELL Managing Director and Chairman Robert Backhouse.

"John held a firm belief that every situation deserves a unique response, rejecting style in favour of rigorously tested design solutions that not only build on their predecessors but are new inventions.”

Following a brief period in the United States working for Walter Gropius, John took up a key role at HASSELL in the early 1960s as Principal, and later became Managing Director in 1979, and Board Director in 1992. He was integral to the Practice’s expansion into new markets throughout Australia and Asia.

“John’s lasting legacy for HASSELL is undoubtedly his commitment to collaboration of skills and people as being the most fruitful for creative endeavours, and the basis for establishing a deep, enduring design culture,” said Former HASSELL Managing Director, Tim Shannon. 

His passion for architecture saw him recognised with a long list of local and international honours from the profession and community at large. He was awarded the RAIA Gold Medal in 2000, received the RAIA Life Fellow and served as an honorary British Consul-General in South Australia for 10 years (1986-1996).

"John was such a delightful man. Measured, thoughtful, great company, a wonderful designer, draftsman and artist, mentor and a great collaborator. He was a wonderful ambassador of HASSELL, the City of Adelaide and Australia,” said HASSELL Principal Ross de la Motte. 

John generously imparted his design wisdom to a host of HASSELL people who remember him as a design mentor with a sharp mind, and a robust dedication to the craft. 

The time he spent as a young man studying at MIT in Boston, and running The Architects Collaborative office in Rome provided him with experience and insights that shaped his architectural career, and which all those who have worked for, and with HASSELL, have benefited from. 

“John made a great impact on my career as a designer. He was inspiring to work with informing my approach on how architecture should be seen with utmost clarity,” said HASSELL Principal Mariano DeDuonni.

Our deepest sympathies are with John’s family.

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Tuesday 29 March 2016
2016 AIDA shortlist revealed

What do a striking hotel and bar, an innovative banking hub in Sydney , a dreamy sleep installation in London, and a sophisticated dining venue in Singapore have in common? They are all HASSELL projects shortlisted for the 2016 Australian Interior Design Awards

The four projects - Ovolo Woolloomooloo, Luke’s Oyster Bar and Chophouse, Westpac Kogarah and The Sleeperie were shortlisted from 487 entries demonstrating excellence in interior design across seven categories.

The award winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Friday 10 June 2016 at the Sofitel Wentworth in Sydney.

For more information and updates on the 2016 Australian Interior Design Awards click here

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Friday 11 March 2016
From industrial to liveable:
Unconventional design vision wins HASSELL Travelling Scholarship

Clever design thinking could help communities adapt vacant industrial sites into places people can safely live, work and play in one day.

The highly imaginative research The Space In Between won this year’s HASSELL Travelling Scholarship. The annual award celebrates outstanding graduate research by emerging landscape architects, based on nominations put forward by their university.

RMIT Master of Landscape Architecture graduate John Williams earned the scholarship out of 18 nominated students from across Australia. John inventively proposed applying phytoremediation techniques to transform hazardous brownfield sites into thriving residential communities. Phytoremediation is a cost-effective plant-based approach that helps heal and restore the natural environment from toxic chemicals without the need for invasive interventions. 

John’s project focused on the highly-industrialised suburb of Brooklyn in Melbourne’s inner-west. Just 10km from the CBD, the current landscape is dominated by quarries, landfill and large industrial estates – and it’s under increasing pressure to transform.

HASSELL Head of Landscape Architecture, Angus Bruce, said:

“We were extremely impressed with John’s compelling design solution,” Angus said.  

“The research comes as cities face rising pressure to adapt inner-city sites to house and transport swelling populations. This tricky situation is one John’s research intends to help solve.” 

John who is presently working at the HASSELL Melbourne studio said he was excited about the prospect of travelling to Amsterdam as part of the scholarship - a city rich in industrial history to expand upon his project, saying:

“The HASSELL Travelling Scholarship is an incredible opportunity for me to delve deeper into the design research I’ve been doing into post-industrial development processes. It’s great to visit communities applying these processes and see first hand the way the initiatives have hit the ground in the real world.’ 

“To engage with and document the transformations that are happening as a result is a truly inspiring prospect,” he added. 

Imagery by John Williams. 

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Wednesday 9 March 2016
How to get a good night’s sleep in a hotel

1:37am, toss, turn, watch the clock, can’t sleep…it’s a pattern played out in numerous hotel rooms around the world every night. Jet lag, different bed, too hot or too cold, noise from the street, light from the corridor coming under the door…the reasons are numerous.

For all travellers a good night’s sleep is essential for people to be at the top of their game, whether it be for business or to enjoy a holiday. HASSELL has partnered with researchers from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of Hotel and Tourism Management to determine how design can help guests get a good night’s sleep.

Good quality sleep can improve alertness, mood, help to prevent diabetes and reduce the likelihood of stroke and heart disease. While, not getting enough quality sleep can cause a myriad of mental and physical problems. A global study undertaken in 2015 indicated that 96% of people said that sleep was important to how they feel, but only 17% were happy with the quality of their sleep.

Announcing the project, Dr Alice Hon, Assistant Professor of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management, said: ‘Sleep is pivotal to people’s health and wellbeing and we are excited to commence this timely research with HASSELL.’

Brett Pollard, Head of Knowledge and Sustainability at HASSELL, added: ‘we are looking forward to developing our research relationship with the School as they are one of the leading hotel research schools in the world’ 

Conducted between February and June 2016 the research will determine the critical design features hotels need to incorporate in order to give their guests the best chance of getting a good night’s sleep, with the ultimate goal of understanding the perception of the hotel managers and guests’ knowledge of sleep management measures as well as relationship between sleep quality and guest satisfaction.

HASSELL Principal Paul Semple has worked on multiple hospitality projects and says this research not only offers great insight into the impact design has on sleep, but also allows HASSELL to provide greater benefits to its hospitality clients. 

Research has shown that sleep is affected by both internal and external factors such as noise, light and bed amenities. A deeper understanding of these factors will help us to create better environments for sleep and improved value for our clients,’ Paul said.

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Monday 7 March 2016
Dairy-ing to be different at Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

Novelty-sized dairy products are tempting attendees to the 2016 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (MFWF). An oversized inflatable ice-cream looms over the festival’s dairy-themed central hub, designed by HASSELL as the latest in our long association with MFWF.

The Urban Dairy is the third festival hub HASSELL has designed for MFWF, following the Urban Coffee Farm in 2013 and the Immersery in 2014. The Urban Dairy is designed to put a contemporary slant on Australia’s iconic dairy experiences. A giant milk carton, a wedge of oozing Brie and an iconic Aussie milk bar all contribute to making the space playful - and unexpected. 

The theme continues to the milk-based fare available to festival goers, which pays homage to the significant role the dairy industry plays in Australia.  

Big names include cult New York ice-creamery Big Gay Ice Cream, Gelato Messina, with event support by the Bank of Melbourne, Legendairy, and Peter Rowland Catering. 

The oversized dairy products engage children and adults alike, while a collection of local shopping strip store fronts, including the milk bar, flank either side of the Southbank promenade to serve directly to passers-by.

The Urban Dairy is open from 4 - 13 March (7:30am – 11pm) during the Festival. See more highlights from the Festival.

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Monday 7 March 2016
Pop up festival hub brings Elizabeth Quay to life

​The long-awaited Elizabeth Quay mixed-use development is the first site to really connect the iconic Swan River to the city of Perth. As with any new urban development, however, its success will depend upon people incorporating it into their daily lives; reshaping their city to embrace this new space.

And with private development work expected to continue at Elizabeth Quay into the coming years, the answer to opening up the precinct to the people of Perth begins with a series of exciting temporary events – generating buzz around the area and piquing curiosity.

The first major public event to be held at the precinct’s Lot 4 was Chevron Festival Gardens, the main hub of the Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF). Running from 11 February to 6 March, the gardens were designed by HASSELL as a celebration of art, architecture and entertainment.

HASSELL designed the Chevron Festival Gardens as a way to transport the people of Perth into the future of this site. A temporary landscape and dramatic setting celebrates its transitory state, while the skeletal forms of the scaffolding and translucent containers nod to the dynamic qualities of the surrounding construction. 

“The Chevron Festival Gardens was not only a temporary performance space, but also a central meeting place that opens up the potential of the underutilised Elizabeth Quay precinct,” says HASSELL Principal Andrew Low.

“We worked closely with the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) and PIAF to develop a conversation between the site, the community, and the overall context,” he said. 

The success of the Chevron Festival Gardens comes on the back of the very distinct, yet similarly successful hubs HASSELL has designed for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival in recent years.

“The goal of MRA and PIAF was to achieve a celebratory space that succeeds both passively during the quieter daytime and actively during the busier night time,” says Andrew. “It is the first time that the city has been connected to the quay and this is the first step in making Elizabeth Quay a dynamic, active place to visit.” 

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Wednesday 2 March 2016
Introducing Harley Vincent: HASSELL Principal

Public design can’t be done in a bubble. It needs to engage with the people and consider its impact on cities both now and in the future, says HASSELL Principal Harley Vincent.

Harley, who joined HASSELL in 2007 to work on the ANZ Centre in Melbourne’s Docklands, is a strong advocate for quality urban and architectural design of public buildings.

“I think designers have a responsibility to positively impact people’s enjoyment of everyday life at every opportunity. Public places, like train stations and airports, are great opportunities to achieve that – done right they’re buildings and spaces that can be really engaging.” Harley says.

As Project Director for the winning proposal for Flinders Street Station Design Competition, Harley was able to explore how an iconic but also very busy train station could be transformed from a place to be hurried through to a destination in its own right.

“We wanted to capture the public’s imagination,” says Harley, whose deep understanding of the city and the site helped HASSELL and Herzog and de Meuron reimagine Flinders Street Station into a new public place for Melbourne.

“The result was something we were all thoroughly proud of – a civic destination with a distinct architectural identity, a home for lots of different activities from markets to festivals, and an urban linchpin in the heart of Melbourne,” says Harley.

Public engagement was also a key element of the design for the Dandenong Government Services Offices where public foyers have been activated by retail, food and beverage, and community incubator spaces to create a relationship with the surrounding urban fabric.

Pointing to his experience living and working in Europe, Harley identifies his appreciation and interest in the health, sustainability, and financial benefits of well-designed public transport.

His work on the speculative Australian High Speed Vehicle project, saw him work with a diverse team of HASSELL designers to envision an alternative low-carbon, safe mode of transport for future travel between Australian capital and regional cities. Inspired by the brut lines of the iconic Australian speed machine the 1960s HK Monaro, the team designed the A-HSV to be responsive to the Australian context and enable a commute in under three hours.

This interest in public transport can also be seen in his most recent work on the A$4.8 billion Regional Rail Link, due for completion in 2016, which saw him lead the design of the noise attenuation walls that line sections of the 90 kilometres of new track.

“I think it’s really important to look up from your immediate context – be that the physical context or present moment – and think about how what you’re doing could be better. Better suited to its context, better suited to changing future needs…or simply better,” he says.

“Architects have a responsibility to leave the world in a better place. It’s as simple as that.”

Harley is currently involved in the design team for the highly anticipated Geelong Performing Arts Centre, which includes new dance studios, three new theatres, conference spaces, hospitality venues, and increasing equitable access throughout the facility.

Tuesday 23 February 2016
HASSELL Perth studio officially opens

The new HASSELL Perth studio is officially open, following a packed launch event last Wednesday night.

Over 200 guests celebrated the move to the Commonwealth Bank Building, including Deputy Lord Mayor of Perth James Limnios, CEOs and senior representatives from a mix of senior public and private companies. 

After a Welcome to Country ceremony from Dr Richard Walley OAM, Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett spoke about the city defining projects HASSELL has helped to deliver, before declaring the studio officially open.

“What an exciting work environment you have created for your employees to design and innovate,” said Tony Lubicz, Project Director for the Major Projects Unit, Public Transport Authority.

HASSELL Director Peter Lee said the new studio embodies the HASSELL commitment to creating and transforming places so they can be used to their fullest potential to unlock cultural, social and economic value.

“As with our other projects and our international studios, we have been careful to retain what is beautiful about this space while cultivating those qualities that inspire great design,” he said.

Located in the 1930s heritage-listed Commonwealth Bank building, the new Perth studio is the latest HASSELL studio to be converted from a storied past into a collaborative and creative space for our designers and clients. Other HASSELL studios around the world were once places as diverse as a bread factory, motorcycle factory or traditional shophouse.

“The new Perth studio will continue to build on the success of city-shaping projects like Brookfield Place, one40william and Fiona Stanley Hospital. With Perth Stadium and Station underway, the HASSELL contribution to Western Australia is set to remain strong well into the future,” said Peter.

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Thursday 18 February 2016
The future of workplace: interactions by design

The way people interact in an organisation is influenced by the space. But it’s also the nature of the interaction and the channel – face-to-face and digital – that impacts the way people communicate and collaborate. 

As designers these types of interactions determine how we design the very best, and responsive, workplaces. But if we don’t investigate and understand the nature of these social interactions how can we? 

The relationship between people and space, specifically workplaces, is the focus of HASSELL Senior Researcher, Dr. Agustin Chevez’s presentation at Worktech16 in Sydney next week.

The initial research, in partnership with Optimice, will be presented to leading international thinkers, industry strategists, and radical visionaries from over 300 professions who all play a role in shaping innovative workplaces of the future.  

“Our initial research shows there is an ongoing relationship between people and the spaces they interact in – such as workplaces,” Dr. Chevez said. 

“By investigating this relationship further we can uncover better design solutions to maximise business productivity and innovation.”

For further Worktech 16 event information visit their website

Monday 8 February 2016
Health of employees at the heart of a new building standard

Health is at the heart of a new building standard that’s being piloted by leading developers.

The global building standard, WELL Building Standard, is a framework for tenants, businesses, and the property industry to develop buildings that place focus on health and wellness-related design criteria.

HASSELL Principal Steve Coster said there’s a growing awareness of the importance of creating work spaces that make people feel energised, and supported mentally and physically.

“There is a real epidemic of mental health issues. There is as much absenteeism from stress and anxiety as all other physical sicknesses combined,” said Steve.

“But there are some really positive examples of companies leading the charge in developing health-based workplaces.”

The design of leading health insurer Medibank’s head office is a key example of a workplace that wanted to create one of the healthiest workplaces in the world. Named the best workplace in the world at INSIDE at the end of 2015, the workplace sets an international benchmark in health-based working.

“70% of Medibank employees reported feeling healthier working at Medibank Place. What’s more, 66% of employees said they were more productive in their new workplace environment.”

Steve points to a PricewaterhouseCoopers 2014 report for BeyondBlue that found that every dollar spent on better work practices drove a positive return on investment of 2.3.

“That is, for every dollar spent on successfully implementing an appropriate action, there is on average $2.30 in benefits to be gained by the organisation,” the report says.

WELL is an evolution of existing green, sustainable building standards such as the Green Star and NABERS and if adopted more widely could propel business into a healthier, more productive future.

Read more on the WELL Building Standard.

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Monday 25 January 2016
London High Street transformation shortlisted for RIBAJ MacEwen Award

The revitalisation of a London high street, Croydon South End High Street, by HASSELL and design studio We Made That has been shortlisted for the RIBAJ MacEwen Award.

The award that celebrates ‘architecture for the common good’ recognised the success of the regenerative scheme, which reimagined a run-down, neglected retail strip into a lively, active streetscape.

The ambitious scheme has been overwhelming successful, with shop vacancies reducing from 25% to just 5% by the time the project was completed.

The project received a great deal of praise from judges who included Stirling Prize winning architect Amanda Levete:

‘I found it playful and well done; it is a lovely little vignette. Suddenly it becomes a place where you might want to loiter rather than hurry along.’

HASSELL Principal, Jon Hazelwood said of the shortlisting: “The recognition by the RIBAJ Award is testament to the impact of robust, simple design that’s improving people’s lives in a simple, but significant way.”

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Tuesday 19 January 2016
Look up, look down: Designing great skyscrapers for global cities

When we talk about skyscrapers, we tend to focus on their impact up high – from their mark on the skyline to the quality of their view. But what about life on the ground?

HASSELL Principal Ken McBryde believes that what’s happening on this ‘ground plane’ now plays a critical role in the success of major skyscraper projects – and the livelihood of our cities.

Project briefs often encourage developments that make an ‘iconic statement’ on the skyline and have strong commercial prospects, Ken told attendees at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat 2015 international conference in New York.

“Solving these challenges isn’t enough,” he added. “If our projects don’t address and respond to the city around them and explore the nature of truly public space, then their value is limited and it’s a missed opportunity for city-making and active public realm."

“It’s critical that tall buildings continue a sense of community vertically as well as horizontally to contribute to the shape of the city, its vibrancy and how it’s used.”

Ken believes that designers, developers, government authorities and communities should work together to create and ‘unlock’ these civic spaces – or precincts – so they work on multiple levels. That means they will become ‘destinations’ that appeal to workers, residents, shoppers and diners – and ultimately enrich city life overall.

Ken also pointed out that the best buildings are increasingly offering ‘third spaces’ that blur the line between tenants and communities. These might be a shared working ‘hub’, a publicly accessible auditorium or a new spot for exhibitions.

For example, HASSELL is designing a planned 32-story tower at 60 Martin Place in Sydney that will invite the public into its ground level and rooftop cafes, bars and restaurants – and will also offer a significant new civic space for events.

“HASSELL worked hard in partnership with our clients, the community and the neighbourhood, and planning authorities to ensure the building would contribute to its neighbourhood and the city – creating a lively and attractive destination,” Ken said.

Similarly, the Brookfield Place development in Perth has restored and enlivened an area of the city – including heritage buildings – that was dormant for more than 30 years. The HASSELL design for the building has created a ‘sticky destination’ that draws people in – and keeps them there – to dine, shop or simply explore.

The broader public benefits of that project have resulted in Brookfield Place winning Australia’s pre-eminent urban design award.

“The most enduring city buildings are ones that focus first on being carefully integrated within the city fabric and its public domain,” Ken added. 

Monday 18 January 2016
New media hub opens at Melbourne Park for 2016 Australian Open kick off

The world’s leading media outlets – including BBC and ESPN – will experience new working facilities for the 2016 Australian Open. The new Administration and Media Building (AMB) has opened for the Australian Open, one of tennis’ four grand slam events around the world, which kicks off at Melbourne Park today.

Although still under construction, the building is already fully operational and is one component of a far-reaching master plan for Melbourne Park, designed to secure the Park’s position as a world class sporting and events precinct, and home to the Australian Open tennis tournament.

HASSELL is responsible for the architecture, interior design and landscape architecture of the eight-storey building which is also home to the Melbourne and Olympic Park Trust (MOPT) and Tennis Australia (TA), the organisations that oversee the precinct and the Australian Open.

The upper levels of the building comprise the permanent offices for MOPT and TA while the lower levels are designed to be flexible and able to comfortably accommodate some 600 media personnel from 300 local and international outlets during the Australian Open tennis tournament in January every year. The spaces include flexible work rooms, lounges, and a cafe which had to be designed so that they can be both securely controlled and able cater for the long hours that media representatives work during such events.

The AMB is a key component of the overall master plan, and a building whose design is both appropriate to its context, and supportive of the continued success of the Australian Open and Melbourne and Olympic Park.

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Friday 15 January 2016
2016 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival: The Urban Dairy

HASSELL is joining forces with the Melbourne and Food Wine Festival once again, this year designing the central hub for the international event that spans 10 days, from March 4-13.

The hub, called The Urban Dairy – a milky wonderland – will catapult passers-by into a large-scale dairy theme bursting with colour and flavour.

HASSELL is responsible for the design of the expanded site, which will be taking over three rather than one site as in previous years.

The design of the Urban Dairy is inspired by collective childhood memories of long summer days spent at the iconic Australian milk bar - think sticky fingers from melting ice cream and slurping on pastel coloured milkshakes.

Theatrical-sized dairy products wow attendees as they indulge in milk-based fare. A giant ice cream, butter slab, milk carton and slice of Brie engage children and adults alike, while a collection of local shopping strip store fronts, including a milk bar, flank either side of the Southbank promenade to serve directly to passers-by.

Paying homage to the tireless and significant role that the dairy industry plays in Australia, the Queensbridge Square ‘Red Stair’ will be transformed into the ‘Green Stair’ for the duration of the festival, with rolling green pastures and cows dotted throughout the space.

For more on the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival click here.

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

  • Reclaiming the wild in our public spaces

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

  • Galleries need to move away from the traditional white box

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

  • Reinventing unused spaces and turning them into parks

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

  • Robb Society - Carrie Ho

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

  • Sports venues must be iconic yet functional

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

  • Finger paintings

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

  • Dennis Ho on Monocle Radio

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

  • Esperence Waterfront has its future solidified by HASSELL

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

  • The Art of Business Travel

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

  • The Great Room features in Wallpaper*

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

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