Archive / 2017
Friday 15 December 2017
A city created by its youngest citizens

Inspired by Hong Kong’s famous Kowloon Walled City, HASSELL ran a series of all ages workshops at the deTour HK Creative Festival that invited kids to create their own vision of a rich urban environment.

Participants explored how to create a community, the relationship between urban density, connectedness and sharing, and how chaos and harmony can co-exist in densely populated areas.

Kids were given a hands-on opportunity to build their own scene in the Kowloon Walled City, tapping into their creativity and understanding of space to imagine something as realistic or surreal as they liked.

The creations included lots of spaces for playing, resting, socialising and interacting with nature. These were fitted together to collectively form the deTour Walled City, one of the central pieces on display at the festival.

“Kids are the urban citizens of the future, and we believe they need a greater say in how we plan and design our cities. Engaging with them through workshops like these is our way of finding out what is important to them,” said Carrie Ho, HASSELL Principal.

Read about our related 'expanded fields' activities, like our collaboration with Archikidz (The Little House of Big Ideas), on Multitudes and Urban Futures.

Thursday 14 December 2017
HASSELL + SO – IL shortlisted for Adelaide Contemporary

HASSELL + SO – IL have been shortlisted for the Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition.

Adelaide Contemporary will combine an art gallery with a public sculpture park and meeting place. The initiative will be a focus for the city’s cultural and community energy, creating an accessible meeting place, integrating art, education and nature.

The first stage of the competition attracted 107 teams from five continents.

The six teams shortlisted are HASSELL + SO – IL; Adjaye Associates and BVN; BIG and JPE Design Studio; David Chipperfield Architects and SJB Architects; Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Woods Bagot; Khai Liew, Office of Ryue Nishizawa and Durbach Block Jaggers.

HASSELL collaborated with New York-based SO – IL, one of the most progressive and innovative voices in contemporary architecture.

Other collaborators include the prominent Australian artist Fiona Hall and the esteemed French landscape architect Catherine Mosbach.

The selection panel for the competition included representatives of Arts South Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Office for Design and Architecture South Australia, and was chaired by Michael Lynch AO CBE.

The HASSELL + SO – IL partnership promises a daring architecture proposal for Adelaide Contemporary that is deeply rooted in the heart of the place and its people.

For more information visit the competition website.

Tuesday 12 December 2017
Introducing Richard Burley

Richard Burley has joined HASSELL as Principal, Client Engagement based in the Melbourne studio.

Richard brings a diverse range of experience to HASSELL, having spent the last four and a half years as a development manager with Plenary Group in Canada and Melbourne.

Starting his career as an architect, Richard is passionate about the design and delivery of projects that transform our cities and create great outcomes for our clients.

“I am attracted to the complexities and challenges that large scale projects bring, but the biggest drawcard is projects that have a strong element of design,” Richard said

“Design shapes our lives and impacts on how we perform and feel. It can – and does – make organisations, cities and places perform better from a host of perspectives.

Richard has worked in infrastructure development with Plenary, Royal Bank of Scotland and ABN AMRO Bank and in project management at Lendlease on projects in Canada, USA, Hong Kong and Australia. He has led major PPP bids in Australia and Canada and his experience working with bid consortia for large complex projects is invaluable for HASSELL as we work on city-shaping PPP projects with sponsors, partners and other clients.

“My interest in architecture and my role in the PPP space was always focused on design – and what is so interesting about PPPs is that they generally do drive good design outcomes.

“One of the reasons I joined HASSELL is because of the practice’s reputation for great design. The work speaks for itself, across a wide range of sectors and locations.”

“The culture at HASSELL is highly collaborative and encourages a collective approach.  The breadth of talent and how the team works together across the business is impressive."

“I think clients come to us because they want an enjoyable process, they want to be challenged and they want a collaborative experience. They want trust, consistency and professionalism – and a firm who is the best in the business. I’m excited about being part of delivering that.”

Monday 4 December 2017
Footprints: an immersive experience at Hong Kong’s music and arts festival

An immersive transitional passage offered a unique experience for visitors at Hong Kong's largest music and arts festival, Clockenflap. Envisaged as a cave-like architectural structure, Footprints was the result of a creative collaboration between HASSELL, Greater Group, S&techs and TRO for the much-loved festival that was visited by over 70,000 people this year. 

As part of the overall festival theme this year of myth creation, the design team explored the idea of connecting with the original medium of storytelling and myth-making in one of the earliest social places where stories were created to be discovered – the cave.

“The installation needed to be a thought-provoking, memorable spatial and sensory experience for a wide variety of festival-goers – from children to adults. Our team set out to create a secret moment ‘away’ to take sanctuary from the festival during both the daytime and night-time activity,” said Tom Herron, Principal.

From a distance, Footprints appeared as a negative, rectilinear box dissolving into the landscape, simultaneously referencing the surrounding mirrored surfaces of Hong Kong’s high rise architecture, while reflecting the immediate yet transient reality of festival activity. In contrast, upon entering the mysterious mirrored box, there was an immediate sense of intimacy as visitors were surrounded by a curved interior passageway reminiscent of an ancient cave. And adding to the sense of discovery and delight were punctured holes throughout the exterior, offering indirect views towards the curved, embracing internal form.

“Installations such as these are a great way to explore and test design ideas, and a fantastic way to connect directly with the community in the cities we work in,” said Tom. 

Wednesday 29 November 2017
HASSELL+ ‘collects and connects’ San Francisco bay communities to boost resilience

International design team HASSELL+ has re-imagined a series of San Francisco waterfront communities as vibrant, fundamentally public places primed for everyday use – but also vital for environmental and emergency needs.

The team's 'Collect and Connect' response for Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge was inspired by the way the region’s communities used open spaces during both the 1906 San Francisco earthquake – one of the deadliest in US history – and the recent, devastating Northern California wildfires.

Taking their cue from these historic and current patterns of use, the team proposed creating a new network of parklands and public spaces to connect and collect people and water – both before and during times of disaster – within three communities: East Oakland, Redwood City and South San Francisco.

Speaking for the design team, HASSELL Principal Richard Mullane said, “Resilience to disaster is as much about how communities are able to organise themselves in urban space as it is about major infrastructure.

“Our approach to resilience focuses on creating quality public spaces and better communities.”

The Bay Area is at risk from both sea level rise and seismic events. In addition, many communities are grappling with high unemployment and poverty, a lack of regional governance, and limited or no access to shorelines due to industry.

Moreover, the area’s transport infrastructure – rail, freeways, ferries and walking and cycling trails – form loops that are increasingly congested. Like circuits, they then become more likely to break.

To address this, HASSELL+ envisions a network structure of green spaces, creeks and revived high streets that would serve as points of collection, connection and water management from the ridgeline to shoreline and across the bay via an enhanced ferry network.

“Recharged ‘connectors’ – streets and creeks – and new ‘collectors’ – responsive, adaptable open spaces – would become places for everyday gathering, big events and disaster assembly. Together, they could ultimately make the Bay Area more physically and socially resilient,” Richard explained.

The proposal also includes a digital platform giving Bay Area communities a say in the facilities they need most. “We want communities to design along with us, so together we’re coming up with meaningful, practical solutions that can be developed locally and shared regionally,” Richard said.

“From tool libraries to resilience education centres, our team has devised a range of places that could be hubs of community activity and genuine engagement,” he said.

“Our team is looking forward to hearing feedback from local communities and working with them and local authorities to bring some of our ideas to life.”

The proposals are open to public feedback until 1 December 2017, via Neighborland.

Friday 24 November 2017
Rob Backhouse receives Interior Design Excellence Awards Gold Medal

HASSELL Principal and Chairman Rob Backhouse has been awarded the 2017 Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) Gold Medal.

The IDEA is Australia’s largest and most successful independent design awards program. Launched by inside magazine in 2003, the program celebrates the best of Australian interior and product design across 11 categories and five Special Awards.

The Gold Medal is the most prestigious award at the IDEA, and is given in recognition of those practitioners who have made an influential and enduring contribution to Australian design culture over the course of a career.

On awarding the Gold Medal to Rob, the jury cited: “As a designer he [Rob] has contributed to projects that have been recognised worldwide and, as managing director of HASSELL, one of the country’s most successful design practices, he has led the business to further accomplishment.”

“Perhaps one of Rob Backhouse’s greatest talents is his inclusive and collegiate nature. He has the ability to nurture and sustain inter and multidisciplinary teams that work together for the greater good of the project and the practice. His perception of design is inclusive of all design genres and he understands that this is what makes a good project great. Through his own experience, however, Backhouse has shone a very bright light on the importance of interior design and, as Managing Director, he has championed the importance of interiors as a principal player along with architecture, landscape and urban design.”

Upon accepting the award Rob said he was honoured to receive this type of recognition from the industry.

“This is such an unexpected honour. I’m proud of the many great projects I’ve been able to be involved in throughout my career so far and have been lucky to work with loads of really talented designers and clients."

Thursday 23 November 2017
Lucy Turnbull AO visits the HASSELL Sydney studio

Earlier this week, Ms Lucy Turnbull AO, Chief Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission, visited the HASSELL Sydney studio.

Ms Turnbull presented the Commission’s Plan for Greater Sydney, a key part of the Commission’s strategy for working with government and industry to deliver strong and effective strategic planning for the whole of metropolitan Sydney.

The plan details how to develop Sydney into a metropolis of ‘three cities’ where almost three-quarters of people will live within 30 minutes of one of the city centres.

An urbanist, businesswoman and philanthropist with a longstanding interest in cities and technological and social innovation, Ms Turnbull commented on several issues she sees as critical to getting right when considering the future success of cities such as Sydney.

Among these was the need to leverage the good that technology advances can bring about for communities while minimising potential negatives.

Ms Turnbull cited examples like autonomous vehicles, remarking: “On the one hand AVs could be harnessed to help connect underemployed people in areas that aren’t well served by public transportation with employment opportunities, but on the other hand could lead to social isolation if not well considered.”

Other key issues and challenges Ms Turnbull mentioned as being critical to the successful future development of Sydney included:
_considering health and education precincts holistically as attractors within the overall city;
_designing successful vertical schools for the increasing school-aged population;
_designing cities for walkability and the flow on that has for overall wellbeing; and
_the importance of the green grid and green cover to counteract the heat island effect.

HASSELL Principal David Tickle said, “It was great to hear that our areas of focus at HASSELL are so aligned with the broader policy context for the development of Sydney as a successful global city.”

Tuesday 21 November 2017
HASSELL to design $900m Yaroomba Beach redevelopment

Sekisui House Australia has commissioned HASSELL to undertake the master planning of the Yaroomba Beach site on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, including architecture, and landscape architecture.

The project represents a rare opportunity for an integrated, mixed-use community surrounded by dune buffers and vegetation.

The overall vision includes The Westin Coolum Spa and Resort which will provide a positive harmonious development that the entire community can enjoy. This will be the first 5 star resort developed on the Sunshine Coast in 30 years and included integrated conference and events space. The development will be an exemplar of sustainable and ecologically sensitive design that respects the natural character and environment of the area.

Embedded throughout the masterplan are a series of design principles informed by the Sunshine Coast’s landscape. HASSELL responded to the specific ‘touching the ground lightly’ guidelines by drawing the environment right up and into the buildings, highlighting the unique qualities the locality evokes.

The design interweaves the landscape and built form from the edges of the dune to the heart of the site, with the built form taking inspiration from Mount Coolum creating distinction between a landscaped base and a delicate green overlay.

HASSELL Principal Kevin Lloyd believes the proposed development Yaroomba Beach has the potential to create a precinct of regional and state importance.

The development of a five star hotel with associated facilities will expand the appeal of the Sunshine Coast as a domestic and international tourism destination. These facilities will also provide the opportunity to cater for the expanding conference/convention industry, thereby attracting major events to the region. This will in turn provide employment and economic growth to the area.

“We have designed a building that is understated and more of a natural extension of the landscape and the character of the Sunshine Coast. It sets a new benchmark for the architectural expression of the region – a building that embraces the local vernacular and evolves this to create a new exemplar,” Kevin said.

“The façade is expressed as a series of distinct elements, with landscape drawn vertically through the building, connecting the permeable ground plane with a series of richly landscaped terraces at roof level,” he said.

Tuesday 31 October 2017
MAO Mall is the first physical mall for Alibaba

The first bricks and mortar mall for online tech giant Alibaba is coming out of the ground in Hangzhou, in an exciting move for this global leader in retail innovation. 

With the retail strategy and interiors designed by HASSELL, the MAO Mall is part of Alibaba Group’s ‘new retail’ strategy, which aims to blend online, offline, logistics and data units across a single value chain.

The project featured recently on industry website Inside Retail Asia, which reports: “Alibaba is moving into offline spaces as it remodels traditional retailing. It has already launched unmanned convenience stores and introduced big-data technology to a million small retailers.”

Speaking about the project, HASSELL Principal Carrie Ho said: ”Our design creates an integrated journey between the online experience of shopping with Alibaba and their offline space. It’s an internalised environment and physical display of the online platform. 

“Convenience, connection and experience have been our key drivers while designing MAO Mall with Alibaba. Our brand experience and connection strategy includes the first ever Alibaba concept store and concept museum,” she said. 

HASSELL has a long-term relationship with Alibaba after designing the company's first workplace campus in Hangzhou, where MAO Mall is also located.

Alibaba engaged HASSELL to work on its first bricks and mortar retail mall and provide a physical link for people to connect to the retail brand. The mall is expected to be completed and open by April 2018. 

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Friday 27 October 2017
Introducing Natalie Louey

Natalie Louey has joined HASSELL as Principal to be based in the Singapore studio before moving to Melbourne later in the year.

Natalie joins HASSELL with more than 20 years’ experience working in both Australia and Singapore. As an interior designer with a strong focus on hospitality projects, her work has enabled her to complete projects in SE Asia, Japan, Middle East, India, Africa and Australia.

‘Natalie’s hospitality experience and contribution is broad both throughout Asia and globally. Her expertise, passion and commitment to quality outcomes will bolster the depth of our already strong global team,’ said HASSELL Principal and Hospitality sector leader Paul Semple.

In the ten years Natalie has been in Singapore she has been working with diverse brands such as Hyatt, Hilton, IHG, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore Airlines and Cathay, and has also been invited to provide concepts for projects such as the QE2 ocean liner and the heritage classic Galle Face Hotel in Colombo.

“It has become so important to be able to understand the insights that are driving the trends in lifestyle destinations. We have to be future thinking and confidently steer design towards the new ways we live, work and travel,” said Natalie.

Most recently Natalie has worked on projects including a Hotel Indigo and a Jumeriah Hotel in Bali, a Citigold Retail Banking flagship and the implementation of a Cathay Lounge in Changi Airport. The diversity of projects has provided an opportunity to see how sectors cross over and essentially how important it is to understand the underlying aspirations of the businesses.

“The most engaging part of any project is listening to the vision of stakeholders, staff and end users. Creating lifestyle destinations with touchpoints that can change the way people use and remember the space is the most exciting part of the process,” said Natalie.

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Hilton Mauritius Beach Bar and Dining, Mauritius - ONG+ONG
Singapore Airlines Silverkris Lounge, Sydney - ONG+ONG

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Tuesday 17 October 2017
Exploring density in Sao Paulo

Earlier this month, HASSELL Principal Tony Grist attended the fall meeting of the Van Alen Institute’s International Council in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

It was the first meeting held in the southern hemisphere, following previous meetings in Copenhagen, Munich and Chicago.

The trip included an architectural tour of a range of urban spaces and buildings designed for large populations, including post-WWII and contemporary examples and an unplanned favela.

There was also a multilingual panel discussion with Instituto Lina Bo Bardi (‘Concrete + Conjured: Lessons on Density’), studio visits to local practices and a final day design charrette on density and civic participation involving International Council members and guests.

Tony says it was an opportunity to explore challenges for densification in one of the world’s densest cities.

“Sao Paulo has developed many strategies for high density living, such as the utilisation of vacant multistorey buildings close to the city centre with ‘organised’ occupations," he said.

"But one lesson learnt is that adequate housing for lower-paid populations needs to be provided in city centres, so as to reduce long commutes from distant suburbs and ensure that essential workers can contribute to core service provision."

The result of inadequate densification in city centres is urban sprawl, a familiar issue faced in Australian cities, Tony says.

"But given the scale of Sao Paulo there are also opportunities to create satellite centres that are well serviced by infrastructure and economic opportunity and offer shorter travel distances for portions of the urban population." 

"In Sydney, Parramatta is a good example, as are the planned areas around the new Western Sydney Aiport."

The not-for-profit Van Alen Institute is based in New York and works with architects, academics, policymakers and communities on cross-disciplinary research, public programs and design competitions.

Members of its International Council meet twice annually to investigate issues facing cities around the world, convene with local policymakers, developers, researchers, and designers and identify topics with potential for deeper exploration with Van Alen’s international audience.

The International Council is led by Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Kim Herforth Nielsen, 3XN.

Tony Grist and Mark Loughnan – joint Heads of Design for Architecture at HASSELL – were appointed as members in 2016.

The next Council meeting will be held in early 2018 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Tony Grist drawing with Van Alen International Council members (Credit: Jose Pelegrini)
Van Alen Institute International Council on tour in Sao Paulo
Ibirapuera Park Buildings by Oscar Niemeyer
Oito Building by Isay Weinfeld
Edificio Copan by Oscar Niemeyer

Monday 9 October 2017
Sky Central Named Best of the Best in UK

Sky Central has been named ‘Best of the Best’ at the British Council of Offices (BCO) National Awards in London this week.

In selecting Sky Central for the top spot, the jury said: “Sky has created a genuinely unique and hugely dynamic working environment for its team.”

HASSELL was responsible for the workplace design of Sky Central, which also won the Corporate Workplace award, following success in the same category for the regional awards earlier this year.

The BCO awards are the latest in a growing list of accolades for Sky Central, which has won six major UK awards since its completion in 2016, including the New London Architecture Award in the Workplace category, Creative Spaces at the Estates Gazette Awards 2017, and Commercial Interior Project of the Year in the Mixology17 Awards.

The project is also in the running for the 2017 FX International Interior Design Awards and Blueprint Awards, due to be announced later this year.

HASSELL worked closely with concept architect, AL_A, interior and executive architect, PLP, Arup and Mace to design and deliver the 45,000sqm workplace in West London.

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Tuesday 3 October 2017
Mark Loughnan presents at Berlin’s The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory

HASSELL Principal and Board Director Mark Loughnan recently presented in Berlin as part of ‘Museum as Activator: Strategies for public space and access’, invited by ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory in collaboration with the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

The two-day conference consisted of public lectures and panel discussions at ANCB that sparked broader dialogue between cultural experts, institutions, architects, curators and government, focusing on the different strategies required to increase museums’ impact on both a national and global scale.

Mark was part of the panel discussing the topic of ‘The Museum of the 21st Century as Activation Strategy for Public Space’, alongside Dolla Merrillees (The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney), Lisa Havila (Carriage Works, Sydney), and Alex Bowen (Creative Sydney).

The panel discussed evolving museum design strategies across Australia and Germany. Specifically, the conference looked at how to create and enhance public spaces and how cultural institutions today serve as a motor for redevelopment of urban spaces and inclusion within diverse, international, and multi-layered society.

Using a variety of projects as case studies, including the New Museum Western Australia by HASSELL+OMA, the discussion also explored how - apart from their purpose of cultural education -  these spaces are increasingly understood as powerful instruments and activators of urban development.

Mark said that cultural institutions are capable of activating city precincts and infusing even the most neglected areas with new life.

“At HASSELL our goal is to unlock the cultural, social, and economic value of cities and places, and museums and galleries play an important role in this. They are places where people come together and if done right can be transformational.” Mark said.

Tuesday 19 September 2017
Breathing Space: Unmasking London’s polluted airways

An overlooked public square in East London transforms into a place of respite during London Design Festival in a creative collaboration between HASSELL and global engineering consultants, Arup.

Breathing Space is an installation designed to help people visualise the severity of pollution in the Capital. Through interactive digital technologies and immersive lighting design, it provides visitors with real-time information about air pollution in London, and aims to increase awareness of the role individuals can play in improving the quality of London’s air.

With its bold graphic artwork by Art + Believe, Breathing Space uses London Design Festival as a platform to test innovative thinking and technology to help people understand the impacts of air pollution, and to support a dialogue around what can be done to make moving through cities more healthy and fulfilling.

The design includes an enclosed lighting installation containing 11,000 litres of air – the amount we breathe every day.  LED lights installed on wooden seating structures connect to real-time pollution data in 11 different  London locations, and vary in colour as levels of pollution go up and down.

HASSELL Principal Ashley Munday says that such installations offer an important deviation from the norm – offering a necessary stretch in design thinking.

“Short term installations are a great way to challenge conventional thinking. To shake people out of complacency and to offer a fresh, and perhaps unexpected, perspective on how things could be different”.

Breathing Space is open from 18-22 September 2017.

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Thursday 14 September 2017
We support marriage equality

The Australian government has called for a nation-wide postal survey on the question of whether to change the law governing the definition of marriage to recognise same-sex marriage.

At HASSELL, we believe diversity and equality are important, whether we’re talking about our staff, our clients or the wider community.

We know our greatest asset is our global team of talented professionals with diverse backgrounds, skills and perspectives. We value these unique perspectives. It is at the centre of our values and the way we work.

We recognise the rights of our LGBTI employees to live and work, free of prejudice and discrimination, with all the essential freedoms enjoyed by other members of our organisations and the broader community.

As a practice we support our LGBTI team members and those who feel strongly about this issue on behalf of friends and family who will be directly affected by the decision to change marriage laws.

We recognise that not all HASSELL employees will support marriage equality and respect the value of diverse perspectives on all issues, including this one.

We believe that individual rights and liberties are critically important. The Australian people are increasingly supportive of marriage equality, with a recent study showing 72 per cent believe same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.

Globally, over 20 countries have passed laws to allow same-sex marriage, including the United States of America, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and Great Britain. They did so with lower support for marriage equality than Australia is seeing right now. Marriage equality is truly the only fair option. It is also a sound economic option. To remain competitive, and to attract top talent from around the world, organisations – and nations – must create a fair and respectful environment for everyone.

Together we can make equality a reality.

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Monday 11 September 2017
HASSELL leads global team in the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge

HASSELL will lead a global team in the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge, a collaborative research and design project that brings together community members and public officials with local, national, and international experts to develop innovative solutions to address the effects of climate change around San Francisco Bay.

The Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge is modeled on New York's Rebuild by Design, which began as a new kind of design competition in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The program is tied to The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities network, which aims to support 100 cities to build resilience for the 21st-century.

Ten design teams are now in San Francisco to participate in a three-month Collaborative Research Phase that will culminate in ten new implementable projects that address the climate impacts that threaten the Bay Area’s ecosystems and communities.

Speaking on behalf of the HASSELL+ team, HASSELL Principal Richard Mullane commented: “This is an incredibly exciting and important opportunity for design to enhance the lives of those in Bay Area communities.

“The HASSELL+ team understands designing for water, living with water and the immense potential that waterfront places offer to communities who are connected to them.

“Originating from Australia (HASSELL) and the Netherlands (MVRDV + Deltares + Goudappel), and with local experts (Lotus Water, Frog Design, Civic Edge, and Page and Turnbull), the HASSELL+ team brings multiple perspectives to Resilient by Design and a deep understanding of the social, cultural, economic and ecological potential that research-led design can unlock for waterfront communities,” he said.

The HASSELL+ team comprises:
_HASSELL (design team lead)
_MVRDV (architecture and planning collaborator)
_Civic Edge Consulting (community engagement)
_Deltares (hydrology and ecology)
_Lotus Water (hydrology and ecology)
_Goudappel (transport)
_Page and Turnbull (heritage) 

Visit the RBDBA website

Imagery by HASSELL+

Wednesday 30 August 2017
Construction to begin on Geelong Arts Centre’s redevelopment

Construction on Geelong Arts Centre’s $38.5 million Ryrie Street Redevelopment, designed by HASSELL, will begin next month with the appointment of Kane Constructions to deliver the project.

Victoria's Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley joined local dancers of all ages from the Val Hannah School of Dancing and Karen Feldman Dance Studio to launch the Andrews Labor Government project.

The project will improve accessibility with universal access to the Playhouse Theatre and studios. It will include two new foyers and a bar area, and provide new spaces for creative practitioners and organisations and include four new state-of-the-art studios for rehearsals and creative development.

The architectural design blends the old and new, revealing the façade of the historic church on the site which has been hidden since 1920. A major public art commission will complete the design with an iconic artwork to be created for the Centre’s eastern exterior wall.

Expressions of interest are open from local, national and international artists to create this large-scale work with funding of between $300,000 and $500,000 available to commission the work.

HASSELL Principal 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. Geelong Arts Centre will not only be a landmark destination it will also service the needs of the growing creative and cultural community,” he said.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley commented: “The Geelong Arts Centre services a large and growing population, attracts the best Australian and international performances and provides a stage for the local community to shine.”

Images courtesy Bloom Images

Monday 28 August 2017
Iconic new Shenzhen Bay headquarter workplace for China Resources Group

HASSELL is currently designing the interiors for the new Shenzhen Bay headquarter office for multi-business holding enterprise China Resources Group (CR). 

The headquarter office workplace, designed by our interior design team in collaboration with the Group’s real estate subsidiary CR Land, will span 19,000 square metres over 17 floors_L49-L61, L64-L66M in a new tower designed by KPF. It will house a reception centre, executive offices, multiple types of workplaces, a conference centre and sky lounges.

When complete, the headquarters will cater to hundreds of employees working in a range of settings between open plan, enclosed offices and multiple collaborative spaces around the atrium of each level.  

The workplace heralds a new stage of growth for China Resources, and our client wanted their new office to reflect a quietly confident organisation, proudly presenting Shenzhen to the world as a mature and vibrant hub of global trade.  

“CR Land looked to HASSELL for the design of their new global headquarters because of our international expertise and leading workplace design, coupled with a long-standing presence in China and understanding of market demands,” said Tom Herron, HASSELL Principal.

Central to our design strategy on this project is to create unity between CR’s employees and curate the transition from an architecturally significant scale down to a more intimate, human-centred one.  

The in-depth design process together with our client has produced a brief that is shaping up as a restrained workplace that doesn’t compete for attention over the architecture, but rather works together with it. A 60 metre tall west-facing atrium is central to the design, serving to maximise the daylight and draw it through the space. The west face of the core will be clad in natural materials that span the full height of the atrium – a feature that symbolically unifies all the subsidiaries in the building and is a visual reminder of CR’s connection to natural resources.  

HASSELL was appointed by China Resources for this project after delivering a 2,400 square metre exhibition centre in the same tower to attract the other tenants into the building and as a test bed for the rest of the workplace.  

Images: Design process and diagrams by HASSELL

Thursday 24 August 2017
Designers announced for Australia’s largest social housing project

HASSELL will deliver the urban design and landscape architecture for the redevelopment of Sydney’s Ivanhoe Housing Estate, the biggest social and affordable housing redevelopment in Australia.

Five design practices will contribute to a diverse, public and private mixed-use community precinct developed by the Aspire Consortium, comprising community housing provider Mission Australia Housing with developers Frasers Property Australia and Citta Property Group.

The urban renewal project is part of the NSW Government’s Communities Plus program to redevelop and grow the Government’s social housing portfolio. It will integrate private, social and affordable housing comprising approximately 3,000 new dwellings plus new educational and aged care facilities, retail opportunities and green spaces, playgrounds and community gardens with access to existing infrastructure, transport, jobs and amenities.

Mission Australia Housing, the community housing provider that is part of the development consortium, will have offices on-site to provide support for social housing tenancies. Additionally, Mission Australia will have staffed offices on-site to assist in the delivery of support services and programs to strengthen the local community.

HASSELL Principal David Tickle says: “This is a large scale, innovative project. It’s a significant initiative and opportunity to contribute to the creation of a positive, connected and sustainable community for Sydney.”

Ivanhoe Estate is the first of five sites in Sydney to be delivered under the NSW Government's Communities Plus Program, a large scale, $22 billion building program that will deliver 23,000 new and replacement social housing dwellings, 500 affordable housing dwellings and 40,000 private homes.

Imagery: Ivanhoe Estate (Urban design and landscape architecture – HASSELL; Master plan architect – Bates Smart; Residential, school and aged care architect – Candalepas Associates; Residential architect – Cox Architecture; Residential architect – Turner); renders courtesy of Aspire Consortium.

Read more about Ivanhoe Estate.

Tuesday 1 August 2017
Angus Bruce awarded National Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Fellowship

HASSELL Principal and Head of Design for Landscape Architecture was awarded a National AILA Fellowship last week.

Based in our Sydney studio, Angus has 25 years' experience as a landscape architect and horticulturist within designed and constructed landscapes. Specialising in landscape architecture and built environments, his particular focus is on the project overlap between design, environment, art and social needs.

On awarding Angus the fellowship, the institute cited: “Angus has amongst the highest professional standards and business acumen, winning numerous design and industry awards as well as acknowledgement of his leadership roles in his career.

"Angus is currently a Director and Vice President of AILA for a second term. He has been a strong advocate for the principles and objects of landscape architecture on many industry committees and panels, including development of the Strategic Plan, and being active on the National Membership and Practice committees.

"Angus challenges the ‘norm’ to help deliver outstanding solutions to his clients and their projects, not for recognition, but sheer passion for the value of good design and its enduring impact in our cities and communities.

"Above all else, Angus is a rare breed: he is a caring and encouraging mentor and has helped many aspiring young professionals grow and develop, creating the next generation of leading landscape architects.”

Upon receiving the nomination Angus said he was honoured for the recognition from his peers. "To be recognised in this way, by my peers, is a very unexpected and humbling experience,” he said.

Monday 17 July 2017
Darling Harbour Venue Gains Gold for Sustainability

International Convention Centre Sydney awarded U.S. Green Building Council certification

Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment venue, International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), has been awarded LEED Gold, recognising its all-encompassing approach to sustainability.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) ratings system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Victor Dominello, said that the A$1.5 billion venue, delivered by Darling Harbour Live, is the centrepiece of the A$3.5 billion rejuvenation of the Darling Harbour precinct, and an important part of the NSW Government’s focus on sustainability.

“ICC Sydney is recognised as a leader in sustainable building design. The integrated venue has been cleverly designed to minimise energy and water consumption, whilst still delivering world class amenities for business events and live entertainment.”

The LEED Gold certification recognises ICC Sydney’s work in sustainability including:

_Reuse of 100,000 cubic meters of concrete from the original brownfield site

_Use of 96 per cent recycled steel in its Exhibition Halls

_Highly efficient Central Energy Plant and Building Management systems

_Australia’s largest electric car charging station for 25 vehicles

_A community funded solar array, the nation’s largest in a CBD, providing 5 per cent of the venue’s energy – enough to power 100 homes.

Peter Robertson, General Manager of Darling Harbour Live, said the accolade further strengthens the precinct's environmental credentials, with the broader revitalisation project having recently received an outstanding 6 Star Green Star Communities rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

“Since its opening in December 2016, ICC Sydney has transformed Darling Harbour. We now have 30 per cent more public space and greater connectivity through the creation of pedestrian and cyclist links in the precinct.”

Geoff Donaghy, CEO of ICC Sydney, noted that the LEED Gold certification will help attract more business events to the venue.

“Today, the business events industry is more focused than ever before on ensuring we act in an environmentally sustainable and responsible way, and this is something we are seeing translate into client requirements.

“ICC Sydney has secured over 850 bookings to date and we expect this accreditation will help us increase our competitive advantage on the global stage and continue to foster the NSW visitor economy. It also backs our commitment to providing world class facilities and experiences for our guests, alongside the ultimate in quality, choice and flexibility for the world’s leaders and thinkers, to meet, collaborate and innovate.”

Visit the ICC Sydney website.

Image: ICC Sydney

Photograph: Guy Wilkinson Photography

Wednesday 12 July 2017
HASSELL announces new Managing Director and Board members

International design practice HASSELL has announced Steve Coster as its new Managing Director, succeeding Rob Backhouse after a very successful nine year term.

“It’s been an amazing – and of course at times also challenging – nine years during which there’s been a massive amount of change within the practice – and the industry as a whole,” said Rob.

“From my perspective it’s been an immensely satisfying journey where we’ve partnered with clients to deliver some truly great work.”

“We’ve grown our presence internationally, often working with clients on multiple projects across several markets and increasingly being invited to be part of some of the world’s most exciting projects. Over recent years we’ve really broadened and deepened our capabilities to provide world-class design and tangible value to our clients,” he said.

Rob will now take up the role of Chairman.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to work in close partnership with Steve as Managing Director, Gerard Corcoran as CEO, the Board and wider HASSELL leadership,” said Rob.

Steve joined HASSELL six years ago from international workplace strategy consultancy DEGW, where he was Australian Managing Director.

Steve is particularly focused on the value that design can add to organisations. During his time with HASSELL he has worked with a diverse range of clients including corporate tenants, developers, governments and universities.

On being appointed Managing Director, Steve commented:

“Over the past nine years Rob has provided incredible leadership as Managing Director and will continue to play a key role in the leadership of the practice as Board Chair and as a Head of Design at HASSELL.”

“Rob really lifted the level of aspiration across the firm and has driven the quality of our design work to new heights.”

“Our continuing focus is on designing places people love, and we’re really proud of the award-winning design work we’re doing in partnership with inspirational clients internationally.”

“HASSELL is also increasingly looking beyond the traditional boundaries of architecture and design, developing new and innovative ways to deliver value.”

“We're investing in developing skills, technologies and capabilities to underpin and extend our research-based design process as part of our core purpose to use design to unlock social, economic and cultural value for our clients and their end users.”

“This has included merging with London-based experience master planners, FreeState, and increasing investment in research and development and innovative design technologies. I expect that we’ll continue this focus in coming years as we position ourselves to be valuable on ever more complex, challenging and exciting projects globally.”

“I look forward to building on Rob’s success in leading the constant evolution and development of HASSELL as it seeks to be one of the world’s best collaborative design practices,” he said.

Two new HASSELL Board members have also been elected – Brenden Kelly and Ingrid Bakker. They join Caroline Diesner, Peter Lee, Mark Loughnan, Rob Backhouse and Steve Coster. Gerard Corcoran continues as CEO.

Ian Humble, previously Finance Director, officially retired at the end of June. Cameron Ward has been appointed to the new role of Chief Financial Officer.  

All these appointments were effective as of 1 July 2017.

Image: HASSELL Managing Director Steve Coster
Photograph: Peter Bennetts

Wednesday 5 July 2017
GSK Asia House opens

GSK Asia House began operations in May with 800 employees moving into their new home – and the reactions from both employees and the business are showing that GSK’s vision is already being fulfilled.

"GSK Asia House creates transparency, connectedness between people, and promotes unintentional collisions between people who may not have seen each other previously. It works extremely well,” said Paul Rogers, Vice President and Head of AsiaPac Worldwide Real Estate and Facilities, GSK.

“It’s an environment that will keep people and ideas flowing freely across the workplace – both locally and globally.”

GSK wanted their purpose-built new Asia headquarters to be a place that reflects a culture built on knowledge, learning and innovation and be a ‘beacon’ for health and wellbeing in the region.

As the concept architect, landscape architect and interior designer for the headquarters, HASSELL worked closely with the team at GSK to translate that vision into reality, drawing on our world-leading workplace design expertise and experience, together with local insights from our team on the ground in Singapore. 

The six-storey building has been designed as an environment that helps to nurture a high performing organisation in a rapidly expanding market.

Equipped with the latest technology, GSK Asia House caters to the needs of the organisation’s highly mobile workforce. Its open plan work areas, along with an employee café, gym and various recreational spaces encourage more physical and social activity on campus.

“HASSELL approached the project from the ‘inside out’, looking closely at what inspires and engages GSK’s people before designing an agile, open and multi-layered campus that brings their aspirations to life all around them,” said Peter Dean, HASSELL Principal and project leader.

Located in Singapore’s growing biomedical, technology and R&D community, GSK Asia House sits within a landscaped tropical public realm and among repurposed national heritage colonial bungalows.

The distinctive building features tiered horseshoe-shaped floors wrapping around a central atrium that helps connect people more easily.

The ground floor is open to the public to help integrate with the landscape and local community. Other key elements of the design include a responsive facade, roof-deck and cascading landscaped sky terraces.

Monday 26 June 2017
An award-winning week for HASSELL

HASSELL is celebrating multiple award wins received over the past week.

In the 2017 Western Australia Architecture Awards, HASSELL was awarded the state’s highest accolade, the George Temple Poole Award, for Willetton Senior High School, as well as the Hillson Beasley Award for Educational Architecture. The HASSELL studio in Perth was awarded the Julius Elischer Award for Interior Architecture.

The jury representing the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Western Australia Chapter said the Willetton Senior High School project “embodies architecture at the service of its community.”

“This is a deeply thoughtful project, aimed at enriching the lives of the students, teachers and staff who use the buildings… the complexity of weaving new buildings into an existing school campus has been deftly handled, and the project has excelled in delivering an exceptional architectural outcome within the confines of site and budgetary constraints,” the jury said.

HASSELL Principal David Gulland says it’s an honour to receive state-level recognition from peers at the AIA.

“We’ve had the opportunity to work on great projects in Western Australia, including the soon-to-be-completed Perth Stadium, and it is gratifying to contribute to the state’s communities and its future through this work,” he said.

In London, Sky Central was awarded Large Commercial Interiors Project of the Year in the Mixology Awards from Mix Interiors magazine, which covers the UK’s commercial interiors market. Earlier this year HASSELL also won a British Council of Offices Award for the project.

Willetton Senior High School (Photography by Douglas Mark Black)
HASSELL Perth Studio (Photograpy by Peter Bennetts)

Thursday 22 June 2017
Career opportunities – FreeState is growing in Australia

FreeState – a global pioneer in ‘user experience design’ – is on the lookout for new people to join and grow our Australian business. Could this be you?

We’re currently advertising for:

_Australian Practice Leader
_Australian Project Lead

We’re looking for confident leaders who can bring multiple perspectives together to deliver incredible experiences – both for our clients and for their end users.

Candidates are expected to come from a wide variety of backgrounds including design-thinking, digital, brand-agency or strategic consulting backgrounds.

View the opportunities as they become available on our LinkedIn page and careers job board

Read more about HASSELL and FreeState.

Tuesday 13 June 2017

In today's fast-changing cities, design professionals need to think beyond buildings. They must shift in scale, make new connections and remain constantly curious.

This view is explored in 'Expanded fields of practice', Dr Rachel Hurst's essay that was originally published in the HASSELL monograph, MULTITUDES.

She says that now – more than ever – contemporary design practice demands an expansion of traditional roles, and designers must increasingly be creative, lateral thinkers as well as problem solvers.

In this issue of MULTITUDES, we look at how this expansion can be observed in the range of activities HASSELL and its people are involved in that fall outside the realm of conventional architectural practice.

These 'expanded fields' encompass everything from experience design to temporary projects and installations – and they inform and enhance the work we do within our profession. In this issue we profile some of the people behind these projects in our 'Expanding minds' series.

Explore the final issue of the MULTITUDES digital magazine.

Friday 9 June 2017
HASSELL to present at European Healthcare Design 2017

HASSELL will present its latest health-sector research to international delegates at European Healthcare Design 2017.

'Emergency talks - designing emergency departments to maximise staff communication' has been shortlisted in the Design Research category of the European Healthcare Design Awards 2017, and will also be entered in the RIBA President’s Research Awards. 

In collaboration with university research partners, the study was conducted in public hospitals in Melbourne and drew on previous studies by the Design Council UK, Centre for Workplace Intelligence and others.

The findings suggested that simple design changes to hospital emergency departments could prevent medical mistakes and make vulnerable front line staff more secure.

HASSELL has taken a unique staff-centred approach to addressing these widely-acknowledged issues, which includes suggesting cutting edge commercial workplace design solutions applicable to healthcare environments.

“The private sector has invested hugely into developing workplace environments that balance the need for increased business efficiency with individual employee needs,” says HASSELL Principal Kieren Morgan.

“Yet in public healthcare we haven’t been doing that. This research recognises that, for staff, emergency departments are workplaces, and we’ve drawn from the best practice developed in other settings.”

The sold-out conference will be held in London from June 11-14.

Image: Medibank Place
Photography: Earl Carter

Friday 9 June 2017
Introducing John-Paul Davies

HASSELL Principal John-Paul Davies believes architecture and design needs to be honest and functional, and seek a clarity of experience.

“I believe in a more modest design; an approach where functional and honest buildings are the backdrop for the experience of the place, rather than one where ‘fashionable’ design is used to bombard users,” says John-Paul. 

Joining HASSELL in 2011 in our Perth studio, John-Paul has more than 18 years’ experience in the master planning, design and delivery of a broad range of projects across a variety of sectors, with a particular interest in transport, public buildings, and education. 

Most recently John-Paul led a number of projects in Perth, including the new Perth Stadium Station, East Perth Station upgrade, and Freshwater Parade apartments, and worked on projects including Forrestfield Airport Link, the Waterbank master plan, and the Burswood Station Pedestrian Bridge concept. 

“Perth is in waiting, following its previous construction boom, and this is creating exciting opportunities to work with clients to challenge their briefs and understand their aspirations,” he says. 

John-Paul is a Green Star Associate and has a strong focus on sustainability. Prior to joining HASSELL he worked on a number of sustainability-driven projects across Western Australia, including the 2 Victoria Avenue office development (Perth’s first 6 Star Green Star project), Central Institute of Technology Green Skills Centre, and the Department of Environment and Conservation’s Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre. 

As Practice Leader in the Perth studio, John-Paul is passionate about working with and supporting the next generation of talent in the studio. "The strength of the people at HASSELL comes from our passion for design matched with the commitment and expertise to realise each project. In this role, I like the diversity and scope of project involvement, from engaging in design review discussions, to working with our newer team leaders to form strategies for running projects from inception through to completion. This brings a balanced approach to aspects of design, delivery and management," he says.

Perth Stadium Station
Freshwater Place Apartments

Tuesday 6 June 2017
HASSELL receives master planning awards in Malaysia

Two master planning projects by HASSELL, in collaboration with Garis Architects, have been recognised at the 2017 PAM Awards by the Malaysian Institute of Architects (Pertubuhum Akitek Malaysia).

Awarded Gold in the Planning and Master Planning category, the Rimbayu Commercial Hub is one of four precincts in a new 1,879 hectare township in the southern suburbs of Kuala Lumpur.

The precinct design creates a vibrant urban experience within an interconnected public realm and waterway network, including a central canal that links key commercial and residential neighbourhoods and promotes walking and cycling between commercial and residential districts.

Awarded Silver in the Planning and Master Planning category, the Sunsuria City project will provide a new commercial centre linking a university campus with new residential neighbourhoods, and will activate the public realm through a vibrant landscape experience.

Winning the design competition to master plan the project, HASSELL and Garis created the concept of ‘The Link’ to underpin the design of a transit oriented development site adjacent to the Salak Tingii station, directly north of KL International Airport.

HASSELL and Garis have collaborated on a number of urban design and master planning projects in Malaysia, combining skills in urban design, landscape design and architecture.

Images: Sunsuria City master plan

Thursday 25 May 2017
Improving staff communication by design to reduce medical errors

Studies indicate that up to 80 percent of medical errors are due to miscommunication. Accuracy and efficiency of communication between medical staff and confidentiality of information are critical to patient outcomes, but a new research report by HASSELL suggests there is evidence of the need to improve both in public hospital emergency departments.

The 'Emergency Talks' study, conducted by HASSELL in collaboration with the University of Melbourne Centre for Health Policy and the Monash Health Partnership at Deakin University, sought to identify design elements of emergency departments that inhibit or optimise staff communication. The research received funding from the Australian Commonwealth Department of Industry’s Research Connections programme.

It found that current hospital designs are missing critical spaces that allow staff to communicate effectively.

“In our discussions with emergency department staff, we found that outside of the formal communication that happens in meetings and handovers, there are countless informal conversations between staff in passing that are just as important for patient care – but that these must be balanced against the need for patient confidentiality,” says HASSELL Principal Megan Reading, who is also a former nurse.

“Staff want small, adaptable, visually connected but acoustically separated spaces.”

The outcomes of the study suggest the need for new types of protected spaces that staff can use for a variety of activities, including confidential conversations, and well as informal communication.

Click here to read the full report.

Click here to read about the research on The University of Melbourne's Pursuit.

Image: Fiona Stanley Hospital
Photography: Peter Bennetts

Monday 15 May 2017
Humanity in Space

As Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, develops plans to populate Mars with one million people within the next one hundred years, HASSELL Head of Design Technology, Xavier De Kestelier, is calling on the design community to ensure humanity doesn’t get lost along the way.

In an article titled Humanity in Space that was presented at the opening of Planetary Echoes, an exhibition by artist Michael Najjar, in Berlin earlier this month, Xavier brought a designer’s perspective to ensure the space crafts that get people to Mars and the homes people live in when they get there are habitable, comfortable and most importantly, humane.

During his presentation, Xavier explored the history of aerospace design and highlighted how, despite the brilliance of human thinking that has made space travel a reality, people are often reduced to simply another subsystem of the spacecraft. He argued, that, if left to the engineers, space exploration would not only be extra-terrestrial, it would be inhumane.

In these highly engineered environments, design is often seen as an added extra, a nice to have. However, as Xavier explained, it is in the most extreme mechanistic environments – such as a space station - where the need for good, human-centred design becomes fundamental.

Planetary Echoes runs in Berlin until 18 June 2017.

Read more about Planetary Echoes exhibition

Image: NASA

Wednesday 26 April 2017
Sky Central wins British Council of Offices Award

Sky Central, the 45,000 sqm workplace designed by HASSELL, has won the prestigious British Council of Offices (BCO) Award in the Corporate Workplace category.

The award, presented on Tuesday 25 April at the Hilton Park Lane in London, recognises how HASSELL brought progressive, international design thinking to create a ‘game changing’ headquarters that now acts as a corporate centre to the expansive Sky Campus, which is home to 7,500 employees.

With the building concept designed by AL_A, and with PLP Architecture taking on the role of interior and executive architect the HASSELL design team was tasked with the delivery of a workplace that created a sense of connection and belonging for Sky’s workforce. The result is a highly flexible, connected space that is energetic and surprising while also being simple, intuitive and people-centric.

One of the BCO’s primary objectives is to define excellence in office space and their annual awards programme provides public recognition for top quality design and functionality and a benchmark for excellence in workplaces. 

Image: Hufton and Crow

Sky central news
Friday 21 April 2017
HASSELL Student of Architecture Tim Bauer wins Broken Hill Solar Farm design competition

HASSELL Student of Architecture Tim Bauer has won a competition to design the viewing platform at the largest solar energy farm in the southern hemisphere.

Tim won $10,000 for his design, and construction of the 'Earth and Sky' viewing platform will soon begin at the Broken Hill Solar Farm in New South Wales.

The brief was to design a structure that would provide shade and an elevated view for visitors to the site, which overlooks the 1.4-square-kilometre facility and surrounding desert.

Tim's design includes "a rammed earth base (that) references Broken Hill's heritage as a rich mining community."

"On top of this platform, a mirrored steel facade reflects the sky and surrounding landscape, representing the transition to an enlightened future of solar energy," he says.

"The contrast of the solar panels against the natural desert environment is built upon as [the] mirrors […] distort what is natural and what is man-made. "

An exhibition of the entries is currently on show at the Broken Hill Art Exchange, who co-organised the competition with power company AGL.

Read more about the competition on ArchitectureAU.

Friday 21 April 2017
Crown Towers Perth pool deck shines through summer

Crown Towers Perth opened its doors to guests at the start of summer season, with its pool deck taking centre stage. The new luxury hotel represents another iconic landmark for Crown and for the wider regeneration of the Burswood Peninsula in Perth, Australia.

HASSELL has played a significant part in the journey with Crown, which started in 2010 with the design of the gaming floor extension and eastern entry landscape. For the new hotel, HASSELL is responsible for full landscape architecture services of the resort environment.

As one of the most memorable guest experiences in Perth and the region, Crown Towers seeks to exhibit a strong sense of place within the Western Australian landscape, celebrating its position on the banks of the Swan River. It aims to provide the ultimate guest experience from arrival, upon entering guestrooms and through the exciting new multi-tiered pool area. 

The setting and orientation of the hotel focuses on providing expansive city and river views with the gentle curving form of the tower creating a distinctive new addition to the Perth skyline, taking inspiration from the Swan River.

The 7,000sqm pool deck is the jewel in the development. The winding ‘Wagyl’ shelter wall, multi-level infinity edge lagoon pools, Baja shelves, spas and islands integrate with luxurious lounge areas alongside a variety of food and beverage offerings. A secluded poolside retreat, The Enclave, features luxurious cabanas surrounding a circular infinity pool and chic bar with breathtaking views of Perth and the Swan River.

HASSELL Principal Anthony Brookfield said that Crown Towers is a landmark destination for Perth and has helped set a new standard for the region.

“HASSELL has enjoyed the journey with Crown to realise this significant new hospitality offering.  We believe the hotel and, especially the pool area, will become a major attraction, both supporting Crown’s own business goals, as well as becoming a significant attractor for international visitors to Western Australia.”

Wednesday 12 April 2017
Sydney Theatre Company to undergo $60 million redevelopment

Sydney Theatre Company has unveiled designs for a $60 million redevelopment by HASSELL, after receiving a $30 million funding boost from the NSW government.

The redevelopment of The Wharf facilities will be the first significant upgrade for the Sydney Theatre Company in 30 years, with the original Pier 4/5 location being adapted from a turn-of-the-century timber cargo wharf building by architect Vivian Fraser in association with the NSW Government Architect.

HASSELL Principal Ken McBryde said this redevelopment isn’t just about modernising the space, but also honouring its heritage.

“The Walsh Bay wharves play such an important role in Sydney’s heritage, as can be seen by the many architectural awards they have received. Our design will help bring the spaces up to international standard, but also honour the original vision of Sydney Theatre Company’s first artistic director Richard Wherrett,” he said.

The heritage significance of the Wharf and the Sulman Award-winning architectural design by Vivian Fraser have, along with the spectacular Walsh Bay location, been key contributors to the Wharf’s success.

The upgrades will enhance the theatre experience and additional works will include new foyer spaces, rest rooms, upgraded administrative offices, two new accessible public entrances and a more welcoming entry point on Hickson Road. The ceiling in the workshop will also be raised to allow the company to build larger theatre sets.

Thursday 23 March 2017
Ken Maher presents at Parliament House on housing affordability

HASSELL Fellow and Australian Institute of Architects President Ken Maher presented at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, as part of an Australian Institute of Architects event on 22 March.

In his speech Ken spoke about the need for immediate, collective and well-planned action to address the current housing affordability crisis in Australia. He outlined methods such as setting clear and collective targets for affordable housing between all levels of government, increasing flexible and multi-generational housing options and, importantly, providing affordable housing where it is needed most – in urban centres where access to employment, education, services and facilities is highest.

“Housing affordability goes beyond the price of a house and expenditure on electricity, gas and water. If we really are serious about tackling this growing problem, we need to also take into account access to employment, education, services and facilities. We need communities where there is less reliance on cars, better public transport connections, where density in the urban environment is well designed, where infrastructure investment supports strategic planning and where communities are connected and brought together in a way that enhances liveability, sustainability and productivity.” Ken said.

“I am reminded that architects are optimists. We want to make a difference – we want to change the world.  We want it to be a better place as a result of our efforts.” he said.

Read Ken’s full speech. 

Thursday 23 March 2017
HASSELL presents at CoreNet 2017

HASSELL is presenting at the CoreNet Global Summit in Shanghai this week, exploring how good design can help reconnect a city.

Principals Andrew Low and Richard Mullane, together with Ben Johnson from Freestate, will be presenting on the topic of ‘NOT QUITE PUBLIC NOT QUITE PRIVATE – improving commercial and social value through activated private spaces’. As a panel, they’ll be exploring how good design and experiential architecture can reconnect people with each other and the city around them through a series of case studies.

They will look at how buildings can be shaped to enhance casual interaction and creative collaboration with the ultimate outcome of creating greater economic, cultural and social value for developers, tenants and the wider city.

HASSELL Principal and Board Director Steve Coster will also be joining a panel discussion on the transformation of pharmaceutical and life science labs and workplaces.

As this industry goes through significant transformation, there are some unique real estate and workplace requirements that need to be addressed through design and the creation of alternative workplace strategies.

Steve will share some of our current workplace projects for major pharmaceutical companies, among the most innovative in the world.

Read more about CoreNet.

Brookfield Place - photo by Douglas Mark Black

Wednesday 22 March 2017
HASSELL presents at Cities 4.0 summit

HASSELL Principals will be presenting two sessions at the annual Cities 4.0 Summit in Melbourne this week. 

FreeState Creative Director Adam Scott will present the keynote address for Cities 4.0 where he will compare the purpose built city of Songdo in South Korea with the historic Kings Cross Central precinct in London to explore how cities do not create communities, rather people form communities and in turn cities.

The presentation will discuss how careful design of the urban landscape can enhance civic engagement and how identifying some of the less often thought of strategies cities can use to enhance the experience of their citizens.

Mark Haycox and Mark Bray will also run a facilitated workshop as part of the ‘Fast Sprint’ sessions, where they will explore with participants how taking a user centred design approach can help unlock the potential of cities.

Read more about Cities 4.0.

Monday 13 March 2017
Introducing Domino Risch

Recently appointed HASSELL Principal Domino Risch believes that well thought out workplace design and strategy have the ability to positively change a company’s culture.

“The impact design has on a workplace, whatever that may be, is a key focus of mine.  I have a passion for projects that are fundamentally aligned with strategic business objectives and that involve complex cultural change agendas,” says Domino.

Domino, who will be based in our Sydney studio, joins HASSELL after 18 years with BVN where she worked across workplace, education and health projects, amongst others.

During her time with BVN, Domino worked in many locations around Australia on large-scale projects; including the Minter Ellison and Herbert Smith Freehills legal workplaces in Sydney, the Santos Headquarters in Adelaide (in collaboration with HASSELL) and National@Docklands in Melbourne.

With a background in interior design, Domino has developed her expertise in the creation of integrated workplaces and commercial architecture, as well as in workplace strategy. Most recently Domino has worked with BVN on base building developments such as Quay Quarter Sydney (for AMP Capital Investors), Australia, a new integrated workplace for NSW Health, Australia, Buildcorp Sydney, Australia, and Macquarie Bank at the heritage listed 50 Martin Place in Sydney, Australia. Domino has also led strategic workplace briefs and post occupancy studies for Minter Ellison Sydney, Australia, Gunung Sewu, Indonesia, NAB, Australia, and Space and Co Melbourne, Australia.

Domino has a passion for collaborative and engaged partnerships with clients and brings a particular focus on developing stakeholder relationships, formulating design strategies aligned with strategic business objectives, leading teams, creating effective workplaces and learning from ongoing post occupancy relationships. She believes in providing clients with the highest quality outcomes that are holistic and sustainable in every sense of the word.

“There is so much more to a project than simply designing a building or a space, it’s about people and relationships with those people. It’s also about ensuring longevity of a project through ongoing assessment of its success,” says Domino. 

Domino Risch News
Friday 3 March 2017
Introducing Xavier De Kestelier

Recently appointed HASSELL Principal and Head of Design Technology and Innovation, Xavier De Kestelier, has worked on some of the most complex projects across the world including technology company head offices, world renowned museum and research complexes, airports, and media company headquarters.

HASSELL CEO Gerard Corcoran said that the appointment is part of the HASSELL strategy to continually expand our skills and capabilities.

“As a practising architect and technologist, Xavier joins HASSELL at a time of major global change which calls for leadership in design technology, innovation and research,” Gerard said.

“Change is exciting. It pushes us to innovate and explore new possibilities. Not only does it help us continually build our internal skill set at HASSELL but also delivers greater value for our client” Xavier said.

Prior to joining HASSELL, Xavier was co-Head of an internationally renowned research and development unit, specialising in complex geometrical problems, environmental analysis, simulation and digital fabrication. While with the group, Xavier also led several funded research projects in the field of large scale 3D printing and worked on conceptual space projects and astronaut habitation.

Xavier is also a Director of Smartgeometry, a non-profit educational organisation for computational design and digital fabrication. Their annual workshop and conference has taken place in Cambridge, Toronto, Munich, New York, San Francisco, Barcelona, Hong Kong, and Copenhagen, and has grown to become an independent worldwide network for computational and digital design specialists.

Xavier brings with him internationally acknowledged experience in parametric design, digital fabrication, computational design, rapid prototyping, augmented/virtual reality and the use of robotics in design. He has held academic positions at the Syracuse University (London), University of Ghent (Belgium) and The Bartlett (London). He is also a member of the RIBA’s Research and Innovation Group.

“HASSELL is working on some innovative and highly technical projects around the world and I’m excited to work with the team to push the boundary of possibilities in architecture and design,” he said.

Xavier will be based in our HASSELL London studio but working globally. 

Xavier de Kestelier
Wednesday 1 March 2017
Introducing Karen Tham

“Urban planning and the public realm are not only important in helping make a city unique, they also help make it liveable and enjoyable for residents and visitors. Urban centres offer so much potential for designers and architects, we just need to unlock it,” says recently appointed HASSELL Principal Karen Tham.

Karen, who will be based in our Singapore studio, joins HASSELL after ten years with AECOM Singapore, where she was most recently Regional Director for Master Planning.

With more than 25 years’ experience in architecture and planning working in the USA, Hong Kong and Singapore, Karen’s portfolio includes a wide range of projects across architecture, urban planning, and public realm. 

Karen began her career in the USA working on award-winning projects, including San Francisco’s Embarcadero Centre Cinema and the Irvington Community Centre in Fremont, before moving to Hong Kong to work at HOK International and EDAW Hong Kong. In 2007, she established the first South East Asia office for EDAW/AECOM in Singapore, as the firm’s Director of Operations.

Most recently Karen has worked on master planning and design projects in South East Asia, the Middle East, Hong Kong, and Singapore, including the Jurong Innovation District master plan and the award-winning Singapore Sports Hub, the Tanjong Puteri Waterfront Development in Malaysia, the Bali Turtle Island Resort Master Plan, the West Kowloon Terminus in Hong Kong, and Dilmunia Health Island in Bahrain.

Karen is a member of the American Planning Association and American Institute of Architects and former Vice President of the Singapore Institute of Planners. She is also a Certified Green Mark Manager (Singapore) and USGBC LEED Accredited Professional. 

“I am an advocate for sustainable design solutions, having been involved in projects that achieved Singapore Green Mark accreditation and USGBC LEED accreditation, and I’m looking forward to working with the international HASSELL team to attain these outcomes in current and future projects,” says Karen.



_Bahrain Dilmunia Health Island – AECOM and Ithmaar Development Company 

_Bahrain Dilmunia Health Island – AECOM and Ithmaar Development Company 

_Singapore Sports Hub – AECOM 

Friday 24 February 2017
Contractual close has been reached for the $1.1 billion Herston Quarter Redevelopment

The next phase of the $1.1 billion Herston Quarter Redevelopment will commence following contractual close between Australian Unity and Metro North Hospital and Health Service. HASSELL will continue to provide ongoing masterplanning and detailed design services to Australian Unity throughout the delivery phases.

Herston Quarter is challenging the historical position that these nationally significant economic and social mega-precincts should be isolated from their local context and confined to providing purely health and education services.

“Our understanding of wellness, and the way we research and learn continues to be disrupted,” said HASSELL Principal Adam Davies.

Adam believes that we must ensure that these precincts have the comparative advantage to compete for talent and resources on a global stage. All of this requires modern, urban precincts that can better satisfy the daily life needs of its inhabitants whilst fostering the necessary conditions to promote interaction, socialisation, collaboration and innovation.

“The quality of the Herston Quarter’s architecture, heritage, public spaces, connections and character combine to make a new piece of the city that invites workers, patients, families and the community to visit, linger and in some cases live,” Adam said.

The Herston Quarter Redevelopment will ensure the heritage precinct is refreshed and framed by new buildings to provide accessibility and permeability that will connect the hospital precinct.

HASSELL Principal Kevin Lloyd said the refurbishment of the heritage core will respectfully enliven a forgotten piece of Brisbane.

“The architectural intent for the Herston Quarter was very much about celebrating the civic qualities of our city’s public and institutional buildings. It also recognises the importance of creating a place that promotes wellness and recovery through an integrated approach to public realm,” said Kevin.

HASSELL will provide ongoing architectural, urban design, landscape architecture and interior design services to Australian Unity through the design and construction phases of the Herston Quarter.

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Thursday 16 February 2017
HASSELL Travelling Scholarship awarded to University of NSW graduate Cavan Smith

HASSELL has announced Cavan Smith from the University of New South Wales as the winner of the 2017 HASSELL Travelling Scholarship – Robin Edmond Award, for landscape architecture.

Cavan was selected following interviews with 22 students, nominated by the eight participating universities around Australia. His design proposal, ‘Urban Cultivation’, challenges traditional landscape solutions by using urban agriculture and arboriculture techniques to transform a post-industrial corridor in North Eveleigh, Sydney.

The corridor is identified as one of the most underused parcels of land in Sydney, but one with great potential for change. Cavan’s design framework provides strategies to convert the degraded corridor into a productive landscape – one capable of supporting environmental and economic growth through macro and micro landscape processes including food production, cleaner air and water, heat island reduction and carbon sequestration. The framework could be used to establish a community that participates in the cultivation of its necessities – its food and energy.

HASSELL Principal and Head of Landscape Architecture, Angus Bruce believes Cavan’s proposal shines a light on topical issues surrounding urban renewal and in particular the increasing level of urban density within our cities.

“Cavan highlighted urban agriculture as vital infrastructure that can support the future health of Sydney’s city; and his design proposal cleverly integrates landscape processes in a way that engages the community. We’re convinced Cavan’s creative agriculture solution – and others like it – are important to the sustainability of our increasingly urban existence,” Angus said. 

Using the HASSELL Travelling Scholarship, Cavan plans to travel to North America to study the positive economic, environmental and social outcomes that urban agriculture and horticulture have had on the struggling de-industrialised cities of Detroit and Philadelphia.

“I plan to participate as a volunteer in three separate projects currently recognised as global contributors to the research and development of urban agriculture: Hantz Woodlands, Urban Arboreta and the West Philadelphia Landscape Project,” said Cavan.

“We need to start blurring the lines between agricultural, suburban and urban to have any hope of amending some of the environmental degradation that urban expansion has generated. And I’m excited to see how powerful simple interventions like these, that reignite relationships with nature and ecology, can be,” he said.

View a selection of highlights from the portfolios presented.

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Wednesday 8 February 2017
London studio hosts Kick Over the Statues exhibition

The HASSELL London studio will open its doors to the public on Thursday 9 February with a photographic exhibition by renowned UK photographer, Ewen Spencer.

Kick over the statues explores the existence of youth tribes and subcultures in the UK. Photographed along the route of the 2016 Notting Hill Carnival in London, and in urban locations in Liverpool, the exhibition portrays a stark vision of today’s youth. It recalls the history of British subcultures, while shining a light on its very contemporary incarnations. 

Ewen began shooting for visually driven style magazines, such as Sleazenation and The Face, in the late 1990s with an emphasis on youth and subculture, and has gone on to create documentary films on the same subject. His work creating album covers for bands including The Streets and The White Stripes has also led to major global advertising commissions and campaigns. 

The exhibition, which runs in the HASSELL London studio until 7 April 2017, opens with a party on Thursday 9 February and will be the backdrop for a Pechakucha evening, a film screening and discussion, and a photography workshop over the coming two months.

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Friday 3 February 2017
New masterplan will transform State Library of NSW into a global cultural destination

The Library Council of NSW yesterday announced the securing of over $15 million of private funding to build new world-class public galleries in the historic Mitchell Library building of the State Library of NSW. 

“Guided by our masterplan, we’re renewing the iconic Mitchell building and activating its heritage spaces to ensure all visitors have the opportunity to access and enjoy the much-loved Sydney landmark and its extraordinary cultural collection,” said Council President, the Hon. George Souris AM. 

The refurbishment will double the library’s exhibition space to increase public access to its vast collection while improving access to the Mitchell wing.

The new masterplan also includes restoring the original entrance and a rooftop bar and function centre to attract new visitors. 

Former NSW State Librarian and Chief Executive Alex Byrne said: “We have been working closely with HASSELL Studio to create a masterplan that will celebrate the heritage of our historic Mitchell Library and provide inspiring public spaces for readers, researchers, students and visitors to access our rich collections and services in new and innovative ways.” 

HASSELL principal Matthew Todd said the masterplan honours the heritage of the 106 year-old sandstone building. 

“This is a much-loved Sydney landmark and the HASSELL design team is privileged to collaborate on its transformation. Cultural institutions are infinitely important to cities, and we are committed to creating places where people can connect, and places people love,” he said. 

The refurbished Mitchell building is set to open to the public in early 2018. Read more about the State Library of NSW masterplan.

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Thursday 2 February 2017
Sports lighting system for Perth Stadium will be world’s largest

Perth Stadium has entered the final stages of construction, with the stadium lighting now going up in a sports lighting system that will be the largest in the world and first-of-its kind in Australia. 

Instead of lighting towers, the LED lighting system will be integrated into the roof of the new 60,000 seat stadium in Perth, Western Australia. 

There will be no poles or pillars interrupting views of the stadium bowl, and the 850 LEDs will change colours and project lighting effects onto the stadium’s ‘halo’ roof form. 

Speaking to 7 News Perth, West Australian Premier Colin Barnett says the new lighting system will be “great for television coverage and great for the whole effect.” 

“The canvas roof of the stadium basically can become a screen,” he said. 

The lighting technology will also bring significant energy savings - equivalent to a 60% reduction compared to traditional sports lights - as well as longer lamp life. 

HASSELL principal Peter Dean says the new Perth Stadium is set to be a world-class destination for the state of Western Australia. 

“We have planned a ‘fans first’ stadium, with first-of-its-kind design elements that will rival world-class European sporting arenas and set a new benchmark for stadiums in Australia,” he said. 

HASSELL has also designed the surrounding Perth Stadium Sports Precinct, including the Chevron Parkland on the Swan River foreshore, and the new Perth Stadium train station. 

The Perth Stadium façade is also due be completed this month, and the entire Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct is on schedule to open in early 2018.

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Wednesday 18 January 2017
Introducing Clive Lewis

Recently appointed HASSELL Principal Clive Lewis is highly respected and experienced architect specialising in the design of major sports stadia and venues.

Clive will be based in our London studio and brings with him more than 20 years’ experience across large scale architecture, working in the UK, Europe and Asia.

“Clive’s appointment complements our existing global team of sports design specialists who are currently working on complex and high profile projects including the transformation of Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia and Perth Stadium in Western Australia,” said global Sports and Entertainment sector leader, Glenn Scott.

In addition to his world class sports architecture credentials, Clive also brings with him a wider portfolio in education, leisure, commercial and workplace, retail and residential architecture.

Most recently Clive has led a number of large stadium projects, in Europe and Asia, for AECOM. Prior to this, Clive was lead sports architect at Arup Sport working on the main Beijing National Stadium (in conjunction with Herzog and De Meuron), as architectural design lead on the Singapore Sports Hub, including the Singapore National Stadium, OCBC Aquatics and OCBC Arena, the Tokyo Olympic Stadium (working alongside Zaha Hadid Architects), Abu Dhabi National Stadium, and concept design architect on the Shaktar Donbass Arena.

“As a multidisciplinary practice working across multiple sectors, HASSELL is a natural fit for me and is aligned with the way I work as part of a team, always looking for the best possible outcome for the end user,” said Clive.

“I look forward to joining the international team at HASSELL and contributing to the outstanding projects not only in the UK and Europe, but across the globe,” he said.

Elizabeth Quay Pedestrian Bridge, Perth – Arup  
Tokyo Olympic Stadium, Japan – Arup Sport and Zaha Hadid Architects
Beijing National Stadium, China – Arup Sport and Herzog and De Meuron

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Monday 16 January 2017
Ben Duckworth appointed to the Victorian Design Review Panel

HASSELL Principal Ben Duckworth has been appointed to the highly regarded Victorian Design Review Panel.

Consisting of architects, urban designers, landscape architects and planners, the panel provides independent and authoritative advice to government and statutory decision makers across Victoria about the design of significant development proposals.

As part of the panel Ben will review projects that are significant due to their site, context or complexity, or because they will establish a precedent of new development, and subsequently offer advice to the Office of the Victorian Government Architect.

On the appointment Ben said: “It’s a real privilege to be able to make a contribution to the design discussion in Victoria.”

Read more on the Victorian Design Review Panel.   

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