Archive / February 2017
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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