Archive / April 2017
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

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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.”

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.

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.

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  • Universities Of Tomorrow Are Becoming High Performing Urban Villages, 7 Reasons Why

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  • Hive of activity – agile working design

    Agile workplaces that allow staff to choose where they work are making inroads in offices. Liza Young finds out how such spaces will work alongside wellbeing principles.

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  • Creating an Active Waterfront

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  • Medibank In Melbourne Champions Green Architecture And Workplace Wellness

    An Australian workplace demonstrates how its championing of green architecture and design provides a comfortable and healthy environment for its workers while enhancing their sense of well-being.


  • State Library of NSW to undergo $15m revamp

    The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) will be redeveloped with new gallery spaces and a children’s learning centre, following a $15-million private donation from benefactors.


  • Hotel design needs to accommodate the ‘blurred lines’ across our lives

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  • 5 Mins With HASSELL’s Glenn Scott

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

  • Reclaiming the wild in our public spaces

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

  • Galleries need to move away from the traditional white box

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  • Reinventing unused spaces and turning them into parks

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