Archive / June 2017
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

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  • Q&A: Matthew Shang, HASSELL

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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

    The North Bund is a historic area in Shanghai with proximity to the Huangpu River, and it is now undergoing transformation into a lifestyle hub. Andrew Wilkinson, principal at Hassell, talks about the importance of creating a continuous and active waterfront for the area.



    In hectic hospital emergency rooms communication is critical but often difficult. Part of the answer is cleverly designed spaces for staff to talk in that can help reduce mistakes and stress loads.


  • 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

    HASSELL Principal, Matthew Shang gives his take on the changing face of hospitality design ...
    Hospitality Interiors 

  • 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

    The Louvre doesn’t do it, and neither does the Guggenheim. The Tate Modern’s new galleries make a good job of it, and the Hepworth Wakefield contemporary art gallery in Yorkshire gets close.
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  • Reinventing unused spaces and turning them into parks

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  • Robb Society - Carrie Ho

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  • Sports venues must be iconic yet functional

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  • Finger paintings

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    FX Magazine

  • Dennis Ho on Monocle Radio

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

  • Esperence Waterfront has its future solidified by HASSELL

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  • The Art of Business Travel

    Aviation expert and principal at Hassell design studio Mark Wolfe talks with Nick Walton about terminal design, changing the traveller’s experience, sustainability, and the airports of the future.
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  • The Great Room features in Wallpaper*

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