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

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

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley commented: “The Geelong Performing 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.

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