Archive / September 2017
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) 

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Imagery by HASSELL+

  • How Can Data Help us Future-proof the Workplace?

    The commercial sphere is shifting under our feet. So how can workplaces be designed for long-term relevance? HASSELL developed the RAW framework to address exactly that.


  • Buildings need to be curated; collaboration with other fields is vital to an era of experience

    As architects and designers, we have to move away from building and creating ‘things’ and instead create places people love - experiences, writes HASSELL Principal Julian Gitsham in Archinect's 'Practice Diary'.


  • Q&A: Matthew Shang, HASSELL

    Matthew Shang has amassed a prestigious portfolio over the 20 years he has been active in the interior design industry, most notably as co-founder of Singapore practice, Distillery, and as a principal at HASSELL, with which Distillery merged in 2015.

    Hospitality Interiors

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

    Today’s modern university campus continues to evolve in response to a high degree of disruption. Technological, pedagogical and societal changes and challenges are altering the way we use and appreciate our university campuses. These are the views of Adam Davies who is a leading urban planner, designer and Principal at Hassell.

    The Urban Developer

  • 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.

    CIBSE Journal

  • 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.
    Adelaide Review

  • Reinventing unused spaces and turning them into parks

    A major exhibition series titled Parks Changing Australia, spearheaded by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), will tell the stories of Sydney’s most progressive new parks and their interstate counterparts.

  • Robb Society - Carrie Ho

    Space, or a design of a space, is a subtle art. It can shock and awe. It can beguile and bewitch. 
    Robb Report

  • Sports venues must be iconic yet functional

    Well-designed and accessible sports venues can prolong the buildings' life, says architect John Pauline. 
    The Straits Times

  • Finger paintings

    HASSELL creates intimate spaces with a huge former warehouse to enable guests and visitors to 'gather and connect'. 
    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

    Esperance, located 720 kilometres South-East of Perth, may not be the biggest city in Western Australia, but it is blessed with the country’s favourite asset – clean beaches and clear waters.
    Architecture and Design

  • 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.
    The Art of Business Travel

  • The Great Room features in Wallpaper*

    Wallpaper* visits SIngapore's newest flexible workplace designed by HASSELL, The Great Room. 

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