Archive / December 2017
Friday 15 December 2017
A city created by its youngest citizens

Inspired by Hong Kong’s famous Kowloon Walled City, HASSELL ran a series of all ages workshops at the deTour HK Creative Festival that invited kids to create their own vision of a rich urban environment.

Participants explored how to create a community, the relationship between urban density, connectedness and sharing, and how chaos and harmony can co-exist in densely populated areas.

Kids were given a hands-on opportunity to build their own scene in the Kowloon Walled City, tapping into their creativity and understanding of space to imagine something as realistic or surreal as they liked.

The creations included lots of spaces for playing, resting, socialising and interacting with nature. These were fitted together to collectively form the deTour Walled City, one of the central pieces on display at the festival.

“Kids are the urban citizens of the future, and we believe they need a greater say in how we plan and design our cities. Engaging with them through workshops like these is our way of finding out what is important to them,” said Carrie Ho, HASSELL Principal.

Read about our related 'expanded fields' activities, like our collaboration with Archikidz (The Little House of Big Ideas), on Multitudes and Urban Futures.

Thursday 14 December 2017
HASSELL + SO – IL shortlisted for Adelaide Contemporary

HASSELL + SO – IL have been shortlisted for the Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition.

Adelaide Contemporary will combine an art gallery with a public sculpture park and meeting place. The initiative will be a focus for the city’s cultural and community energy, creating an accessible meeting place, integrating art, education and nature.

The first stage of the competition attracted 107 teams from five continents.

The six teams shortlisted are HASSELL + SO – IL; Adjaye Associates and BVN; BIG and JPE Design Studio; David Chipperfield Architects and SJB Architects; Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Woods Bagot; Khai Liew, Office of Ryue Nishizawa and Durbach Block Jaggers.

HASSELL collaborated with New York-based SO – IL, one of the most progressive and innovative voices in contemporary architecture.

Other collaborators include the prominent Australian artist Fiona Hall and the esteemed French landscape architect Catherine Mosbach.

The selection panel for the competition included representatives of Arts South Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Office for Design and Architecture South Australia, and was chaired by Michael Lynch AO CBE.

The HASSELL + SO – IL partnership promises a daring architecture proposal for Adelaide Contemporary that is deeply rooted in the heart of the place and its people.

For more information visit the competition website.

Tuesday 12 December 2017
Introducing Richard Burley

Richard Burley has joined HASSELL as Principal, Client Engagement based in the Melbourne studio.

Richard brings a diverse range of experience to HASSELL, having spent the last four and a half years as a development manager with Plenary Group in Canada and Melbourne.

Starting his career as an architect, Richard is passionate about the design and delivery of projects that transform our cities and create great outcomes for our clients.

“I am attracted to the complexities and challenges that large scale projects bring, but the biggest drawcard is projects that have a strong element of design,” Richard said

“Design shapes our lives and impacts on how we perform and feel. It can – and does – make organisations, cities and places perform better from a host of perspectives.

Richard has worked in infrastructure development with Plenary, Royal Bank of Scotland and ABN AMRO Bank and in project management at Lendlease on projects in Canada, USA, Hong Kong and Australia. He has led major PPP bids in Australia and Canada and his experience working with bid consortia for large complex projects is invaluable for HASSELL as we work on city-shaping PPP projects with sponsors, partners and other clients.

“My interest in architecture and my role in the PPP space was always focused on design – and what is so interesting about PPPs is that they generally do drive good design outcomes.

“One of the reasons I joined HASSELL is because of the practice’s reputation for great design. The work speaks for itself, across a wide range of sectors and locations.”

“The culture at HASSELL is highly collaborative and encourages a collective approach.  The breadth of talent and how the team works together across the business is impressive."

“I think clients come to us because they want an enjoyable process, they want to be challenged and they want a collaborative experience. They want trust, consistency and professionalism – and a firm who is the best in the business. I’m excited about being part of delivering that.”

Monday 4 December 2017
Footprints: an immersive experience at Hong Kong’s music and arts festival

An immersive transitional passage offered a unique experience for visitors at Hong Kong's largest music and arts festival, Clockenflap. Envisaged as a cave-like architectural structure, Footprints was the result of a creative collaboration between HASSELL, Greater Group, S&techs and TRO for the much-loved festival that was visited by over 70,000 people this year. 

As part of the overall festival theme this year of myth creation, the design team explored the idea of connecting with the original medium of storytelling and myth-making in one of the earliest social places where stories were created to be discovered – the cave.

“The installation needed to be a thought-provoking, memorable spatial and sensory experience for a wide variety of festival-goers – from children to adults. Our team set out to create a secret moment ‘away’ to take sanctuary from the festival during both the daytime and night-time activity,” said Tom Herron, Principal.

From a distance, Footprints appeared as a negative, rectilinear box dissolving into the landscape, simultaneously referencing the surrounding mirrored surfaces of Hong Kong’s high rise architecture, while reflecting the immediate yet transient reality of festival activity. In contrast, upon entering the mysterious mirrored box, there was an immediate sense of intimacy as visitors were surrounded by a curved interior passageway reminiscent of an ancient cave. And adding to the sense of discovery and delight were punctured holes throughout the exterior, offering indirect views towards the curved, embracing internal form.

“Installations such as these are a great way to explore and test design ideas, and a fantastic way to connect directly with the community in the cities we work in,” said Tom. 

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