Archive / 2018
Friday 21 December 2018
Happy Festive Season

From everyone here at HASSELL, we’d like to thank you for an exceptional year.

Delivering complex, city-changing projects and winning a swag of design awards is no laughing matter. But sometimes, even the most serious designers just can’t help themselves.

Watch this year’s HASSELL holiday video to see us try to keep a straight face as we mangle our lines and occasionally lose it entirely.

We also take the opportunity to thank you for your continued support and wish you all the best for the new year in a selection of the many languages spoken across our global practice.

We hope all of you – our clients, partners and collaborators – have safe and happy holidays.

We're looking forward to working with you all in 2019.

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Thursday 20 December 2018
HASSELL rail forum explores design impact on commuters

As part of the annual HASSELL urban transport and rail conference, leading industry experts came together to discuss the most pressing topics in rail and passenger experience and how design can play a key part in ensuring a safe and enjoyable journey.

Chaired by HASSELL Senior Associate Keith Allen, the panel included Dr Nichole Kalms from Monash University’s XYX Lab, Clair van Veen from FreeState, and Saori Peguicha, Project Director at Pacific Partnerships.

Topics explored during the panel discussion ranged from how design can play a major role in countering gender-based harassment at transport interchanges, through to discussing the broad needs of every individual and what methodology is available to enhance every passenger’s experience.

The annual urban transport and rail conference is a chance for sector specialists across HASSELL studios to meet up face-to-face and exchange experiences, ideas and innovations.

Friday 14 December 2018
HASSELL designs Mix Design Collective even in Manchester

Henri Matisse may be an unlikely source of inspiration for workplace design, but a team from the HASSELL London studio channelled the post-impressionist master’s philosophy to design a showcase space for the Mix Design Collective event in Manchester.

Matisse’s instruction to, “Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us,” led the team of Catherine Van der Heide, Kaja Swiezeweska, Giang Le, Trang Thuy Dao and Elizabeth Terry to create a mindful experience – a place where people could take a break from the overstimulating urban environment.

HASSELL was one of just five practices selected to design a showcase space for the Mix Week Manchester headline event. The team transformed a 9m x 9m exhibition space into a series of chambers to highlight the importance of workplaces providing more mindful and adaptable experiences to support wellbeing.

“The response to the installation was overwhelmingly positive,” said Catherine.

“It was really interesting to see the transition of people from the busy conference environment into the tranquil space we had created. You could see visitors physically slow down in their movements and many commented on how calming the space was.”

Working with a number of design collaborators including Humanscale, Ocee Design, Desso, Silverline and Kettal, our team explored textural materiality, authentic finishes, soft lighting and integrated planting to create a welcoming, calming experience.

The perimeter was planted out to create individual and small group settings to recreate the sense of sitting at the base of a tree looking out at the landscape.

“With an installation you can explore new products and design approaches that will ultimately translate into the work we do for clients. We had great fun working with our design partners to create an environment where people felt comfortable and relaxed, but also equipped to perform at their best,” said Catherine.

Find out more about Mix Week Manchester.

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Monday 26 November 2018
HASSELL wins award and international commendation at the 2018 IDEA

HASSELL has received the hotly contested Workplace Over 1000sqm award at the 2018 IDEA held in Sydney on Friday 23 November. 

The Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) is Australia’s largest independent design awards program, celebrating the best of the country’s interior and product design. 

The client swapped a beachside, campus environment for an urban location, in 30 The Bond – a low, lean commercial building nestled between Sydney’s historic The Rocks and the new Barangaroo waterfront business precinct. The HASSELL designed workplace represents a balance between humanity and technology – a place where art meets science and quality craftsmanship complements understated simplicity. 

HASSELL Chairman and Head of Interior Design, Rob Backhouse, said the award is recognition of our commitment to creating places people love. 

“At HASSELL we always design with the people who will use our spaces at the forefront of our minds. When it comes to workplaces we strive to create spaces that not only meet a client’s brief, but also where people want to spend a majority of their day. This award reinforces the hard work done by the entire design team to achieve this goal,” Rob said.  

GSK House, Singapore, by HASSELL also received a judge’s Highly Commended recognition in the International category.

Photography: Nicole England

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Wednesday 21 November 2018
Futurespective exhibition for 80th anniversary

The HASSELL Futurespective exhibition marks the 80th anniversary of the founding of HASSELL. Held in Hong Kong and Shanghai, the exhibition looks at what we’ve learnt over the past 80 years designing places people love – places that have been successful for our clients and the people who use them.

Futurespective opened in Shanghai on Thursday 15 November and moves to Hong Kong on Wednesday 21 November. The exhibition features models of key global projects, Virtual/Augmented Reality, and behind the scenes content.

At the launch event in Shanghai, guests were invited to view displayed works and discuss the broad ranging changes that have influenced design over the past 80 years. HASSELL Managing Director Steve Coster said these exhibitions offer a great opportunity consider how the work we have completed over the past 80 years impacts cities and communities into the future.

“The work featured in this exhibition has been selected from thousands of projects – from some of the world’s most exciting new commercial developments to integrated transport solutions and waterfront regeneration,” he said. “On a more intimate scale, we look back on some of the leading workplaces and globally top-listed hotels and bars that we have helped create, and that’s really exciting.”

“We are proud of having the opportunity to successfully transform cities, precincts and organisations – as well as shape who we are as a practice today.” Steve said.


_Shanghai exhibition open to the public:

16 – 18 November 2018

10am – 6pm daily

Gallery 1908 3rd Floor, 1247 Nan Suzhou Lu


_Hong Kong exhibition open to the public:

22 – 25 November 2018

10am – 6pm daily

HASSELL studio

Convoy Building

Level 22, 169 Electric Road

North Point

Wednesday 21 November 2018
HASSELL releases restorative redesign for San Francisco's crumbling waterfront

With its historic but run-down waterfront, San Francisco’s Port Authority decided to restore the shoreline that could greatly influence the future of the city both environmentally and economically. 

The HASSELL proposal, titled ‘Resilience, Restoration, Access and Activation’, looks to preserve the significant history and culture of the waterfront while protecting against vulnerability to rising sea-levels, increasing public access and increasing the diversity of uses available to the public along the waterfront. Through restoring lost piers as public recreation, tourism, commercial and cultural functions, the proposal looks to fund significant public realm expansions along a new green Embarcadero.

Off the back of the recent Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge HASSELL Principal Richard Mullane said preparing for the inevitable sea level rise while repairing former piers , could, and should, be the part of any vision adopted by the Port for the waterfront.

“This waterfront used to be a vibrant gateway to the world, but now more than 20 piers have been lost by decaying and falling into the bay. It’s clear that the main focus should be developing a shoreline for San Francisco that’s not only world class and resilient to future stresses, but also has a diversity of vibrant destinations for the residents of the city,” he said.

Utilising benchmarks HASSELL projects from Sydney’s wharfs, the proposal illustrates an array of possible adaptation approaches suitable for a diverse range of urban uses. From creating sports hubs and museums to mixed-use development and retail to open parks and wildlife sanctuaries, the corridor has the potential to offer far more public access to residents and visitors.

“This is a really important project for San Francisco with endless possibilities to give the public a diverse array of activities and attractions for people of all ages, backgrounds, and economic levels, but also rehabilitate and preserve important sites within the historic Embarcadero district,” Richard said.

For more information on our design, visit the San Francisco Port Authority website.

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Monday 19 November 2018
Matthew Blain takes to the stage for Remaultwen 2018

It’s important for designers to look beyond workplace trends and instead focus on designing spaces that are as emotionally intelligent as they are technologically intuitive, according to HASSELL Principal Matthew Blain.

Matthew joined international film director, Dorris Dorrie and Alexander Rieck, Co-Director of LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture), , onstage in Stuttgart to explore the topic of senses at work. Matthew was keynote speaker at Remaultwen 2018, a conference drawing together visionary architectural approaches with film, scenography and brand communications.

Citing as an example Melbourne’s Medibank Place, the game-changing health-based workplace completed by HASSELL in 2014, Matthew explored the notion that designers must first understand the real needs of the workforce and, in turn, design spaces that meet employees’ neurological, sensory and physiological needs.

Also at the event, award-winning German film director Dorrie questioned what it is to work and why we do it. She suggested the current style of office working is counter-intuitive to creativity and encouraged the audience to take time to find a style of work that suits them. LAVA’s Reick explored the future of work and the ever-growing impact Artificial Intelligence will have on the spaces we design.

A vigorous debate followed, In discussing how these approaches to work become more nuanced based on culture and geographic influences, the panel agreed on a fundamental need to create places that meet the physical and social needs of people. In creating spaces that are comfortable, welcoming, beautiful and secure – regardless of the work that is taking place there – designers can help people perform at their best.

Wednesday 14 November 2018
HASSELL on display at Autodesk global conference

HASSELL has received international attention for its quality of BIM and collaboration on Perth’s Optus Stadium, designed by HASSELL COX HKS. Three HASSELL Design Technology representatives have been invited to Autodesk University in Las Vegas to showcase the stadium’s model, which has also received recognition at the Trimble BIM awards.

Autodesk University, an international conference that attracted over 10,000 people last year, aims to connect professionals who create, design, and inspire change within the industry.

HASSELL BIM Manager Julia Allen said that Autodesk University is the premier BIM conference in the world and an ideal setting to discuss the changing technology of architecture and design.

“It’s always exciting to be able to showcase HASSELL to a global audience, particularly a project on the scale of Optus Stadium,” Julia said.

“BIM is ingrained in everything we do at HASSELL and I look forward to seeing how our peers are also using it around the world,” Julia said.

HASSELL and the Optus Stadium model will be the focus of a main exhibit, and the model will be on display until at the Autodesk San Francisco Briefing Centre and Gallery until 2021.

Find out more information on Autodesk University here and the Autodesk San Francisco Briefing Centre and Gallery here.

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Monday 12 November 2018
HASSELL partners with San Francisco’s Resilient by Design to tour Australia’s east coast

Climate change hazards, such as sea and bay-level rise, the heat island effect and extreme weather events, pose significant and unprecedented challenges for cities the world over, threatening communities, infrastructure, and public safety.

Recognising the power of international collaboration, open conversation and design to discover innovative ways to tackle climate change impacts, HASSELL has teamed up with San Francisco’s Resilient By Design organisation to bring learnings from this year’s Rockefeller-backed design and community challenge to Australia.

Rather than wait for a natural disaster, the San Francisco Bay Area is proactively reimagining a better and more resilient future. Through the recent Resilient by Design (RBD) Bay Area Challenge San Francisco created a model for design and community-led resilience planning around the world.

A series of panel events  in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne will feature speakers including Gabriel Metcalf (CEO, Committee for Sydney, previously San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association), Amanda Brown-Stevens (Managing Director, Resilient by Design San Francisco), Beck Dawson (Chief Resilience Office, Metropolitan Sydney), and Toby Kent (Chief Resilience Officer, Resilient Melbourne).

HASSELL Principal and Urban Design Sector Leader, David Tickle said resilience is often narrowly interpreted as pertaining simply to climate change and resulting sea level rise.

“Climate change, rising sea levels, and increased temperatures are clearly all major influences on the resilience of city or community, but these naturally have flow on effects,” David said.

“Infrastructure failure, housing crisis, disease outbreak, cyber threats, and terrorism, are some other examples that can severely impact the long term resilience of cities, including Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. This is why it’s so important to have open, ongoing conversations about how we plan and design the most resilient buildings, precincts and cities with a broad understanding of future challenges,” he said.

“Building urban resilience requires looking at a city holistically and through understanding the systems that make up the city. By strengthening the core of a city and better understanding the potential pressures it may face, a city can improve its longevity and the well-being of its citizens.

“The most important thing we have learnt from being involved in projects such as Resilient by Design is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses and systems within a city to come together to survive, adapt and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience,” David said.

Melbourne and Sydney are part of The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities network which focuses on planning for long-term resilience. The network supports the adoption and incorporation of a view of resilience that includes not just the shocks—earthquakes, fires, floods, etc.—but also the stresses that weaken the fabric of a city on a day-to-day or cyclical basis.

Through these actions, 100 Resilient Cities aims not only to help individual cities become more resilient, but will facilitate the building of a global practice of resilience among governments, NGOs, the private sector, and individual citizens.

“Even though Melbourne and Sydney are currently the only two Australian cities that are part of 100 Resilient Cities, we hope to increase awareness through the program of events and panel discussions and empower more people and communities to be engaged in this important initiative,” David said.

Program overview:

_Monday, 12 November - Resilient Urbanism Panel (Sydney)
A keynote panel at Sydney Town Hall, partnering with Committee for Sydney, including Gabriel Metcalf (CEO, Committee for Sydney, previously San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association), Beck Dawson (Chief Resilience Office, Metropolitan Sydney), Amanda Brown-Stevens (Managing Director, Resilient by Design San Francisco), and Richard Mullane (Principal, HASSELL).

_Tuesday, 13 November – International Urban Design Conference (Sydney)
Amanda Brown-Stevens (Managing Director, Resilient by Design San Francisco) and Richard Mullane (Principal, HASSELL) will present a keynote address exploring the outcomes and learnings for the recent Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge.

_Wednesday, 14 November – Resilient Urbanism Panel (Brisbane)
Amanda Brown-Stevens (Managing Director, Resilient by Design San Francisco), Toby Lodge (Principal, HASSELL) and Richard Mullane (Principal, HASSELL) will sit on a panel event partnering with Committee for Brisbane discussing the impact urban design can have on resilience of a city.

_Thursday, 15 November – Resilient Urbanism Panel (Melbourne)
Amanda Brown-Stevens (Managing Director, Resilient by Design San Francisco) and Richard Mullane (Principal, HASSELL) will sit on a panel event partnering with City of Melbourne discussing the impact urban design can have on resilience of a city.

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Thursday 8 November 2018
2030: A Martian Odyssey - Symposium for Extreme Habitats

In 2018 HASSELL embarked on a mission with NASA to design the first human habitation on Mars. Now, the 2030: A Martian Odyssey Symposium for Extreme Habitats is the first step of a new network-based research platform to connect disciplines and industries.

HASSELL Principal and Head of Design Technology and Innovation Xavier De Kestelier said 2030: A Martian Odyssey is an opportunity to progress thinking on human-centric design and explore what it really means to create ‘places people love’.

“We hope this is the start of an evolving discussion that will draw together learnings from extreme habitats to develop visionary, innovative and scientifically grounded approaches to projects both on Earth and extra-planetary environments,” Xavier said.

The symposium, hosted by HASSELL in London, features a number of Europe’s most adventurous innovators ranging from polar explorers to inter-planetary scientists. Through the course of the day, they will discuss everything from strategies to ensure human survival in deep space, to the practical requirements of costs and the logistics of building in extreme environments.

“It’s a really exciting time to be exploring and pushing the boundaries of design and innovation, particularly when it comes to interplanetary exploration,” said Xavier.

“Our involvement in the NASA’s 3D Printing Centennial Challenge was simply the beginning, now it’s time to look to the future.”

Read more about 2030: A Martian Odyssey here. 

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Friday 2 November 2018
Optus Stadium and Darling Harbour Transformation receive top honours at AIA national awards

Optus Stadium – designed by HASSELL COX HKS – and Darling Harbour Transformation – by HASSELL / HASSELL + Populous – have taken out top honours at the 2018 Australian Institute of Architects National Awards.

Winning two shortlisted categories, Optus Stadium was awarded The Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture and the National Public Architecture Award.

The stadium is transforming the way fans experience major sport and entertainment events, and re-shaping Perth and its landscape in the process. Every design decision for the multi-purpose, 60,000-seat stadium was about achieving a singular vision – an unsurpassed visitor experience every time, every event.

On presenting the awards, the jury cited: “Optus Stadium is an immensely complex undertaking that successfully resolved structural, social and commercial challenges to deliver a world class sporting arena.

The jury was impressed by the architects’ innovative use of steel, both as a regional economic contributor and in its significant contribution to the overall success of the stadium’s design and resolution.”

HASSELL Principal Peter Dean said the awards once again highlight the incredible vision of the client and Perth in delivering such a city shaping project.

“Optus Stadium truly is a landmark project for the public that is changing the way fans experience sporting and entertainment events. It has received excellent recognition globally and to now have this recognition at the highest honor nationally, and by our peers, reinforces the hard work done by everyone involved in the project,” Peter said.

The Darling Harbour Transformation project was awarded the Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design Award and is Sydney’s most significant urban renewal initiative in 20 years.

Working closely with clients Infrastructure NSW and Lendlease, HASSELL developed the urban design framework and designed the public realm for the entire 20-hectare precinct, including reinvigorated parklands, plazas and event spaces. The harbour-side precinct has been recognised for its integration of the public realm with the architecture of three new venues designed by joint venture HASSELL + Populous, now known as the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney).

On presenting the award, the jury cited: “The reinvention of Darling Harbour is a significant moment in Sydney’s urban transformation. Long past its 1980s heyday, the precinct had become tired and congested, with limited visual or physical appeal. Although this is one of the city’s most visited public places, the redevelopment sought to enhance the urban experience – not just for tourists, but for residents and workers.

The precinct feels vital, engaging and safe. It has been given a clarity that previously evaded it. This is a true urban project of city scale, which will have an important impact on the future of the inner city.”

HASSELL Principal and Head of Landscape Architecture Angus Bruce said the national award is further recognition of the important role truly integrated urban design plays in shaping a city.

“By creating more inclusive and engaging new places and improving existing locations, the transformation of Darling Harbour has reinvigorated the previously disconnected part of Sydney and now generates ongoing social, economic and environmental benefits. This national recognition highlights the clear benefits smart design can have on a city and a community.”

The Australian Federal Police Forensics and Data Centre in Canberra also received a commendation in the Commercial Architecture category. The jury commented, “The new facility provides a workplace that will cultivate connections, exchange and the sharing of intelligence. A carefully layered plan separates sensitive areas by using spacious, light-filled and inviting corridors as internal streets, a remarkably calm and collaborative answer to this challenging brief.”

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Darling Harbour Transformation - Simon Wood 
Australian Federal Police Forensics and Data Centre - Christopher Frederick Jones

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Friday 19 October 2018
New Museum cantilever gallery construction

Steel frame for the cantilever gallery of New Museum for Western Australia is now in place.

The last steel frame, weighing 30-tonne, for the cantilever gallery of the New Museum for Western Australia in Perth has been installed this week. The new cantilever gallery will float above the heritage buildings of the museum, creating an integrated relationship between old and new architecture.

The exhibition space inside this gallery will include objects and stories about WA’s global relationships.

The placement of the 45 metre steel trusses is a major moment in the construction of the museum, designed by HASSELL + OMA, which is scheduled to open in 2020. 

HASSELL Project Design Director - Mark Loughnan
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Tuesday 16 October 2018
Bringing together 'Women In_ Transport'

More than 140 guests attended our inaugural Women In_ event – a huge success judging from the numbers, the lively discussions and the overall ‘buzz’ in the Melbourne studio, where the event was hosted on Monday 15 October.

Transport was the focus of this first in a planned series of events. Victorian Minister for Public Transport and Major Projects Jacinta Allan MP, Director at XYX Lab Dr Nicole Kalms and our own Tam Dao – Senior Architect on the Melbourne Metro Tunnel – made up the panel, facilitated by Principal and Board Director Ingrid Bakker.

They tackled issues ranging from how gender influences policy on transport and urban spaces to the best strategies for women who want a career in the transport sector. Following the discussion, the panel thoughtfully answered a handful of great questions from our guests, including Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp.

Women In_ events are a push for change in the industry. The Women In_ Design group behind the events looks for ways to support and showcase female design talent and create opportunities to build a network with those who are paving the way within their industries.

Friday 12 October 2018
Optus Stadium Park receives top accolades at the AILA National Landscape Architecture Awards

Optus Stadium Park in Perth, Western Australia received two Awards of Excellence at the 2018 National Landscape Architecture Awards held by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (AILA) at the Gold Coast on Thursday 11 October.

The Stadium Park designed by HASSELL, took out the top awards in both the Urban Design and Play Spaces categories, with AILA recognising the project’s valuable contributions to Perth’s urban landscape and the health and wellbeing of its community.

“The awarded projects are sensitive, thoughtful and ambitious responses to repairing and improving our Australian landscapes,” said AILA’s National Awards jury chair, Sara Kjaersgaard. “This is of critical importance at a time of increasing urbanisation and climate change.”

Stadium Park, on Perth’s Burswood Peninsula, is home to the city’s new Optus Stadium. The 41-hectare precinct provides an engaging waterside environment for the world-class sports and entertainment venue, as well as an impressive array of casual recreational facilities for the community and visitors to enjoy year-round.

A major attraction within the precinct is Chevron Parkland, a 2.6-hectare nature-play space that’s designed to engage children and families with the natural environment and connect them with the site’s indigenous cultural heritage. Significantly, the Stadium Park development has rehabilitated this prominent site on the eastern foreshore of the Swan River – once a waste ground of the city – to provide a collection of scenic promenades, cycle paths, and flexible event, play and picnic spaces that are filled with landmark public artworks and connected to the city’s new public transport links.

“Opportunities to work on projects of this scale and importance to a city are rare. So to receive recognition from our industry, acknowledging the success of Optus Stadium Park and the hard work of our design team, our project partners, and our talented collaborators from the Whadjuk indigenous community, is wonderful and very satisfying,” says Anthony Brookfield, Principal.

“Transforming the stadium precinct foreshore into an inclusive, multi-generational, recreation destination for Perth was an exciting place-making opportunity for HASSELL – a chance to create a uniquely Western Australian place for the people,” he said.

Photography by Peter Bennetts / Robert Frith

Monday 8 October 2018
The State Library of NSW opens to the public

Following a master plan development for the future of the State Library of NSW, the HASSELL designed Mitchell Building refurbishment and Michael Crouch Family Galleries have opened to the public.

The master plan has a primary focus of upgrading the Level 1 Western Gallery, major demolition of redundant storage spaces and mezzanine levels to make way for newly created galleries, new amenities for public visitors and staff, as well as Disability Discrimination Act and accessibility upgrades throughout five levels of the heritage Mitchell Building.

HASSELL Senior Architect Jacqueline Bokor said it is rare to work on projects of this level of cultural significance and seeing people experience the changes is what design is all about.

“This project was all about reinvigorating a cultural icon in the heart of the Sydney CBD and returning over 1,500sqm of previously inaccessible and newly refurbished space back to the public,” Jacqueline said.

“At HASSELL we are all about designing places people love, and it was evident at the public open day that revealing and reinterpreting the history of the Mitchell Building has helped continually grow this love for the State Library of NSW.” she said.

To support the growing visitor population to the Library and provide for world-class exhibitions, the existing Mitchell Building has undergone a major reconfiguration of the building circulation and access.

The new circulation elements, extending from the sub-basement level up to the accessible roof level, were designed to reconnect and reinvigorate the Mitchell Building interiors.

A key element of the reconfiguration is the addition of new functional and legible vertical and horizontal circulation to serve the public spaces and operational requirements for the library and exhibition staff. The upgrade includes new goods and passengers lifts, a new major public staircase, and a review and replanning of Building Code and Disability Discrimination Act compliance including the Fire Compartmentation Strategy, modifications for existing fire stairs, and various other upgrades in the building.

“The heritage of the building meant that work was required to maintain its ability to manage the flow of guests and staff. This posed both challenging and exciting opportunities, in particular the new staircase that acts as a feature element but also practically assisting in way finding for the public facilities distributed throughout the Mitchell Building.” Jacqueline said.

As hosts of significant travelling international and local exhibition content, the State Library of NSW Mitchell Galleries were a key focus of the Mitchell Refurbishment Project. Previously store rooms and offices, the new Michael Crouch Family Galleries provides universally flexible and adaptable exhibition spaces, doubling the current public exhibition area for the State Library of NSW.

HASSELL has also been involved in a number of other projects for the Library, including the recent refurbishment of the heritage Dixson Wing, designing and constructing the Sir William Dixson Research Library, Fellows Room and Collection store.

Images: Guy Wilkinson Photography

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Friday 5 October 2018
Mark Wolfe to chair and present at Aerotropolis World Summit 2018

HASSELL Principal Mark Wolfe has been appointed Chairperson, of the Aerotropolis World Summit 2018.

Hosted in Singapore from 9 - 12 October, Aerotropolis World Summit 2018 aims to gather the world’s leaders and decision makers across key stakeholders of aerotropolis projects, including urban development authorities/ministries, airport operators, project developers and investors.

With a varied program of global speakers, the event offers over 18 international case studies, four separately organised workshops, various roundtables and networking opportunities which enables participants to maximise effectiveness in planning and developing airport city projects.

As Chairperson of the summit, Mark will address participants and speakers each day, moderate panel discussions and present a session titled ‘Sustainable Aerotropolis – Putting people at the centre of your design strategy’.

The 2018 summit will focus on the process involved in conceptualising and planning a socio-economically sustainable aerotropolis and implementing its construction activities and business models, and the numerous challenges this entails.

Among such challenges, major questions include socio-economic analysis and expectation; considerations on suitable economic development models; right-of-way and land acquisition; effective land-use planning and space optimisation; investment management and financing models; properties leasing and zone planning; environmental and aeronautical regulatory requirements; effective transport infrastructure modelling and development.

Mark said the focus of the summit is particularly topical with major aerotropolis projects currently in progress across the globe.

“With major projects currently in the works across the globe, including Changi T5, Western Sydney Airport and London Heathrow’s expansion, it's the perfect time to be discussing the socio-economic impact these projects can have on a location and surrounding populations,” Mark said.

“I’m also honoured to be invited as Chairperson for the conference; it’s rare that opportunities like this arise where you are able to network with and be surrounded by peers from all across the aviation sector.” he said.

Read more about the summit here.

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Wednesday 26 September 2018

Newly promoted HASSELL Principal Andrew Yip is an advocate of diverse perspectives in the design industry, believing it leads to the best outcomes for clients.

It's for this reason that he appreciates the wealth of disciplines and sectors, locations and diversity of people over multiple levels at HASSELL.

“Ideas can cross-pollinate and converge, and that's what makes it interesting to work here,” he said.

“Working in a range of settings and cultures with people from different backgrounds is crucial to becoming a good designer and approaching problems from different angles.

“There's not just one way of doing things,” he says.  

Andrew joined HASSELL in 2014 after moving to Hong Kong from New York, where he had operated his own practice, prior to which he had worked in a number of companies on both the East and West coasts of the USA. His project experience spans workplace, entertainment and healthcare sectors, including the renowned International Cinematographer's Guild in Los Angeles.

At HASSELL, Andrew has played a key design leadership role in the Asia region as well as led teams working on retail and lifestyle projects in China - drawing on a keen interest in the entertainment industry and his own passion for illustration. 

“The energy of China, the rapid maturing of the market with its abundance of space and incredible tech-spurred growth means we are constantly being challenged. We are often learning and adapting alongside our clients,” he says.

“What's happening in Chinese companies is on par with the leading global players, and these developments are now having impact outside of China. We are definitely seeing this in the retail and commerce sectors with clients such as Alibaba, where there is a convergence between tech and physical spaces.

“Currently we're working with renowned retail operator K11, who are challenging us to leave no stone unturned and really research and explore what is possible. When finished, the project we are working on together will be a unique, memorable destination.”

Andrew is most excited about the collaboration across HASSELL - and the opportunities for more. He values the flat structure where ideas can and do come from everyone.

“When I first arrived at HASSELL four years ago, I discovered a transparent, entrepreneurial environment where you can both see what is happening and opt to take on as much on as you want. There's a lot of opportunity to grow in this practice and learn new skills.”

_Sanlin Cinve MO+ InCity Mall renovation in Shanghai is one of Andrew's current projects, due for completion by the end of 2018
_Recreating the Kowloon Walled City: community engagement workshop run by Andrew and his team at the 2017 DeTour Festival in Hong Kong

Monday 17 September 2018
Huangpu East Bank Urban Forest wins Chicago Athenaeum award

A proposed transformation of the east bank of the Huangpu River in Shanghai, China, has been awarded The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, International Architecture Award for Urban Planning/Landscape Architecture.

The HASSELL concept created an urban forest along the Huangpu River that would see a continuous woodland of two million trees planted – one tree for each of Shanghai’s two million children. This expansive landscape would have a significant impact on the city and its people. It would expand green space in the city centre by 25 per cent, improve air quality and energy efficiency, create new places to gather and support Shanghai’s aspiration to become a more sustainable, attractive and prosperous world city.

Since 2005, The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design have organized The International Architecture Awards to celebrate the best new buildings, landscape architecture, and planning projects designed and/or built by the world’s leading architects, landscape architects, and urban planners.

The awards give an important global overview of the current aesthetic direction of today’s commercial, corporate, institutional, and residential work to the real estate, banking, business and corporate communities, as well as to the press and general public worldwide. They are dedicated to the recognition of excellence in architecture and urbanism from a global point of view.

HASSELL Principal, Jon Hazelwood said the award recognition highlights the important role that landscape architecture and urban design play in shaping thriving and liveable cities.

“The Huangpu East Bank Urban Forest project is a prime example of the impact that thoughtful urban design can have on a city, in particular a city with a clear goal to become more sustainable, like Shanghai. This award helps profile that intention by the client, but also the excellent work and design thinking done by the HASSELL team.” Jon said.

The project will feature among this year’s winners in “The City and the World” travelling exhibition, which opens at The Contemporary Space Athens, Greece on 28 September 2018.

Friday 17 August 2018
HASSELL shortlisted as 2018 IDEA Designer of the Year

HASSELL is shortlisted as Designer of the Year in the 2018 Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), alongside Architects EAT, DesignOffice, Doherty Design Studio, Luchetti Krelle and Russell and George.

The six potential winners were announced last night at a sold out event at Melbourne's Canvas House, where they also presented their work to the jury.

Five of our projects are shortlisted across the awards' 13 categories: GSK Asia House and Footprints (International), Pepper Sydney and The Bond, Sydney (Workplace Over 1000 sqm), and Larmont Sydney (Hospitality).

HASSELL Chairman Rob Backhouse said: "We're proud to be recognised among so much talent in the Australian design community at another great night by the IDEA. Congratulations to all the shortlisted practices." 

The winners will be announced at the 16th IDEA Gala in November.

Thursday 16 August 2018
FreeState career opportunities – Expanding the influence of experience design

Do you live and breathe experience design? Are you excited about the opportunity of building a local team within a global firm? Do you want to work with a genuinely fun team who will value your input deeply?

At FreeState we’ve been carving our niche for the last 15 years, but it’s early days for our team in Australia. So we’re recruiting for new roles that are absolutely critical to support our business as it grows:

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Based in Melbourne, each of these roles offers significant opportunity to shape and lead a boundary-pushing team.

FreeState is a global pioneer in ‘user experience design’ across the physical and digital environment. We’re experts in developing user-focused stories and immersive experiences that connect people with brands, each other and places. We work to a methodology developed over the last 15 years in partnership with leading multi-national clients.

Visit LinkedIn and our HASSELL careers page for more information about these – and other – opportunities.

Find out more about HASSELL and FreeState.

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Wednesday 8 August 2018
Principal profile: Emily Moss

Recently promoted Principal Emily Moss believes that working for an international design practice means being benchmarked against the best in the world – but it also means taking risks instead of being safe locally.

Emily has worked at HASSELL for six years, and her recent promotion is testament to her passion for challenging both clients and designers to produce the best work.

“Each project should get better. We shouldn't sit back and think we're good enough or we've done enough. There's always improvement or another opportunity to do something different,” Emily said.  

“It’s also about how, as designers, we intuitively respond to a client’s concept and develop it into a workable solution,” she said.

Emily has over 14 years’ experience in both commercial and retail interior design for significant corporate clients across the globe.

“Working for an international design practice means that we really are an outward looking practice. We look externally and beyond Australia for our inspiration and how we benchmark ourselves. I think that this is a good thing and it means that we are really challenging ourselves and looking globally as opposed to being safe locally.” Emily said.

Emily’s ability to read project design and brand language and fluidly integrate concept, drawings and detail, has seen multiple projects receive industry awards for clients including SBS, Origin, Lendlease, and Arup.

Most recently Emily has led the design teams responsible for Lendlease’s new global headquarters at Sydney’s Barangaroo, Australian tech start-up Atlassian’s new workplace, and the new Sydney office for Pepper Group.   

Emily is most excited about working with a team of younger designers and the next generation of designers, fostering a pool of fresh ideas that challenges leadership and gives our approach new direction.

“HASSELL has given me so many opportunities in terms of my project work and the opportunities to work more globally. I hope that as Principal I'll be able to facilitate some of those opportunities for younger designers coming through the practice.”

Images: Lendlease Global HQ; Pepper Group North Sydney Workplace.
Photography: Nicole England

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Monday 23 July 2018
Optus Stadium Park tops three categories at AILA WA 2018 awards

Optus Stadium Park – designed by HASSELL – has once again dominated industry awards in Western Australia having won four at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) WA awards on Friday 20 July.

Topping off a successful state awards season, Optus Stadium Park was awarded the AILA WA Medal, Landscape Architecture Award for Urban Design, Play Spaces Award of Excellence, Parks and Open Spaces Award of Excellence.

Inspired by the six seasons of the local Indigenous people, The Stadium Park development has rehabilitated the prominent site on the eastern foreshore of the Swan River – once a waste ground of the city – to provide a collection of scenic promenades, cycle paths, and flexible event and play spaces designed to engage visitors with the natural environment and connect them with the indigenous cultural heritage of the site.

On presenting each award, the jury cited:

AILA WA Medal – “It is highly evident that great care and responsibility has been shown by the designers in developing this iconic project based on a philosophy of 'Our People, Our Land and Our Sport'.”

Parks and Open Spaces – “The parklands are deeply informed by the indigenous heritage of the Whadjuk Noongar people and seek to culturally and ecologically restore this important riverside location. Collaboration with artists has resulted in eloquent integration of art to complement the stories of the site and add layers of meaning.”

Play Spaces – “Never has play been provided for in Perth on such a large scale, with such variety and such thoughtfulness as has been done at the Stadium Parklands.”

Urban Design – “The judging panel particularly recognise the very important role the precinct will play in the everyday lives of the many people who will come to live and work in the future development zones surrounding the stadium parkland.”

HASSELL Principal Anthony Brookfield said the recognition from industry and peers not only reinforces hard work done by the design team, but also of the important role landscape architecture plays in shaping a city.

“Stadium Park is a massive, 41-hectare project, and the way it has changed the city of Perth is truly humbling as a designer. Opportunities to work on projects of this scale are rare and to receive recognition in the form of four industry awards reinforces the hard work done by the entire team,” Anthony said.

Wednesday 11 July 2018
HASSELL urban design project and travelling scholarship acknowledged at AIA and AILA NSW awards nights

Darling Harbour Transformation, Sydney, and the HASSELL Travelling Scholarship – 25 Years in Review have both taken out awards at the Australian Institute of Architects and Australian Institute of Landscape Architects New South Wales awards nights.

The Darling Harbour Transformation project was awarded the Lloyd Rees Award for Urban Design in the 2018 NSW Architecture Awards and is Sydney’s most significant urban renewal initiative in 20 years.

Working closely with clients Infrastructure NSW and Lendlease, HASSELL developed the urban design framework and designed the public realm for the entire 20-hectare precinct, including reinvigorated parklands, plazas and event spaces, with better pedestrian, cycle and public transport connections for this previously disconnected part of central Sydney. The harbour-side precinct has been recognised for its integration of the public realm with the architecture of three new venues designed by joint venture HASSELL + Populous, now known as the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney).

On presenting the award, the jury cited: “The team met the triple challenge of budget, complex urban context and multi-faceted client exceptionally well to create a more cohesive and legible urban structure to this part of the city. The approach to the master plan has resulted in a welcome decluttering of public spaces that are as a result, well frequented by the public throughout the day and throughout the year.”

HASSELL Principal and Head of Landscape Architecture Angus Bruce said the award highlights the important role integrated architecture, landscape architecture and urban design play in shaping a city.

“The Darling Harbour Transformation project for example has delivered 30 per cent more public space for Sydney’s inner-city. By creating more inclusive and engaging new places and improving existing locations, the precinct’s appeal has increased with locals and visitors alike – generating ongoing social, economic and environmental benefits.” Angus said.

The HASSELL Travelling Scholarship - 25 Years in Review also received an award, the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (NSW) Excellence Award for Community Contribution.

The HASSELL Travelling Scholarship – Robin Edmond Award is an annual scholarship that recognises graduating landscape architecture students who show outstanding potential for future contribution to the profession. The award provides the winner with the opportunity to expand their education through travel to a destination undergoing significant development or renewal. Participants are nominated by nine Australian universities.

“It is an honour to receive industry recognition for the long term investment that HASSELL has made over 25years, specifically to help push and promote graduate landscape architects.” Angus said.

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_Darling Harbour Transformation (photograph by Simon Wood)
_2018 Travelling Scholarship winner Antonia Besa Lehmann

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Thursday 5 July 2018
HASSELL Principal Kirsti Simpson appointed Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland

Kirsti Simpson’s extensive experience and expertise has been recognised by the appointment of Adjunct Professor at The University of Queensland – School of Architecture, Australia.

Adjunct professor appointments at the University aim to connect practitioners to the university in more direct ways, giving access to expertise and connections that directly benefit students and researchers.

On top of the existing program that includes attending critiques and giving lectures, Kirsti will also engage in research and key projects.

“I’m looking forward to researching the impact of scale and human experience in the context of city shaping projects,” Kirsti said.

“The Adjunct professor role is an incredible opportunity to strengthen our linkages with UQ, but to also help guide the next generation of talent. Continued education is very important to me and I’m excited to be involved in new research and projects, whilst also learning from a new wave of designers and architects,” she said.

With more than 25 years’ of experience leading commercial, mixed use and hospitality projects Kirsti is passionate about creating places people love and is committed to unlocking potential for her clients.

As the International Sector Leader for Commercial and Workplace at HASSELL, Kirsti has overseen the success of projects including GSK Asia House, Singapore, Sky Central, London, KPMG, Brisbane, and Ashurst Australia, Sydney. Kirsti is a key member of the HASSELL Executive Group - dedicated to realising the practice’s global vision and business plan.

Kirsti has been involved with several high profile Boards in Brisbane including Southbank Corporation, the Newstead House Board of Trustees, the Brisbane Institute and as Chair of Artworkers Alliance.

Tuesday 3 July 2018
HASSELL celebrates a successful first year in San Francisco

HASSELL is celebrating a successful first year in San Francisco and is strengthening its presence in the Bay Area to design and create places people love.

During a visit to the city to thank all who have supported our first U.S. studio, the HASSELL board hosted a reception at the de Young Museum, an iconic architectural project which HASSELL Principal Mark Loughnan led as Associate in Charge while with Herzog and de Meuron. John Rahaim, planning director for the City and County of San Francisco, was guest speaker for the event. 

HASSELL will continue to bring its international experience, expertise, and perspective to San Francisco and the broader U.S market, addressing the unique urban challenges cities like San Francisco face as they shape themselves through smart, adaptive design solutions focusing on long term resilience. 

"Global cities like San Francisco, Shanghai, London, and Sydney, are facing the complex challenges of affordability, displacement, community trust, increased density and sustainability, and a revolution in the way that people are choosing to live, play and work,” said HASSELL Principal Richard Mullane, who is now based in the San Francisco studio. 

"As we design solutions to these problems, it’s important to us to make sure that those who use these spaces every day are involved throughout the process. During this past year in San Francisco, we have been forging relationships with communities leaders and listening to local needs. Moving forward, we’re excited to work with community leaders and residents to design places that bring social, economic and cultural value to their lives,” said HASSELL Principal Martin Lee, who leads the San Francisco studio.

HASSELL began its work in the San Francisco Bay Area by participating in the year-long Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge, a research and design project that brought the world’s leading designers, architects, artists, engineers, scientists, communities and students together to propose new solutions to strengthen the region’s resilience to climate change.
Commenting on the HASSELL+ team’s work, the Resilient By Design jury applauded the “international team’s inquisitive and sincere interaction with a…community beginning to face the truths of climate change, industrial transformation, and significant local assets – the international airport, the biotech campus, the mountain.”
HASSELL is also currently recruiting and hiring within the San Francisco studio and is looking to work collaboratively with local design firms. 

Monday 2 July 2018
HASSELL one step closer to life on Mars

HASSELL has been shortlisted to design the world’s first human home on Mars, as part of NASA’s 3D Printing Centennial Challenge.

The international competition, run by Bradley University (USA) on behalf of NASA, called on teams to design a living and working environment for four astronauts using local Martian materials, or recycled materials from the Mars lander.

In response, HASSELL and structural engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan designed an external shell, which could be constructed entirely by autonomous robots using Mars’s natural regolith. This would then allow for the astronauts to arrive to a degree of protection from the harsh Martian elements.

Once they have landed, the astronauts would rapidly construct the building’s interior using a series of inflatable ‘pods’ that incorporate all the living and working requirements for everyday life on Mars.

HASSELL Head of Design Technology and Innovation, Xavier de Kestelier, said the Mars Centennial Challenge is a welcome opportunity to bring a human element into aerospace design.

“Designing for space is typically very functional. It focuses on achieving maximum performance and maximum efficiency for technology and machines – but not for people,” Xavier says.

“We have set out to create an environment on Mars which is not only high performance, but also provides a degree of comfort and familiarity for the astronauts. It’s an environment where they feel safe and equipped to do the most important work in the history of space exploration.”

HASSELL has currently been shortlisted to the top 10 entrants. The top five will be announced in July 2018, with the final winners announced in January 2019.

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Friday 29 June 2018
Optus Stadium and Stadium Park sweeps Australian Institute of Architects Western Australia awards

Optus Stadium and Stadium Park – designed by HASSELL COX HKS – has taken out four awards at the AIA WA awards on Friday 29 June, including the Best in State George Temple Poole award.

Topping off a successful night, Optus Stadium was also awarded Jeffrey Howlett award for Public Architecture, The Wallace Greenham Award for Sustainable Architecture, The Mondoluce Lighting Award, and The Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture.|

The stadium’s innovative design feels distinctly local, with architecture and landscaping that reflect the state’s proud Aboriginal, sporting, and cultural heritage.

The Stadium Park development has rehabilitated this prominent site on the eastern foreshore of the Swan River – once a waste ground of the city – to provide a collection of scenic promenades, cycle paths, and flexible event and play spaces designed to engage visitors with the natural environment and connect them with the indigenous cultural heritage of the site.

On presenting the awards, the jury cited: “The Optus Stadium project excels as an outstanding example of a multi-sports and entertainment infrastructure, creating an iconic architectural entry statement to the city.”

“The facade delivers the gravitas of a global city destination without sacrificing user experience. Visitors are drawn to the structure and reap the benefits of the thoughtful, holistic approach to arrival, navigation, experience and departure.”

HASSELL Principal Peter Dean said the awards highlight the incredible vision of the client and Perth in delivering such a city shaping project.

“Optus Stadium and Stadium Park truly is a landmark project that is changing the way fans experience sporting and entertainment events. It has received excellent recognition globally and to have this recognition locally, and by our peers, reinforces the hard work done by everyone involved in the project,” Peter said.

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Thursday 28 June 2018
HASSELL shortlisted for three projects in World Architecture Festival awards

Three HASSELL projects have been shortlisted in the prestigious World Architecture Festival awards across two categories in landscape and sport.

Optus Stadium in Perth, Western Australia – designed by HASSELL COX HKS – was shortlisted in the Sport – Completed Buildings category and the surrounding Stadium Park, designed by HASSELL, was shortlisted in the Landscape – Urban Projects category. The stadium is transforming the way fans experience major sport and entertainment events, and re-shaping Perth and its landscape in the process. Every design decision for the multi-purpose, 60,000-seat stadium was about achieving a singular vision – an unsurpassed visitor experience every time, every event. 

Significantly, the Stadium Park development has rehabilitated this prominent site on the eastern foreshore of the Swan River – once a waste ground of the city – to provide a collection of scenic promenades, cycle paths, and flexible event and play spaces designed to engage visitors with the natural environment and connect them with the indigenous cultural heritage of the site. 

The redevelopment of Sydney’s Darling Harbour was also shortlisted in the Landscape – Urban Projects category. The project is the city’s most significant urban renewal initiative in 20 years. By reinvigorating parklands, plazas and event spaces incorporating water features and public artworks, HASSELL has created opportunities for a variety of events and activities. Through better pedestrian, cycle and public transport connections we've reintegrated this previously disconnected part of the inner city. 

HASSELL Principal Angus Bruce said the shortlisting is not only great recognition for the projects themselves, but also for the teams that worked on them.

“It’s always great when projects are shortlisted for prestigious awards like WAF as it raises the profile for clients and promotes these fantastic new public places globally. Even more so, it’s a boost for our design teams as it reinforces the great work that everyone puts into a project,” Angus said.

Images: Optus Stadium photographed by Peter Bennetts; Darling Harbour Public Realm photographed by Simon Wood

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Wednesday 27 June 2018
HASSELL + We Made That finalists in Des Voeux Road Central Hong Kong competition

HASSELL + We Made That comprise one of five teams selected as finalists in an international competition to reimagine a key thoroughfare in the heart of Hong Kong.

Walk DVRC is a competition to revitalise 1.4km of Des Voeux Road Central in Hong Kong’s central business district and reconfigure it as an inspiring and valuable pedestrianised public space.

“Our team’s vision is to create a people-focused high street, revitalising and reconnecting Des Voeux Road to Hong Kong’s identity. Our vision supports retail and business while promoting walkability, all tied together under the driver of creating a healthier city,” said David Tickle, HASSELL Principal and global urban design sector leader.

“We’re excited to be partnering again with We Made That, who we delivered a great outcome with on Croydon South End High Street in London. Walk DVRC follows on from some really inspiring community-led work our HASSELL team has done in other global cities, including Darling Harbour Public Realm in Sydney and most recently Resilient by Design in San Francisco,” said David.

The winner of the Walk DVRC competition will be announced in late October.

Image: Croydon South End High Street renewal
Photographer: Jakob Spriestersbach

Wednesday 27 June 2018
Australian Federal Police forensics workplace leads the way in innovative design

The prestigious Canberra Medallion has been awarded to the HASSELL designed Australian Federal Police (AFP) Forensics and Data Centre (FDC) at the Australian Institute of Architect’s 2018 ACT Architecture Awards. The project was also awarded the top honour in the commercial category, winning the John Andrews Award for Commercial Architecture.

The jury noted that "this brief could so easily have succumbed to an explicitly defensive architecture. Instead, the Forensics and Data Centre extracts generosity and openness from a highly sensitive program to engender a collaborative and collegiate workplace and find a welcome ease of fit between organisation and built form."

The Forensics and Data Centre breaks new ground in the collaboration and collocation of forensic scientists and data personnel into shared workplace, laboratory, and industrial facilities that will optimise transparency, connectivity and community.

The design has enabled the transformation of work practices and processes to improve the timely processing of crime scene exhibits, the ability to secure integrity of evidence, and capacity to respond to national and international incidents, all based out of the Australian Capital Territory.

HASSELL Principal Mark Roehrs said the key element of the project’s success was a rigorous briefing and engagement process involving workshops with over 18 departments.

“As a design team, we were motivated by the organisation's aspirational brief to facilitate forensic process change while also imbuing an open, collaborative and supportive culture through the building design. The innovative design outcome was realised through a highly interactive engagement process overlaid with rigorous technical briefing, in which the FDC team were enthusiastic partners for transformational change,” Mark said.

“The result is an inspiring workplace of light, rich materiality, transparency, and landscape connectivity wrapped around a high performance lab 'machine' that supports a highly dedicated group of professionals who daily face very challenging and confronting tasks,” he said.

Wednesday 13 June 2018
Science Place wins two AIA awards

The Science Place at James Cook University's Townsville Campus has earned recognition from the Australian Institute of Architects in Queensland.

The project won in two categories at the AIA’s state awards – the Jennifer Taylor Award for Educational Architecture and a Sustainable Architecture Award.

The jury praised The Science Place as a "transformative project making science visible, accessible and attractive" to the whole campus.

"This STEM building is both exciting and nurturing, and despite a challenging brief, the architects have created a sustainable building and comfortable environment for both the staff and students," the jury said.

They also singled out the innovative planning that went into the building, resulting in “a highly flexible and dynamic facility (with) a sense of energy that permeates from within”.

The citation noted that optimal levels of daylight and low glare were integral to The Science Place claiming Australia’s first LEED Gold rating for an educational building.

The project is now automatically shortlisted for the National Architecture Awards, due to be announced in November 2018.

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Tuesday 12 June 2018
Ken Maher appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia

HASSELL fellow Professor Ken Maher has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list “for distinguished service to architecture and landscape design, particularly through urban infrastructure projects, and to environmental sustainability in planning.”

During his 25 years with HASSELL, Ken has been instrumental in building the practice within Australia and internationally. Following 20 years as a director, including nine years as Chairman, Ken was appointed as the inaugural HASSELL Fellow in 2017 to acknowledge the enormous ongoing contribution he’s made as an ambassador for the practice, the design industry and the wider community.

HASSELL Managing Director Steve Coster said: “Ken has always been exceedingly generous with his time and ideas, contributing well beyond what most practicing architects manage to do during their career.

“His outstanding impact on Australian cities is evident in the many city-shaping projects he’s worked on, and the wonderful legacies and sustainable value they’ve brought to surrounding communities.

“Ken has been consistently active in both practice and academia, and our profession’s senior leaders and passionate new students equally admire and benefit from his personal generosity and wise counsel.”

Among many other appointments and accolades, Ken is an Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medallist, former AIA National President, and current Professor in the UNSW Faculty of Built Environment.

Photo: Brett Boardman

Wednesday 30 May 2018
Updated images released for Melbourne Metro Tunnel project

Minister for Public Transport The Hon. Jacinta Allan MP has released updated images of the Metro Tunnel Project – Victoria’s biggest ever public transport project.

The project is being delivered by Cross Yarra Partnership, a consortium led by Lendlease, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital and will deliver five new underground stations to be known as North Melbourne, Parkville, State Library, Town Hall and Anzac.

The design for the five stations is a world class collaboration between leading international design practices HASSELL, Weston Williamson and Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners.  HASSELL is also leading the design of the public realm surrounding and connecting the five stations.

The five stations maximise public space, natural lights and the latest innovation in station design – each drawing on local character in their design and together transforming the city by improving connectivity across Melbourne and acting as a catalyst for urban renewal.

In a joint statement about the project, the architectural team commented:

“Passenger experience has been at the heart of our design.  The stations open up to fresh air and natural light and the underground spaces have a generous civic quality that will feel safe and intuitive to use.  But this project isn’t just about adding new stations, it actually creates five extraordinary new public buildings and transformative public places for Melbourne. Together these new places will add a brand new layer to Melbourne, amplifying and connecting to what makes our city one of the world’s most liveable. We’re proud to be part of this project that will help shape the way the city works today, into the next century and beyond and we hope that Melbourne will grow to be proud of the new metro.”

The Melbourne Metro Tunnel project also creates the opportunity for significant above ground improvements to the city.

Beyond improving train travel in Melbourne, this project will add new public and green space, improve walkability in the city, and make new connections to unlock the potential of previously underutilised space.

The Metro Tunnel Project is on track to be completed by 2025, a year ahead of schedule, enabling more trains more often across the rail network by freeing up space in the City Loop.

Tuesday 29 May 2018
HASSELL supports Nacre light installation at Vivid Sydney 2018

After months of careful planning and design, the Pulpo Collective (including HASSELL Computational Designer Jonathan Irawan) has launched Nacre as part of Vivid Sydney 2018

Taking inspiration from shellfish middens found during excavation at Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct, the HASSELL-supported Nacre uses both light and sound to better understand and illuminate the Aboriginal history of the site.

The excavated middens revealed that the site was once a rich source of cockles, mussels and rare species of molluscs, which were gathered by skilled fisherwomen from local Aboriginal communities.

The lighting of Nacre is actuated by the data collected from the movement of levels of the tide. Although this illumination in itself does not counteract the effects of climate change the aim is to use technology to monitor the delicate and ever changing pattern in nature to make this more visible to the users.

HASSELL Principal Tony Grist said the installation highlights the ability of design to tell a story of a specific location.

“Jonathan and his team have designed an installation that uses light, sound, and most importantly historical context, to highlight the role that sustainable principles can play in protecting fragile marine environments.”

The title of the installation, Nacre, refers to the mother of pearl produced in the inner shell of molluscs. The design of this lustrous work incorporates the geometry of sea shells, and it uses technology to translate environmental data to illuminate a hidden, underwater world.

HASSELL Computational Designer Giulia Conti is also involved in the festival, creating an installation titled A Little Birdie Told Me, which explores the complex nature of Australian bird life.

The installation places silhouettes depicting threatened and extinct species in and around the trees near Circular Quay. They are invisible during the day, but at night they come to life, illuminated in concert with their calls.

Vivid Sydney runs until 16 June.

Thursday 24 May 2018
First Light Pavilion given UK Prime Minister's backing

The First Light Pavilion project at Jodrell Bank, designed by HASSELL with exhibition design by Casson Mann, received full funding from major UK supporters. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) announced the Discovery Centre is to receive a total of £6.1 million for a transformational £20.5m project.

Jodrell Bank Observatory, founded in 1945, is the earliest radio astronomy observatory in the world still in existence. The project aims to present the site in a new light, sharing the stories of its scientists and engineers and the pioneering science that has taken place, as well as preserving and protecting the physical elements of Jodrell Bank’s heritage for future generations.

HASSELL will deliver the project over the next three years, creating a spectacular new exhibition and engagement space, an auditorium devoted to displaying immersive digital presentations, an education hub, and a new café.

Commenting on the significance of the award at the Jodrell Bank site earlier this week, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “It’s great to be here at this iconic home of British innovation to personally congratulate the team on this funding award, which will enable Jodrell Bank to continue to inspire scientists in Britain for generations to come."

HASSELL Principal Julian Gitsham said the project will have a major impact on a national and global level, owing to the significance of the site, which was nominated for UNESCO World Heritage status earlier this year, and its ambitious plans to connect science and learning in a truly immersive way.

"First Light Pavilion will stand as a world class visitor attraction and education facility, striving to bring people closer to science and astronomy on a national and international scale - we're thrilled to be part of the talented and dedicated team that will make this come to life."

Friday 18 May 2018
HASSELL+ unveils Resilient South City proposal for South San Francisco

HASSELL+ has revealed its design for South San Francisco as part of the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge.

'Collect and Connect - Resilient South City' will create a green-space corridor from Orange Memorial Park to a new public reserve on the shoreline. The proposal enhances access along South San Francisco’s Colma Creek and will reduce the impacts of flooding, sea-level rise vulnerability, restore native flora and fauna, and create more healthy lifestyle opportunities.

HASSELL Principal Richard Mullane said the proposal was about "reconnecting South City to the Bay."

"This community used to walk the length of the creek and swim in the bay. Our proposal aims to make that possible again, and to engage people in the longer term discussion of protecting the shoreline and adjacent airport against sea-level rise," he said.

Green spaces, slow streets

The project identifies opportunity sites across the entire Colma Creek watershed to create a resilient network of green spaces, playgrounds and slow streets.

A widened creek canal will reduce the impact of recurrent flooding, and restoration of native plants on San Bruno Mountain and throughout the watershed will build biodiversity and reduce irrigation needs. Orange Park is reimagined as a sports and community hub.

Equitable access to the shoreline

The new South City Circle Bridge is a pathway for continuous walking and cycling, and a bold statement of prioritised community access to the bay, acting as a gateway to South City for all transport modes.

Below this, a native plants nursery will enable flood detention and treat runoff from Highway 101, slowing and improving the quality of water flowing into Colma Creek and the Bay.

A new recharge reservoir at the base of San Bruno Mountain will collect storm water runoff and create passive infiltration through the location's unique geology.

Education and habitat restoration

An eco waterpark at the upgraded Water Quality Control Plant provides new opportunities for water education including a natural shoreline swimming pool. A new 'living levee' tidal barrier creates a wetland collector area for habitat restoration and recreation and can detain storm water in a king tide scenario.

Upgraded local schools on higher ground are imagined as resilience hubs that can treat water, provide community recreational spaces and become better equipped for times of disaster.

Building community investment

The design process embraced extensive stakeholder engagement, with specific involvement with representatives from the City of South San Francisco and San Mateo County and community partners, San Bruno Mountain Watch, Youth Leadership Institute and the South San Francisco Historical Society.

A temporary community hub on Grand Avenue was created to host conversations with elected officials, community leaders, local residents and students.

The team said that greater access to the water, education uses and places of genuine public ownership are needed to create a critical mass that cares about the shoreline and invests in this important conversation.

HASSELL+ will continue to work with the local community to make this vision of resilience a reality in South San Francisco and San Mateo County.

For more information, visit the Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge website.

Wednesday 16 May 2018
Awards for innovation and excellence

From Sydney to South Australia, a number of projects in Australia designed by HASSELL have been recognised at the 2018 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards.

The awards, which showcase superior examples of iconic projects in property development and investment across a broad range of sectors and design disciplines, were announced at a gala event on Friday 11 May.

The venue for the gala – the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) – was designed by HASSELL + Populous and received the Brain and Poulter Award for Best Tourism and Leisure Development and the Woods Bagot Best Public Building Award at the event.

Nearby in Sydney, the Barangaroo mixed use waterfront development was a big winner. Lendlease Global Headquarters, for which HASSELL designed the interiors, picked up the Eagle Lighting Australia Award for Best Workplace Project.  Barangaroo South was awarded the Liberty Steel Award for Best Mixed Use Development, WSP Award for Best Sustainable Development – New Buildings, RLB Australian Development of the Year and the Tenderfield People’s Choice Award. HASSELL contributed urban design assistance and the development of the David Jones concept store to this new urban precinct.

Over in South Australia, the Tonsley Innovation District, which incorporates the HASSELL-designed Flinders at Tonsley, was awarded the KONE Award for Development Innovation.

See all the awards winners.

Monday 14 May 2018
HASSELL + SO – IL release designs for Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition

Following an international call for submissions resulting in six shortlisted teams, the Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition has released the final designs for public exhibition. 

The HASSELL + SO – IL design takes inspiration from what makes Adelaide special. Like the River Torrens (Karrawirra Parri), Adelaide Contemporary will carry and deposit fertile ideas along the course of culture, constantly attracting, hosting and transmitting exciting ideas between the Australian heartland and further afield.

As the anchor project for the formal Royal Adelaide Hospital site, Adelaide Contemporary is a gateway to Adelaide, its parklands and the future of the city itself.

The intersection of nature, art and people

Adelaide Contemporary is a pivotal step toward transforming the former hospital site into a space where nature, art and people come together.

The HASSELL + SO – IL design pivots around the Gallery of Adelaide, an outdoor stage for performance art and festival events. There is a portfolio of galleries of various formats, a leisurely roof garden with views to the River Torrens and the hills, and a sculpture garden with distinctively Australian features.

This sculpture garden extends deep into the building, connecting the Gallery of Time and the theatre with the land. In the galleries, views are carefully considered and directed toward the gardens, the river and the neighbouring heritage buildings.

The design’s lush roof terraces are accessible to the public and provide a close encounter with the magnificent floral collection of the Adelaide Botanic Garden.

Art everywhere, any time

Art can be seen and touched everywhere, well beyond the galleries – in the public plaza, along the artwalk, on the rooftop and in the sculpture garden.

Since the environment informs how artworks are perceived, the galleries are structured not as isolated boxes but as intentionally interconnected spaces with nature surrounding them.

The collection galleries are a series of linked boxes of various sizes and proportions forming a journey with shifting views.

The temporary galleries – visible on the plaza level both from the North Terrace and the Central Rambler from the east – are flexible to house a variety of exhibitions.

The Gallery of Time on the garden level is a large, experimental space that tells the story of Adelaide and Australia.

From the land to the sky

Three sustainability themes – responsible, efficient and flexible – also play a major role in the HASSELL + SO – IL design. Building systems will seamlessly integrate into the overall project strategy to ensure a comfortable and sustainable environment by:

_Harnessing what is naturally available to dramatically reduce demand on mechanical services

_Emphasizing efficiency and future-proofing – for example by cooling through electric, air-source heat pumps that are less carbon-intensive and more sustainable, and

_Offsetting remaining demands through smart, on-site generation such as flexible photovoltaics – a solar foil draped over the galleries.

Adelaide Contemporary will not only protect its environment, it will embrace it.

Visitors will experience a blurred transition between indoors and outdoors – an approach that will connect and delight people. The realm around the galleries is part of – not distinct from – the gallery itself. And the cocooning boxes, along with the draped roof, will help to protect this environment from the elements, making it usable throughout the year.

All shortlisted designs are on public exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia until 10 June. For more information visit the competition website.

Friday 4 May 2018
The Science Place leads the way in scientific discovery and innovation

The Science Place, designed by HASSELL, is transforming scientific research, undergraduate education and postgraduate training at James Cook University’s Townsville campus in tropical northern Australia.

As the instantly recognisable ‘home of science’ on campus, the building links current and future scientists – previously dispersed around the campus in a variety of disconnected facilities – in one concentrated, central hub that’s bursting with activity and primed for growth.

Bringing together the university’s chemistry, bio-chemistry and biology research cohorts for the first time, the building combines research-led learning on the lower two levels with dedicated scientific research on the upper two floors – all linked by stacked atrium spaces and a central open stair accessible to all.

The building forms a key node on the central academic green activated with a cluster of cafés and a lecture theatre, connected to the building’s extensive informal learning hub on the lower levels. The hub – which gives students a place to call their own – connects problem-based learning studios and the super labs above.

HASSELL Principal Mark Roehrs says the consolidation of science disciplines under one roof is pivotal not only for learning but also overall student experience.

“We’ve seen a surge in the desire to house STEM activities under the one roof as a way to increase cross-disciplinary education and knowledge sharing, and The Science Place is a prime example of achieving this goal. This not only makes sense from a building and asset point of view, but also for student experience as it increases interaction,” Mark said.

The building’s cutting-edge infrastructure includes two 150-seat ‘super labs’ for chemistry and biology – able to accommodate varying simultaneous class sizes and subjects, dramatically increasing space utilisation. Flexible research labs, which are physically and visually connected to lab support areas and open offices, give the university spaces that can be adapted to meeting changing needs over time.

The Science Place is a standard setter in sustainable design, earning Australia’s first LEED Gold rating for an education building. Among other measures, the building recovered and recycled 96% of all the previous building materials – a new record for a large development in Townsville.

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Thursday 3 May 2018
HASSELL announced as designers of $3.8 billion Belmont Park redevelopment

The $3.8 billion Belmont Park redevelopment in Perth, Western Australia, is a 73ha site located on the northern end of the Burswood Peninsula on the fringe of the city’s CBD.

Immediately adjacent to the new HASSELL COK HKS designed Optus Stadium and Sports Precinct, and the HASSELL designed Chevron Parklands, the new Stadium Train Station, and the recently launched Crown Towers, the development boasts unprecedented foreshore frontage to the Swan River and will enjoy views to the City, River, New Stadium, Perth Hills and the entertainment precinct to the east.

HASSELL has been engaged by Golden Group as a key member of the project delivery team to provide planning, urban design, master planning, architecture, and landscape architecture services.

HASSELL Principal Peter Lee said the project will have a major impact not only on the Burswood peninsula, but also on city of Perth as a whole.

“Stage 1 of the development will create 1,500 new apartments, 6,000 square meters of retail space, and 20,000 square meters of commercial space, not to mention thousands of jobs. This isn’t just great for the city, but also the state.” Peter said.

“The vision for the precinct will establish an environment where residents, workers and visitors will be offered a variety of retail options and high quality public open spaces in which to relax and enjoy.” he said.

This vision will be delivered through the realisation of a number of key ideas and design principles including:

_Optimal land use efficiency and transport connections with proximity to large areas of public open space and facilities.

_Encouraging access to communally owned facilities (gardens, swimming pools and leisure facilities) to underline the shared benefits of city living.

_Stabilising the foreshore to provide public access and maximum recreation opportunities while acknowledging and celebrating the cultural and Indigenous connection to the Swan River.

_Providing a high quality public ream enabling a comfortable and safe pedestrian environment, with in ground landscaping to support water sensitive urban design principles and green connections to the river foreshore

“HASSELL has been involved in a number of city shaping projects and the redevelopment of Belmont Park is the next stage in reinforcing Perth as a truly great city. It will be a hub of activity providing entertainment, cultural and recreational opportunities, sensitively linking the public domain to a restored Swan River,” Peter said.   

Stage one of the redevelopment has commenced and the entire project is due for completion within 20 years.

For more information on the project visit the Golden Group website.

Tuesday 3 April 2018
Introducing Robert Price

We are pleased to announce that Robert Price has joined HASSELL as a Principal in the China region, based from our Shanghai studio but working nationally and internationally. He will be jointly leading our commercial and workplace sector pursuits and opportunities, together with Principal Tom Herron.

“Robert is a great addition to our capabilities in the region, providing valuable depth and leadership. He is an experienced practitioner with a strong record of delivering commercial workplace projects in China, having lived here now for over a decade,” says Tom Herron, Principal and joint leader of the Commercial and Workplace sector in China.

“Robert’s background in both architecture and interior design was of great interest to us, as HASSELL continues to further dissolve the hard lines between the disciplines.”

Originally from the USA, Robert moved to Shanghai to help establish Gensler's operations in the region, and subsequently worked for the practice for a decade. He has worked, from concept to completion, on many significant projects, including the Shanghai Tower and the Shanghai Dow Centre. Most recently, Robert was APAC Design Director and leader for all new Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) offices.​​ He also has significant experience working in the Hong Kong and US markets.

Robert’s experience means he has a global perspective coupled with local insights, and understands how the market has rapidly matured in China over the past decade.

“I am really looking forward to working with Robert as he clearly demonstrates he knows how to work with national and multinational clients. It is evident that he listens to what they are saying to craft informed design responses that are sensitive to the environment,” says Tom.

"I joined HASSELL, in part, because of the practice's internal design culture, which allows for a unique product in the market. As clients increasingly look to global benchmarks, world leading design and delivery have become critical to the success of business in China,“ says Robert.

Robert believes in a holistic approach to design which incorporates fervent curiosity for disciplines such as urban planning and public policy, history, and even cultural anthropology.

_Dow Centre, Shanghai (image courtesy of Gensler)
_Shanghai Tower (design by Gensler; photography by Noah Sheldon)

Friday 9 March 2018
Singapore Design Week comes to our studio

Our Singapore studio is opening its doors to the public during Singapore Design Week for a number of events.

On Saturday 10 March, we're inviting children and their families to join our team of architects, interior designers and urban specialists to dream up an amazing future together. In the safe open house of our studio, we’ll playfully explore the world of design with building blocks, draw tools and craft models and imagine what our world could look like!

On Saturday 17 March, we’ll be hosting a full day of DIALOGUES AT HASSELL, connecting our team’s experts and prominent industry guests for spirited debates and design conversations about what technology means for our industry.

Full details and registration information can be accessed in the events section of the Singapore Design Week website.

In addition, two designers based in our Singapore studio have created inspiring installations for events running concurrently with Design Week.

Headspace and Perspectives are both part of Singaplural, the anchor exhibition for Design Week. These works, created by HASSELL Associate Razvan Ghilic-Micu through his platform PublicWorks and in collaboration with KVADRAT, are on display until 18 March at the National Design Centre.

And, opening tonight, Milk Bottle Cows by HASSELL Associate BP Loh is a light installation for i-Light Marina Bay that comments on sustainability and production and consumption processes.

Wednesday 7 March 2018
Park Avenue reimagined as 'a wild place’

HASSELL and Brooklyn-based landscape designer Harrison Green have re-envisioned part of New York’s Park Avenue in their collaborative proposal – ‘A Wild Place’.

The proposal has been shortlisted from a field of more than 150 entries in the Beyond the Centerline international design competition which is on exhibition in New York and inviting feedback through a worldwide public vote this week.

‘A Wild Place’ re-creates the famed median as an untamed ribbon of forest threaded though the urban landscape.

“The long linear stretch of Park Avenue is wild and disorderly in its own way, littered with heavy traffic and people disengaged from the world around them,” says HASSELL Principal Sharon Wright.

“With skyscrapers towering above and cars honking below, it is a space whose character is defined by the imposing city life around it. ‘A Wild Place’ imagines Park Avenue as a place known not for its surroundings, but for something within.”

The proposal is informed by mapping of the vegetative communities of the site in the 1660s, and includes a winding path that evokes a natural woodland trail.

‘A Wild Place’ is one of the 17 shortlisted ideas that are now open to a worldwide public vote. Check out the shortlisted ideas online or on exhibition in the lobby of 55 West 52nd Street, NYC.

To vote for the design, text C019 to +1 (502)219-3839 (worldwide). One vote per phone number is allowed. Voting closes at 5 PM EST on Friday, 9 March (or 9 AM AEDT on Saturday). The winner will be announced on 13 March.

Tuesday 6 March 2018
HASSELL+ opens community hub on South San Francisco's Grand Avenue

South San Francisco residents now have the chance to shape their region's planning for climate change and sea level rise with the recent opening of the Resilient South City community hub at 304 Grand Avenue.

A 100 year-old heritage building that had been vacant for decades has been transformed by the multidisciplinary HASSELL+ team into a community meeting, design and educational centre, and space to display photographs and stories from the South San Francisco Historical Society and SFO Aviation Museum.

The shopfront opening featured remarks by San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President Dave Pine, Resilient by Design Managing Director Amanda Brown-Stevens, South San Francisco Council Members, community leaders and members of the HASSELL+ team in addition to giveaways and information on the project and opportunities for public participation.

The pop-up centre at 304 Grand Avenue, South San Francisco is now open to the public Monday to Friday from 11am to 5pm, until the end of April. Locals are invited to drop in and learn about the project, chat with the design team, and provide ideas for what a resilient South City should look like.

"For so long, South San Francisco has been described as 'the industrial city'. We're asking locals, how do you want the city to be described in the future?" says HASSELL principal Richard Mullane.

"Over the next two months, the former Bank of South San Francisco building has a new life as a space for the community to talk about resilience and the future. We encourage people to drop in and share their memories and social history of the area. We'll be collating local knowledge and opinions so that communities can design along with us," he says.

With a focus on discussion, education and feedback, a program of community meetings and special events at the hub will involve local experts from the area to discuss topics such as native plants, social history and equitable urban design. Event updates will be published on the Resilient by Design website.

HASSELL principal David Tickle also presented at the 'Resilient Design: State of the Art - Emerging Issues for the Built Environment' symposium, organised by the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at California Polytechnic State University. David spoke about designing 'waterfront places that people love' as part of the lineup of international professionals who were invited to share learnings from their resiliency work in practice.

The HASSELL+ team was selected in January by the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge to lead the visioning, community engagement, and design of a plan to tackle the climate challenges facing South San Francisco today and into the future.

Thursday 1 March 2018
Introducing Fiona Nixon

Recently appointed Principal Fiona Nixon believes good design needs to be affective, as well as effective.

“Good design matters because of its impact on physical and mental well-being. More and more people are moving to cities where the built, rather than natural, environment becomes the setting for all their activities and memories. Buildings must be designed not only for utility, safety and sustainability, but also to support a richness of human experience.” 

Having run her own successful design practices in both Australia and Singapore over a career spanning 25 years, Fiona will be based in the Singapore studio but will work globally to strengthen our hospitality, education, and workplace expertise.

With a passion for architecture that is “evocative to all who encounter it”, Fiona has worked on an impressive portfolio of projects including the Lalu Hotel at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan, Beachside Leighton Condominium in Perth and the Du Shu Hu Academy in Suzhou, China.

“I particularly enjoy working on projects where enhanced experience is an explicit goal; functionally complex projects that must feel effortless and delightful,” said Fiona.

“One of the reasons I was drawn to HASSELL is that all the disciplines are under one roof, and there’s immediate access to expertise across the international network. Hospitality, residential and workplace design in particular, demand profound connection between interior, building and context.”

HASSELL Principal Paul Semple says Fiona’s reputation for collaboration and initiating broad conversations brings out the best possible ideas.

“Fiona’s expertise both in Singapore and Australia, as well as internationally, adds valuable depth to our global team,” said Paul.

“She has a unique way of looking at how people experience architecture, which is core to the HASSELL design approach incorporated into all our projects,” he said.

Fiona said she continues to be excited by innovations in design, especially augmented reality, which is just reaching commercial viability.

“Augmented reality will enable better engagement and more extensive prototyping with less risk. With the proviso, of course, that it only simulates inputs to a few of the senses. Experience of the real place through time will, and should, be surprising.”

Project images:
_DBS HQ Singapore by Woodhead Singapore (photograph by Owen Raggett)
_Australian Wildlife Health Centre by Minifie Nixon (photograph by Peter Bennetts)

Monday 26 February 2018
HASSELL 2018 Travelling Scholarship awarded to University of Melbourne graduate Antonia Besa Lehmann

HASSELL has announced Antonia Besa Lehmann from the University of Melbourne as the winner of the 2018 HASSELL Travelling Scholarship – Robin Edmond Award.

Antonia was selected following interviews with 23 students, nominated by the nine participating universities around Australia. Her submitted thesis, titled ‘Waste Dynamics’, explores the potential for public space design to act as an agent of change in the highly-polluted informal settlements of San Martin, located along the Reconquista River in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

According to UN-Habitat, almost a third of the world’s urban population in developing countries resides in informal settlements – places where people lack access to basic services and opportunities. Antonia’s thesis proposes a replicable design methodology, that’s informed by the unseen local behaviours and movements of these settlements, to build missing connections with the formal city. 

Using on-ground mapping of waste dynamics and services scarcity in two of San Martin’s informal settlements, Antonia developed pragmatic, multi-purpose, public space designs that seek to improve the environmental awareness of these sites, their political identity within the city, and their relationship to the greater economic network. 

Her design proposals effectively expand the programmatic possibilities of public space – from a recreation-focused to a more service-oriented and productive design model – responding to the urgent local needs of waste management and flooding in San Martin, while also drawing collective problem solving into these shared community spaces.

HASSELL Principal and Head of Landscape Architecture, Angus Bruce says Antonia’s thesis makes an intelligent contribution to the debate on the essential role of public space as a social integrator. “Antonia’s design proposal shows how public space has the capacity to supply the tools and training for a settlement’s own upgrading process, and provide a vision for better quality open spaces in vulnerable areas that normally miss out on public investment,” said Angus. 

Using the HASSELL Travelling Scholarship, Antonia plans to travel to Berlin, Germany and Barcelona/Gerona, Spain – places that at different points in time have gone through economic recessions, and subsequently landscape architecture was forced to become precise, minimal and inventive.    

“My challenge is to approach design critically, confronting contexts of scarcity and social inequality. I believe that through an application of the creative process, landscape architecture can embrace a public role to improve the conditions of built environments. This means understanding its socio-political dimension and responding to people’s needs rather than regulating their behaviour,” she said.

The HASSELL Travelling Scholarship – Robin Edmond Award is an annual award that recognises graduating landscape architecture students who show outstanding potential for future contribution to the profession. The award provides the winner with the opportunity to expand their education through travel to a destination undergoing significant development or renewal. Participants are nominated by nine Australian universities.

See the nominated submissions here.

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Friday 23 February 2018
WIN Awards brings more recognition for Sky Central

Sky Central has been awarded in the 2018 WIN Awards by World Interiors News. The project was recognised in the 'Workspace Greater Than 10,000 sqm' category for 'its clear layering of different spaces and rich materiality'.

The WIN Award is the latest in a list of accolades for Sky Central, including the British Council of Offices Best of the Best Award, the New London Architecture Award in the Workplace category, Creative Spaces at the Estates Gazette Awards 2017, and Commercial Interior Project of the Year in the Mixology17 Awards.

HASSELL principal Felicity Roocke said: "It's gratifying to receive this level of recognition for any project, and eight major UK awards for Sky Central is just really terrific. It's the product of a successful collaboration with our partners and a great client."

HASSELL was responsible for the workplace design of Sky Central, working closely with concept architect, AL_A, interior and executive architect, PLP, Arup and Mace to design and deliver the 45,000sqm workplace in West London.

Monday 12 February 2018
Principal Megan Reading appointed to International Design and Health Committee

HASSELL Principal Megan Reading has been appointed as Director for the South Pacific Region of the International Design and Health committee.

Promoting the exchange of research findings between the global health design knowledge community is the key intent of the not-for-profit organisation.

On the South Pacific Region committee, Megan is joined by industrial designers, health development planners, project managers, architects and engineers specialising in health design.  

“It’s a great opportunity to connect with the people really driving innovation in health and wellbeing through the physical environment globally” Megan said.

Having designed and delivered some of the largest hospitals and health precincts in Australia, Megan delivers exceptional design outcomes for patients and medical professionals alike. One of Megan’s key interests is understanding how health campuses mature and evolve responding to changing demographics and health service needs.

Wednesday 7 February 2018
HASSELL supports Architects of Air installation at WOMAD

HASSELL is excited to be supporting Architects of Air’s ‘Arboria’ experience at WOMAD in Adelaide, Australia.

This immersive installation, designed by Architects of Air, incorporates tree-like structures and gothic architectural experiences in a changing landscape of light and colour, all to a backdrop of sounds from an Ecuadorian cloud forest.

“In our 80th year, and in Adelaide where we have such a long-standing and deep connection, it is great that we can support projects like this.

"​It’s part of our broader support for high quality festivals, arts events, and cultural institutions, as they are vital cornerstones of the community, and align with our approach to design and experience,” said HASSELL Principal Mariano DeDuonni.

The maze of winding paths and domes is as arresting outside as it in inside – alien and organic shapes emerge out of the landscape only to pull the visitor into an airlock, and then onward into tunnels that seem to become living, breathing sculptures.

Architects of Air was founded by Alan Parkinson in Nottingham, United Kingdom, in 1992, and has exhibited in more than 40 countries.

Arboria will be running from 9-12 March in the Botanic Park as part of WOMADelaide, tickets and further information can be found here.​​

Thursday 25 January 2018
HASSELL+ to work with South San Francisco communities to boost resilience

International design team HASSELL+ will ‘collect and connect’ communities in South San Francisco as part of their proposal for the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge.

The site allocation marks the next phase of Resilient by Design, a research and design project that has community members and public officials working together with local, national and international experts to tackle the challenges of climate change and ecological disaster around San Francisco Bay.

Located in San Mateo County, South San Francisco is the bay’s self-proclaimed ‘industrial city’. Major freeways and rail lines link the city to the region but also divide parts of the local area.

Over the last half-century, local residents have lost their historic connection to the water. Parts of the community suffer from flooding and have limited access to a shoreline blocked by industry. And, like the entire Bay Area, San Mateo County is at risk from sea level rise and seismic events.

“San Mateo County is the perfect testing ground for solutions that could unlock potential for shoreline communities around the entire Bay Area,” says Richard Mullane, principal at HASSELL, the Australian-based firm leading the HASSELL+ team.

Sites and programs co-designed with the local community

For the collaborative research phase of the competition, HASSELL+ re-imagined a series of San Francisco waterfront communities as vibrant, fundamentally public places primed for everyday use – but also vital for environmental and emergency needs.

Now the team has the opportunity to apply its ‘collect and connect’ tool kit to proposed sites in South San Francisco. At Colma Creek, HASSELL+ has imagined a new Shoreline Park. Meanwhile, Grand Avenue will become a vital community hub with a drop-in storefront people can visit during the design phase. 

The team’s design process will draw heavily on local voices and insights to ensure that design solutions – which will be presented in May – reflect the community’s needs. In addition to the drop-in centre, city residents will be able to access a digital platform to learn about adapting for resilience and get involved in decision making.

“We want communities to design along with us, so that together we’re coming up with meaningful, practical solutions that can be developed locally and shared regionally,” Richard says. 

“From tool libraries to resilience education centres, we’ve imagined a range of places and programs that could become hubs of community activity on the streets and shorelines of the Bay Area.”

“Our aim is to bring the communities of South San Francisco to the shoreline, re-connect them to the water through education about sea-level rise and climate change, and collect ideas for adaptive solutions.”

Designing better waterfront cities – a range of international perspectives

Since the challenge launched last May, it’s received an outpouring of support from elected officials across all nine counties in the Bay Area. San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President Dave Pine sees it as an opportunity to draw on the technical expertise of design teams, think creatively, and ultimately, create lasting change in the county.

“Addressing the challenge of sea level rise in San Mateo County will require bold and innovative community-based solutions,” Dave says. “The expertise brought by the HASSELL+ team will be an invaluable resource as we strive to create resilience and integrate our communities with a rapidly changing San Francisco Bay.”

The HASSELL+ collective includes leading designers from around the world: HASSELL, the only Australian-based studio on the shortlist, plus MVRDV, Deltares and Goudappel from the Netherlands, and Lotus Water, Hatch, Civic Edge, Idyllist and Page and Turnbull out of the Bay Area. 

The team – the most international in the challenge – understands designing for water, living with water and the immense potential waterfront places have for well-connected communities.

“Climate change is real; by the end of the century there will be a sea level rise of two metres,” says Nathalie de Vries, co-founder of Dutch firm MVRDV. “Bay Area communities respond to this challenge in a multi-disciplinary approach to upgrade their general resilience. We developed a flexible tool box for San Mateo, which helps the local community by revitalising public spaces that collect and connect people and water.” 

For more information on South San Francisco site and HASSELL+, visit the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge website.

Monday 15 January 2018
Introducing Sharon Wright

Appointed as a principal in July, Sharon Wright is a landscape architect whose diverse global experience reflects a focus on designing for context and connecting communities.

“Good design is like having a thoughtful conversation. It enables you to make everyone feel present in the moment, from a small child to an elderly person. For it to connect and be memorable, the experience needs to be designed,” Sharon said.

“Sometimes it is a very small intervention – the careful placement of a bench, the thoughtful position of shade and shelter. These things can change how people feel and behave in a street, and can even make something feel safe that previously wasn’t.

Joining HASSELL in 2005 Sharon has led the design of a number of international and national projects, from master planning to the detailed design and documentation of urban spaces in a wide variety of contexts and sectors.

Sharon’s approach draws on the character and history of specific sites. She creates in-depth mapping, modelling, photography and analysis to represent the future potential of a space.

For Sharon, design should be a collective experience.

“I think that the nature of how we collaborate at HASSELL is interesting and unique in that we have a range of perspectives and voices from other design disciplines around the table.

“This becomes a microcosm of society, which always stands you in good stead with clients."

Recent projects that Sharon has worked on include the San Francisco Civic Centre Public Space; XuHui Riverfront Connection Project in Shanghai; 60 Martin Place, Sydney and the South End High Street Improvements, in Croydon, UK.

Sharon is driven to design inclusive spaces that create connection, belonging and wellbeing.

“The more inclusive a space is, the more people care about it, feel a sense of public ownership and look after it, and give it a life, so it has longevity."

“A connection with nature can have such an effect on a person’s wellness and their stress levels, and we get to help create places that can have a really positive impact on people.”

Sharon is based in the Sydney studio.

Image: Croydon South End High Street (photograph by Jakob Spriestersbach)

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