News / March 2018
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)

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