Archive / May 2018
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.

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