Archive / June 2018
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

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