Archive / July 2018
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.

Project images:
_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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