Archive / August 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:

_Experience Design Director
_Experience Director

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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  • Q&A: Matthew Shang, HASSELL

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    The Urban Developer

  • Hive of activity – agile working design

    Agile workplaces that allow staff to choose where they work are making inroads in offices. Liza Young finds out how such spaces will work alongside wellbeing principles.

    CIBSE Journal

  • Creating an Active Waterfront

    The North Bund is a historic area in Shanghai with proximity to the Huangpu River, and it is now undergoing transformation into a lifestyle hub. Andrew Wilkinson, principal at Hassell, talks about the importance of creating a continuous and active waterfront for the area.



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  • Medibank In Melbourne Champions Green Architecture And Workplace Wellness

    An Australian workplace demonstrates how its championing of green architecture and design provides a comfortable and healthy environment for its workers while enhancing their sense of well-being.


  • State Library of NSW to undergo $15m revamp

    The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) will be redeveloped with new gallery spaces and a children’s learning centre, following a $15-million private donation from benefactors.


  • Hotel design needs to accommodate the ‘blurred lines’ across our lives

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  • 5 Mins With HASSELL’s Glenn Scott

    The new ICC is a jewel in the redesigned face of modern Sydney. We sat down Glenn Scott, Principal at international design practice HASSELL and Joint ICC Architecture Director, to understand more about the project and what makes him tick.

  • Reclaiming the wild in our public spaces

    It’s part of our DNA to be drawn towards wild and tactile nature. And globally, there is a growing shift to let it creep back in to our cities, to resist the over-programmed, sanitised and manicured public spaces to which we have become accustomed.
    The Urban Developer

  • Galleries need to move away from the traditional white box

    The Louvre doesn’t do it, and neither does the Guggenheim. The Tate Modern’s new galleries make a good job of it, and the Hepworth Wakefield contemporary art gallery in Yorkshire gets close.
    Adelaide Review

  • Reinventing unused spaces and turning them into parks

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  • Robb Society - Carrie Ho

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  • Finger paintings

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    FX Magazine

  • Dennis Ho on Monocle Radio

    Hong Kong’s booming infrastructure projects pull in architects from all over the world. Dennis Ho moved back to Hong Kong earlier this year after spending more than 20 years working for London-based architecture firm Rogers Stirk Harvour + Partners. We visit him at his new digs in North Point.
    Monocle 24.

  • Esperence Waterfront has its future solidified by HASSELL

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    Architecture and Design

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