News / February 2019
Wednesday 20 February 2019
HASSELL + SO–IL announced as designers for Melbourne Arts Precinct transformation

HASSELL and New York-based SO-IL have been announced as the design team to transform Melbourne’s Arts Precinct in Southbank.

HASSELL + SO–IL have won the bid to design the outdoor component of the Victorian Government’s Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation project, which will include an elevated inner-city park and new pedestrian connections. The project will deliver 18,000sqm of new and renewed open public space.

HASSELL + SO–IL Project Directors, Ben Duckworth (HASSELL) and Jing Liu (SO–IL), said this is a rare opportunity to help shape how Melburnians and millions of international visitors experience the Arts Precinct’s cultural offering as well as this part of the city on a daily basis.

“The objective of the Melbourne Arts Precinct Masterplan is to improve the functional aspects of the existing institutions, incorporate the two new facilities, and invigorate and maximize the public experience in this exciting new chapter of the precinct. It’s about making it work and making it memorable – a new place people want to go”, they said. 

The winning design puts a strong focus on nature. It will include ever-changing seasonal gardens by world-renowned horticulturalists Nigel Dunnett and James Hitchmough (UK), who transformed London’s brutalist-style Barbican Centre and London Olympic Parklands.

The project’s Design Director for Public Realm, Jon Hazelwood (HASSELL) said the project is at the intersection of multiple forms of art and should be accessible to all.

”This is an opportunity that can only be realised when the masterplan brings all aspects of the site together - past, present and future - under one strong and connected vision,” he said.

“We will explore our deep and meaningful connection to nature by immersing the cultural precinct in dynamic and ever-changing gardens, creating a contemporary civic space that is a destination and attraction in its own right.”

The new public space is just one component of the city-shaping Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation project, which also includes refurbishing Arts Centre Melbourne’s Theatres Building, a new landmark art gallery, NGV Contemporary, and a new creative hub on 1 City Road.

Victorian Premier, the Honourable Daniel Andrews MP, said that this once-in-a-generation project will reshape Melbourne’s arts heartland and create a massive new outdoor public space.

“This project will bring the colour, creativity and activity that happens within our galleries and theatres outside for all to enjoy – no tickets required,” he said.

HASSELL and SO–IL previously collaborated on the shortlisted design for Adelaide Contemporary Art Gallery.

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Thursday 14 February 2019
Autodesk University showcases Optus Stadium model on global stage

Late last year, three HASSELL Design Technology team members attended Autodesk University in Las Vegas, United States. The event attracted more than 11,000 attendees from across the globe, all interested in exploring the future of “making”.

The model for Perth’s Optus Stadium, designed by HASSELL, COX and HKS, was chosen to be the main feature in the Great Expo Hall at Autodesk University amongst the world’s most exciting new technologies and tools that are changing how we live and work. The Optus Stadium model also featured within the Design Slam program and was displayed on the main stage during the keynote address.

Following on from the success of the exhibit, Autodesk invited HASSELL Project BIM Manager Michael Ruehr to talk about the value of BIM working on large complex projects. As Optus Stadium was a joint venture between HASSELL, COX and HKS, BIM enabled the project team to collaborate, coordinate and integrate around 150 revit files and 21GB of data to produce the world class stadium.

HASSELL BIM Manager Michael Ruehr explains how the HASSELL team view BIM as the natural extension of its collaborative culture, as it streamlines the process of building and integrates the ever more complex technological challenges within the industry.

“Autodesk University is a great opportunity to preview state-of-the-art technology within our industry. The team see BIM and conferences like Autodesk University as an enabler for better buildings and better design outcomes for clients” said Michael.

The Optus Stadium model is now on display at the Autodesk San Francisco Briefing Centre and Gallery until 2021.

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Thursday 7 February 2019
Three HASSELL leaders announced as jurors on 2019 awards’ panels

HASSELL Principal Tony Grist and Senior Associates Jonathan Lake and Anthony Dickens have been selected as jury members for the 2019 AIA New South Wales (NSW) awards, 2019 AIA Western Australia (WA) awards, and 2019 Australian Interior Design Awards (AIDA) respectively. 

As part of the 2019 AIA NSW and WA jury, Tony and Jonathan will participate in site visits throughout May and be part of the jury for the Commercial Architecture and Interior Architecture categories. 

Tony explains that this appointment is a great privilege being able to view a broad range of work across multiple sectors. 

“This is a great opportunity to appreciate the work that our peers are producing and give recognition to those projects that deliver an exceptional outcome,” Tony said. 

Jonathan notes that 2018 was a big year for interiors, showcasing the breadth of new talent coming out of Western Australia.

“Last year was a busy and exciting year for interior architecture in Western Australia with so much impressive work, this will be a great opportunity to visit the projects that I have currently only read about.” Jonathan said.

As part of the 2019 AIDA jury, Anthony will review and identify interior design excellence in workplace, retail, hospitality, installation, and residential projects. On being appointed to the jury Anthony said he was humbled to be selected alongside so many talented designers and peers.

“AIDA is a great program for not only industry recognition, but also for young talent coming through the ranks. There have been a lot of great judges in the past and it’s nice to be next in line,” Anthony said.

Read more information on the AIA Awards and AIDA.

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Tuesday 5 February 2019
HASSELL helps build Ephemeral City in partnership with WOMADelaide 2019

HASSELL is excited to be supporting Ephemeral City, an interactive installation from Marseille-based artist Olivier Grossetête, at WOMADelaide this year.

As a large scale immersive installation, Ephemeral City invites the public to get involved in the thought process of architecture, while also experiencing a social and political project. Olivier’s monumental and unique structures are made of recycled cardboard and tape and assembled over a period of days without the use of machines, just participation from the public. The structures are then demolished by participants and recycled.

HASSELL Principal Mariano DeDuonni said the construction of architecture and design projects is generally an art form experienced by those close to the project, behind closed doors. So, making this process public alters the way we experience design.

“Scale models and the way you view them are an important element in architecture, so when you experience an installation like those of Olivier Grossetête, it takes participation to a whole new level,” Mariano said.

Ephemeral City will be running from 8-11 March in the Botanic Park as part of WOMADelaide, further information can be found here.

*Image displayed is from previous installation, structure may differ at WOMADelaide 2019.

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Monday 4 February 2019
Happy Lunar New Year!

On behalf of the entire HASSELL team around the world, we wish you a happy and prosperous Lunar New Year full of wonderful places and experiences!

Good design holds people at its core, and our New Year video features some of our talented team members who strive to design the world's best places together with you, our valued clients and collaborators. 

We thank you for your ongoing support of HASSELL and look forward to working with you in the New Year.

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