News / March 2019
Friday 29 March 2019
Two HASSELL projects reach topping out milestone

HASSELL projects in both Sydney and Adelaide have recently celebrated major milestones, having reached the topping out stage of construction.

60 Martin Place in Sydney recently celebrated its topping out milestone. The Gwynvill and Investa developed premium grade commercial tower is being built by Lendlease and is due for completion in August.

HASSELL Principal and Project Leader Tony Grist said 60 Martin Place is changing the skyline of Sydney and reaching this stage of the project is exciting as it is the physical representation of years of hard work.

"It’s so rewarding to reach such an important milestone and bring the dedicated team together to celebrate. To also receive amazing tenant interest, whilst delivering a city-shaping project, is such a great endorsement of Australian design," Tony said.

In Adelaide, Charter Hall’s GPO Exchange office tower, designed by HASSELL in partnership with Fitzpatrick and Partners, also topped out. The state-of-the-art building, on Victoria Square, will include 24,500sqm of office space across 19 floors, as well as a ground floor retail space, bike and car parking, and end of trip facilities.

As well as advanced technology throughout, the building is expected to become the first in South Australia to achieve a 6 star Green Star rating and Gold WELL certification.

HASSELL Principal David Homburg said the new GPO Exchange is not only changing Adelaide’s CBD it is also changing the nature of workplaces in South Australia.

“The Adelaide CBD skyline has historically been dominated by a few well known high-rise buildings, so the addition of this new tower at the historic GPO will mix that up a bit,” David said.

“The high tech design of the tower will also make it a landmark and enviable workplace for the state of South Australia and beyond,” he said.

Image credit: 60 Martin Place – Guy Wilkinson

Thursday 28 March 2019
HASSELL Computational Designer to present Mars to the world at TEDxYouth

The full list of speakers has been released for the 2019 TEDxYouth@Sydney event, including HASSELL Computational Designer, Jonathan Irawan.

The annual event, where speakers are all under the age of 30, aims to explore fresh ideas and approaches to existing, and potential future issues, that will determine how we will exist in the next 10, 20, and 100 years.

This year’s TEDxYouth@Sydney theme is Cusp, the point of transition where something is about to change to something else – it just needs a push to make a difference.

Jonathan specialises in the implementation of experimental and innovative design, focussing on highly responsive adaptive systems, behavioural analysis and simulation. He is currently is involved in the development of Phase 3 in NASA’s 3D Printed Habitat Centennial Challenge, a competition entry by a team at HASSELL based around the idea of designing the first human habitation on Mars.

Jonathan says that although other speakers will be presenting about new ideas on Earth, it’s exciting to showcase and discuss the ways in which we are on the cusp of exploring intergalactic habitation.

“It's incredibly exciting to be part of a multidisciplinary forum to listen to brilliant young minds about innovative ideas and technologies. We need to constantly question about the role of design and its impact for not just our current lives but also for the next generations to come,” Jonathan said.

TEDxYouth@Sydney will be held at Seymour Centre, Chippendale, in Sydney on Thursday April 4, 2019. Find out more about the speakers and the event here.

Tuesday 26 March 2019
HASSELL on board to redevelop Gold Coast Airport

HASSELL has been appointed as lead design architect for the Gold Coast Airport Southern Terminal Expansion – the next phase of the $370 million airport redevelopment, Project LIFT.

The three-level terminal expansion will deliver aerobridges, departure lounges and retail and dining facilities, built to the south of the existing terminal.

The design has swing gate capacity, which will offer more flexibility to service both international and domestic services, depending on demand. It will double the floor area of the existing terminal, reducing congestion and allowing an easier flow of foot-traffic. The existing terminal will be refurbished following construction of the new facility.

HASSELL Principal and Global Aviation Sector Leader Mark Wolfe says the redevelopment was a reflection of the increasing number of visitors to the Gold Coast and northern NSW, creating an opportunity to provide an improved airport experience for locals and tourists.

“The needs of the passenger should always be first and foremost when it comes to airport design. This Gold Coast Airport redevelopment will provide an environment where the public can enjoy themselves, while catering for the rapid increase of terminal users in the years to come,” he said.

Gold Coast Airport Executive General Manager Property and Infrastructure Carl Bruhn was pleased to be working with HASSELL on this important project.

“We are pleased to be working with HASSELL on the design of our new southern terminal expansion and look forward to delivering this exciting development,” he said.

Gold Coast Airport welcomes 6.6 million passengers every year, and this number is expected to increase to 16.6 million by 2037. Early works on the redevelopment are set to begin within the coming months.

Thursday 21 March 2019
Five HASSELL projects shortlisted in the 2019 Australian Interior Design Awards

Five HASSELL projects have been shortlisted in this year’s Australian Interior Design Awards (AIDA).  Four projects have made the Workplace category shortlist including both Arup Melbourne and Arup Sydney workplaces, designed in collaboration with Arup, with International House and Origin Brisbane completing the list. Our design for StylecraftHOME’s Melbourne showroom has been shortlisted in the Retail category.

HASSELL Chairman, Rob Backhouse said it is always great to be shortlisted for an award, but having five shortlisted projects is a testament to the great work being completed by the HASSELL teams.

“2018 was a big year for HASSELL with the completion of so many great projects nationally. We’re proud to have our hard work recognised by the Australian design industry alongside other peers and their projects. Best of luck to all the shortlisted practices.”

The AIDA is an annual awards program backed by the Design Institute of Australia which recognises and celebrates interior design excellence.  Projects are judged anonymously by a panel of eminent designers from within the industry.

The winners will be announced at a gala banquet to be held in Melbourne on 31 May.

Image credits:
International House - Nicole England
Arup Sydney - Earl Carter
Arup Melbourne - Earl Carter
Origin Brisbane - Nicole England
Stylecraft Melbourne - Nicole England

Wednesday 13 March 2019
HASSELL releases final designs for first human habitation on Mars

The HASSELL design for human habitation on Mars has reached the final 10 of NASA’s 3D Printing Centennial Challenge.

This NASA competition sought perspectives from outside the traditional aerospace industry to explore how a human habitat could be designed, and delivered, on Mars using autonomous 3D printing technologies.

HASSELL saw this as an opportunity to push their thinking on human-centric design with an approach that moves beyond the idea of astronauts as purely operators, to create a habitat where people can not only survive life on Mars, but really thrive there.

HASSELL Head of Design Technology and Innovation, Xavier de Kestelier, said the Mars Centennial Challenge is a welcome opportunity to apply a design centric approach to aerospace design.

“The first astronauts on Mars will have travelled more than 1000 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon to get there. What is more, the mission will last more than three years, which is triple the amount of time anyone has lived off Earth." 

“Designing for space exploration is typically very functional. It focuses on achieving maximum performance and maximum efficiency for technology and machines – but not for people.” Xavier said.

The HASSELL vision sets out an environment on Mars, which is not only high performance, but also provides a degree of comfort and familiarity for the astronauts. It is an environment where they feel safe and equipped to do the most important work in the history of space exploration.

HASSELL teams in London and San Francisco studios partnered with engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan (EOC), to design an external shell, which could be constructed entirely by autonomous robots using Mars’ natural regolith. This shell will protect the astronauts from the planet’s high radiation levels.

Ben Lewis, Head of EOC’s Digital Design Team, said “We used highly sophisticated parametric design techniques to achieve a structure that provides maximum protection, while minimising the quantity of materials required and the amount of time the robots would need to build it.”

The robots would be sent to Mars a few years before the astronauts are due to arrive. These intelligent autonomous robots will have interchangeable roles, from battery storage to scout rovers, logistics to excavation and even 3D printing units. All integrated with multiple cameras and sensors for navigation. They can reconfigure themselves for a multitude of purposes ensuring prolonged usage beyond the initial build phases.

Once the astronauts land, they 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.

Responding to the challenge that every kilogram of equipment that is brought to Mars is hugely expensive to transport, astronauts would be equipped to re-purpose and re-cycle as much waste material as possible. The workshop would therefore be one of the most important spaces in the habitat. The astronauts would be able to 3D print spare parts and tools, but also furniture and shoes from recycled plastics and packaging, and refashion fabric from the supersonic landing parachutes into clothes.

Another terrestrial approach to life on Mars is the installation of moveable storage racks similar to those used in libraries and archives in each pod.

“The racks serve different purposes depending on their location. In the working pod they would store experiments, samples and materials. The racks in the living space would contain kitchen components, bathroom facilities and even gym equipment,” Xavier said.

While the design of each pod, be it a lab, a living room or a green house, is in principle the same, this rack system personalises them and provides the opportunity to swap out or combine functions, creating a sense of a true ‘community’ rather than a series of singular structures.

“People will be living here for a significant amount of time, so we were really focused on balancing functionality with comfort. Having some elements of home comfort is critical to the health and wellbeing of the astronauts,” he said.

Overall winners of the competition will be announced later this month.

Thursday 7 March 2019
Commercial and Workplace events in Hong Kong

The HASSELL Hong Kong studio is preparing for a week of insightful discussions and knowledge sharing focusing on workplace and experience design.

On Tuesday, the studio will host an event titled 'Work, Live, Learn, Play: The New Paradigm' which will see HASSELL Commercial and Workplace sector leaders Kirsti Simpson and Andrew Low, and FreeState Regional Director Nathan Bell, explore the ever-changing demands of commercial developments and what this means for the future of how we work. The session will run from 12-2.30pm in the HASSELL Hong Kong studio with limited places available. Please register your interest with Kaitlan Chung.

On Wednesday, Andrew Low and Nathan Bell will be speaking at Cornet Global Summit, with a session exploring how brand-thinking can inform workplace and experience design. They will look at organisations can redefine their workplaces as assets by taking a close look at the intersection between brand, space and emotional connection to create real competitive advantage. This session will run from 11am-12pm as part of the CoreNet program.

CoreNet 2019 will be running from 12-14 March, you can find more information here.

Wednesday 6 March 2019
HASSELL leaders present at world’s top airport conference

HASSELL Principal and Global Aviation Sector Leader Mark Wolfe will preside over two days of insights and discussion about the future of aviation and airport design at this year’s Passenger Terminal Expo – the world’s most highly regarded airport conference.

Mark will co-chair the Airport Design stream of the London-based conference, which sees a wide range of industry leaders sharing their knowledge and insights on how to maximise efficiency, safety, and the passenger experience for airports globally.

HASSELL Landscape Practice Leader Jason Cuffe will also present at the conference. Partnering with Sydney Airport’s Steve Parker, Jason will share his experience on what it takes to design a people-focused precinct that reflects the airport as a moment of experience along a multitude of journeys.

Mark Wolfe has over 20 years’ experience leading major transport infrastructure projects, and specialises in the design and redevelopment of airport precincts. Having worked with clients in the UK, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Mark has experience as both a design consultant and client representative at a number of international airports, including major redevelopments of Heathrow Terminal 3 and Gatwick North Terminal in the UK.

Currently Mark has a key focus on the significant expansion of Gold Coast Airport. He says that chairing the Passenger Terminal conference is a great way to share knowledge around how to design an airport precinct as a destination, not just a gateway.

“Passenger Terminal Expo opens up the conversation amongst peers to discuss what is most important when it comes to designing these vast spaces,” says Mark.

Jason Cuffe has played a lead role in the future public domain planning, design and development of several airport precincts including Brisbane Airport, Sydney Airport, Gold Coast Airport and Bao’an Airport in Shenzhen, China.

“An airport precinct is about more than just flying; it’s about the opportunity for a group of people to arrive or depart within a space that is visually cohesive and allows for free movement of people,” says Jason.

Read more information on the conference here.

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Tuesday 5 March 2019
A Melbourne Design Week immersive installation invites the public to 'Pause'

Internationally renowned designers HASSELL, Arup, MPA, and Eness, along with Allsense, 3Dinflate, and Kvadrat Maharam, have collaborated to bring the public a sensory-heightened immersive experience as part of Melbourne Design Week, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.

‘Pause’ allows the public to experience a moment of digital-free tranquility, undisrupted by the temptation to capture anything on social media. HASSELL Associate Rebecca Trenorden explains that although sharing our experiences can make moments richer, it can also impact our ability to be entirely present.

“We wanted to create an experience that allows the participant to immerse themselves within a moment and surrender to their senses. MDW is a unique opportunity for our design community to come together, to present new work, debate ideas, and reveal some of the ways that design is shaping the world around us.” Rebecca said.

‘Pause’ will be running from 15-22 March, 5pm-9pm at the Testing Grounds in Southbank.

For more information please see here.

Monday 4 March 2019
HASSELL Travelling Scholarship awarded to Jared Thorp

HASSELL has announced Jared Thorp, graduate of the Queensland University of Technology’s Bachelor of Design (Landscape Architecture), as the winner of the 2019 HASSELL Travelling Scholarship – Robin Edmond Award.

Jared was selected following interviews with 19 students, nominated by seven participating universities around Australia. His presented project, titled ‘ZOOSubverted’, challenges the traditional design of zoological enclosures to destabilise the power dynamic between captive animals and human observers – aiming to forge a new ideology and landscape order.

Jared explored his concept using the example of the ‘Sea World’ aquatic theme park on Australia’s Gold Coast, proposing a landscape intervention that could enhance the lives of the captive animals, while providing the infrastructure for wildlife habitats to adapt and emerge over time.

"The existing character of the site and ecology are engaged as instruments of animal enrichment. Conditions are intensified, and mapped upon the substrate of the enclosure, providing an environment for species to be stimulated by, react to and exert control over,” says Jared, who was inspired by the ‘Five New Freedoms’ ethos of zoological design specialist Jon Coe.

HASSELL Principal and Head of Landscape Architecture, Angus Bruce says Jared presented a provocative proposal, supported by powerful graphics, that aims to stimulate discussion around animal welfare awareness and the changing collective conscience that’s driving the transformation of zoological landscape design.

“Through his satirical, speculative concept for the Sea World site, Jared hopes to encourage the exploration of ‘natural immersion’ design models for zoological parks and enclosures, with restricted and unobtrusive observation opportunities for people – subverting the redundant idea of human-dominance over wildlife and allowing the animals greater freedom,” Angus said.

Using the HASSELL Travelling Scholarship, Jared plans to travel to China to research the government’s implementation of a national ‘social credit’ system and how it might influence the public’s attitude to conservation and animal welfare.

“I am interested in the relationship between (quasi) altruism as a social phenomenon and the zoo as the infrastructure through which this altruism can occur,” Jared said.

The HASSELL Travelling Scholarship – Robin Edmond Award is an annual award 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.

See the nominated submissions for 2019 here.

Imagery by Jared Thorp

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