News / June 2019
Friday 21 June 2019
Transforming Shenzhen’s Xinqiao District into an Open Source City

HASSELL, together with collaborator UPDIS, has been announced as the winner of an international design competition to reimagine Shenzhen’s Xinqiao Smart and Innovation District, transforming it from a manufacturing centre to an intelligent, ecological and sustainable urban district.

Shenzhen is a global centre of high-tech design and manufacturing, with a unique culture of innovation at its heart. It’s a shining example of the value of building a complete ecosystem that contains everything needed for the production of high-end technology in one location.

The Xinqiao District in Shenzhen is a highly developed but ageing industrial area that the Urban Renewal Bureau of Bao’An District is looking to redevelop and reposition, and the site presents a unique opportunity to build a new model for ‘smart’ growth in Shenzhen.The Bureau wants to set a benchmark for urban transformation and enhance the competitiveness of the district, while more deeply integrating it into the Greater Bay Area and Guangzhou-Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation Corridor. And most importantly, they aim to provide a human-scale environment that builds a balanced relationship between the city and nature.

Our winning concept for the 10 square kilometre area leverages Shenzhen’s existing innovative culture while also taking advantage of Xinqiao’s unique context at the foot of a mountainous nature park, blending it with regional characteristics.

Our team worked around the central vision of creating an Open Source City which will provide a diverse, open platform allowing for the incubation of an innovative culture. It will be a home to the design and production of world-class technology surrounded by and reconnected with nature. The winning regeneration masterplan is structured around four east-west green corridors that connect the city with the surrounding natural environment (Start-up Corridor, TOD Super Innovation Corridor, Central Business Service Corridor and River Corridor). The corridors also provide ‘green lungs’ for urban resilience – collecting and cleaning stormwater run-off  before redistributing it into the regional drainage system.

One of the key features of Shenzhen’s success is the combination of cutting-edge research in close proximity to manufacturing industries. Similarly, Xinqiao sits between a manufacturing district to the west and an academic research cluster to the east, and the HASSELL masterplan mixes these two activities together in the Xinqiao district.

HASSELL Principal Andrew Wilkinson said the project presented a great opportunity to explore the concept of a ‘smart and innovative city’.

“The challenge is, how do you create a new innovation district in what is already one of the world’s most innovative cities? We explored how the concept of ‘open source’, which is intrinsic to Shenzhen’s innovative culture, can translate into an integrated urban design outcome,” Andrew said.

Tuesday 18 June 2019
Rob Backhouse announced as part of IFI Global Awards Program jury

The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers has announced the 2019 Global Awards Program jury members.

Included in the line-up of global practicing Interior Designers and industry leaders, Rob Backhouse has been selected to judge the IFI Design Distinction Awards category, awarding Excellence in the design outcome of built interiors projects worldwide.

Rob says that being involved in IFI’s new Global Awards Program is a great way to identify and celebrate standout work from peers on a global scale.

“Being invited to be part of an international jury is not only a great opportunity to see some of the work our peers are doing across the globe, it's also a chance to share ideas and knowledge with the other jury members” Rob said.

Joining Rob on the jury are Soo K. Chan, Founder and Principal of SCDA Architects (Singapore); Tony Chi, Principal and Founder of tonychi studio (USA); Renata Furlanetto, Director at Studio MK27 (Brazil); Randy Howder, Managing Director and Principal at Gensler (USA); Marcio Kogan, Founder of Studio MK27 (Brazil); Piero Lissoni, Founder of Lissoni Associati (Italy); Ellen van Loon, Partner at OMA (Netherlands); Paul Tange, Senior Principal Architect and Chairman of Tange Associates (Japan); Woody Yao, Director, Zaha Hadid Design (ZHD) (UK); and representatives from Yabu Pushelberg (Canada).

Winners will be presented at a ceremony and gala dinner as part of IFI’s biennial global convention in Dubai from 13 - 16 November.

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Monday 17 June 2019
Three HASSELL projects recognised in Queensland and Victorian state awards

Queensland University of Technology Creative Industries Precinct has received three named awards at the 2019 Queensland Architecture Awards, with two HASSELL projects also being recognised at the 2019 Victoria Landscape Architecture Awards.

Queensland University of Technology Creative Industries Precinct, a joint venture between Richard Kirk Architects and HASSELL, was a major winner at the state awards taking out the Don Roderick Award for Heritage Architecture, GHM Addison Award for Interior Architecture, and the Jennifer Taylor Award for Educational Architecture, as well as receiving a commendation in the Sustainable Architecture category.

The jury noted the project’s ability to impact people’s lives and create a legacy for future generations.

“Pushing the boundaries of educational architecture, the building is designed to cross-pollinate the various art disciplines with verandas flanking stacked teaching and performing studios, providing a shared experience. Corner windows to the studios provide views to these spaces, allowing a holistic engagement with dance, music and fashion, which brings the student work to the public realm,” the jury said.

HASSELL was also acknowledged in the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (Victoria) Awards with The Tin Alley Masterplan receiving a Landscape Architecture Award in the Urban Design category and Pt Leo Estate Sculpture Park receiving the same award in the Tourism category.

On announcing the awards, the jury cited - “We saw the contribution projects make through delivering public realm that encourages recovery and rehabilitation, inclusivity and engagement. We saw projects located in tertiary education settings that place student life at the heart of the campus experience, and many projects embracing the principles of biophilic design that celebrate the role plants play in the enrichment of human life. There was a strong geographic representation of projects demonstrating that landscape architects’ impact reaches far beyond urban environments.”

All three projects will proceed to the respective national awards with winners announced at the 2019 Australian Institute of Architects National Architecture Awards held in November and International Festival of Landscape Architecture to be held in October.

Image credits:
Queensland University of Technology Creative Industries Precinct - Peter Bennetts 
Pt Leo Estate Sculpture Park - Andrew Lloyd 

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Monday 3 June 2019
HASSELL in partnership with Arup announced as winner in the AIDA awards

The Australian Interior Design Awards (AIDA) were announced on Friday with Arup Melbourne taking out the Sustainable Advancement Award, as well as three commendations for Origin Brisbane, Arup Melbourne, and StylecraftHOME Melbourne.

On announcing the award, the jury cited: "The architects’ holistic approach to sustainability uses wellness as a driver of the outcome, and as such the design is embedded with principles of biophilia, healthy living and community."

Scott Walker said the award is recognition for our commitment to designing workplaces where people want to be.

“We put a lot of emphasis on creating spaces in which people feel welcome and supported, spaces that inspire, or make day to day activity easier and more enjoyable. To receive this recognition from our peers shows that we got it right for Arup Melbourne, and that sustainable design is imperative to HASSELL.” Scott said.

This year HASSELL had five projects shortlisted in the AIDA. Origin Brisbane and Arup Melbourne received commendations in the Workplace Design category and StylecraftHOME Melbourne in the Retail Design category.

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