News / August 2019
Friday 30 August 2019
Museum of Brisbane's exhibition 'High Rotation' opens today

The Museum of Brisbane is celebrating 30 years of the Brisbane, Australia, music scene with a new exhibition titled High Rotation, designed by HASSELL.

High Rotation will explore Brisbane’s music identity through the stories of artists and the industry, including labels, producers, venues and audiences. It will cover the past 30 years when Brisbane’s popular music scene expanded onto the national and international stage and artists made the conscious decision to remain in Brisbane while seeking international fame.

HASSELL Senior Associate Carolyn Solley said that the design team has enjoyed exploring new and innovative ways to design a curated and immersive experience for the public.

“We’ve designed High Rotation to allow visitors to be immersed in the songs, stories and images of the Brisbane music scene by using interactive technology, visual displays, soundscapes, and lighting design. We can’t wait to see our vision brought to life, and for the public to experience it,” Carolyn said.

The High Rotation exhibition at the Museum of Brisbane will run from 30 August 2019 – 19 April 2020. More information on the exhibition can be found here.

Monday 26 August 2019
Two HASSELL projects shortlisted in Eat Drink Design Awards

Two HASSELL projects have been shortlisted in the 2019 Eat Drink Design Awards. Di Stasio Città, which recently won Best Design in the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards, has been shortlisted in the Best Restaurant Design category, while the Grand Central Market Room in Queensland, Australia, has made the Best Retail category.

Located in Toowoomba, Australia, the Market Room has become known as a trusted food hub, cementing itself as a destination showcasing the best retailers and produce of the region. Di Stasio Città, designed in partnership with HASSELL, is situated in Melbourne, Australia, and is a dining experience that blurs the line between restaurant and art gallery.

Rob Backhouse said that the shortlisting’s showcase the team’s ability to continually design places people love, across varying project scales and typologies.

“People are at the heart of what we design, and these two projects required extensive collaboration to make sure staff and patrons would have the best possible experience in the spaces. We’re looking forward to the award announcements in November, good luck to all shortlisted.” Rob said.

Award winners will be announced in November and more information on the awards can be found here.

Grand Central Market - Nicole England
Di Stasio Citta - Peter Bennets

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Thursday 22 August 2019
Di Stasio Città awarded Best Design at Gourmet Traveller 2020 Restaurant Awards

Melbourne, Australia, restaurant institution Di Stasio Città has won New Restaurant of the Year and Best Design at the Gourmet Traveller 2020 Restaurant Awards.

The Gourmet Traveller awards celebrate “places that are new, hot and pushing boundaries in Australian dining”. Di Stasio Città, a dining experience that blurs the line between restaurant and art gallery, was designed in partnership with HASSELL and pays homage to brutalist design.

On announcing the awards, Gourmet Traveller cited - “there's craft in the Hassell-designed, temple-like interior – the hand-poured terrazzo floor, polished plaster walls, white marble bar, red leather chairs and Murano glass chandeliers that float like marine life above the bathrooms. Città is a skilful, seamless blend of gallery and restaurant”.

HASSELL Associate Di Ritter said that it was the collaborative efforts of Rinaldo, Mallory, and the entire team at Di Stasio that brought the Città vision to life.

“A project like this is such a unique and rewarding experience, and it involved a lot of trust, communication, and patience. These awards are great recognition to the entire team for creating something extraordinary,” Di said.

Read more about the award wins here.

Tuesday 20 August 2019
Five HASSELL projects shortlisted in 2019 IDEA awards

The 2019 Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) shortlist has been announced with five HASSELL projects being recognised across two categories. Arup Melbourne, the Australian Ballet, International House, and Baker McKenzie have been shortlisted in the Workplace Over 1000sqm category, with StylecraftHOME in Melbourne shortlisted in the Retail category.

Rob Backhouse said that being shortlisted is great recognition from our peers, especially with the number of high quality projects HASSELL was up against.

“These five shortlisted projects are all conceptually different and varied in how they impact the user. It’s a testament to our design teams to continue designing places people love for a diverse group of clients. We wish everyone the best of luck in the awards,” Rob said.

The IDEA awards is Australia’s largest independent design awards program, and winners will be announced in November. Read more about the awards and the full shortlist here.


Arup Melbourne - Earl Carter
The Australian Ballet - Lillie Thompson
StylecraftHOME Melbourne - Nicole England
International House - Nicole England
Baker McKenzie - Nicole England

Wednesday 14 August 2019
Introducing: Natalie Busch

Recently appointed HASSELL Principal Natalie Busch believes that designers have a social responsibility to create sustainable, healthy places for the next generation.

“My key influencers are my children. When you have a family you realise responsibility sits with you to create better environments, a more sustainable way of building places, and ultimately spaces where my children, and future generations, will thrive growing up,” Natalie said.

As Practice Leader and now appointed Principal, Natalie has been an influential part of the HASSELL Perth team for 14 years with experience combining urban design with architecture and landscape architecture to create healthy, sustainable, and exciting public realm spaces.

“When I first started in the industry there was definitely a focus on how things looked, but there’s been a real shift to create places that affect how people feel within a space. There are some scary statistics around the increase in mental health issues, and as designers we have an opportunity to improve the everyday lives of people. It can be on the micro scale from a house or an office, to the macro and how you design an entire city,” she said.

“One of the first projects I worked on was the Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth, it was my introduction into the health sector design environment. That to me was a game changer because through our work, we found out there was fundamental evidence that if you create places that allow interaction between people, access to natural light, air, and gardens, patients were happier, healthier, and less reliant on medication. If that can happen in such an acute environment, we should be applying that same thinking to everything that we do. It’s changed how I approach every single project,” she said.

Boasting a Bachelor of Architecture with First Class Honours, Natalie is also a registered Landscape Architect. She is the 2019 WA President of the National Association of Women in Construction and sits on the WA State Design Review Panel. Recently, Natalie has been involved in the award-winning Karratha Health Campus project, St Ives Carine residential aged care development in Perth’s northern suburbs, and the University of Western Australia’s new engineering hub, EZONE.

When asked about what projects excite her the most, Natalie says it is the clever in-between spaces.

“It excites me to be able to draw something impactful out of a space that wasn’t there in the brief, like a wide stairwell that forces interaction, or benches that face each other to reduce isolation. They seem minor but they can make the biggest difference to student experiences, and ultimately their livelihoods,” Natalie said.

HASSELL Principal Brenden Kelly said that Natalie’s highly collaborative nature when working with clients and her multi-disciplinary skillset has always allowed her to develop rich relationships and trust.

“Natalie does a fantastic job at encouraging everyone involved in a project to keep the design process as collaborative as possible, this is a trait that HASSELL prides itself on instilling across the entire practice. We’re looking forward to seeing Natalie thrive in this new role,” Brenden said.

Pictured: Karratha Health Campus
Photography: Robert Frith

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