News / September 2019
Monday 30 September 2019
Introducing: Ed Mitchell

Recently appointed HASSELL Principal Ed Mitchell believes working in a multi-disciplinary way is key to the success of every project.

“Having studied both architecture and landscape architecture, my first project was the Adelaide Zoo. This project was a great way to finesse my skills and develop a range of experience contributing to both the internal and external elements of the project,” Ed said.

Ed has been an influential part of HASSELL for 11 years, starting his career in the Adelaide studio before joining the Melbourne team. His fine-tuned communication skills across verbal, written, and graphic, has positioned him as a team leader of choice for projects with regular presentations, as well as seeing his recent promotion as Melbourne’s Practice Leader for architecture.

Holding a Masters of Architecture and a Degree in Landscape Architecture, Ed brings a well-rounded understanding of complex, and usually trans-disciplinary development issues to all his projects. This is underpinned by a strong commercial understanding and a pragmatic approach to issues of project delivery that draws on excellent construction knowledge.

“Growing up and studying architecture in Adelaide, HASSELL was a name synonymous with the architectural evolution of Adelaide. So many of my favourite buildings I had grown up loving and studying were designed by HASSELL. Buildings such as the Festival Centre, the Colonel Light Centre, and the 1930’s Bank of NSW Building were among my favourites and still are,” he said.

“On my first day I was welcomed to HASSELL by ‘Mr. Hassell’ himself - David Hassell, who was the son of the original founder Colin Hassell, and was still working in the Adelaide studio. Gaining this experience from someone I looked up to was invaluable at that stage of my career,” Ed said.

Ed has been Project Leader for many large scale city shaping master planning projects such as Bowden Urban Village for Renewal S.A., the Prahran Housing Project for DHS, and Caulfield Racecourse for Melbourne Racing Club.

He has also worked on a broad mix of architecture projects, such as the Melbourne Town Hall Refurbishment Project, ‘The Ribbon’ Commercial development in Darling Harbour, Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition, and George and Otter Street Residential developments, successfully driving complex and significant city making projects.

HASSELL Principal Ingrid Bakker said that Ed’s attention to detail and drive to exceed client’s expectations was noticed early on.

“Ed’s multi-disciplinary approach makes him invaluable to the projects, but his ability to foster meaningful relationships with clients and staff has made him a significant and trusted figure in the studio. We’re looking forward to seeing Ed take on this new role and not only continuing in the development of his own career, but also others he leads across the practice,” Ingrid said.

Monday 30 September 2019
Six HASSELL representatives speaking at higher education conference

The 2019 Tertiary Education Management Conference (TEMC) kicks off this week in Adelaide, Australia. Attracting more than 800 delegates, the conference focuses on shaping the future of higher education, and supports the sharing of knowledge to explore big-picture issues and findings.

This year, HASSELL has six speakers joining industry leaders to explore a range of topics affecting the higher education space. Some of these topics include understanding what students really want from their campus experience, building cultural change in STEM environments, and whether Space Labs really are the future of workplaces.

A schedule on when these discussions will be taking place is included below, you can find more information on the 2019 TEMC here.

Tuesday 1 October

10:35am – 11:35am
Space Lab – The future of workplace?
HASSELL Principal Evodia Alaterou in conversation with Professor Andrew Western and Susan Lim from the University of Melbourne.

11:30am – 12:20am
Building cultural change in the UWA Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
HASSELL Principal David Gulland in conversation with Dianne Hesterman from the University of Western Australia

The power of built Pedagogy: A case study of creating environments that promote active student centred learning
HASSELL Associate Jeroen Hagendoorn in conversation with Associate Professor Liz Tudor from the University of Melbourne

3pm – 3:50pm
Building for the life-sciences in the 21st century: The intersection of permanence and change in our built an operational landscape
HASSELL Associate Alexander Sawicki in conversation with Yolanda Wosny and Naomi Barun from the University of Melbourne

3:55pm – 4:45pm
Do you really know what campus experience your students want?
HASSELL Senior Researcher Michaela Sheahan in conversation with Meredith Butler from the University of Newcastle

Wednesday 2 October

1:45pm – 2:35pm
Are you listening? Understanding your clients’ academic workplace requirements
HASSELL Senior Associate Liam Short in conversation with Russell Buzby from the Australian National University

Featured project: HASSELL designed University of Melbourne Life Sciences Precinct

Friday 27 September 2019
HASSELL Mars Habitat headlines new exhibition at London Design Museum

The Design Museum is inviting the public to travel to Mars without leaving London in a new multi-sensory exhibition for all ages.

The ‘Moving to Mars’ exhibition will feature a full size model of the HASSELL design for NASA's 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Challenge, as well as approximately 200 objects including contributions from NASA, the European Space Agency, SpaceX, AI SpaceFactory, the first spacesuit designed for the Mars surface, Christopher Raeburn's new fashion collection inspired by Mars, and more.

The HASSELL Mars Habitat will be exhibited through a range of scale models, a video showcase, technical drawings and the full scale physical mock-up of one of the habitat pods. The pod will give visitors an opportunity to step into a Mars habitat and be immersed in a real galactic experience.

The exhibition will also host a number of discussions and panels including the Mars Symposium. Hosted by HASSELL Head of Design Technology and Innovation, Xavier De Kestelier, the symposium will include with a range of speakers including an Astronaut, Space Architect, Medical Doctor from the South Pole, and a Space Anthropologist.

The ‘Moving to Mars’ exhibition will run from 18 October 2019 – 23 February 2020. More information on the exhibition here.

Friday 27 September 2019
HASSELL wins two of the top five Singapore Landscape Architecture Awards

HASSELL has received two of the top five awards presented at the 2019 Singapore Landscape Architecture Awards gala held at Raffles City Convention Centre on 26 September; with the Chengdu Panda Land Master Plan, China, and Collect and Connect: Resilient South City, San Francisco, both receiving Outstanding Awards of Excellence for Analysis and Planning.

The HASSELL-designed GSK Asia House, Singapore, and Darling Harbour Public Realm, Sydney, also received Silver Awards in the Commercial Landscape and Parks and Recreational Landscape categories respectively.

The awards jury praised the Panda Land Master Plan’s holistic scheme for prioritising conservation, saying it presents “a very strong vision” for Chengdu’s environmentally-sensitive and sustainable development that includes community education, physical planning, promotion and branding that recognises and builds upon the attraction of the giant pandas.

“As a landscape master plan, it succeeds in formulating key strategies, and fulfilling them by creating a large variety of spaces for different experiences, using nature to link the various important panda habitat areas with a consistent story for visitors,” the jury said.

With ‘Resilient South City’, the jury were impressed by the way the project “galvanized collaboration and inspired a roadmap” that presents a new paradigm in designing for resiliency, to tackle the larger issues brought about by climate change and weather conditions.

“This scheme is a very comprehensive, sensible community-centric approach with understanding of the existing community. It turns the natural elements into potentially excellent public spaces, used as mitigating measures against flooding. This proposal reinforced the notion that public spaces are key to building resilience in the areas of Water, Ecology, Community and Emergency,” the jury said.

HASSELL Head of Landscape Architecture Angus Bruce said the awards signify the great importance HASSELL places on renewal, resilience, and sustainability in design and their relevance in South East Asian cities.

“In Singapore, and across the wider region, landscapes that function beyond ‘green amenity’ are vital. We must design-in and maintain natural systems – as essential ‘service providers’ within the built environment – to help clean the air and water, mitigate the impacts of weather events, and sustain vulnerable urban ecosystems.” Angus said.

“It’s through the work of SILA and other industry programs that the crucial contributions of landscape architects are given greater prominence. These awards are a testament to our team’s ability to create landscapes that positively impact the wellbeing of their environments and the wider community,” he said.

The biennial Singapore Landscape Architecture Award aims to showcase the best works of the Singapore Institute Landscape Architects (SILA) recognised practices and promote landscape design innovation across various disciplines. In 2019, SILA received a record 76 project entries.

Imagery by HASSELL, HASSELL+, Peter Bennetts, and Simon Wood.

Tuesday 24 September 2019
Two HASSELL Principals to join NSW State Design Review Panel

Two HASSELL Principals have been selected to join the New South Wales State Design Review Panel to provide independent and impartial advice on the design quality of development proposals.

HASSELL Principals David Tickle and Sharon Wright are among 18 new members who will be summoned to provide expertise in different types of developments and review the design quality of significant state projects.

Government Architect NSW said that: “[the pool of panel members] have been selected as highly qualified professionals who represent a variety of skills across design in the built environment, and a diversity of experience and insight.”

David said that as HASSELL now have representatives on both the Western Australia and New South Wales State Design Review Panels, this showcases the value of including a range of designers in the mix.

“It’s a great opportunity to see what kind of projects and developments are coming through from our peers and the industry, spanning across all sectors and disciplines, and offer a positive influence on the future of New South Wales,” David said.

Tuesday 24 September 2019
$1 billion Sixty Martin Place commercial office development reaches practical completion

Following an international design competition awarded in December 2014 and a four-year construction period by Lendlease, the HASSELL-designed, Investa Commercial Property Fund (ICPF) and Gwynvill Group (Gwynvill) developed, Sixty Martin Place in Sydney has reached practical completion.

Sixty Martin Place incorporates over 40,000 square metres of lettable area over 33 levels, combining an integrated, connected ground plane with details that complement the character and materials of Martin Place and are sympathetic to the adjacent, heritage listed St Stephens Uniting Church.

HASSELL won the initial competition with a design that reaffirms Martin Place as the civic and business heart of Sydney and maximises views of the Sydney Opera House, Botanic Gardens and the harbour from tenant floors.

A distinct feature of the architecture is the way it frames St Stephens Uniting Church – the modular, curving form to the north was sympathetically designed to respect the geometry of the St Stephens spire, providing space around it, linking the traditional architecture of the adjacent site to this new, 21st century building.

Sustainable design and construction, and the integration of cutting edge building technology, to reduce energy use, deliver a more seamless user experience and enable better operation, maintenance and refurbishment works in the future, were integral to the design.

HASSELL Principal and Project Design Director Tony Grist says 60 Martin Place occupies an important site at the centre of Sydney’s Eastern skyline.

“The design respects the existing materials that give Martin Place its civic character. At street level, the building features a low-scale podium, formed of Sydney Gosford sandstone, with blades that are complemented in a lighter way on the façade of the tower above. The sandstone base gives continuity to the civic architecture of this important place,” Tony said.

“The building’s striking northern facade is a fluid, curved form. As the building rises, the curve pulls back from the spire of St Stephens Church, giving it ‘breathing space’, before curving again. From street level, the image of the spire is reflected and scattered in the façade,” he said.

The lower levels of the 33-storey development allow for connection between Martin Place and Macquarie Street and provides public access to indoor and outdoor amenity. The space forms a generous new “civic room” visually connected with the church facade across five levels, whilst allowing people on upper levels to view and engage with events below.

The building brings new life to the eastern end of Sydney’s pre-eminent civic space, reactivating it during and beyond usual business trading hours.

The design delivers a balance of social, cultural and economic value to Sydney and its people as well as to Investa and Gwynvill. This is already evident as demand for space has been considerable with strong interest from global professional service firms, financial services companies and leading law firms.

As a ‘Smart Building’, 60 Martin Place incorporates the latest in emerging building technologies including smart lighting, smart access control for doors, lifts and lockers controlled via smart phones and a custom building services app, personalised for building occupants.

The building is targeting environmental performance ratings only a small number of buildings in the Sydney CBD are able to achieve - including a 6 Star Green Star Design and As Built 1.1 Rating and a NABERS Energy 5 Star in Operation Rating.

Friday 20 September 2019
HASSELL wins three Singapore Institute of Planning awards

Three HASSELL projects were among 26 awarded at the 6th Singapore Institute of Planners (SIP) Planning Awards 2019.

In the International Category, the Darling Harbour Transformation took out the top Gold award for Urban Design, Collect and Connect: Resilient South City was awarded Silver for Resilient Planning, and the Panda Land Master Plan received Bronze for Best Planning.

SIP President, Wilfred Loo, said that the awards recognise excellence in the planning and design of both local and overseas projects. The winners are acknowledged as “models for the planning and design professionals in Southeast Asia and the region,” he said.

Singapore’s Minister for National Development, Mr Lawrence Wong – the event’s Guest of Honour –said that rapid urbanisation continues to be the main challenge for planners today.

“With rapid urbanisation, cities everywhere are becoming more complex and difficult to manage – be it social inequality, environmental issues, or in the longer term, climate change. Hence, the way we organise and plan our cities to be more liveable, and sustainable becomes so much more critical,” he said.

All three of the projects awarded promote social and environmental sustainability and resilience through strategic, multi-layered and collaborative approaches to urban planning and design, said HASSELL Head of Landscape Architecture Angus Bruce.

“This collection of awards highlights the breadth of responsive regeneration projects our design teams are delivering across the globe. From the revitalisation of Sydney’s most visited public destination to ensure its ongoing popularity; to the community-based resilience strategy for South San Francisco that reconnects the city with its waterfront while addressing climate change impacts; to the conservation-focused, city-wide tourism plan for Chengdu – home to China’s largest contiguous Panda habitat,” he said.

Thursday 12 September 2019
HASSELL included among industry leaders at World AI Conference

As part of the second World AI Conference held in Shanghai, HASSELL Principal Robert Price joined other industry leaders to discuss how technology helps create more efficient workplaces, and at the same time, how we cope with the disruption it creates.

The session, titled 'AI Enabling Intelligent Architecture', focused on intelligent solutions developed specifically for managing properties and how designers can inform the flourishing development of technology from a human-centric perspective.

Alongside Robert, the panel included Ivan Wan, VP from Tencent Cloud, Wenwei Gao, VP from Donghao Lansheng Group, Huimin Wang, Vice Chairman from China Property Industry Institute and Xugang Ma, President from Pengans Technology. Truddy Cheung, Head of Workplace Advisory at Colliers International Asia, delivered a talk on the Next Generation Workplace right before the panel.

"It's important to engage workplace designers at earlier stages of developing intelligent solutions for properties, because the full potential of technology can’t be tapped without incorporating the human experience into the design," Robert said during the panel.

"Sensor technology and big data has enabled designers to leverage AI in creating workplaces that are proven to be more efficient," Robert said.

The World AI Conference is an annual event gathering some of the most progressive products and companies from around the globe. This year, the opening day of the event featured a lively debate between Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, and Elon Musk, founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, about the risks and potential rewards associated with artificial intelligence and also touching on a broad range of topics such as Mars exploration and workplace culture.

Tuesday 10 September 2019
Exhibition celebrating student works in HASSELL Hong Kong studio

The HASSELL Hong Kong studio is hosting ‘CROSS-OVER’, an exhibition celebrating 2019 graduate works from four Hong Kong university design schools.

CROSS-OVER will display works around topics that are occupying the minds of design students, academics, and practitioners in Hong Kong and globally. The four topics are; Housing Issues, Healing Spaces, Sustainability, and Adaptation. The works represent a blurring of disciplines, typologies, scales and design processes – the ‘cross-over’ that any future-relevant design thinking should embody.

CROSS-OVER will run until September 20, open Monday to Friday from 10:00am – 5:30pm. Located at level 22, 169 Electric Road, North Point, Hong Kong.

Monday 9 September 2019
Two HASSELL projects named winners at IFLA awards

The 2019 International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) awards have announced two HASSELL projects have been recognised with Awards of Excellence in their respective categories.

The Darling Harbour Transformation – Sydney’s most significant urban renewal initiative in 20 years – has been recognised with an Award for Excellence in the Cultural and Urban Landscape category. Meanwhile, Stadium Park and Chevron Parkland – a 41-hectre precinct designed to provide a world-class parkland setting for Optus Stadium – has also won an Award for Excellence in the Open Space category.

HASSELL Head of Landscape Architecture Angus Bruce said that these award wins firmly establish the projects as global destinations as well as spaces the local community will enjoy.

“Both of these projects have transformed the way the public interact with the precincts. It’s a testament to our design teams to create landscapes that change how people feel and ultimately support biodiversity and healthy active lifestyles. Congratulations to all winners,” Angus said.

Stadium Park - Peter Bennetts, Robert Frith
Darling Harbour Public Realm - Simon Wood

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