News / November 2019
Friday 8 November 2019
HASSELL urban design applauded at Australian National Architecture Awards

The new Green Square Library and Plaza in Sydney was a standout last night at the Australian Institute of Architect’s (AIA) National Architecture Awards ceremony in Brisbane.

HASSELL led the landscape architectural design for the project and with architects Studio Hollenstein and Stewart Architecture took out the 2019 National Architecture Award for Urban Design. The project also received the 2019 Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture.

The AIA awards jury praised the design team’s key move: locating the bulk of the library underground to make room for the dense urban future above ground, saying it opens-up a major portion of the site as accessible public space, enhancing the vibrancy of the place as a whole.

“The design manages difficult site constraints with apparent ease,” the jury said. “Green Square Library and Plaza is emerging as the urban and community heart of Green Square. This is placemaking led by investment in high-quality public space.”

HASSELL Senior Associate, Jason Cuffe said the project is a great example of open space and built form effectively intertwining to maximise community benefit.

“The award is a testament to our creative and rigorous plaza design for this vital and evolving precinct. Congratulations to the City of Sydney and our colleagues Studio Hollenstein and Stewart Architecture on their outstanding achievement at Green Square,” Jason said.

The QUT Creative Industries Precinct 2 designed by Kirk and Hassell (architects in association) also received a Commendation for Educational Architecture. The jury commented that the transformation of the former army barracks had created “a theatre of learning” for the Queensland University of Technology. The design “delivers a dynamic tertiary research and teaching environment on a demanding site,” the jury said.

Photography by Simon Wood and Peter Bennetts.

Thursday 7 November 2019
Optus Stadium takes out prestigious 2019 IOC IPC IAKS Architecture Prize

The winners of the 2019 International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IOC IPC IAKS) Architecture Prizes have been announced, with Optus Stadium taking out the 2019 IOC IAKS Award in Silver and the IPC IAKS Distinction.

The IOC IAKS Award and the IPC IAKS Distinction are the most important international architecture prizes for sports, leisure and recreational facilities. Awarded every two years since 1987, the IOC IAKS Award commends sports and leisure facilities of exemplary design and function. The prizes consist of three competitions, awarding bronze, silver and gold medals.

Together with the International Paralympic Committee, the IAKS also awarded the IPC IAKS Distinction for sports and leisure facilities suitable for persons with a disability. IOC, IPC and IAKS are committed to advocating for excellence in the visioning, design and operation of fully inclusive and universally accessible indoor and outdoor facilities. Identifying and promoting trends for transforming communities and urban areas into places of active living is at the core of this international competition.

The IOC IAKS Award brings to public attention exemplary buildings and complexes that integrate sensible sustainability and legacy considerations, strong functional planning and exceptional architectural design.

The IPC IAKS Distinction for Accessibility aims at increasing the accessibility of all sports and leisure facilities and architectural structures in order to offer all people opportunities to practise and view sport freely and without barriers.

Optus Stadium, a collaboration between HASSELL, COX and HKS, was the standout sporting stadium in a total of 98 submitted projects from 31 countries.

HASSELL Principal, Peter Dean said that winning these awards reflects the success of having a shared client vision in delivering a fans-first stadium, and creating 365 day experience that has redefined Perth.

“Optus Stadium is a landmark project that successfully changed the way fans experience sporting and entertainments events. This international award is a testament to the hard work of our design team, our project partners, and our talented collaborators from the Whadjuk indigenous community, who worked diligently on creating something truly spectacular.” Peter said.

COX Sports Director Alastair Richardson said this award recognises the clear vision and strength of collaboration between the joint venture design partners, client, and the State Government of Western Australia.

“These awards reflect the collaborative work that occurred between the design team and the State Government in considering all fans for the stadium and their needs to be a truly inclusive fans first outcome.” Alastair said.

All award winners came together at the international IAKS Congress and FSB trade show in Cologne, Germany, on 5 November 2019 for the Awards Gala Event.

This is the tenth award Optus Stadium has received following international recognition including 2019 Prix Versailles - World Title – Sports, 2019 Good Design Award - Gold Winner - Architectural Design: Commercial and Residential, 2018 Australian Institute of Architects National Architecture Awards - National Award - Public Architecture, and 2018 Australian Institute of Architects National Architecture Awards - The COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture.

More information on the international IAKS Congress can be found here.

Thursday 7 November 2019
Introducing: Evodia Alaterou

The first appointed Principal in the HASSELL Strategy team, Evodia Alaterou, admits to not being the strongest designer at the beginning of her career, but fell in love with the industry.

“Even as a student I realised early on that I wasn’t a superstar designer. I was always greatly interested in the people who were going to occupy the spaces, and always asking questions like ‘what do these people do? What kind of lives do they live? How will the space enhance their lives?’ So I went on a mission to figure out where I could fit into the architecture sphere,” Evodia said.

Having completed a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Pretoria, Evodia discovered a Masters in Environmental Psychology at the University of Surrey which she says was her ‘aha’ moment.

“Architecture in itself is beautiful because it’s about form and about creating something, but without people to bring it to life, it’s just a beautiful sculpture. Environmental Psychology allowed me to draw what’s important out of people, as well as themes from conversations, and how to analyse the things people say. It was the analysis toolbox that I needed to apply to architecture,” she said.

Now with over 16 years’ experience in design strategy, Evodia leads a growing HASSELL team of talented and diverse strategic thinkers. The team puts people at the centre of the strategies they develop, using data and analytics to underpin their work. Evodia has been involved in developing workplace strategies for AGL Melbourne and Sydney, Adelaide Festival Centre, and Nike Shanghai.

With a diverse portfolio of projects across the globe, Evodia said that the recent work with Arup to develop their new workplace strategy was exciting as it was a true collaboration between HASSELL and Arup from beginning to end.

“We started working with Arup six years ago, and they were a different business back then. They wanted to be more than an engineering firm, they wanted to be trusted advisors, and much more visible in their local communities. We worked in partnership to develop their new guidelines and workplace strategy, and it’s fantastic to hear the impact these changes have had on attendance numbers, visitor numbers, and overall employee wellbeing. Our aim is to bring strategy to life through design, and it’s exciting to see that actually happen in project like this,” Evodia said.

HASSELL Managing Director Steve Coster said that Evodia’s natural curiosity and interest in people has enabled the practice to deliver award-winning, life-enhancing projects.

“Whether it’s a large-scale project or a modest space, Evodia has led the team to always seek out what our clients really need, challenge their thinking, and deliver exceptional strategies. We’re looking forward to seeing what else Evodia will achieve in this new role,” Steve said.

With a natural curiosity for exploring different possibilities and outcomes, Evodia says the key is knowing that you don’t have all the answers, but to have the courage to ask someone who might.

“If I was to give advice to my younger self I would say: Nobody knows all the answers. I think if you pretend to always know, you’ll never expand your knowledge. Be confident with what you know, but be ok with not knowing everything. That gives you the permission to be curious, to go and learn more, and talk to others, because ultimately things work better when done together,” Evodia said.

Wednesday 6 November 2019
2019 WA NAWIC awards recognises HASSELL designers

Two HASSELL designers have been recognised at the 2019 Western Australia National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) awards.

HASSELL Senior Associate Robina Crook took out the TBH Social Responsibility in Construction award, while Associate Annika White was given the Discus Print and Signage ‘Creating the Best Project’ award for her involvement in the Hibernian Place project. With around 500 in attendance at the HASSELL-designed Westin Hotel, the judging was conducted by a panel of industry experts who were independent from the NAWIC committee and sponsors.

HASSELL Principal and NAWIC WA Chapter President, Natalie Busch, said that these awards celebrate the role models within the industry who help to unite colleagues and communities.

“It’s important to give recognition to those who help move the industry forward, and seeing HASSELL included within the bunch shows the dedication and consistent effort being put in to level the playing field. Congratulations to all winners,” Natalie said.

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