News / July 2019
Friday 12 July 2019
HASSELL wins two gold Good Design Awards for Design Excellence

The winners of Australia's peak industry design awards – the highest honour for design and innovation in the country – were announced at The Star, Sydney on 11 July at the 61st annual Good Design Awards Ceremony.

HASSELL picked up two gold awards with the Darling Harbour Transformation and Optus Stadium projects both receiving a prestigious Good Design Award Gold Accolade in the Architectural Design category in recognition for outstanding design and innovation.

HASSELL was also involved in the Gold-awarded, Green Square Library and Plaza, having collaborated with Studio Hollenstein and Stewart Architecture on the landscape architecture for the innovative new public library in Sydney.

The Darling Harbour Transformation, in Sydney, designed by HASSELL with joint venture HASSELL + Populous, was praised by the Good Design Awards jury for its sophisticated urban design concept.

“This re-visioning project has transformed Darling Harbour from a tired, unconnected and overscaled realm into an active, busy destination for everyone in the city – residents, visitors, and workers. The landscape is reinvigorated, commissioned artworks provide moments of delight, plazas offer places for events and activity, and intuitive pedestrian, bicycle and public transport networks effectively connect the place to the city,” the jury said.

Optus Stadium, a collaboration between HASSELL, Cox and HKS, was a standout among this year’s commercial architecture entries, with the jury saying its intelligent, well-considered design delivers a strong architectural presence on Perth’s Swan River foreshore.

“The building makes a considerable social impact integrating the many functions into the complex. The stadium itself is an attractive, integrated design and its links with public transport are a game changer for Perth. The landscape, including remediation of a neglected part of the city, makes an important and effective addition to the city,” the jury said.

HASSELL Managing Director, Steve Coster said the award wins are evidence of the value that can be generated when strategic insight is combined with creative design.

“These awards highlight the value design adds to everyday life, for everyone. Both the Darling Harbour and Optus Stadium projects presented opportunities for major urban renewal via the making of exciting, new public entertainment destinations. They’ve delivered places that truly enliven the experience of their cities, while giving back to their communities and environment.”

The Good Design Awards attracted a record number of submissions in 2019, with close to 700 design projects evaluated in this year’s international design awards.

Photography: John Gollings, Brett Boardman

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