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August 17, 2018: Hassell Pty Ltd.: HASSELL shortlisted as 2018 IDEA Designer of the Year


HASSELL is shortlisted as Designer of the Year in the 2018 Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), alongside Architects EAT, DesignOffice, Doherty Design Studio, Luchetti Krelle and Russell and George.

The six potential winners were announced last night at a sold out event at Melbourne's Canvas House, where they also presented their work to the jury.

Five of our projects are shortlisted across the awards' 13 categories: GSK Asia House and Footprints (International), Pepper Sydney and The Bond, Sydney (Workplace Over 1000 sqm), and Larmont Sydney (Hospitality).

HASSELL Chairman Rob Backhouse said: "We're proud to be recognised among so much talent in the Australian design community at another great night by the IDEA. Congratulations to all the shortlisted practices."

The winners will be announced at the 16th IDEA Gala in November.







Hassell Pty Ltd. provides architectural design services to its clients in Australia and internationally. The company specializes in interior design, landscape architecture, and planning. It offers design services for aviation, commercial and workplace, culture and the arts, defense, education and science, health, hospitality, justice, public realm, rail, residential, resources, retail, road, sport and leisure, and urban design sectors. The company was founded in 1938 and is based in Adelaide, Australia. It has locations in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney, Australia; Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen, China; Hong Kong; Bangkok, Thailand; Singapore; and Cardiff and London, United Kingdom.


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July 23: Hassell Pty Ltd. : Optus Stadium Park tops three categories at AILA WA 2018 awards

Optus Stadium Park - designed by HASSELL - has once again dominated industry awards in Western Australia having won four at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) WA awards on Friday 20 July.

Topping off a successful state awards season, Optus Stadium Park was awarded the AILA WA Medal, Landscape Architecture Award for Urban Design, Play Spaces Award of Excellence, Parks and Open Spaces Award of Excellence.

Inspired by the six seasons of the local Indigenous people, The Stadium Park development has rehabilitated the prominent site on the eastern foreshore of the Swan River - once a waste ground of the city - to provide a collection of scenic promenades, cycle paths, and flexible event and play spaces designed to engage visitors with the natural environment and connect them with the indigenous cultural heritage of the site.

On presenting each award, the jury cited:

AILA WA Medal - "It is highly evident that great care and responsibility has been shown by the designers in developing this iconic project based on a philosophy of 'Our People, Our Land and Our Sport'."

Parks and Open Spaces - "The parklands are deeply informed by the indigenous heritage of the Whadjuk Noongar people and seek to culturally and ecologically restore this important riverside location. Collaboration with artists has resulted in eloquent integration of art to complement the stories of the site and add layers of meaning."

Play Spaces - "Never has play been provided for in Perth on such a large scale, with such variety and such thoughtfulness as has been done at the Stadium Parklands."

Urban Design - "The judging panel particularly recognise the very important role the precinct will play in the everyday lives of the many people who will come to live and work in the future development zones surrounding the stadium parkland."

HASSELL Principal Anthony Brookfield said the recognition from industry and peers not only reinforces hard work done by the design team, but also of the important role landscape architecture plays in shaping a city.

"Stadium Park is a massive, 41-hectare project, and the way it has changed the city of Perth is truly humbling as a designer.

July 11: Hassell Pty Ltd. : HASSELL urban design project and travelling scholarship acknowledged at AIA and AILA NSW awards nights

Darling Harbour Transformation, Sydney, and the HASSELL Travelling Scholarship - 25 Years in Review have both taken out awards at the Australian Institute of Architects and Australian Institute of Landscape Architects New South Wales awards nights.

The Darling Harbour Transformation project was awarded the Lloyd Rees Award for Urban Design in the 2018 NSW Architecture Awards and is Sydney's most significant urban renewal initiative in 20 years.

Working closely with clients Infrastructure NSW and Lendlease, HASSELL developed the urban design framework and designed the public realm for the entire 20-hectare precinct, including reinvigorated parklands, plazas and event spaces, with better pedestrian, cycle and public transport connections for this previously disconnected part of central Sydney. The harbour-side precinct has been recognised for its integration of the public realm with the architecture of three new venues designed by joint venture HASSELL + Populous, now known as the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney).

On presenting the award, the jury cited: "The team met the triple challenge of budget, complex urban context and multi-faceted client exceptionally well to create a more cohesive and legible urban structure to this part of the city. The approach to the master plan has resulted in a welcome decluttering of public spaces that are, as a result, well frequented by the public throughout the day and throughout the year."

HASSELL Principal and Landscape Architecture sector leader Angus Bruce said the award highlights the important role integrating architecture, landscape architecture and urban design play in shaping a city.

"The Darling Harbour Transformation project for example has delivered 30 per cent more public space for Sydney's inner-city. By creating more inclusive and engaging new places and improving existing locations, the precinct's appeal has increased with locals and visitors alike - generating ongoing social, economic and environmental benefits." Angus said.

July 03: HASSELL celebrates a successful first year in San Francisco

HASSELL is celebrating a successful first year in San Francisco and is strengthening its presence in the Bay Area to design and create places people love.

During a visit to the city to thank all who have supported our first U.S. studio, the HASSELL board hosted a reception at the de Young Museum, an iconic architectural project which HASSELL Principal Mark Loughnan led as Associate in Charge while with Herzog and de Meuron. John Rahaim, planning director for the City and County of San Francisco, was guest speaker for the event.

HASSELL will continue to bring its international experience, expertise, and perspective to San Francisco and the broader U.S market, addressing the unique urban challenges cities like San Francisco face as they shape themselves through smart, adaptive design solutions focusing on long term resilience.

"Global cities like San Francisco, Shanghai, London, and Sydney, are facing the complex challenges of affordability, displacement, community trust, increased density and sustainability, and a revolution in the way that people are choosing to live, play and work," said HASSELL Principal Richard Mullane, who is now based in the San Francisco studio.

"As we design solutions to these problems, it's important to us to make sure that those who use these spaces every day are involved throughout the process. During this past year in San Francisco, we have been forging relationships with communities leaders and listening to local needs. Moving forward, we're excited to work with community leaders and residents to design places that bring social, economic and cultural value to their lives," said HASSELL Principal Martin Lee, who leads the San Francisco studio. HASSELL began its work in the San Francisco Bay Area by participating in the year-long Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge, a research and design project that brought the world's leading designers, architects, artists, engineers, scientists, communities and students together to propose new solutions to strengthen the region's resilience to climate change.

June 29: Hassell Pty Ltd. : Optus Stadium and Stadium Park sweeps Australian Institute of Architects Western Australia awards

designed by HASSELL COX HKS - has taken out four awards at the AIA WA awards on Friday 29 June, including the Best in State George Temple Poole award.

Topping off a successful night, Optus Stadium was also awarded Jeffrey Howlett award for Public Architecture, The Wallace Greenham Award for Sustainable Architecture, The Mondoluce Lighting Award, and The Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture.|

The stadium's innovative design feels distinctly local, with architecture and landscaping that reflect the state's proud Aboriginal, sporting, and cultural heritage.

The Stadium Park development has rehabilitated this prominent site on the eastern foreshore of the Swan River - once a waste ground of the city - to provide a collection of scenic promenades, cycle paths, and flexible event and play spaces designed to engage visitors with the natural environment and connect them with the indigenous cultural heritage of the site.

On presenting the awards, the jury cited: "The Optus Stadium project excels as an outstanding example of a multi-sports and entertainment infrastructure, creating an iconic architectural entry statement to the city."

"The facade delivers the gravitas of a global city destination without sacrificing user experience. Visitors are drawn to the structure and reap the benefits of the thoughtful, holistic approach to arrival, navigation, experience and departure."

HASSELL Principal Peter Dean said the awards highlight the incredible vision of the client and Perth in delivering such a city shaping project.

"Optus Stadium and Stadium Park truly is a landmark project that is changing the way fans experience sporting and entertainment events. It has received excellent recognition globally and to have this recognition locally, and by our peers, reinforces the hard work done by everyone involved in the project," Peter said.

June 28: Hassell Pty Ltd. : HASSELL shortlisted for three projects in World Architecture Festival awards

Three HASSELL projects have been shortlisted in the prestigious World Architecture Festival awards across two categories in landscape and sport.

Optus Stadium in Perth, Western Australia - designed by HASSELL COX HKS - was shortlisted in the Sport - Completed Buildings category and the surrounding Stadium Park, designed by HASSELL, was shortlisted in the Landscape - Urban Projects category. The stadium is transforming the way fans experience major sport and entertainment events, and re-shaping Perth and its landscape in the process. Every design decision for the multi-purpose, 60,000-seat stadium was about achieving a singular vision - an unsurpassed visitor experience every time, every event.

Significantly, the Stadium Park development has rehabilitated this prominent site on the eastern foreshore of the Swan River - once a waste ground of the city - to provide a collection of scenic promenades, cycle paths, and flexible event and play spaces designed to engage visitors with the natural environment and connect them with the indigenous cultural heritage of the site.

The redevelopment of Sydney's Darling Harbour was also shortlisted in the Landscape - Urban Projects category. The project is the city's most significant urban renewal initiative in 20 years. By reinvigorating parklands, plazas and event spaces incorporating water features and public artworks, HASSELL has created opportunities for a variety of events and activities. Through better pedestrian, cycle and public transport connections we've reintegrated this previously disconnected part of the inner city.

HASSELL Principal Angus Bruce said the shortlisting is not only great recognition for the projects themselves, but also for the teams that worked on them.

"It's always great when projects are shortlisted for prestigious awards like WAF as it raises the profile for clients and promotes these fantastic new public places globally.

June 27: Hassell Pty Ltd. : HASSELL + We Made That finalists in Des Voeux Road Central Hong Kong competition

comprise one of five teams selected as finalists in an international competition to reimagine a key thoroughfare in the heart of Hong Kong.

Walk DVRC is a competition to revitalise 1.4km of Des Voeux Road Central in Hong Kong's central business district and reconfigure it as an inspiring and valuable pedestrianised public space.

"Our team's vision is to create a people-focused high street, revitalising and reconnecting Des Voeux Road to Hong Kong's identity. Our vision supports retail and business while promoting walkability, all tied together under the driver of creating a healthier city," said David Tickle, HASSELL Principal and global urban design sector leader.

"We're excited to be partnering again with We Made That, who we delivered a great outcome with on Croydon South End High Street in London. Walk DVRC follows on from some really inspiring community-led work our HASSELL team has done in other global cities, including Darling Harbour Public Realm in Sydney and most recently Resilient by Design in San Francisco," said David.

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June 13: Hassell Pty Ltd. : Science Place wins two AIA awards

The Science Place at James Cook University's Townsville Campus has earned recognition from the Australian Institute of Architects in Queensland.

The project won in two categories at the AIA's state awards - the Jennifer Taylor Award for Educational Architecture and a Sustainable Architecture Award.

The jury praised The Science Place as a "transformative project making science visible, accessible and attractive" to the whole campus.

"This STEM building is both exciting and nurturing, and despite a challenging brief, the architects have created a sustainable building and comfortable environment for both the staff and students," the jury said.

They also singled out the innovative planning that went into the building, resulting in "a highly flexible and dynamic facility (with) a sense of energy that permeates from within".

The citation noted that optimal levels of daylight and low glare were integral to The Science Place claiming Australia's first LEED Gold rating for an educational building.

The project is now automatically shortlisted for the National Architecture Awards, due to be announced in November 2018.

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May 16: Hassell Pty Ltd. : Awards for innovation and excellence

From Sydney to South Australia, a number of projects in Australia designed by HASSELL have been recognised at the 2018 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards.

The awards, which showcase superior examples of iconic projects in property development and investment across a broad range of sectors and design disciplines, were announced at a gala event on Friday 11 May.

The venue for the gala - the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) - was designed by HASSELL + Populous and received the Brain and Poulter Award for Best Tourism and Leisure Development and the Woods Bagot Best Public Building Award at the event.

Nearby in Sydney, the Barangaroo mixed use waterfront development was a big winner. Lendlease Global Headquarters, for which HASSELL designed the interiors, picked up the Eagle Lighting Australia Award for Best Workplace Project. Barangaroo South was awarded the Liberty Steel Award for Best Mixed Use Development, WSP Award for Best Sustainable Development - New Buildings, RLB Australian Development of the Year and the Tenderfield People's Choice Award. HASSELL contributed urban design assistance and the development of the David Jones concept store to this new urban precinct.

Over in South Australia, the Tonsley Innovation District, which incorporates the HASSELL-designed Flinders at Tonsley, was awarded the KONE Award for Development Innovation.

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August 16: Hassell Pty Ltd.: FreeState career opportunities ' Expanding the influence of experience design

HASSELL has strengthened its offering to clients by merging with London based firm, FreeState, a multi-award winning group of user experience designers founded by Adam Scott, Ben Johnson and Charlotte Boyens.

The merger, effective immediately, brings together the collective creativity, knowledge and resource base of the two practices for the benefit of their clients.

Based in London and working internationally, FreeState has collaborated with some of the world's biggest brands including Sony, Nokia and Virgin Atlantic, as well as world-class property developers including Brookfield Property and Exemplar. They are experts in developing user-focused stories, designed journeys and immersive experiences that connect people with brands, each other and places to create a more valuable end product.

'What we've seen really clearly over the past 20 years is a shift into the era of experience. By that I mean that people are increasingly placing value on 'experiences' over 'things' and their expectations of those experiences are very high,' said FreeState Creative Director Adam Scott, citing a recent survey by Harris Group that found 72 percent of millennials prefer to spend more money on experiences than on material things.

'What that means is that brands ' and places ' now live or die by how well they inspire attraction, involvement and a sense of belonging,' he explained.

HASSELL Managing Director Rob Backhouse said the merger is about responding to this significant disruption by expanding the HASSELL offer beyond the traditional boundaries of architecture and design to encompass new and innovative ways to deliver value to clients and end users.

'Globalisation, rapid urbanisation and fast changing technology are fundamentally changing the way we live, learn, work and play.

August 08: Hassell Pty Ltd. : Principal profile: Emily Moss

Recently promoted Principal Emily Moss believes that working for an international design practice means being benchmarked against the best in the world - but it also means taking risks instead of being safe locally.

Emily has worked at HASSELL for six years, and her recent promotion is testament to her passion for challenging both clients and designers to produce the best work.

"Each project should get better. We shouldn't sit back and think we're good enough or we've done enough. There's always improvement or another opportunity to do something different," Emily said.

"It's also about how, as designers, we intuitively respond to a client's concept and develop it into a workable solution," she said.

Emily has over 14 years' experience in both commercial and retail interior design for significant corporate clients across the globe.

"Working for an international design practice means that we really are an outward looking practice. We look externally and beyond Australia for our inspiration and how we benchmark ourselves. I think that this is a good thing and it means that we are really challenging ourselves and looking globally as opposed to being safe locally." Emily said.

Emily's ability to read project design and brand language and fluidly integrate concept, drawings and detail, has seen multiple projects receive industry awards for clients including SBS, Origin, Lendlease, and Arup.

Most recently Emily has led the design teams responsible for Lendlease's new global headquarters at Sydney's Barangaroo, Australian tech start-up Atlassian's new workplace, and the new Sydney office for Pepper Group.

Emily is most excited about working with a team of younger designers and the next generation of designers, fostering a pool of fresh ideas that challenges leadership and gives our approach new direction.

"HASSELL has given me so many opportunities in terms of my project work and the opportunities to work more globally.

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