Alex Hall of HASSELL awarded SA AIA Emerging Architect Award
HASSELL Senior Architect Alex Hall was awarded the Emerging Architect Award at the Australian Institute of Architects South Australian Chapter Awards, announced on Friday 14 June.
The Emerging Architect Prize recognises young designers who have made a substantial contribution to architecture in South Australia.
Alex graduated from the University of South Australia in 2006 with first class honours and has been employed with HASSELL since 2005. He has worked on a diverse range of projects at HASSELL, with some notable examples being the Hawke Building and Master Plan 2020 (University of South Australia), and the Adelaide Zoo Entrance Precinct and Giant Panda Forest (Zoos South Australia).
The award jury noted that Alex has demonstrated his contribution to architecture through leadership in his role as project architect and involvement in developing other young designers at HASSELL.
Alex has contributed to architectural research and teaching through his engagement with the University of South Australia and Adelaide University architecture schools, as both studio educator and guest lecturer. He is also an active chapter councillor with the Australian Institute of Architects in South Australia and on the editorial committee of PLACE magazine.
As a keen advocate of community design activities, Alex has co-directed Adelaide's Park(ing) Day event, curated exhibitions and was involved in the 5000plus project as a contributor. He is interested in developing and providing opportunities for newer members to the profession and his interest saw him take up the role as chair of New Architects and Graduates in 2013.
"On behalf of HASSELL, I would like to congratulate Alex on this achievement. We are very proud of and committed to supporting all our young designers in their professional development and contribution to the industry," said Marianno DeDuonni, Managing Principal of the HASSELL Adelaide studio.
Among strong competition, two HASSELL projects were also successful at the AIA SA Chapter Awards:
_Murray Bridge Library, Murray Bridge, Australia
2013 Australian Institute of Architects (SA) Awards - Robert Dickson Award for Interior Architecture
_Flinders University Biological Sciences Building, Adelaide, Australia
2013 Australian Institute of Architects (SA) Awards - Commendation for Public Architecture
Oncology Centre at King Hamad University Hospital reaches project milestone
Scheme design has been approved for a new Oncology Centre at the King Hamad University Hospital (KHUH) in Bahrain. Led by HASSELL for client the Bahrain Defence Force, and working in partnership with Bahrain-based Mazen Alumran Consulting Engineers (MACE) and team members Aecom, Baker Willis Smith and MJ Medical, the new building will be designed to the highest international standards of healthcare provision, bringing first-class cancer care and research facilities to Bahrain in one 'translational' environment.
Incorporating the latest advances in technology, the new Oncology Centre will combine research functions with comprehensive in-patient, out-patient, diagnostic and treatment facilities. Its location on the existing KHUH site will ensure an integrated approach to a wide range of healthcare services for all patients, while further treatment integration will include work with other hospitals in Bahrain. This holistic approach to healthcare provision in Bahrain is designed to establish a multidisciplinary and effective care program for all citizens.
The Oncology Centre will play a leading role in the worldwide development of radiation oncology. Bahrain's location at the centre of the Arabian Gulf, neighboured by Qatar and Saudi Arabia (to which it is connected via the King Fahd Causeway), will be critical to achieving national and internationally coordinated clinical trials to improve medical knowledge beyond borders and contribute to the worldwide fight against cancer.
The KHUH project builds on the international healthcare experience of HASSELL, such as the 2,700 sqm Lismore Cancer Care, Australia and the 140,000 sqm Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth, Australia. The practice has designed general and specialist hospitals, as well as research facilities such as the award-winning 50,000 sqm Ecosciences Precinct in Brisbane.
Colin Hockley, Managing Principal for HASSELL in the UK, commented, "Bahrain is working to lead the region in developing first-class healthcare and specialised cancer-care. HASSELL is looking forward to cooperating with the Bahrain Defence Force in achieving this goal through our research based approach to healthcare design, focusing on delivering high performing clinical spaces and environments for patients, visitors and staff which promote health and wellbeing."
HASSELL wins Singapore rail project
HASSELL is part of a design team set to play a key role in the expansion of Singapore's mass rapid transit system – already one of the best and most extensive in the world. Led by Principal Mark Paterson, HASSELL designers will be working on Singapore's Eastern Region Line.
The 21 kilometre underground Eastern Region Line (ERL) will link the east coast from Changi to Marina Bay. It will have 12 underground stations and a mega depot. The project has been split into three design packages. HASSELL has been appointed to the Parsons Brinkerhoff-led architectural/engineering team for Package E1001, which comprises an underground station and the mega depot.
Mark Paterson said the HASSELL design team is looking forward to working with Singapore's Land Transport Authority and Parsons Brinkerhoff in what will be a uniquely challenging project.
"The brief from the Land Transport Authority requires the new facility to achieve a BCA Green Mark Gold rating, ensuring it meets a high standard for its environmental impact and performance, as well as delivering an optimal, safe and efficient design solution," he said. "The rail depot alone presents significant architectural challenges, with a number of engineering constraints and multiple operator needs that have to be taken into account.
"In a densely populated place like Singapore, there is a need to get the most out of every piece of land, so the depot will accommodate train storage, workshops and administration facilities for the existing elevated East West Line (EWL) as well as the new ERL and DTL underground systems. But it is challenges like this that make rail projects so interesting. HASSELL is currently working successfully with Parsons Brinkerhoff in Australia and our own design team brings together people with many years of rail project experience in Europe, South East Asia and Australia."
Singapore's existing MRT system has 150 kilometres of track and over 90 stations. It carries more than 2.5 million people every day.
Lord Mayor launches new HASSELL Sydney studio
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore last night opened a new studio for HASSELL on the city's harbour waterfront at Walsh Bay.
Around 150 architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners and interior designers will work in the new studio, part of the historic Pier 8/9, originally built in 1914 to store and load wool on to ships bound for Europe. But last night 400 invited guests toured the new studio and helped HASSELL celebrate its arrival in the city's creative precinct.
Clover Moore congratulated HASSELL on the new studio. "Isn't it fabulous to see this wharf used for the wonderful work HASSELL does?" she said.
Introducing Councillor Moore, HASSELL Principal and Chair of the International Executive, Ken Maher, said the practice cared about the cities it works in, and the role design can play in enriching them. He said the new studio reflects the values HASSELL stands for and its inclusive, collaborative and creative culture.
Established in Adelaide in 1938, HASSELL is celebrating its 75th anniversary year. It is now an international design practice, operating studios in five Australian cities, five in China, two in South East Asia and two in the United Kingdom.
In Sydney, HASSELL is working on projects including:
_The Sydney International Convention Exhibition and Entertainment Centre and the associated public domain known as Darling Harbour Live
_A new glasshouse and tropical centre at the Botanic Gardens – The Biome Top End
_Sydney Light Rail project from Randwick and Kingsford through the heart of the CBD to Circular Quay
_The bid for the North West Rail Link enhancing travel along the Sydney North West corridor
_The Westconnex urban renewal project
_Taylor Square Bike Hub
_Major workplaces including ANZ's new Sydney head office and Hub Sydney, a collaborative co-working venue and a new workplace for Screen Australia
_Summer Hill Flour Mill redevelopment
_60 Martin Place renewal
_The Young Street Precinct at Circular Quay
The new studio takes up 2,600 square metres in Pier 8/9. The move to an industrial wharf building re-imagined for a new purpose continues a HASSELL tradition – the practice's Shanghai studio is in a former motorcycle factory, in Brisbane it is housed in a transformed bakery and in Melbourne it occupies what was once a clothing warehouse.
The new studio is designed to reflect the engaged culture HASSELL has fostered over the years. It is focused on a large double height creative hub that reveals the historic fabric and function of the building. This space facilitates everything from incidental get-togethers, to formal presentations and even performances for larger groups.
The main studio space on the mezzanine level overlooks the hub, placing the designers and the design process on display, visible from both the entry below and throughout the large character-filled workspaces.
"Our carefully designed studio environment, situated in a finger wharf on Sydney Harbour is a truly amazing place to work," said HASSELL Sydney Managing Principal Matthew Pullinger. "And the official launch showed that it is also a great place for celebration."
He said HASSELL is celebrating the new studio with a major contribution to Sydney's Vivid Festival of Light, Music and Ideas.
"Our designers have produced four separate Vivid installations that are drawing hundreds of thousands of people to the city's streets," he said.
"The Vivid installations may appear modest compared to some of the projects we work on. But they give our people a great opportunity to extend their creativity and sense of fun. It also demonstrates our commitment to making a contribution to enlivening creative places and the cities we live and work in."
_The historic Pier 8/9, home to the new Sydney HASSELL studio
_Ken Maher, Chairman of the International Executive, Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Matthew Pullinger, Managing Principal of the Sydney studio
_Sydney studio launch event
A vivid launch for a new HASSELL studio
HASSELL marks its arrival in the Walsh Bay area with "Rats", an installation created for the Vivid Light Festival by three of our talented designers, one hundred and thirteen years after ship-borne rats brought bubonic plague to Sydney.
The plague has long gone, but the "rats" are back, represented by 100 floating balls bobbing up and down in the water along Walsh Bay's Pier 8/9, home to the new HASSELL studio which officially opens this week. Black silhouettes of rats appear on the balls. Two LED "eyes" on each glow in the dark.
Rats is one of four remarkable Vivid installations created by HASSELL designers, a major contribution to the festival, which draws hundreds of thousands of people to the city each year. Billed as a festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid takes over the centre of Sydney after dark. This is the second year that Walsh Bay has been a major festival location and the new HASSELL studio is in the centre of the action.
The new studio takes up 2,636 square metres in the historic Pier 8/9 at Walsh Bay. It is adjacent to the planned Barangaroo Headland Park and in the heart of the Walsh Bay creative industries community. Pier 8/9 was built in 1914 to store and load wool onto ships bound for Europe and has a wonderful tough, industrial character.
The move to an industrial wharf building re-imagined for a new purpose continues a HASSELL tradition – our Shanghai studio is in a former motorcycle factory, in Brisbane we are housed in a transformed bakery and in Melbourne we occupy what was once a clothing warehouse.
HASSELL was established in 1938 and this year we mark our 75th anniversary. The new studio is designed to reflect the engaged, collaborative culture the practice has fostered over the years. It is focused on a large double height creative hub that reveals the historic fabric and function of the building. This space facilitates everything from incidental get-togethers, to formal presentations and even performances for larger groups.
The main studio space on the mezzanine level overlooks the hub, placing our design process on display, visible from both the entry below and throughout the large characterful workspaces.
HASSELL Sydney Managing Principal, Matthew Pullinger, said the move to Walsh Bay brings a new impetus and energy to the studio.
"It comes at a time when we are working on important projects that will help reshape Sydney," he said. "They include Darling Harbour Live, the redesign of the convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct, a new glasshouse and tropical centre at the Botanic Gardens, the new light rail project in the central business district and south eastern suburbs and a number of mixed use developments.
"The Vivid installations might appear small -scale compared to those projects. But they demonstrate our commitment to making a contribution to enlivening creative places and the cities we live and work in."
Hong Yi speaks at China Academy of Arts
Hong Yi, an architect and artist who works at HASSELL, spoke recently at the Shanghai campus of the China Academy of Art.
Hong Yi became famous around the world after video clips of her unconventional portraits of famous people went viral on the internet. Hong Yi shared with students at the Academy details of some of her recent art projects and projects she has worked on as an architect at HASSELL.
She shared her experiences of creating interesting pieces of art using unusual materials rather than paint. She also encouraged the students to find time to do things that they enjoy and never stop creating. The Shanghai campus of China Academy of Art is also known as Shanghai Institute Of Design.
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