New Principals at HASSELL
We are pleased to announce the appointment of six new Principals to its international design practice. Five have been promoted from within the business and the sixth has joined HASSELL from his own architectural practice. They will help promote generational change as HASSELL continues to grow internationally.
The new Principals promoted from within HASSELL are:
_Anthony Brookfield, Landscape Architecture, Perth
_Philip Harper, Interior Design, Brisbane
_Toby Lodge, Planning, Brisbane
_John O'Brien, Architecture, Perth
_Susan Standring, Interior Design, Melbourne
Jad Silvester has joined as a Principal and will be based in our Melbourne studio. He is a highly experienced design team leader with extensive experience in Australia, Italy and Switzerland.
Announcing the appointments, HASSELL Managing Director Rob Backhouse said the ability to recognise and nurture future leaders is one of the key factors in the company's continued success.
"Next year we will celebrate our 75th anniversary and we now operate 14 design studios in Australia, China, South East Asia and the United Kingdom," he said.
"Over many years we have been able to renew the practice with successive generations moving into leadership positions. Our focus is on identifying and promoting people with the ability to work with clients in a genuine collaboration. Our people have to be passionate designers, but they also have to immerse themselves in the business of our clients. That's where great design comes from."
L-R top: Anthony Brookfield, Jad Silvester, John O'Brien
L-R bottom: Philip Harper, Susan Standring, Toby Lodge
ANZ Centre and dtac House listed on top 10 revolutionary world office list
Canadian publication The Globe and Mail recently published their list of the world's 10 most revolutionary offices, two of which were designed by HASSELL.
The article states that, "the more we understand about how creativity works—psychologically, socially, neurologically — the better we understand the optimal conditions for letting our brains get busy. And that includes our offices. All around the world, companies are looking to boost innovative thinking by embracing a radical idea: Maybe you can change how people work by changing where they work."
Discussing how ANZ Centre fits into this, the author of the article notes that "ANZ Centre invites the public to explore its central hub of cafes and art. The open philosophy is carried over to the workspace, where employees collaborate in various task-specific "hubs," that range from intimate nooks to sprawling worktables."
Having reliable Wi-Fi throughout dtac House enables staff to work in an incredibly mobile way. The article notes that, "the 3,500-strong staff are encouraged to wander the 20-storey headquarters. They're free to work wherever, and with whomever, the mood strikes—even if it's outside on one of two huge terraces overlooking Bangkok. "
Travel with Ideas wins at Philips Lighting Innovation Contest
Yanqiu Zhou (also known as Eleven), an interior designer at the HASSELL Shanghai studio, was recently awarded the gold prize for her work Travel with Ideas concept, in an office-lighting innovation competition held by Philips. In addition to a cash prize, Yanqiu also won a trip to Europe to attend a design workshop.
The judges were impressed by Yanqiu's submission, commenting that it was forward-looking yet completely feasible in the future. Drawing inspiration from environmental protection and the need for modern-day city dwellers to have their own individual space, she designed a portable tent-like structure measuring about 25 cubic metres consisting of 40 slices of engineering plastics, nine standing sticks, a single-man sofa and foldable table. All the components can be stored into a car trunk and transported.
When set up, the tent would feature a window that opens to various angles and views while solar-powered cells would generate electricity for internal lighting and to charge electric reading devices. It would primarily be used in outdoor areas such as in parks or during activities such as camping.
HASSELL Toy Storage solution on display at Mikser Festival
Putting away toys is a chore that few children like, but with the new Toy Storage solution developed by HASSELL that might just change.
Toy Storage is a colourful system made from sustainable materials that offers children a creative and playful way to tidy up, turning it from a chore into fun. It's both a toy and storage system in one and at 1.5 x 1.8 metres, has been designed to fit in perfectly with the scale of a child's world.
This innovative solution was recently announced as one of the winning projects of the Ghost Competition in Serbia. As a result, Toy Storage which was created by young HASSELL designers Robert Held and Piers van Zandvliet, has been invited to go on exhibition at the Misker Festival in Belgrade. The Mikser Festival is Southeast Europe's largest regional festival of creativity and innovation, and runs this year between 25 May and 2 June.
"The storage system 'remembers' the objects. You can press the objects into Toy Storage which shifts the rods in this area to the back. After you remove the object you can still see the negative shape, which makes it easier for the children to find the right place again after playtime," said Robert.
After Toy Storage's selection for the exhibition, the initial design concept was progressed to a scaled prototype that completed the journey to Belgrade for the Festival.
"We will be keeping track of Toy Storage and the exhibition from Melbourne throughout the Festival via correspondence with the organisers and social media," said Piers.
During the nine-day Festival, the Mikser jury (presided over by renowned industrial designer Konstantin Gricic) will select projects to be developed into products for two collections: the Young Balkan Designers regional collection, and the Ghost Project international collection.
Welcome Jad Silvester
We are delighted to welcome a new Principal, Jad Silvester, to the Melbourne studio.
Having worked for Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Australia and Italy for three years, and Herzog and de Meuron in Switzerland for four years, Jad brings a wealth of international knowledge to HASSELL.
He is a highly experienced design team leader who specialises in architectural strategy, concept and concept implementation.
Jad has led teams through concept and schematic design on a number of high profile projects including the expansion of Tate Modern in London, the refurbishment of Park Avenue Armory in New York and the creation of a new distribution centre for Prada in Italy. Other key projects include the California Academy of Sciences and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.
For the past four years Jad has worked at Silvester Fuller, a design studio he established with Penny Fuller in 2008. In parallel to active practice he has taught design at the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Sydney.
Jad can be contacted on email@example.com or +61 3 8102 3116.
DNA event showcases design processes
The second event in the DNA series – 'behind the scenes of design' was recently held at Adelaide's Mercury Cinema. The series has been created to illustrate the design process that takes place at HASSELL through visualisation and mixed media to clients.
The evening was themed as a movie night, with attendees having the opportunity to view with University of Adelaide Learning Hub video, footage of the Terra Australis project which was the HASSELL entry into the 2010 Venice Biennale, the making of the sock portrait by Hong Yi and montages and 3D imagery created in a range of HASSELL studios.
Darwin Waterfront recognised at 2012 Asia Pacific Property Awards
Darwin Waterfront has been recognised as one of Asia Pacific's best projects, receiving awards in two categories at the 2012 Asia Pacific Property Awards, celebrated in Kuala Lumpur on Friday 27 April.
Judged the Best Landscape Architecture project in Australia, the HASSELL designed Darwin Waterfront won the Five Star Award and the 2012 International Property Awards Asia Pacific - Best Landscape Architecture Asia Pacific. It was also Highly Commended in the Leisure Development Australia category.
The vision for the Darwin Waterfront project was to transform the city's redundant industrial port facility into a world class, mixed-use urban community, attracting local residents, business travellers and tourists alike.
"With many cities on the waterfront, either river, harbour or the sea, the space between the city and the water has often been a place for trade and industry, disconnecting the urban centre from the foreshore and resulting in a blighted space when industry declines. This zone provides a rich opportunity for new focal public places, for reconnection and repopulation, while at the same time paying respect to the heritage and industrial history of a site. As world cities develop, and land is at a premium, urban consolidation and the use of previously industrial sites help to reduce urban sprawl. Darwin Waterfront transformed a previously contaminated industrial site, providing a new public landscape and a new waterfront address for the city," said Professor Ken Maher, Chairman International Executive of HASSELL.
As the top scoring landscape architecture project for the Asia Pacific region, Darwin Waterfront will now go on to be judged against the other regional winners to determine the world's best.
Image courtesy of Darwin Waterfront Corporation
HASSELL presents at RIBA Health Forum
HASSELL Health leaders Brenden Kelly and Jeff Menkens recently spoke at a forum at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), organised by Architects for Health. The aim of Architects for Health is to promote better healthcare environments by bringing together organisations and individuals who share an interest in planning and design excellence for healthcare facilities.
International Meeting Australia gathered together speakers with an Australian focus to discuss recent developments in the region. Jeff and Brenden talked about three HASSELL projects - Fiona Stanley Hospital (a collaboration with STH and Hames Sharley), Busselton and Midland Health Campus. Brenden and Jeff outlined the HASSELL approach, based on collaborative disciplines working together and enhancing the design outcome. They discussed how large hospitals can be integrated into an urban setting with the integration of therapeutic landscapes, the importance of the environment as a healing factor and the specific government and procurement factors that influence design.
01_Fiona Stanley Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, Australia - courtesy of Brookfield Multiplex
02_Busselton Health Campus, Busselton, Western Australia, Australia
03_Midland Health Campus, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
04_Brenden Kelly and Jeff Menkens
IndesignLive spends 5 minutes with Susan Standring
IndesignLive recently took the time to interview Susan Standring, Senior Associate at HASSELL. With over 20 years of experience in commercial interior design, Susan Standring has worked on projects in Singapore, South Korea, China and across Australia. Her recent portfolio includes major hospitality venues such as Esquire Restaurant in Brisbane, the Parkroyal Darling Harbour in Sydney and the Ovolo Hotel Melbourne.
Q: Describe your design philosophy
My intuitive response when creating design solutions is to be 'thoughtful ' - I try to engage both the user, the observer and those who assist in constructing.
My aesthetic design appeal is contemporary with an eclectic infusion to address a sense of place or cultural context. Humanism through attention to detail and tactile qualities somehow always becomes evident in my work.
Q: Name your top 3 influences
There is a quote from Albert Einstein that I love: "Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better". This quote reminds me that it is important to stop and take a breath, especially when the pressures of a project become daunting. Nature calms me.
I also find great inspiration and learning in travel. Without it I think I would wither! It broadens my perception and appreciation of the world on many levels - emotional, behavioural and physical.
Curiosity is another thing that drives my passion, making me want to continually enquire, explore, evaluate and learn. Admittedly, when work programs become hectic, my curiosity drops and I fight the demon of going into auto-drive. This mode of behaviour can only go on for so long, as it's not fulfilling.
HASSELL appointed to London Legacy Development Corporation panel
HASSELL has been appointed to the London Legacy Development Corporation's specialist panel to assist with the design of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, UK.
The expert panel will offer a range of services to support and enhance the design quality of the Park and surrounding area, including new neighbourhoods, venues, parklands and public spaces. HASSELL have been selected onto the Landscape Architectural panel.
Andrew Altman, Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said, "The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be defined by high quality design running through the neighbourhoods, venues, parklands and public spaces. Legacy plans are further ahead than any previous Olympic host city and this is a great opportunity for architects and designers to help shape the future of the Park after the Games."
The Landscape Architectural panel which consists of a mix of small and local practices as well as the larger more established firms are:
_Churchman Landscape Architects
_J and L Gibbons
_Kinnear Landscape Architects Limited
_muf architecture/art LLP
The Legacy Corporation will issue mini-competitions to the panel for projects including the design for a new canal side park along Lee Navigation, design guidance for the five new neighbourhoods and support for development projects on the Park and surrounding areas.
Image courtesy of London Legacy Development Corporation
Fit-out for a king
Stores packed tightly with merchandise are yesterday’s news - even if the prices are low. The driving principle behind modern shop design is generosity, says Scott Walker, Head of Interior Design at HASSELL
Sydney's urban future
Young HASSELL designer William Chan spoke to The Urban Times about Sydney's urban future
Spotlight on Cassandra Chilton
HASSELL Senior Associate Cassandra Chilton was profiled in the AILA Victoria winter newsletter
Aussies at WAF
Jan Henderson reports from Singapore at the World Architecture Festival and Inside, the World Festival of Interiors, 2013. In this report, Jan interviews Head of Interior Design at HASSELL, Scott Walker
Going above and beyond in Melbourne
World Architecture News takes an in-depth look at the Burnley Living Roofs project at the University of Melbourne Burnley Campus
Palm Island on IndesignLiveAsia
The Palm Island project takes its inspiration from the unique geography of Chongqing where the Yangtze River and Jialing River converge into one
Open plan offices - the pros and cons
Steve Coster, Head of Knowledge and Sustainability at HASSELL, discusses the pros and cons of open plan offices
Designing for integrated education and research
How HASSELL designs for integrated education and research
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