SA Water House achieves “world leadership” sustainable design rating
SA Water House has achieved the highest sustainability rating available from the Green Building Council of Australia.
A 6 Star Green Star Office Interiors v1.1 Certified rating is considered a "world leadership" category and makes it the first South Australian building to receive 6 Star Green Star rating for both the base building and fitout, and only second nationally.
SA Water's vision for its new building was to develop a highly sustainable workplace that reflects the values of transparency, flexibility and innovation.
A central atrium and stair create visual and physical connections to all levels of the open plan workspace, bringing people together in a new social environment and promoting ad hoc professional interaction. The high quality space planning and amenity supports the well-being of the organisation's most important resource – its people.
HASSELL launches Cardiff studio
The new HASSELL studio in Cardiff – our second in the United Kingdom – is officially open for business.
Colin Hockley, HASSELL Managing Principal in the UK, hosted a launch event at the new studio in the centre of Cardiff, attended by local civic, community and business leaders. Colin was joined by the Chair of our International Executive, Ken Maher, and the Head of Architecture and London Studio Leader, Tony Grist, in officially declaring the studio open.
Speaking at the launch, Ken Maher said HASSELL saw the establishment of the Cardiff studio as a critical step in fulfilling its international aspirations.
"As we have expanded and matured as a practice, it has become evident that having talented people in the UK is critical to realising our international opportunities and being global in reach yet knowledgeable of and responsive to local nuances," he said.
The new Cardiff studio is led by Colin, a former Managing Director of the UK architectural practice Nightingale Associates and Kieren Morgan, Global Health Leader for HASSELL. Kieren is a former Health Development Director at Nightingale. Colin and Kieren are already working with the other 13 HASSELL studios around the world to further strengthen our healthcare design practice.
HASSELL Bangkok sponsors Commonwealth Sundowners hosted by AustCham
The HASSELL studio in Bangkok continued their fourth year of sponsorship of the Commonwealth Sundowners, hosted by the Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) at the Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok on, 6 June 2012.
Sundowners is AustCham's monthly business networking event and rated as one of the top three most attended networking functions for Bangkok. The special Commonwealth Sundowners event invites members from the British, Canadian, Ghana, Hong Kong, Indian, Irish, Malaysian, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Singapore, South African and Sri Lankan Thai Chambers of Commerce. It is a great opportunity for members and guests of the Chamber to meet, network and exchange views in a social environment.
Look Shed on display at Light in Winter Festival
Never ones to miss participating in a Melbourne festival, our Young Designer group are back in action with an installation for Shed Light – part of The Light in Winter Festival on now at Federation Square.
Shed Light is a display made up of seven architect-designed installations. The HASSELL shed, aptly named Look Shed, offers visitors a secret place from which to view the world.
It uses natural light to reflect and refract views of the outside through a series of simple periscopes, encouraging the viewer to see the everyday in a different way through a series of viewing portals cut from the frame. Viewers will appreciate the beauty in the built form, the textural layering of the urban landscape and the history buried within a montage of glass and concrete.
As the city slowly morphs from day to night, Look Shed provides a different viewing experience. The periscope portals provide a source of light to the exterior as directional bursts of light come from within.
You don't want to miss this one.
The Winter in Lights Festival, A City of Melbourne initiative, is on from now until July 1st 2012 at Federation Square.
Visit the Shed Light website for information on installations and other activities.
HASSELL designed Qantas Domestic Terminal gets top billing
The HASSELL designed Qantas Domestic Terminal in Sydney has been named the best airport terminal in the world in the June 2012 issue of Monocle magazine.
In Monocle's "Transport Top 20", Editor in Chief Tyler Brule says Qantas "takes the prize as our favourite terminal for its simple design, quality materials and sensible scale". He also says the terminal "scores high for its well designed lounges, decent retail mix, smooth security and low lighting".
Tyler Brule was the Founding Editor of Wallpaper magazine and is a columnist for the London based Financial Times newspaper.
Tony Grist, Head of Architecture and now London Studio Leader at HASSELL, led the Qantas project, which was completed in 1999. “At the time our brief was to provide a timeless design that responded to its place with its materials palette, deliver efficient low maintenance facilities, and elevate the experience of travel beyond what was then available to passengers,” he said. “We were fortunate to have a client that had a strong vision, and was prepared to support the ideas that led to a successful outcome – some of which were groundbreaking at the time for Australia and have now become the norm around the world. We are honoured that such an influential journal as Monocle would recognise the building some 12 years later.”
HASSELL Helps define an urban future for western Sydney
Matthew Pullinger of HASSELL has played a key role in the development of a long term future for one of Australia's most run-down urban corridors. HASSELL was one of nine leading architects, landscape architects and urban designers involved in an Urban Taskforce Australia plan for Parramatta Road in Sydney, currently a hotchpotch of car yards, run down buildings and decaying infrastructure. The Urban Taskforce is a non-profit organisation set up by the property development industry as a forum for debate on the future of Australia's cities and the urban environment.
The Taskforce vision, published in its magazine Urban Ideas, is for the redevelopment of Parramatta Road into a new green, "liveability corridor". HASSELL developed a series of images showing how a wide range of transport infrastructure projects planned or under consideration by governments would help transform Parramatta Road, the major link between the centre of Sydney and Parramatta to the west.
"New transport links already under discussion include road, heavy rail, light rail and metro rail proposals," Matthew Pullinger said. "Transport infrastructure is essential to viable urban renewal, and the Taskforce work recognises this. Some of the new transport links would take vehicular traffic off the road and others would serve people living along it. The Parramatta Road corridor needs both if it is to become a vital, mixed use urban neighbourhood where people want to live and work."
The Urban Taskforce publication identifies 12 major development sites along the corridor that could kickstart the rebirth of Parramatta Road. HASSELL has designed a proposal for one of these sites, the Summer Hill Flour Mill, and a master plan for the adjacent McGill Street precinct. The flour mill includes an iconic set of silos next to a disused freight line that will soon become an extension to Sydney's inner west light rail line. The existing light rail from central Sydney to Lilyfield will be extended past Summer Hill to Dulwich.
Jon Hazelwood writes for UK Landscape Institute journal
Jon Hazelwood, Head of Landscape Architecture for HASSELL in the United Kingdom, discusses the highs and lows of building a new practice in a new market and the joys of design competitions in two articles in the latest issue of Landscape, the journal of the UK Landscape Institute.
HASSELL has had success in a series of major design competitions since it opened for business in the UK in 2011, and are working on a number of projects in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.
In the latest milestone, HASSELL was one of eight practices appointed to the London Legacy Development Corporation specialist panel of Landscape Architects. The eight companies will be invited to work on a range of projects, post Olympics, including the design of a new canal side park and landscape design guidelines for new neighbourhoods around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
HASSELL has studios in London and Cardiff and 12 others in Australia, China and Asia.
Peter Duncan interviewed by Wall Street Journal
HASSELL Chairman Peter Duncan was interviewed by Dow Jones Newswires about how prospects for China's construction market were improving.
In the interview, which was published in the Wall Street Journal, Peter said that HASSELL received an increased number of leads last month, with construction sites returning to life.
"Projects that were previously in limbo were suddenly back on track. We're getting many requests for proposals from local governments and developers, especially in North and Western China," said Peter. "We're expecting a lot of work in the months ahead in both major and smaller cities, especially in large-scale urban planning, infrastructure projects such as airports, and mixed-use developments."
Peter Duncan attends Australian Feature Day in Beijing
HASSELL Chairman Peter Duncan was one of the panellists at the Australian Feature Day in Beijing, an initiative organised by the Australian Government and supported by China's commerce ministry to promote a bilateral services trade.
Peter participated in the panel discussion on China's construction-related services industry, where he spoke about the opportunities in China for companies such as HASSELL and what we are able to offer.
As part of the China Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services, the event seeks to put Australian companies in touch with potential Chinese clients. Australian's Trade and Competitiveness Minister Craig Emerson was a guest of honour for the event.
Exciting structure rises at UQ Advanced Engineering Building
A massive 220 tonne timber roof structure has been lifted into place at the University of Queensland, a major milestone in the construction of the new Advanced Engineering Building.
It is the latest in a series of significant new buildings that showcase HASSELL leadership in the design of new teaching and laboratory facilities at top universities.
HASSELL Project Principal Mark Loughnan took these images of the new Advanced Engineering Building as the timber trussed roof structure was put into place above a new auditorium. The 500-seat auditorium is entirely constructed from timber columns and trusses and is glass enclosed. An adjustable blind system will control light and shade in the auditorium without losing the building's lakeside outlook.
The design of the new building is a joint venture by HASSELL and Richard Kirk Architects.
The Advanced Engineering Building will be a feature of a new engineering precinct at the University of Queensland's St Lucia campus that provides innovative spaces and blended learning laboratories for 3,600 students.
The new building will bring together staff and students from the materials engineering disciplines, currently based across four sites on campus and is due for completion in the first quarter of 2013.
The project has recently been awarded Green Star certification. Its features include:
_A mixed mode feature allowing the building to operate largely using natural ventilation to reduce the need for air conditioning
_Building-wide monitoring systems to track environmental performance
_Recycled materials such as wood, rubber and fibres incorporated into timber facades, flooring and various structures of the building
David Tsui presents at Architecture & Design conference in Hong Kong
David Tsui and Vivian Ai from the HASSELL Hong Kong studio attended the Architecture and Design conference this week. David, a Principal at HASSELL, was invited to participate in the panel discussion, along with other industry experts Giambattista Burdo, Partner, Oobiq Architects, Jules Kwan, Co-Founder, Space-Development and URBN Hotels and Resorts and Callum Bothwell, Regional Director, Confluence.
The panel discussed issues on team work and managing complex, mixed use projects, the art of compromise and how to retain design integrity and still be within budget as well as sustainable design and design built to last.
Ross de la Motte joins NSW Creative Industries Taskforce
Ross de la Motte, Managing Principal of the HASSELL Sydney studio, has been appointed to the New South Wales Government's Creative Industries Taskforce, a new industry-led body set up to develop strategies to drive growth, innovation and productivity in the creative industries sector.
"The new Creative Industries Taskforce brings together some of the State's best talent from a broad range of creative industries fields including film and television, fashion, publishing, the built environment, advertising, design and the performing arts," said NSW Deputy Premier, Andrew Stoner.
Ross de la Motte said he was pleased to be appointed to the taskforce to represent the disciplines within the built environment and contribute to plans for the long-term sustainability and growth of the creative industries in NSW.
The Creative Industries Taskforce will identify industry-led initiatives and government actions to support the State's creative industries. A draft report will be released in August, with the final 10-year development strategy, including two year and five year goals, to be presented to the NSW Government by September 2012.
Eoin Gladish wins AILA WA Future Leaders Award
Eoin Gladish, who works in the HASSELL Perth studio as a graduate Landscape Architect, was recently announced as the winner of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) Western Australia Future Leaders Award in the Graduate category. This award recognises achievement in design, planning, communications and research that is based upon the development of innovative, creative and practical solutions to landscape architectural challenges.
We are extremely proud to have Eoin working with us as he has contributed to a number of significant and varied projects and has been an integral member of the teams he has worked with.
Some of the most important projects Eoin has worked on include Exmouth Town Centre and Foreshore Master Plan, River of Life Kuala Lumpur International Design Competition and The Springs Riverdale Land Development.
HASSELL Principal Anthony Brookfield said Eoin had been nominated for his level of design ability, commitment to quality and ability to think laterally.
"At the core of our profession is the creation of spaces for people which is in tune with our aspirations to live sustainably with the natural systems of the planet. This is a daily challenge not just for landscape architects but for all of society," he said.
"Eoin understands that landscape architects have a role to play in this challenge. Issues relating to climate change, low carbon footprint development and respecting existing ecosystems and landscapes are key factors to consider in all our projects."
AILA WA juror Philip Palmer said Eoin demonstrated very high levels of achievement in design, documentation and graphic communication skills across a wide range of projects.
"The broad range of skills so enthusiastically applied in his work indicates that Eoin is a potential future leader in landscape architectural profession," he said.
"Furthermore, client references attest to a level of competence in project management that is unusual for such a recent graduate."
We would like to congratulate Eoin for his achievement and wish him all the best for the future.
William Chan exhibits at this year’s prestigious Vivid Sydney, Lights On! Festival
HASSELL student of architecture, William Chan was invited to exhibit his work, Palette of Urban Green at Vivid Sydney’s 2012 Lights On! festival, following the international competition held by Destination NSW.
Vivid Sydney is the largest celebration of light, music, ideas and film in the Southern Hemisphere, shining a spotlight on the creative industries and celebrating Sydney as the creative hub of the Asia Pacific. Attracting over 600,000 attendees so far in 2012, Vivid Sydney has now become one of NSW’s signature cultural events.
Lights On! is the centrepiece of Vivid Sydney, transforming Sydney into a magical wonderland of colourful lights and surprising adventures, with interactive lighting art sculptures and innovative installations which everyone can enjoy nightly, for free, throughout Sydney’s Circular Quay.
William’s Palette of Urban Green is an interactive urban forest created from five individual light sculptures using environmentally sustainable timber pallets to produce architectural towers that physically twist and mesmerise.
Energy efficient LEDs glow from the design to create an array of light and shadow. Using innovative high frequency and infra-red sensors, the light appears and disappears around the rotated sculptures to respond to movement.
From the recycled building materials to the reuse of the sustainable technology following deconstruction, Palette of Urban Green is a’ highly recyclable’ art installation.
HASSELL is proud to be the principal sponsor of William’s installation and support this prestigious event. We worked closely with William from concept to construction stages to ensure his project was realised. Supporting him financially and mentoring him through the process, we were able to introduce William to suppliers and contractors who offered their products, expertise and time. Evan Whiteside, one of our talented 3D visualisers created the imagery for the competition entry.
We kicked off Vivid Sydney, Lights On! festival with our own Red Room event last Friday night, William invited his sponsors and presented Palette of Urban Green’s concept and process, followed by a tour of his installation.
Palette of Urban Green will be located and exhibited nightly from 6pm in the Barney and Bligh Reserve, Circular Quay West.
Photography by Isaac Leung
HASSELL participates in Great Wall Marathon in Beijing
Over 30 HASSELL employees took part in this year's Great Wall Marathon in Beijing, which was held in May. This is the fifth year that HASSELL has sponsored employees in Hong Kong and mainland China to participate in the annual event, as part of our efforts to encourage a fit and healthy lifestyle. For example, an external instructor leads spinning classes twice a week in a specially built attic equipped with six stationary bicycles at the HASSELL Shanghai studio.
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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The building integrates teaching and research laboratories in addition to large scale manufacturing and civil engineering research laboratories. It will support various hydraulic, wind, materials and structural and advanced form processing laboratories within its program. The building also aims to act as a 'live learning hub' for students who will occupy the buildingAdvanced Engineering BuildingRead more
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