Scott Walker to present at Orgatec Trend Forum
Scott Walker, Head of Interior Design at HASSELL, will present at the Orgatec Trend Forum next month in Cologne, Germany.
The Orgatec Trend Forum features discussions about current themes related to the modern office environment. Experts from the fields of business, architecture, interior design, planning and consulting will be presenting examples of best practices from the modern office and working world.
Scott's talk, entitled "Workplace – a place in the landscape", will explore how the success of organisations in the future will be a direct reflection of their ability to respond to market forces. Of key importance is an organisation's ability to manoeuvre its teams around the fluent needs of an international community. It's becoming increasingly clear that workplace design is playing a key role in coping with the challenges facing organisational performance. Tomorrow's workplace must respond to the diverse way in which people live and balance their work and home lives.
Orgatec Trend Forum
23–27 October 2012
London studio recognised at World Architecture Festival
The HASSELL London studio has been recognised at this year's World Architecture Festival (WAF), with two projects from the studio shortlisted for awards.
Cronton Colliery and Route de Meyrin CERN Campus are in the running to win awards at the Festival, to be held in Singapore next week (3-5 October). The projects will be presented at WAF by Tony Grist, the Head of Architecture at HASSELL, who is now based in London.
Both projects demonstrate the strong Landscape Architecture capabilities of the London studio and the innovative conceptual work being produced by the team there.
HASSELL was one of four finalists shortlisted in the Royal Institute of British Architects competition to design a new visitor destination on a disused coal mine – the former Cronton Colliery at Knowlsey near Manchester. The HASSELL vision for the site is for a world class, sustainable park. At its heart is a new community and new connections to the surrounding countryside and its communities.
CERN is a cutting edge technology and research centre in Geneva, a place of 'firsts' and incredible discoveries. As such, it deserves to have a world first in public realm, and this was the inspiration for the design of Route de Meyrin – the streets and central square that bind and tie together the existing campus and its disparate collection of buildings and elements.
The HASSELL proposal 'de-clutters' the campus and reconstructs the public face of the site. There are two parts to the proposal – reconnecting CERN to its context by planting a small forest (BOIS CERN) and creating a central square which is effectively a clearing in the forest.
HASSELL has a total of ten projects shortlisted for awards at the World Architecture Festival.
_Route de Meyrin CERN Campus
Gearing up for 2012 World Architecture Festival
The 2012 World Architecture Festival (WAF) is set to start next week in Singapore, with over 1,750 architects from more than 60 countries due to attend one of the world's largest festivals.
Over 300 projects have been shortlisted for the WAF awards program, with HASSELL having one of the highest number of shortlisted projects at the event – ten.
In the running to win awards for HASSELL are:
_Common Ground Sydney
_Cronton Colliery Design Competition
_Dandenong Government Services Offices
_Man-Built Islands Dongqian Lake
_Route de Meyrin CERN Campus
_Shenzhen Affordable Housing Competition
_Tianjin Binhai Transport Interchange
Rob Backhouse, HASSELL Managing Director, and Mark Loughnan, Principal, are also representing the practice as judges at WAF. Joining them in Singapore will be seven other HASSELL people, who will be presenting their nominated projects.
Man-Built Islands Dongqian Lake
Celebrating PARK(ing) Day
HASSELL participated in the Adelaide edition of international PARK(ing) Day last week, with Ben Willsmore and Alex Hall from the Adelaide HASSELL studio both co-ordinators of the event, supported by Adelaide City Council.
PARK(ing) Day is a global event originating from San Francisco that calls on artists, designers and citizens to transform their city's metered parking spaces into temporary public parks. It is based on the idea that paying a parking meter is like 'renting' a public space – instead of parking a car, why not park something else.
"Overall the event was a success. We had even more parkers in Adelaide than last year's record number and we could see and feel the great impact the event had on the city," said Alex.
HASSELL exhibited a unique concept at PARK(ing) Day named Re-Do. Made of ice, the exhibit was set in traffic cone moulds and played on the parking and traffic theme.
The idea was to create something that would disappear by the end of the day, with the exhibit having as little impact on the environment as possible by being created from a non-permanent material.
"Re-Do was easily understood by the public who took great interest in the installation as it changed over the course of the day. It was great to see people leaving our park questioning...why do we always build with permanent materials?" said Alex.
Find out more about international PARK(ing) Day.
HASSELL is PARK(ing) in Adelaide this Friday
In what has become an annual tradition, HASSELL is participating in International PARK(ing) Day this Friday.
PARK(ing) Day is a global event calling on artists, designers and citizens to transform their city's metered parking spaces into temporary public parks. It is based on the idea that paying a parking meter is like 'renting' a public space – instead of parking a car, why not park something else.
Ben Willsmore and Alex Hall from HASSELL are both co-ordinators of the Adelaide PARK(ing) Day, which is supported by the Adelaide City Council. HASSELL will also be exhibiting a unique concept at the event.
"Our idea was to create something that disappears by the end of the day," said Alex. "We often use terms like reuse, recycle, reconstruct and retrofit in relation to sustainability, but these approaches still have a significant impact on the environment, as temporary structures are usually made from permanent materials. Our team thought – why not make our exhibit from temporary materials and minimise the impact on the environment."
The HASSELL exhibit, named Re-Do, is made of ice, set in traffic cone moulds - it's a play on the parking and traffic theme. The temporary ice exhibit will melt away by the end of the day.
Last year, there were 850 PARKs in 183 cities in 30 countries. Adelaide alone had 37 PARKs – the third highest number for any city in the world. The 2012 event is set to be even bigger and better.
"PARK(ing) Day encourages us to get creative, use our imagination and think beyond standard uses of city space," said Ben.
If you're in Adelaide on Friday 21 September, be sure to check it out.
Tony Grist presents at Cardiff Moving Forum
Tony Grist recently presented at a forum called Moving in Cardiff, organised by the Design Commission for Wales. His talk covered the area around Central Station and how the development of a transport hub can lead to the reinvention of a neglected part of the city fabric.
Tony's expertise in transport and urban design, the HASSELL integrated design approach, and the input of HASSELL Cardiff Studio, meant he was able to outline an integrated approach to the area balancing commercial interests, local heritage, strategic transport initiatives, and new approaches to urban typology in creating public spaces.
HASSELL presents leading university campus design
HASSELL will this week detail two of Australia's most innovative university campus design projects at the 36th Tertiary Education Management Conference to be held in Adelaide, Australia.
On Monday 17 September Mariano De Duonni will provide an insight into the unique student-led design story behind the new $42 million University of Adelaide learning space, Hub Central.
Mariano will present alongside University of Adelaide Programme Director Student e-Experience, Kendra Backstrom.
"Hub Central is a shining example of a student-led approach to design and reflects a fundamental shift in design for tertiary education," said Mariano.
"It responds to a move within higher education toward smaller teaching groups, more intimate group assignments, increased use of video streaming and less formal and face-to-face interaction," he said.
On Wednesday 19 September Mark Roehrs will present the University of Queensland's ambitious Global Change Institute project – one that targets zero energy, zero carbon and zero water.
The Global Change Institute will be one of the first buildings to seek certification in Australia under the Living Building Challenge sustainability criteria.
"This building marks a major shift away from the traditional building as a consumer of resources toward a new generation building that actually contributes toward environmental regeneration," said Mark.
We'll be tweeting from the conference - find us @HASSELL_Studio
HASSELL commitment to China
The long term commitment to China by HASSELL is recognised in a new report by the global management consultancy firm, the Boston Consulting Group.
HASSELL is one of 13 businesses profiled in the report, Imagining Australia in the Asian Century. All 13 "exemplify what it will take to claim an Asian future", according to Ross Love, BCG's Senior Partner and Managing Director.
"They are part of a vanguard of companies leading the way based on observable competitive advantages, understandable patterns of Asian needs and constant innovation of their customer proposition and business models," he wrote. "Above all, these companies share a vision of an interconnected future."
In 1991, HASSELL opened a Hong Kong studio by acquiring a local firm, EBC. We opened in Shanghai in 2003 and today employ over 250 people in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Beijing and Chongquin. We have won projects in some 30 Chinese cities.
In its profile of HASSELL, the BCG report says: "HASSELL has maintained its commitment to Asia since the early 1990s. Where other designers switched their focus to the Middle East after the Asian downturn of the late 1990s, HASSELL stayed the course in Asia. Its enduring commitment to China has been fundamental to understanding and gaining the trust of its Chinese customers."
The report says Asian clients value "local specialisation in concert with regional advantage – the ability to specialise a product or service to meet local preferences while offering regional capability."
Brookfield Place redefines the Perth city skyline
Brookfield Place Perth, designed by HASSELL and Fitzpatrick + Partners, was officially opened tonight in a project that transforms the Australian city's central business district.
Five years after design work began, the Governor of Western Australia, His Excellency Malcolm McCusker, and the Lord Mayor of Perth, Lisa Scaffidi, unveiled a plaque and declared the development open.
The development is fully built, owned and operated by Brookfield. The centerpiece is a 45 storey tower, home to 3,000 employees of BHP Billiton, who were previously located across 24 different sites. BHP Billiton occupies 60,000 square metres of workplace on 34 floors, all designed by HASSELL.
The building is a strong, substantial presence on the Perth skyline. It is a confident assertion of BHP Billiton's key role in the city and in the economy of Western Australia.
The tower utilises its structural elements to create a clear simple statement with a system of super sized trusses to control lateral movement clearly visible on the east and west elevations. Although it sits on a podium, the tower has been designed to be seen from a number of selected points by people walking around the building. Glazed lifts move up and down the northern façade, passing through the lower level podium to arrive in the lobby. They are clearly visible from the surrounding city streets, particularly at night.
The BHP Billiton workplace was based on a strategic brief developed for BHP Billiton by HASSELL and workplace consultants DEGW.
"We set out to design a high performance, flexible environment that supports mobility, change, communication and knowledge sharing," said Caroline Diesner, who led the HASSELL workplace design team on the project. "It also had to be somewhere people enjoy working. BHP Billiton employees have responded very positively."
The workplace levels have floor to ceiling windows, offering exceptional views, including across the Swan River to the south. Nearly all employees are within 10 metres of natural daylight. Many are connected by internal stairs that link the working floors. The "top deck" Level 45 is a communal floor open to all employees. It offers a wide range of different spaces for individual working, casual meeting spaces and video conferencing facilities as well as areas for people to relax or eat their lunch.
Despite the scale of the tower, Brookfield Place provides a pleasing human scale experience at ground level. The tower sits behind a row of meticulously restored heritage buildings on St Georges Terrace that had been boarded up for 25 years.
Bars and restaurants have taken over the heritage buildings and a series of alfresco spaces behind them. Bridging elements link those spaces to the HASSELL designed public realm that leads to the office tower foyer and a high quality food court. The result is a precinct that brings new life into the central business district.
"In Perth we have an indoor-outdoor lifestyle, but until now we didn't have it in the centre of the city," said Andrew Low, HASSELL Project Leader for Brookfield Place. "Bringing life back into the city and activating the precinct from day to night was very important. Brookfield saw that this development could do just that and we worked closely with them to realise this vision."
Images courtesy of Brookfield
Melbourne Airport Southern Precinct design unveiled
Melbourne Airport recently unveiled the HASSELL design for the planned development of the airport Southern Precinct at their annual stakeholder event. A team from the Melbourne and Sydney HASSELL studios has been working closely with the airport to plan the precinct and future landside movement of vehicles and people that will help realise the airport's vision of doubling passenger numbers in the next twenty years.
The first stage of the development comprises a new domestic terminal and pier, a new forecourt and multi-level transport ground interchange including a car park, all being designed by HASSELL. The scheme, designed to accommodate domestic airlines, looks to substantially improve the passenger experience.
The design by HASSELL for the new Terminal 4 will deliver an efficient operational mode and greatly enhanced retail opportunities. In addition, it offers further value by considering modular expansion and future integration with Terminal 3, therefore maximising all opportunities for shared security, check-in and baggage facilities and airside retail.
The terminal engages with the landscaped forecourt and the airfield whilst being commercially and amenity focused to align with the airport's business model. As such, this terminal is one of a new generation of hybrid facilities that is a platform for a variety of airline business models as well as providing an improved experience and amenity for passengers.
HASSELL hosts workplace tour for industry leaders
HASSELL Principals Steve Coster, Mariano DeDuonni and David Homburg last week hosted a group of commercial property industry leaders in Adelaide for a tour of two of Australia's exemplar projects, SA Water House and The University of Adelaide Learning Hub. These two projects represent best practice thinking in workplace strategy and design - SA Water House being an example of design influencing workplace culture and the University students affecting workplace change as the employees and employers of the future.
SA Water House, completed in 2008, is a winner of more than ten national sustainability and commercial architecture awards and saw a post-occupancy reduction in sick leave of 30 per cent after just one year. Bringing together separate business units into one organisational community via an open-plan environment was a key goal for the building's design. Staff were extensively consulted throughout the briefing and design phases and over 80% of all staff participated in this process.
The University of Adelaide Learning Hub was designed to transform the student experience; an ambitious learning and information space that represents the latest test bed self-learning environment for students. Since opening in October last year, it has redefined campus life to reflect the social, technological and educational expectations of an increasingly savvy student population. It also represents a prototype of the self organising workplaces of the future - a more organic and 'free-range' development of activity-based working.
The tour was part of an ongoing program of research and knowledge development HASSELL undertakes together with its clients and collaborators. For more information on either of these projects or future tours, please contact Karen Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org
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