HASSELL has attracted international attention for its visionary sustainable design ideas at the World Architecture Festival (WAF), held between 3 – 5 October. HASSELL took away three awards and a commendation, the most of any participating design firm.

HASSELL projects dominated the ‘future projects’ categories, with the practice winning awards for projects that address sustainable design challenges in both the Australian and Chinese context.

“It is great to have our work recognised on the world stage amid such competition. It is testimony to both our talented designers and the trust placed in us by fantastic clients,” said Rob Backhouse, Managing Director of HASSELL.

A series of ‘Man-Built Islands’ envisaged by HASSELL for Dongqian Lake in Ningbo, China, won the Future Projects – Experimental Category. The concept, which uses waste material from the dredging of a reservoir to construct man-made islands attracted praise from the judges as “a clearly realisable experiment with the ability to be more widely applied.”

The HASSELL proposal for ‘Perry Park’, a sports and recreation centre on a park and wetland site outside Sydney won the Future Projects – Competition Entries category. The proposal details a series of buildings and sports facilities, including a sports hall with a plywood frame and polycarbonate roof. The judges thought the project showed “a sensitive and appropriate use of materials and architectural vocabulary that contributes to a sense of place.”

The ‘Tianjin Binhai Transport Interchange’ won the Future Projects – Infrastructure category for HASSELL. The Tianjin Binhai Transport Interchange will create a connection between a high-speed rail network and three metro lines and will feature raised gardens along one edge. The judges commented that “the structures are humanised and create spaces which are full of light and cleverly landscaped.”

Common Ground, an affordable Housing project in inner-Sydney received a High Commendation in the Houses category.  Common Ground recently achieved a Five Star Green Star sustainability rating – the highest sustainability rating awarded to an apartment project in New South Wales.

Shanghai-based HASSELL Chairman, Peter Duncan, noted that HASSELL is extremely honoured to have been shortlisted for ten awards at the Festival.

“The awards are a recognition of our depth and range of expertise and affirmation of HASSELL as a design firm that’s global in outlook and local in touch,” said Duncan. “We will continue to apply our collaborative, cross-disciplinary design approach to bring holistic solutions to our clients and projects.”

“The winning projects are in categories spanning competition entries, experimental and infrastructure, a reflection of the calibre, depth and range of our work,” said Mr Duncan.

This year’s success marks HASSELL’s best showing in the annual competition, and builds on the Overall Award – Interiors and Fit Out, that was awarded to the ANZ Centre in Melbourne at WAF in 2010.

This year’s festival has brought together over 1,750 architects from more than 60 countries. The three day event which winds up today has seen a wealth of networking opportunities and seminars as well as presentations from the 301 shortlisted entries.