Hassell Studio, a Design Excellency of Australia – Known worldwide, Hassel is a leading international design practice with studios scatter around China, South East Asia and the United Kingdom. But Hassell was born in Australia, where the studio as some of its major projects! In fact, Hassell is part of Australian History, since it’s one of the oldest architectural and design studios of the country, having been founded in Adelaide, South Australia, in 1938.
But although its Australian origin, the Firm’s design values are shared globally across all the Hassell studios! All of the studios employ a highly skilled team of professionals whose main mission is to bring the power of design to life! The increasingly complex projects that clients bring demand a culture built on collaboration, creativity, and innovation in design thinking and delivery, and that’s why Hassell working process uses integrated design teams because they produce the best outcomes for the client.
This firm was ranked on several occasions as one of the largest architecture companies in Australia and one of the largest in the world. In terms of major accolades, the firm received the Australian Institute of Architects national awards for the Sydney Olympic Park railway station (1998), the VS1/SA Water building in Adelaide (2009), ANZ Centre in Melbourne’s Docklands and the railway stations of the Epping to Chatswood railway line (2010).
Renaissance Hotel at Zhongshan Park – An Example of Hassell’s Excelence
Renaissance Hotel at Zhongshan Park is a five-star hotel located in the heart of Shanghai, completed in December 2008. It is directly connected to a busy transportation hub that links various metro lines and provides easy access to the city’s major attractions. The 672-room hotel has been designed as a tranquil oasis from the surrounding urban metropolis attracting both business and leisure travellers.
The hotel occupies levels 24 to 59, above an eight-story shopping complex and a fifteen-story commercial center, offering panoramic views of the city’s skyline. The design of the hotel was inspired by the ‘Chinese flowers of the seasons,’ which feature in the adjacent Zhongshan Park. Elegant forms and rich colors reflect the local surroundings and create a stylish, comfortable and inviting hotel experience. Hollow cut-out images of the Chinese plum blossom are infused throughout the design of the first-floor entrance and the main Sky Lobby areas on level 25. The Chinese lotus flower concept permeates the design of the hotel’s restaurant and tea lounge areas, instilling an Asian flair with a touch of warmth and sophistication. The hotel has now become an iconic landmark in the city, visible from virtually all parts of Shanghai. The hotel aims to be the first of its class in the rapidly evolving Zhongshan Park district of Shanghai.