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Gathering Place

Hassell Brisbane’s new Fortitude Valley ‘campus-style’ studio is all about collaboration.

Gathering Place


January 8th, 2009

The old Keating’s Bread Factory building in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley has undergone an extensive refurbishment to become Hassell’s newest addition.

The new pavilion is a sensitive addition to the brick structures that have evolved on the site over time – using bricks that match the colour and scale of those in the existing buildings.

Descibred as a ‘campus-style’ studio, central to the design is a large communal courtyard creating a “symbolic and physical gathering space”. The new building is a series of open-plan interconnected studio spaces.

Hassell Principal and Project Director, Kirsti Simpson, says the studio is “a collaborative building” and that “in both its production and occupation it will gather people together”.

The building’s open-plan design also creates the obvious benefits of cross-ventilation and allows natural light into the building. An addressable lighting system, water tanks and use of low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) materials add to the building’s environmentally friendly nature.

“HASSELL has grown substantially over the last three years, and with over 140 staff in Brisbane across the disciplines, we needed to find a new space to accommodate our team,” says Dennis Eiszele, Managing Principal Queensland.

“We have been strong advocates of the renewal of Fortitude Valley, through our recent work on the Fortitude Valley Urban Vision, and this studio move reflects our support of the changing face of the Valley.”

Project Details

HASSELL Project Team: Kirsti Simpson – Project Director, Troy King – Project Designer, Adrian Spence – Project Designer
Time to complete: 9 Months
Total Floor Area:
2,171 sqm


Photography by Dianna Snape



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