The East Newman Precinct Structure Plan (ENPSP) was recently recognised at the Planning Institute of Australia WA 2023 Awards for Planning Excellence for its collaborative and inclusive approach to working with Country.
Helping people navigate and understand how a place works involves careful consideration and planning to improve accessibility, orientation and connectivity, along with those intangible moments of magic that lift a space to cultural icon status visited the world over.
National interdisciplinary design practice Hames Sharley has promoted six team members into senior architectural and interior design roles, acknowledging their continued growth as built environment professionals and as leaders among their peers.
Hames Sharley Associate Director Yaara Plaves and Graduate of Architecture Sarah Burton were recognised at this year’s NAWIC SA Awards, a testament to the impact they are making both within Hames Sharley and the wider built environment industry.
As designers, we create retail centres that deeply consider site, context and sustainability to deliver a return on investment for our stakeholders. But many retailers, especially online retailers, are experiencing a fresh challenge – waste around returnable goods – and with it, new opportunities across the retail economy to refine what we do and how we work to bring us closer to zero waste. One solution is to optimise ‘reverse logistics’.
Australia is an urban coastal nation – we love the water and our well-known fascination with the beach and water is part of our cultural DNA. But despite the strong culture around water, recent figures reveal that drowning deaths are increasing. The infrastructure of public swimming pools is also fast approaching its use-by-date, meaning we’re falling short in meeting the contemporary and anticipated future needs of our communities. However, we believe design can help.
Convenience, accessibility and simplicity are at the heart of Hames Sharley’s design for the recently completed Dunreath Village, which provides thoughtfully planned amenity for locals, travellers and the broader Perth Airport community. Situated within the expanding Airport West precinct, the newly opened centre hosts anchor tenant Woolworths, Priceline Pharmacy and Sushi Hub, with a café and various pop-up vendors are poised to open later this year.
As a young child, Sarah experienced housing insecurity first-hand. She moved constantly with her loving family from a baby to young adulthood, moving into 15 different homes growing up in Adelaide. Every time she moved, Sarah would sit and draw the floorplan of her new home so she knew where to go and could start to feel at ease in her new surrounds. This started her path towards architecture, having experienced the criticality of a secure home, our sense of ‘place’ and the importance of our mental health as part of our life experiences.
Hames Sharley Senior Associate Alex Quin has been appointed to the role of Northern Territory Studio Leader, bringing his passion for creating meaningful connections to place through his empathetic leadership style.
The City of Darwin has awarded Hames Sharley the contract to deliver a masterplan for the revitalisation of Bundilla Beach, with the aim of enhancing liveability to create a world-class tourist destination.
Our wellbeing in the workplace is impacted by whether the built environment anticipates and meets our sensory needs.
The transformation of the Curtin University TL Robertson Library is now fully realised, marking a significant milestone for one of the leading university's largest and most historic buildings.
Generally, there are three elements to modern-day life – personal life, work life and lifestyle. Retail takes place firmly within the lifestyle element, becoming our ‘third space’ commodified as an experience rather than a product transaction.
As design facilitators, we draw inspiration from the world around us. We believe that design outcomes are stronger when we all work together, giving everyone a voice rather than designing in isolation. By applying this thinking to the public realm, the outcomes can be better than anyone expected – fresh spaces for people to find, discover, nurture, take care of and grow. What can we learn from our experiences and how can our industry do this better?
The key is starting with our understanding of the unique behavioural, cultural and psychological drivers we’re experiencing right now and how this may evolve in the future.
Hames Sharley is delighted to share that Rocky Bay Belmont has received development approval, making way for a new world-leading community-integrated hub that will respond to the changing needs of people living with disability and neurodiversity in Western Australia.
As part of our recent series of promotions we were delighted to announce Janine Graves as our latest Director, a move that bolsters the company’s leadership across the eastern seaboard.
Highly regarded leader and local South Australian design professional, Madeleine Steele, has recently been appointed to lead Hames Sharley’s Adelaide studio, further cementing the organisation’s position locally as one of Australia’s leading multi-disciplinary design consultancies.
We are proud today to announce a series of promotions, highlighting Hames Sharley's nation-wide stronghold of emerging and established leaders. “Moments like these are essential to our strategy and reaffirm our focus on being a future-thinking creative practice."
As Australia ramps up to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and the 2032 Olympics in Brisbane, new and existing multi-city sports infrastructure will cater for athletes competing and millions of spectators watching on the world stage. But what will happen to these spaces afterwards? And how can we learn from them to create healthy and thriving communities for the future?
Our Research & Development team recently applied Gehl’s Twelve Quality Criteria approach to the modern-day challenge of activating laneways. In fact, to one in particular, near 92 William Street in Perth.
Hames Sharley’s Research team recently discovered a potential link between aggressive behaviour in Emergency Departments and spatial design, paving the way for a re-think of how these spaces are designed for clinicians, patients, visitors and the broader community.
Last night as part of Perth Design Week, Engineers Australia hosted a showcase celebrating the outcome of the first ‘Design Engineer Construct’ program piloted in Australia. Hames Sharley was among the industry practices that hosted students from Cecil Andrews College as they completed a holistic design brief for a recording studio and performing arts centre located in the recently redeveloped Subi-East precinct.
Last night marked the official opening of ONE Subiaco by Blackburne – a landmark project that has become a catalyst for the rejuvenation of the inner-city suburb.
One of the country’s largest and most historic libraries has undergone a $90 million dollar transformation, with Hames Sharley and international partner Schmidt Hammer Lassen unveiling an innovative and considered people-centric design that charts a new path for major libraries in Australia and internationally.
Last night marked the much-awaited official opening of the Purruna Spencer Newton Centre; Scotch College’s new Wellbeing & Sports Centre. Hames Sharley, in conjunction with Scotch College, developed a very strong vision for the Centre – aspiring to ‘replace the old with the bold’ and seizing the opportunity to make a real connection between students, families and the broader community through the platform of wellbeing.
By the time the design and construction of a new hospital is completed in Australia, it may already be outdated due to a lack of flexibility and the rapid development of technologies and services. Design and construction limitations were highlighted during the pandemic, with a pronounced shift from face-to-face services to remote telehealth services. While telehealth services continue to grow as important tools for providing care to our growing population, who knows what’s coming next?
Hames Sharley is delighted to have been involved in the design of Nedlands Square development that received JDAP approval last week on behalf of our client Woolworths Group. The prominent site will be transformed into a dynamic town centre that will service the growing population of Nedlands, providing a full-line supermarket, specialty retail, a commercial office space and refurbishment of the iconic heritage-listed Captain Stirling Hotel.
Hames Sharley has once again placed in the World Architecture 100 (WA100); Building Design’s annual survey of the world’s largest architectural practices.
Hames Sharley's Head of Design Education in Practice, Professor Khoa Do, will be presenting a live webinar from Tokyo, Japan as part of Okamura's ‘Empower and Inspire Quality of Work Life’ seminar on 16 February. The session called 'Seen in a New Light' is a call to empower designers to lead others on the journey of discovery, rather than bear the burden of ideation in isolation.
Without immediate action, people, the planet, and infrastructure will suffer the consequences of dying biodiversity, loss of habitat, rising global temperatures, rising sea levels, food shortages, catastrophic natural disasters (droughts, floods, bushfires, etc.), and we will see a new phenomenon in our modern world: climate refugees. Architecture and design firms can play a critical role in adapting our communities to climate change.
The number of EVs linked into the grid will grow significantly over the next decade, which presents several key global challenges including meeting overall energy and power demands, developing ‘smart charging’ or vehicle-to-grid service from linked cars, and for designers; developing spaces designed with sufficient forethought surrounding flexibility and systems integration.
Rocky Bay has partnered with multidisciplinary design practice Hames Sharley to design a leading health and community hub in Belmont. Hames Sharley was selected following a competitive process with a number of leading design firms. Its proposal for Rocky Bay’s almost 2-hectare Belmont site showed a strong understanding of the organisation’s requirements and, aspiration to create an integrated community space.
Mental health issues can hit you out of nowhere. It could be an ordinary day, doing something you’ve done a million times before and then… WHAM. Out of nowhere, a panic attack comes and knocks the wind right out of you. Rendering you unable to move. Unable to breathe. And you have no idea what’s happening, let alone why.
The city laneway is often viewed as narrow, dark, lined with rubbish bins and vehicles parked on the verge, tagged with graffiti, and used only for transitionary foot traffic. They are characterised as potentially unsafe areas, especially at night and if the laneway has inefficient lighting.
There is potential in reactivating existing laneway infrastructure to create vibrant, active spaces that promote increased foot traffic to the buildings that back or open onto the laneway, as well as facilities and services on the streets at either end of the laneway.
Accessibility is a common theme when talking about design. This article states unequivocally that designers have an obligation to raise awareness of accessible design. Diversity in our community is an increasingly relevant factor in design matters in our centres.
To cultivate a ‘sense of place’, communities must plan for physical environments that are uplifting and memorable, and that generate a unique sense of belonging. A community also fosters a ‘sense of place’ by recognising and valuing its natural surroundings, views, landmarks, and traditions.
By thinking of a city as a living organism, as something that grows, consumes, produces, and nourishes, we can study and learn from its ‘heart and soul’, behavioural patterns, and complex functions for opportunities that will best support the city’s communities. This could involve reinvigorating dead city zones, creating inviting spaces, focusing on sustainable solutions, and providing facilities and amenities that benefit the needs of the public.
Positioning the Practice to meet growing demand for interiors and workplace projects nationwide.
National multi-disciplinary design practice Hames Sharley is delighted to announce the promotion of Lisa Azhar and Eloise Voss to Senior Architects, as the firm continues to invest in the professional development of its internal talent and future leaders.
Archives are valuable repositories of information to us at Hames Sharley, but you won’t think of it at first when the next batch of boxes are brought out: crumbling cardboard boxes with dusty files filled with yellowed papers held together by rusty staples and paperclips that crumble into bits as they are pried off. But take the time to go through each individual project file and decades of hard work and the character of a business begins to gleam from beneath 50 years of dust.
Do we rely too much on ‘peak trading times’ – Christmas, Mother’s Day, Easter and so on? Are ‘quiet times’ simply unavoidable and just part of everyday shopping habits? What if those ‘quiet times’ could become busier? How can design and tenant mix change trading patterns?
Multi-disciplinary design practice Hames Sharley was honoured to receive the ‘Peter Hunt Memorial Architects Award’ at the Master Builders WA Excellence in Construction Awards.