The Stretton Centre designed by Hassell and led by former Hassell (now Baukultur) Principal David Homburg is about transitioning a community through the immense changes brought about by the closure of Holden’s factory in Northern Adelaide. Serving as both a community hub, a business centre and research facility, it has become a destination in the outer northern suburbs of Adelaide.
“The centre was named after one of Australia’s foremost public intellectuals, whose interest fittingly lay in town planning, housing, economics and social policy.
The approach taken during the strategic briefing process was a highly collaborative one using design thinking processes to build a shared vision and render that vision in spectacular built form.
The process was systematic and creative, providing leadership while enabling stakeholders to own the process and the outcome. This of course requires a deep commitment to listening in a respectful way which [was] displayed throughout the process.”
Professor John Spoehr, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research Impact and Director of the Australian Industrial Transformation Institute