Product Design + Sculpture

Nanning City Gateway

Nanning, China
Nanning Administration Bureau of Planning
Project 2000 – 2002

The Nanning Gateway is a strong statement for visitors travelling into the city from the airport.

Viewed while pulling away from toll gates, the design presents a pair of monumental sculptural flowers flanking the freeway.

Proceeding along the route one of the flowers deconstructs into a series of petals projecting from the embankment to the right.  It is revealed to be an optical illusion, an assembly formed from the precise visual alignment of separate elements spread over several hundred metres.

This transformation of static sculptures changes the gateway into a dynamic space/time experience, exploiting the unique opportunities available to the moving observer.  This approach is quite different from what would apply to a static installation.  Each petal is nonetheless an individual sculpture in its own right, constructed from coloured, perforated metal panels so that it is partially transparent and creates a sense of movement from the moire patterns formed by the perforations.

Melbourne Gateway / Sound Tube / Bolte Bridge

Melbourne, Australia
Transurban CityLink
Project 1995 – 1999

Bold in scale, abstract in form and brightly coloured, this composition of sculptural urban gestures makes a memorable end to the journey from Melbourne’s international airport to the city.

The Gateway itself is a powerful and dynamic salute welcoming visitors, best read at the speed of a moving car.  From the northern approach, what appears as a closed-off red wall quickly reveals itself as a giant ‘picket fence’ of 39 red sticks, a permeable screen of sculptural elements.  A raked yellow beam cantilevered 70 metres over the roadway, is a symbolic archway – the modern equivalent of the universal boom gate in the up position.

The Sound Tube, a dramatic and elegant solution to noise control, is a stylised visual and acoustic screen, enclosing an elevated structure within a 300 metre long steel-framed ellipsoid tunnel.

The visual composition of the Bolte Bridge consists of two simple gestures: a blade leaping across the river, and two slender silver sticks, 120 metres high.

 

1999 RAIA National Special Jury Award for the Most Outstanding Works of Architecture

1999 RAIA Victorian Chapter – Commendation Urban Design

National Gallery Centrepiece

Melbourne, Australia
National Gallery of Victoria
Competition 1986

In 1986, Denton Corker Marshall won first prize in a competition run by the National Gallery of Victoria to design a silver table centrepiece.

The design explores the contemporary centrepiece as an organising element for a table setting.  It consists of three thin parallel tubular wedges in silver, 1,200mm long, supporting a tray and various abstracted forms made from sheets of silver plate and anodised aluminium.  A vase and salt and pepper pots are incorporated, and the base can support a range of other items.  The silver wedges, inlaid with a grid of flush monel dots, rest on randomly strewn coloured aluminium sticks.

The result is an architectural object of poetic shapes and cantilevering sculptural forms, rather than a recognisably domestic one.  It is part of the National Gallery of Victoria’s permanent silverware collection.

Tianjin Dong Jiang Docklands Gateway

Tianjin, China
Project 2011

Alessi Presto Coffee Cup + Spoon

Melbourne, Australia
Project 2005

E-Tag Design

Melbourne, Australia
Project 2004

Alessi Tea + Coffee Towers

Melbourne, Australia
Project 2001 – 2003

Edra Chair + Table

Melbourne, Australia
Project 1998

Adelphi Hotel Furniture

Melbourne, Australia
Project 1994 – 1995

Australian / Hellenic Memorial

Canberra, Australia
Competition 1986

Other Product Design + Sculpture projects include:

The Australian Chair
Melbourne, Australia
Project 1989 – 1990

Naval Memorial Anzac Parade
Canberra, Australia
Competition 1984

Denton Corker Marshall | DCM Architects