Scape Swanston

Melbourne, Australia
Project 2014 – 2018

Located at the gateway to the city’s academic precinct, Scape Swanston has Australia’s leading universities at its doorstep.  Occupying two street frontages, one on Swanston Street and the other on Little La Trobe Street, the building is also within close proximity to Melbourne’s prime retail facilities and public transport networks.

The main student accommodation facades are designed as a collection of uniform ‘pods’, separated by a distinctive corner treatment comprising a stack of large boxes, some of which have shifted.

The 47-storey building encompasses 754 student apartments over 45 levels; an upper level roof terrace; a common amenity area on the first floor including social / breakout spaces; a shared kitchen / dining area; and a ground floor café and retail outlets. On level 38, students have access to high-tech IT facilities, a gymnasium and laundry amenities. Bicycle hire is also be available along with parking for 157 bicycles.

Scape Carlton

Melbourne, Australia
Project 2018 - 2022

Scape 558 Swanston Street is located just north of Melbourne’s CBD in Carlton. The project is situated within walking distance from RMIT University, the University of Melbourne, the State Library and Melbourne’s premier shopping precinct and is well connected to the train and tram networks.

The building comprises ground and mezzanine levels containing retail and communal spaces, and a 13 level tower with 351 rooms.

Scape CUB Carlton

Melbourne, Australia
Project 2017 – 2021

Scape CUB occupies the north west corner of the newly developing CUB precinct on the edge of Melbourne’s central business district.  Situated between The University of Melbourne and RMIT, the building accommodates 753 student apartments across 22 levels.

The ground plane on all three sides of the site is activated by retail and commercial units, with a 15 metre wide covered wintergarden to the south providing external dining and leisure opportunities.

Large communal areas include shared kitchen / dining, breakout spaces, cinema and gym.  External terraces wrap the building at the base and top of the podium, with an additional 12 x 12 metre cut-out mid podium, creating a unique outdoor student experience.

Scape Franklin Street

Melbourne, Australia
Project 2016 – 2022

Scape Franklin Street is located on the northern edge of Melbourne’s CBD.  Sited on the doorstep of RMIT, the site enjoys a short walk to The University of Melbourne, the State Library, and Melbourne’s premier shopping precinct.

The building is well connected to major public transport train and tram networks, including State Library Station, currently under construction.

With 812 student apartments and 139 short stay apartments over 41 levels, the building comprises a nine level podium of 10,000m² PCA grade A commercial floor space.

A new landscaped western laneway creates a pedestrian network linking Franklin Street with A’Beckett Street, directly activated by 300m² of retail space.

Holland Village

Competition 2018

Denton Corker Marshall was engaged by Lendlease to lead a masterplan concept for extending Holland Village, a much loved local destination in Singapore.  An innovative approach to placemaking created an enriching and diverse village character, through a collaboration with a diverse group of local design partners – a ‘Village of Architects’.

A residential haven incorporating 490 apartments was designed across two towers of varying height, each more than 30 levels, and a low-rise block defining the key street edge.  Warm and friendly, authentic materials including timber and concrete were used extensively throughout the design.  The proposal responded strongly to the Singapore image of a ‘City in a Garden’.  The ground plane was designed collaboratively with a leading local landscape practice to be a ‘fenceless’ e-deck / recreation deck solution, utilising terracing and lush landscape to provide privacy and a friendly public interface.  Communal rooftops and terraces contributed to garden spaces, and vertical greening was provided through extensive use of planted green walls.  The project was designed to meet Singapore Green Mark Platinum standards.

Nickel + Dime

Manchester, United Kingdom
Project 2016 – Current

The Nickel + Dime twin tower residential development forms part of the masterplan of a major regeneration site in Manchester, located adjacent to the acclaimed commercial and residential quarters of Spinningfields and Castlefield.

The new development will create a unique city centre neighbourhood which will become a place to live, work and play as well as, a location for enterprise and innovation, culture, entertainment and leisure.

Each residential tower contains 305 apartments over 33 floors.  Extensive amenity facilities for the residents include main lobby areas with concierge service; co-working lounges incorporating meeting rooms; private dining rooms; gym; media rooms and roof terraces.  Retail and food and beverage outlets with outdoor seating are integrated into the ground floor, further activating the development and surrounding public realm.

Both towers have been designed as simple, distinctive sculptural forms that sit perpendicular to each other and visually form a pair.  The overall appearance is of smooth glass blocks enclosed on three sides with perforated metallic wraps.

188 Vulture Street

Brisbane, Australia
Project 2015 – 2018

188 Vulture Street, South Brisbane, is a student accommodation development located in close proximity to the vibrant South Bank precinct.

With three street frontages on Vulture, Merivale and Tribune Streets, the building contains 783 student apartments over 12 to 15 levels.

The building provides students with superior accommodation and amenities including a gymnasium, laundry, high-tech IT facilities and bicycle racks for 392 bicycles.

Additional amenities include social / breakout spaces, quiet study areas, outdoor terraces and a shared kitchen / dining area, creating a community environment for students.

The visually expressive architectural solution responds to Queensland’s sub-tropical climate with expressed shading fins.  The form consists of two buildings sitting on street edge bases, with setback taller blocks connected by a unique green bridge link.

22 Newport Road

Cardiff, United Kingdom
Project 2016 – Current

22 Newport Road is a 464 bedroom student residential development, located on a city centre site adjacent to many of Cardiff University’s academic buildings.

The brief required high quality student accommodation with a combination of cluster flats and studio style rooms, and an exceptional level of study and amenity space, to create one of the most desirable student residences in the city.

The massing of the building is visually broken down into a collection or mini-cluster of four distinct blocks.  The blocks step in height across the length of the site, from the lowest at 10-storeys to a central core block at 32-storeys, giving the overall development a slender and elegant profile.  This architectural approach is enhanced through the use of different cladding colours on individual blocks, with deep reveals or re-entrants between them.

The ground floor has two retail / commercial units and the main student entrance activates the surrounding streetscape.  The first and second floors incorporate extensive communal study and amenity areas including a media room, gym, quiet room and laundry.

Trinity Riverside

Manchester, United Kingdom
Select Property Group
Project 2015 – Current

Trinity Riverside is the companion scheme to Trinity Riverview, overlooking the river walkway while turning to face Calatrava’s Trinity Bridge.  The 16-storey block includes 188 apartments and associated amenity areas on the ground and first floors.

Riverside maintains the architectural language of Riverview, visually connecting the two buildings visually and establishing a distinct identity for the overall scheme.  The facade of silver metallic panels continues the architectural expression of a solid billet of steel and incorporates natural anodised aluminium fins for vertical emphasis.

The ground floor residents’ reception and lobby area sits on a stepped, landscaped plinth and look down across the river.  A cafe / retail unit located on a prominent south facing corner of the building, incorporates outdoor seating on the new public realm which will further activate the surrounding cityscape.

Trinity Riverview

Manchester, United Kingdom
Select Property Group
Project 2015 – Current

Trinity Riverview is a 35-storey residential tower located on New Bailey Street, next to the listed Albert Bridge which links Manchester City Centre with Salford, across the River Irwell.

The building incorporates 318 apartments with associated resident amenity areas.  The site’s highly prominent gateway location required a building of exceptional design quality.  A simple architectural form expressed as a single billet of steel was proposed, using silver metallic panels throughout the facade and natural anodised aluminium vertical fins to emphasise the slenderness of the massing.

The first three floors are set back from the street to draw views through to the river and to create an opportunity to incorporate four triple-height, free-standing columns, dramatically signalling the main entrance to the scheme.

A residents’ private dining room and additional amenity areas are arranged in a roof-top box that extends out beyond the main building facade line

502 Albert Street

Melbourne, Australia
Project 2012 – Current

502 Albert Street is a 20-storey luxury apartment building comprising 103 serviced apartments, four luxury apartments to the upper levels, pool and gym facilities, café and lobby.

Located in East Melbourne on the edge of the grid the 11,950m² building is close to Melbourne’s prime cultural, entertainment, sporting and retail facilities.

The building occupies two street frontages along Albert Street to the south and Evelyn Place to the west.  It sits at the rear of two heritage buildings with its southernmost façade set back 18.5 metres from the Albert Street frontage.  It is articulated as a series of three vertical rectangular blocks, tiered up from the street in small increments to locally conceal the rear volumes.

The complex is designed to provide sustainable design solutions in accordance with the Melbourne City Council Sustainable Design Guidelines.

Yantai City Plaza, Stage Two

Yantai, China
Sunshine 100
Project 2010 – Current

Located in Yantai city centre, Yantai City Plaza creates a new urban neighbourhood with high density residential and a mix of retail, entertainment, commercial and recreation facilities.

Built over two stages, the redevelopment is focused on a series of highly activated laneways and a central pedestrian atrium street.

Stage two, currently in design, comprises 60,000m² of retail space over four levels above ground and 21,000m² in a retail basement.  The design comprises eleven blocks accessed via a network of pedestrian lanes.  At the centre of these blocks, a major north south spine or pedestrianised main street links the development.  Above, 200,000m² gross floor area is accommodated in four residential towers, the tallest being 200 metres high.

181 Ferrars Street

Melbourne, Australia
Emery Properties
Project 2013 – 2017

Located at the edge of the Montague Urban Village, 181 Ferrars Street sits between the new Fisherman’s Bend Precinct and the old character filled residential areas of South Melbourne.

The 20-storey apartment building in a podium / tower arrangement, comprises 106 apartments, café, retail and small business support centre, including provision for 42 cars and 39 bicycle spaces.  A pedestrian link offers an important public amenity providing connection between Ferrars Street and Railway Place, together with access to the light rail station.

The building is conceived as a simple, elegant form composed of a well-proportioned concrete frame, in-filled with glazing.  Balcony spaces are set into the building, behind the face of the infill glass, allowing a clean building form for the podium and the tower.

Each of the six apartments per floor is designed to ensure that every bedroom has direct access to natural light.  Approximately two thirds of the apartments are afforded dual aspect, increasing access to natural light and allowing cross ventilation.

Darling Square, Stage One

Sydney, Australia
Lend Lease
Project 2012 – 2017

The first stage of the Darling Square residential precinct in Darling Harbour, Sydney comprises a 25, a 40 and an eight-storey apartment tower.

A shared podium with a landscaped roof and timber-clad low-rise block, fronts the new public square and boulevard.

The podium incorporates retail space and tech start-up tenancies at ground level to enliven and activate the streetscape.  Carparking is sheathed by residential apartments within the podium.

The South West Plot delivers 538 apartments capturing premium views of the harbour and city.  All the units in the 40-storey tower were released in June 2014 and sold out in one day.

Toorak Park

Melbourne, Australia
Lend Lease
Project 2011 – 2017

Toorak Park includes 448 one, two and three bedroom apartments along with 18 four bedroom townhouses.

The large scale development is broken down into 16 buildings to create an urban village on the 2.5 hectare site within Melbourne’s highly sought after middle ring.

Building heights range from four, through eight to 12-storeys.  The architecture is defined by the massing of buildings, with taller square blocks linked by infill connecting wings.  Tall blocks are orientated at 45 degrees to each other, creating variation in façade orientation, height and ground plane definition.  The building facades reinforce the massing as a finely detailed overlay to the forms.  Corner balconies provide lightness and transparency to the edges of the mass.

A public plaza, the civic heart of the project, will draw pedestrian movement through the site from Toorak Station.  A central green will provide a secondary, public pedestrian link from the plaza.

Australian Embassy, Jakarta

Jakarta, Indonesia
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Competition 2009 | Project 2009 – 2016

Selected in a limited design competition, the Australian Embassy complex houses the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and 13 other government departments and agencies.

The complex comprises Chancery, Executive Residence, 32 staff accommodation units, clinic and recreational facilities, compliant with mandated security.

The Executive Residence is a two-storey building composed of a series of interlocking blocks which expressively articulate the façade with patterns of light and shade.

The staff residences are developed as two undulating two-storey buildings with grass roofs.  Set within a private and secure garden setting, the individual houses are stepped in and out to provide identity and articulation to the frontages.  Each home is clearly identifiable by individual cladding pattern, colour and abstracted graphic pattern.

85 Spring Street

Melbourne, Australia
Project 2013 – 2015

85 Spring Street sits at the heart of Melbourne’s top end, overlooking the Treasury Gardens and Parliament House – midway between the traditional business end of Collins Street and the historic Hotel Windsor.

A tall, slender glass shaft defines the eastern Spring Street façade, articulated with balconies, winter gardens and panoramic windows.  This clear glass treatment opens up the face of the building to embrace and ‘breathe in’ the spectacular green visual experience of the Gardens and distant views of the Dandenong Ranges.

The building address is defined by a fritted white glass cube hovering above the pavement, providing subtle yet dramatic presence and a light-filled entry.

Beyond the glass shaft, the building shifts to the quieter language of horizontal zinc-faced plates defining each floor level, in-filled with panels of glazing and a series of metal-faced panels in a composition of mid to dark zinc tones.

University of Queensland Student Housing

Brisbane, Australia
University of Queensland
Competition 2014

A limited design competition for 820 student housing units on the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus.

The complex comprises linear hillside terraces and efficient central core apartments.  A range of 16 housing types provides affordable, economical housing choices.  Simple rectilinear and orthogonal forms accommodate the modular unit types, enabling long term flexibility and adaptability.

A central urban village is created providing a strong sense of community and encouraging social mix in a neighbourhood and campus hub.

Unique sky gardens create landscaped indoor / outdoor environments that capitalise on natural ventilation and solar access.  Each contains multiple social interaction spaces encouraging student collaboration and wellbeing.

Barangaroo South Residential Towers

Sydney, Australia
Lend Lease
Competition 2014

An invited international design competition for a prestigious residential towers project in Barangaroo South, set between the Casino and the commercial precinct.

The development comprises 750 units in three towers of 250, 210 and 107 metres in height.

A rectilinear design concept proposed the façade as a ‘clear glass’, crystal-like surface for visual transparency (both externally and from within), lightness and clarity.

It expresses the volume as three ‘impossibly’ slender vertical glass billets, concealing the bulk within.  The towers are expressed as clear, simple but powerful forms which highlight a singular idea, ensuring they stand apart as iconic and memorable structures within the complexity of forms of adjacent buildings and within the city as a whole.

Zhongkun Vineyard

Beijing, China
Beijing Zhongkun Investment Group
Project 2010 – 2012

Located north of Beijing near the Great Wall of China, this exclusive vineyard resort is a premium development in all respects.

The 100 hectare site sits in rural land sheltered by a mountain range.  A gradual approach along an 800 metre avenue heightens the sense of arrival.

The expressive gesture is of long walls with sticks on top, and a skewed metal tube resting jauntily on the sticks.  The buildings are configured to follow the land contours.  Submerged into the landscape, they come into view as a succession of stack stone walls.

The resort comprises a state-of-the-art winery, cellars, wine tasting facilities and related tourism facilities: art gallery, premium quality restaurants, day spa and conference venue.

Stage one includes 33 luxury clubhouse villas, each with a generous floor plan of some 1,500m², and a 6 Star, 60 suite boutique hotel.

View Hill House + Vineyard

Yarra Valley, Australia
Project 2010 – 2011

Set on top of a small hill, the house overlooks a 32 hectare vineyard on a 60 hectare property with views across the entire Yarra Valley.

The simple proposition of two long metal tubes presents as a striking piece of sculpture.  A corten tube rests on the ground; another, in matt black aluminium, sits somewhat precariously on top at right angles, cantilevering six metres and nine metres at the front and back.  The tubes are precisely aligned north / south and east / west.  Viewed from above, the house – sited next to a trigonometric point – is an asymmetrical cross marking the cardinal points of a compass.

The inside is formed by the minimalist aesthetic that shapes the exterior.  A second skin of grey-green stained strand board lines the interiors.  White boxes break the internal volume into bedrooms and offices on the ends, and living space in the middle.  Double glazed windows in the sides and ends of the long metal tube are concealed behind perforated panels.  A large, north-facing, side of the corten box lifts up in three sections to create a sunshade across the 10 metre wide glazing to the central living area.

2012 Athletes’ Village

London, United Kingdom
Lend Lease
Project 2007 – 2011

The Olympic Development Authority in association with Lend Lease selected Denton Corker Marshall from a panel of eight to design this signature project: Plot No. 1 of 12 athletes’ residential plots for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Located on a high profile site in Stratford with prime views over Regent’s Canal to Canary Wharf and the City of London, the project contains eight blocks of 288 two and three bedroom apartments of market and premium standard.

The apartments have been designed for temporary accommodation purposes, but after initial use were able to be re-fitted for private sale as high quality residential properties close to central London.

Denton Corker Marshall prepared the design in accordance with the guidelines set for all 12 Plots, and worked through the Olympic Delivery Authority’s continuous review panel process.

Plot No. 1 achieved the highest overall sustainability score across the entire Athletes’ Village.

Chongqing International New Town

Chongqing, China
Beijing YinXin GuangHua Real Estate Development
Project 2003 – 2010

A new urban centre on the Yangtze River facing the Chongqing central business district designed to service the growing inner urban population.

The development comprises 1,200,000m² living, office, retail and leisure space with around 12,800 apartments.

By 2010 around 690,000m² gross floor area was completed in various stages to Denton Corker Marshall’s design.

Yantai City Plaza, Stage One

Yantai, China
Sunshine 100
Project 2006 – 2010

Located in the city centre, Yantai City Plaza create a new urban centre with a mix of retail and entertainment uses, with high density residential, commercial and recreation facilities.

To be built over two stages, the redevelopment is focused on a large central urban space with a sunken plaza.

Stage one includes 24,000m² of retail space located in a four level podium, with two residential towers above containing 552 apartments.

The Kuningan Place

Jakarta, Indonesia
PT Kemuliaan Megah Perkasa
Project 2005 – 2010

The Kuningan Place is a three tower development consisting of two apartment buildings, one named Infinia and the other Ultima, and an office tower named Lumina.

The development also consists of a 1,200 seat auditorium.

Shenyang International New Town

Shenyang, China
Shenyang Sunshine 100
Project 2004 – 2008

A multi-unit residential development of 4,600 apartments along the Hun River in Shenyang International New Town.

The development which also includes retail and recreational facilities, was constructed in multiple stages.  Stage one included nine towers and 17 slab blocks on a development area of 240,000m².  Stage two included five towers and four slab blocks on an area of 200,000m² while further stages envisage a 200 metre high tower.

Strong colour on simple clean forms imparts identity to individual blocks.  Vibrant staggered grids screen the exterior solidity of the taller towers.  The towers are distinguished by randomly stacked frames producing a three dimensional reading to the façades.


Zinc House

Melbourne, Australia
Project 1999 – 2010

A sophisticated house blending art, high design and one family’s dignified living aspirations.

Ingeniously integrated with factory remnants and level constraints on the site, the new building is a strong yet respectful neighbour in its inner urban precinct.  The simple austere grey cement façade hints at the first use of zinc deployed in the blade screen that stretches across a large horizontal aperture.

From the front door onwards it is the dextrous use of zinc which permeates throughout, softening the other palette of concrete floors and plaster.  A section of thick zinc-clad wall pivots to allow access through an art gallery and living space, to the more private spaces of the house.  Art and family living merge and flow throughout.

In the absence of traditional domesticity, Zinc House expresses a coolly ordered calm.  It is architecture of unpretentious substance, restraint and refinement.


2011 AIA National Award for Residential Architecture – Houses

2011 AIA (VIC) Award for Residential Architecture – Alterations and Additions

Medhurst House

Yarra Valley, Australia
Project 2002 – 2008

Medhurst House comprises a simple steel framed glass box cantilevering over the landscape to maximise views of the vineyard.

Two thin rectangular plates – roof and floor – lay into a gentle rise above the vineyard stretching down to the road.  Each plate is 50 metres long and 11 metres wide.  Their singularity and clarity are reinforced by deep setbacks – two metres on the front and rear, and five metres on the cantilevered projection to the external wall.

Defined by black concrete walls, the lower level contains entry, car-parking, wine cellar, tasting room, study and guest bedrooms.  The upper level – conceptually a single space – contains master bedroom, living, dining, kitchen and second bedroom.

A floor-to-ceiling double-glazed wall with sliding external doors extends the full length of the house, and opens onto an upper level terrace stepping down to an outdoor swimming pool.


2008 AIA (VIC) Award for Residential Architecture – Houses

2008 AIA National Commendation for Residential Architecture – Houses

Harbour Lights

Cairns, Australia
Honeycombes Property Group
Project 2003 – 2007

A contemporary landmark residential development on the Cairns waterfront including 200 apartments, managed apartments, swimming pools, restaurant, retail and café facilities.

The 12-storey apartment building reflects a far north Queensland imagery, without resorting to cliched stereotypes.  The building consists of a three level podium with nine levels set back above it.  The tower is arranged in a triangular configuration, with open corners surrounding a large central open-air atrium.

The unique design responds to the climate by integrating the ESD principles fundamental in the tropics.  These include outdoor living terraces, deeply shaded windows, adjustable sun screens and natural cross ventilation to all apartments.

Glass and slatted panels express a lightweight, almost delicate appearance which belies the building’s scale and volume.  With its shaded façade, it forms an impressive yet subtle background to the white yachts and powerboats of the harbour.  It sits as a recessive calm form on the waterfront.

Tube House

Melbourne, Australia
Project 2007 – 2008

Tube House comprises three tubes stacked on top of one another, each containing different spatial uses.  Ground floor for living and eating, first for sleeping and washing and top for working and thinking.

The tubes are stepped on one side in response to planning requirements and stagger in length in response to set backs and shade and shelter provision.

The uppermost tube is 13 metres long.  It encompasses a single 2.4 × 2.4 × 11 metre space.  The 4.4 metre wide central tube cantilevers to protect the carport and front and rear entry and courtyard.  Open at the ends, the tubes accept maximum light and direct views.  Largely closed sides deal with fire rating and overlook.

Both tubes maintain a consistent integrity, having their own uniform materials and colour – one pre-coloured metal; the other post-coloured compressed / natural timber.  A series of skylights, subtle interplays of light and space maximise the internal spatial experience within the constraints of the 125m² site.

2008 AIA (VIC) Award for Residential Architecture – Houses

2008 AIA National Award for Residential Architecture – Houses

Euro City Plaza

Nanning, China
Beijing YinXin GuangHua Real Estate Development
Project 2001 – 2007

A large urban renewal initiative located on the principal boulevard of Nanning.  The development comprises 210,000m² of residential, retail, commercial, hotel and recreational facilities.

The basic structure of the site is formed by three main axes, which break the development into three clusters:

Stage one: low scale slab blocks arranged around an elevated concourse to the north;

Stage two: retail and SOHO podium enclosing a central plaza with four towers to the west; and

Stage three: retail and SOHO podium with four towers in a linear arrangement with a landscaped plinth to the east.


2002 Ministry of Construction Excellence in Design Award

Distillery Hill

Sydney, Australia
Lend Lease
Project 2001 – 2004

Distillery Hill at Jacksons Landing is a residential development of two towers with adjacent terrace housing in Pyrmont, looking out towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The 19-storey Distillery Tower comprises 95 apartments, the 18-storey Quarry Tower a further 89, and a low-rise set of 17 apartments and 12 terraced townhouses which activate the street frontages.  With three levels of basement carparks, the development is set in landscaped gardens with a podium level pool / gymnasium located so as to capture harbour views.

The built form of each tower is a simple, clear geometric composition – important for the reading of the tower from a distance.  While reducing the built form to enhance overall clarity, the individuality of the apartments is reflected in the random pattern of fixed and movable louvre screen panels.  Coloured wall plates extend to street level, anchoring the tower firmly to the ground in a distinctive sculptural gesture.

Sunshine 100, Beijing

Beijing, China
Beijing YinXin GuangHua Real Estate Development
Project 2000 – 2004

The Sunshine 100 development in Beijing comprises five towers ranging from 20 to 34-storeys, joined by linking blocks of eight to eleven- storeys.

The blocks provide enclosure to a central garden along with protection from the harsh north west winds.  Both the towers and blocks are planned with individual units positioned to maximise exposure to the highly desirable southern sun during the long winter months.

Within the central garden a covered walkway laid out in a square pattern defines an inner and outer garden.  The outer garden is contained by the northern blocks and is used for passive recreation.  The inner garden contains two all year round swimming pools in a glazed conservatory with a roofed summer pool in between.  Tennis courts and a health club are also provided.

Victoria Gardens

Beijing, China
Zheng Xu Property Development
Project 2002 – 2003

The site of the Victoria Gardens development is particularly constrained, irregular in shape with a high plot ratio, and governed by stringent solar access requirements for both the apartment towers and the kindergarten bordering the northern edge.

With a reputation for solving complex design problems on every scale, Denton Corker Marshall was invited by the client to rework layouts by a local architect to produce a new architectural concept and expression within the development approval parameters.

The sculptural response is inspired directly by the site’s constraints and retains the high yield necessary for commerciality.  A sinuous form in the figurative wave-like building, the building’s shifting height follows the solar access controls meticulously, with the wave form wrapped in perforated metal balcony ribbons.

Ranging in height from six to 12 levels, the complex incorporates 246 apartments, two levels of underground car parking, recreation club and retail space at ground level.

Cape Schanck House

Cape Schanck, Australia
Project 1997 – 1999

Poised high on a steep windswept site in the middle of a golf course, the house comprises two boxes, one sitting delicately atop the other, pushing the second level above the dense cover of native tea trees

Its sleek orthogonal form is very clear and simple, but there is something odd about it.  The box tube is twisted in section, the cladding raked to accentuate the cantilever; the lower windows are cranked and the chimney emerges from the wall on the diagonal.  Sculptural qualities disengage it from conventional ideas of domestic scale and materiality.

Entry is beneath the belly of the upper box via a glass-encased concrete stair.  Steel cruciform columns are set into its volume against white walls and concrete floor.  Freestanding maple timber veneer cubes installed within contain discrete living, eating and sleeping zones, and break the length of the rectangular body.

Across the north-facing courtyard, the studio is separated from the main house by a long concrete bench set at an oblique angle.



2000 RAIA National Award for Most Outstanding Residential Architecture

2000 RAIA (VIC) Merit Award (Residential – New)

Sheep Farm House

Kyneton, Australia
Project 1996 – 1997

An isolated farm homestead with a guest wing to one side, and machinery and shearing sheds to the other is conflated into a single object set in the open landscape.

A heroic concrete wall, 200 metres in length, protects and orders the ensemble of buildings and accomplishes the iconic task of locating the complex in the wide panorama.  On one hand, its mass and weight give substance to the buildings and provide a buffer against the climate; on the other, it operates almost literally as a ruler, giving scale to the buildings in the horizontal limitlessness of the landscape.

Entry is through a skewed slit in a monumental tilted concrete slab.  Behind it, the house is oriented north towards the sun and east to the views.  Between the house and tilted wall, a breezeway provides a covered pathway to the sheds and guest wing.

Sheets of full height double glass are set in frames of galvanised T-section steel.  In front of the windows a row of slanting stick-like veranda posts holds down the double knife-edged roof.


1999 RAIA National Robin Boyd Award for the Most Outstanding Work of Residential Architecture

1999 RAIA (VIC) Award of Merit (Residential – New)

Phillip Island House

Phillip Island, Australia
Project 1991 – 1992

Buried into the dunes, the house is visible from the beach as a low black line – the colour of the rocks with ragged tufts of dune grass above it.

It is completely hidden from the landward side.  The objective was to maintain a low profile and to have an internal focus to the house.

The house is a long thin concrete box, black inside and outside, set along one edge of a large square courtyard contained by three metre high black concrete walls with dune berms ramped up to roof level on three sides.

The flat, lawned courtyard offers protection from the Bass Strait winds and traps the Australian winter sun.  A small sunroom with a galvanised steel plate roof projects into the courtyard on the northern face; it is the only non-earth covered element in the building.

On the southern ocean elevation, windows are positioned within each room to act as picture frames to the views.  Their proportions and locations are determined by internal considerations, relying on the scale of the wall to carry their ‘haphazard’ disposition.

Australian Embassy, Beijing

Beijing, China
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Project 1982 – 1992

Designed and built in the 1980s, the Embassy comprises a three level Chancery building, a separate Head of Mission Residence on two levels with formal reception rooms and 35 apartments for Embassy staff.

The demands of identity and context are well served by the typical Beijing courtyard house which was adopted as the model for the Embassy.

Without resorting to pastiche, the Embassy incorporates many characteristics of the Beijing courtyard house: the axial planning and hierarchical disposition of elements, and local construction techniques and materials.

The walled compound gathers together the different programmatic elements of the modern diplomatic enclave into a single complex, and answers climatic imperatives as well as, knitting into the existing city.

The courtyard type is also subjected to reinterpretation, notably with the large openings in the perimeter wall that enable views into the compound, an expression of Australian openness.


1992 RAIA International Award Winner

Australian Embassy, Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Project 1986 – 1990

Located in a prestigious district of central Tokyo, the Embassy complex comprises Chancery, Head of Mission Residence, 42 apartments for Embassy staff and recreation facilities with basement carpark.

The design integrates each of the complex’s elements to create a unified composition in an elegant, established garden setting.

The Chancery building is at the core of the complex and encloses a central courtyard.  It is flanked on either side by L-shaped blocks of apartments.

The use of apartments to reinforce the scale of the Chancery creates an overall image of Australia that is bold and confident, and in scale with the other adjacent buildings.  The Head of Mission Residence is located at one end, while staff recreation facilities including pool, tennis court, bar and library are found at the other.

The use of component fabricated claddings of stainless steel, aluminium and bolted steel sitting on a granite and black concrete base, results in an assertively contemporary image for Australia’s diplomatic mission in Tokyo.

142 – 154 Macquarie Street, Parramatta

Sydney, Australia
Competition 2016

A Sydney Design Excellence competition scheme, 142 – 154 Macquarie Street is a mixed use development comprising 938 apartments and a 243 guest room hotel in towers ranging from 25 to 57-storeys.  From surrounding streets and the riverfront, the towers appear to disappear into the sky, and at a close distance they reveal a complex yet subtle attention to detail.

The site is designed to maximise amenity for residents by creating a complete urban neighbourhood, including laneways, retail, recreational facilities, a public square and an open-air museum.

A large variety of apartment types is included, with the majority arranged to capture distant views that can never be built out.

The architecture is pragmatic and efficient, yet recognisable and distinct.  It supports the concept of creating an enduring urban neighbourhood that will not quickly date or be inflexible for future occupancy.

Kunming Gold Coast Apartments

Kunming, China
Project 2013

TRX Residential

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Competition 2015

424 St Kilda Road

Melbourne, Australia
Competition 2014

The Millswyn

Melbourne, Australia
Project 2012

1 Park Residences

Jakarta, Indonesia
Project 2008 – 2012

C5 Apartments Victoria Harbour

Melbourne, Australia
Project 2011

Ario Apartments

Melbourne, Australia
Project 2011

35 Albert Road Development Study

Melbourne, Australia
Project 2011

West Cromwell Road

London, United Kingdom
Competition 2010

Doha Mixed-Use Development Study

Doha, Qatar
Project 2010

Adelaide Central Bus Station

Adelaide, Australia
Project 2002 – 2009

Adelaide, Australia
Project 2002 – 2009

SOHO San Li Tun Study

Beijing, China
Project 2006 – 2007

Jinan Residential Development

Jinan, China
Project 2001 – 2007

Sunshine 100, Wuhan

Wuhan, China
Project 2007 – 2009

Altitude Residential Tower

Adelaide, Australia
Project 2002 – 2009

Sahid Sudirman Residence

Jakarta, Indonesia
Project 2006

Riverside Marine Study

Brisbane, Australia
Project 2006

The Gallery

Adelaide, Australia
Project 2002 – 2009

Newport Quays

Adelaide, Australia
Project 2006

Sunshine 100, Nanning

Nanning, China
Project 2005 – 2008

Pinnacle Collection, Sentosa Cove

Sentosa Cove, Singapore
Project 2007

Sunshine 100, Tianjin Residential Towers

Tianjin, China
Project 2002 – 2006

Qingdao Yuneng

Qingdao, China
Competition 2005

Sunshine 100, Changsha Leepo

Changsha, China
Project 2007

Dongqianhu International Education Forum Complex

Ningbo, China
Competition 2005

Sunshine 100, Chengdu International New Town

Chengdu, China
Project 2005

Daikyo Apartments Study

Gold Coast, Australia
Project 2005

Sunshine 100, Changsha International New Town

Changsha, China
Project 2003 – 2005

Hillside Gardens

Nanning, China
Project 2001 – 2005

Chongqing City Plaza

Chongqing, China
Project 2004

Tribeca Development Study

Melbourne, Australia
Project 2002 – 2004

Liuzhou Classic Times Residential Development

Liuzhou, China
Project 2000 – 2004

Kilburn High Road House

London, United Kingdom
Project 2002 – 2003

Ardmore View Development Study

Project 2000 – 2002

East Gate

Beijing, China
Competition 2001

Freshwater Place, Southbank

Melbourne, Australia
Competition 2001

Van Tone World Residential Development

Beijing, China
Competition 2000

Mirvac Yarra Edge Towers 5 + 6

Melbourne, Australia
Competition 2000

South Bank Sites E + F

Brisbane, Australia
Competition 1998 – 1999

71 Collins Street Development Study

Melbourne, Australia
Project 1998