Cultural + Civic

Shepparton Art Museum

Victoria, Australia
Greater Shepparton City Council
Competition 2017 | Project 2017 – 2021

Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) is the first art museum in Australia to achieve a 6 Star Green Star (Design & As Built) rating, representing world leadership in sustainable design of a public building.

The design is characterised by simplicity and clarity, with compelling imagery creating a landmark cultural destination.

To accommodate a floodway across the site, SAM has a small footprint extruded vertically over five levels with an efficient floor to façade ratio. Sustainable features include Passive House principles to deliver an energy efficient, thermally comfortable, healthy indoor environment.

A transparent and delightful visitor experience is created via an open circulation stairway within a central galleria. Four galleries are accommodated, and panoramic views are offered from the roof top events space. All services and back of house functions are cleverly concealed under an artificial ‘Art Hill’ which creates an important extension of the surrounding parkland for the community.

2022 AIA Victorian Chapter – Public Architecture Award

Australian Pavilion Venice

Venice, Italy
Australia Council for the Arts
Competition 2011 | Project 2011 – 2015

The design of the new Australian Pavilion is of the utmost simplicity, architecturally expressed as a white box within a black box.

The exterior, a black granite envelope, features large operable panels which open up to ‘reveal’ the interior or to provide outlook or natural light.  The operable panels also allow for the otherwise solid, singular object to take on a changing character depending on the requirements of a particular exhibition.

The exhibition space is a pure rectilinear white space of an almost perfect square proportion, where art is the focus.

Entry to the two level concrete and steel structure, is via a steel ramp leading to a floating concrete terrace overlooking the Rio dei Giardini canal.

The new Australian Pavilion is the first 21st century pavilion in the Giardini della Biennale, completed for the 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, in May 2015.


2016 AIA National Jorn Utzon Award for the Most Outstanding Work of International Architecture

2016 AIA International Architecture Awards – Award for Most Outstanding Work of Public Architecture Abroad

2012 First Prize – Design Competition

Stonehenge Exhibition + Visitor Centre

Wiltshire, United Kingdom
English Heritage
Competition 2008 | Project 2009 – 2013

The architectural composition of the centre is simple yet distinctive, sensitive to its surroundings and to the significance of the monument.

Fulfilling several important aims in the management of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the scheme includes improved visitor facilities, better opportunities for interpretation of the stones and the wider site, and most importantly, a substantially improved landscape setting in which to appreciate Stonehenge.

Supported by slender angled stick columns, a non-reflective metal roof shelters various visitor amenities.  Its edges are perforated to dapple the light reaching the exhibition and education facilities housed below in a pair of single-storey cubes, one glass and the other timber.

2014 AIA National Jorn Utzon Award for the Most Outstanding Work of International Architecture

2014 AIA International Architecture Awards – Award for Most Outstanding Work of Public Architecture Abroad

2014 RIBA South West/Wessex Regional Award

2010 Winner – Limited Design Competition

Manchester Civil Justice Centre

Manchester, United Kingdom
Allied London Properties Management
Competition 2002 | Project 2002 – 2007

An international competition winning design for the headquarters of the Ministry of Justice in north-west England, the complex provides accommodation of 34,000m² over 15 levels.

The building houses 47 courtrooms, 75 consultation rooms, offices and support space located in Spinningfields, the large scale regeneration area in central Manchester marked by innovative and sustainable design.

The working courts and offices are designed as long rectilinear forms, articulated at each floor level, and projecting at each end of the building as a varied composition of solid and void.  The hierarchy and number of courts set the length of these ‘sticks’.  In side elevation, these elements collectively establish a dynamic and distinctive building profile; in end elevation, they form a powerful sculptural interplay of light and shade, depth and complexity.  All circulation, gathering and meeting pods are within a 10-storey glass walled atrium.  The architectural implication of the transparency of the building is that the courts are not forbidding or concealed, but open and accessible.


28+ high profile industry awards, including the 2008 RIBA English Partnerships Sustainability Award

Anzac Hall, Australian War Memorial

Canberra, Australia
Australian War Memorial
Project 1999 – 2001

A composition of three new buildings wraps around the back of the Australian War Memorial, each intentionally designed with deference to this significant cultural landmark.

The fan-shaped Anzac Hall comprises a long solid concrete wall that tapers dramatically to a thin edge at each end.  Unencumbered and elemental, the dark thin curving roof cantilevers over the main body of the building, suggesting the wing of a military aircraft.

A glass and steel bridge connects the original building to the new one at first floor level.  This leads the visitor to a mezzanine level from where the contents of the large exhibition hall below become visible.  Also accommodated on this level are services, café and an exhibition space.  From this point the visitor can take in the display arranged in the hall below.

2005 RAIA National Sir Zelman Cowen Award for the Most Outstanding Work of Public Architecture in Australia

2005 RAIA ACT Chapter – Canberra Medallion

C.E.W. Bean Building, Australian War Memorial

Canberra, Australia
Australian War Memorial
Project 2002 – 2006

The C.E.W. Bean (East) Building forms the third element to the tripartite composition of buildings that wraps around the Australian War Memorial, completing the expansion masterplan designed by Denton Corker Marshall.

Accommodating archive, research laboratories, offices and workshops, the form is read as a masonry monolith bedded into the landscape behind an existing stone embankment.

The elevation treatment facing the Memorial is a re-interpretation of the Administration Building façade, also designed by Denton Corker Marshall.  Narrow horizontal slot windows are the same width and rhythm as the Administration Building but establish a greater sense of solidity to the form.  The elevations comprise honed precast concrete linear ‘planks’ finely jointed with horizontal coursing.

The warm-grey colour represents the darkest sandstone tones found on the Memorial, similar to Anzac Hall, achieving visual connection through colour and materiality, whilst tonally blending into the native landscape of grey-green vegetation.

Melbourne Museum

Melbourne, Australia
Major Projects Victoria
Competition 1994 | Project 1994 – 2000

Denton Corker Marshall won the international competition to design a new campus for the Museum of Victoria.  Now known as ‘Melbourne Museum’, it is the largest museum in the Southern Hemisphere and Victoria’s most important cultural institution.

Located on an extremely sensitive site, adjacent to the World Heritage Listed 1880’s Royal Exhibition Building, the response demanded a building that would not overpower its older neighbour, but one that still had a presence in its own right.

The brief called for ‘a campus of elements’, rather than a singular monumental object.  All the elements are grouped around the north / south extension of the park and the Royal Exhibition Building.

The Forest Gallery, a large lightweight enclosure, housing trees, birds and fish, waterfalls and other elements of a Victorian temperate forest, forms the centrepoint of this axis.


2001 RAIA National Sir Zelman Cowen Award for the Most Outstanding Work of Public Architecture in Australia

2001 RAIA Victorian Chapter – Victorian Architecture Medal

2001 RAIA Victorian Chapter – William Wardell Award for Institutional – New

1994 First Prize – Museum of Victoria International Competition

Melbourne Exhibition Centre

Melbourne, Australia
Major Projects Victoria
Project 1993 – 1996

Located on the banks of the Yarra River and on the edge of Melbourne’s central business district, at 30,000m² the Melbourne Exhibition Centre is the largest of its kind in Australia.

With its graceful winged roof, the 450 metre long exhibition centre adopts the appearance of an elegant shed.  The entrance is marked by a dramatic steel blade-like canopy propped up by two huge yellow steel sticks.  Entry foyers, meeting rooms, theatrette, administration, kitchen and plant areas are all located within this entry structure.

A veranda of angled steel columns and an angled wall of glass provide river views from within.  Inside, a concourse runs for almost half a kilometre along the length of the exhibition hall.

Within the hall, a flexible system of operable walls allows the number of halls to vary in size from 3,000m² to 30,000m².  Ancillary facilities including entrances, catering, toilets and hospitality areas service the variable hall configurations.


1996 RAIA National Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Buildings

1996 RAIA Victorian Chapter – Sir Osborne McCutcheon Award for Commercial Architecture

Museum of Sydney

Sydney, Australia
Department of Public Works, State Government of NSW
Project 1992 – 1995

A museum dedicated to the early European settlement of Sydney, located on the site of the First Government House in Australia.

The museum, defined by two large sandstone walls, is a three-storey building along the southern boundary of First Government House Place, partly within the footprint of Governor Phillip Tower.

Developed around a plaza – Governor’s Place – the museum covers the archaeological remains of the First Government House, built more than 200 years ago.  A particularly poignant sculptural installation was commissioned for the site: ‘Edge of Trees’.  It was created by an indigenous and a European artist, and reflects on the first landing by Captain Cook at Botany Bay, seen by the local indigenous tribe from the edge of the trees.


1997 RAIA NSW Chapter – Merit Award for Architecture

1995 RAIA NSW Chapter Lloyd Rees Award Civic Design (Jointly awarded to Denton Corker Marshall and Janet Laurence and Fiona Foley)

Central Library, University of Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia
University of Indonesia
Project 2009 – 2011

Winner of a National Design Competition, the 28,900m2 library is designed as a series of abstracted stone tablets – ‘prasasti’ – rising from a circular grass-covered earth mound.

Maintaining a stable ambient temperature, the lower levels housed in the mound are storage for manuscripts, books and research / reference materials.  Book stacks are arranged on the outer perimeter of the circular base.  Closer to the centre are the reading rooms, where the composition opens up to dramatic views of the lake.

Narrow bands of with glass openings are carved into granite towers of varying heights that rise from the mound.  Overlooking the lake, the upper floors house a variety of meeting and seminar rooms.

Rain water is captured for use on site, waste water is treated and recycled and energy consumption is minimised.  Vegetation on the 2.5 hectare site plays an important part of the design with existing mature trees and vegetation retained and incorporated into the landscape design.

Housing up to five million items and visited by up to 20,000 people a day, the library is one of the largest in Asia.

Sentul International Convention Centre

West Java, Indonesia
Bethany Church Indonesia
Project 2002 – 2005

On a 10 hectare site the Centre features a large auditorium seating 11,000, along with a 2,000 seat auditorium, and five conference rooms with ancillary facilities.

State-of-the-art acoustic and technological facilities cater for concerts and live performances as well as conventions.  Parking for 80 buses and 2,000 cars is accommodated on site, while the adjacent tower houses administrative offices.

The concept is a simple stone sculpture buried into the landscape.  The oval auditorium that emerges out of the mound becomes a less imposing form in the landscape

Stonehenge Exhibition + Visitor Centre

Wiltshire, United Kingdom
English Heritage
Competition 2001

Denton Corker Marshall was appointed by English Heritage to design the interpretive centre for Britain’s best known ancient monument.

The 28 hectare site, located three kilometres east of Stonehenge, was to be the principal entry point, while the visitor centre was conceived as an abstract form embedded in, and at one with the landscape.  On the edge of an open field it appears as a long sweeping wall, marked only by a single break, through which entry occurs.

Beyond the wall, a series of similar planes slide into the landscape.  These curved forms read as powerful seams or layers extruded out of the earth.  They are metal clad; huge billets of pewter-toned burnished metal, establishing an image of solidity, strength and timelessness without recourse to stone or concrete, or direct association with Stonehenge.

This first design, even with extensive documentation and full Planning Approval, could not proceed due to post-GFC removal of funding for associated road and tunnel infrastructure.


2001 First Prize – International Competition

Casey Cultural Precinct

Melbourne, Australia
City of Casey
Competition 2013

An invited design competition (one of four) for the new Casey Cultural Precinct, incorporating a number of facilities and uses including a 800 seat performing arts centre, a 370m² regional art gallery, and a 2,000m² community library.

The design proposed a single theme – a continuous transformational ribbon – to tie the different uses together and create a unified identity for the cultural precinct, while also expressing the diversity and character of the different functions.

The ribbon form allows a modulation from building to façade, canopy, veranda and sculpture.  It defines the entire precinct and all the functions contained within it.  The ribbon distinguishes the precinct as a new and unique destination with a recognisable and striking image.  The building itself becomes a cultural event, a permanent performance, an attraction.

Birmingham Magistrates’ Court

Birmingham, United Kingdom
UK Government Courts Service
Project 2008

Denton Corker Marshall was directly appointed by Her Majesty’s Court Service to design the new Magistrates’ Court Building in Birmingham City Centre.

The building consists of 24 courtrooms over 12 floors and contains over 25,000m² of accommodation.

Moscow China Trade Centre

Moscow, Russia
China Huaming International Investment Co.
Competition 2005

A trade and cultural showcase for China, the development incorporates two iconic towers, a low rise podium and an extensive landscaped Chinese garden with pavilions integrated into a wider river and woodland environment.

The 50 level western tower has an elliptical floor plate and is sheathed in a twin skin façade, providing excellent ESD performance.  It contains offices, apartments, a hotel, public areas and an observation deck.

A convention centre and exhibition centre is located in the podium together with a banqueting hall / Chinese restaurant.

The pavilions contain private villas, corporate function rooms or casual pavilions for public use within the gardens.

City of Perth Library + Plaza

Perth, Australia
City of Perth
Competition 2011

Denton Corker Marshall was shortlisted to take part in a limited competition for a public library and plaza for the City of Perth.

The proposed design was a vibrant new square and library for the most significant heritage precinct in the city.  The library defines the new open and inviting civic space – Library Square.  The Square reveals the Cathedral and provides a generous, inviting interface and entry into the library.  The design of the urban open space creates a sequence of squares activating, connecting and integrating the library with its community.

The simple open linear plan of the library optimises internal flexibility and adaptive reuse over the life of the building.  The building is designed to achieve a 5 Star Green Star rating.

Liverpool Magistrates’ Court Study

Liverpool, United Kingdom
UK Government Court Services
Project 2009

A new Magistrates’ Court for Liverpool, housing 14 courtrooms, office and ancillary accommodation with dedicated prosecution witness accommodation, reflecting the ever increasing requirement for witness protection.

Designed to achieve an excellent BREEAM rating for its environmentally sustainable design, the new building is positioned to be part of a new legal hub or quarter within the Liverpool city centre.

Anna Schwartz Gallery

Melbourne, Australia
Anna Schwartz
Project 2000

A contemporary art gallery for leading Australian art dealer, Anna Schwartz, in the Flinders Lane gallery precinct of Melbourne.

As part of the total refurbishment of a 1924, seven-storey clothing factory, the ground and first floors were converted into a new gallery space for contemporary art.

The ground floor consists of a reception area and main gallery space with storage beyond.  The first floor consists of a second gallery, offices and main art storage area.

Philosophically, Anna Schwartz wanted a gallery space that was minimal and white, providing an ‘invisible’ background to the exhibitions by her artists and not an architectural ‘event’ that imposed in any way on the artworks.  The result is an elegant series of spaces with grey concrete floors and white walls and ceilings.

Changsha Riverfront Cultural Park

Changsha, China
Changsha City Committee of Construction
Competition 2004

Winner of a limited international design competition for a new cultural precinct for Changsha, the capital of Hunan in China, comprising library, concert hall and museum.

The design combines the library, concert hall and museum into a single form with a strong visual impact.  The unique dragon-like shape twists and turns through its park setting.  Set back from the river, it maximises views to both the park and river.  Stage two of the project, a hotel and convention centre, is housed in an adjacent tower and podium of 60-storeys.

Contained within the overall twisting roof structure, the library, concert hall and museum are discrete buildings with clearly identifiable entrances.  Between each of these cultural buildings, the dragon roof covers plazas for drop-off and pick-up, or for use as large covered outdoor performance and gathering spaces.

Hamilton Gallery Masterplan + Business Case

Victoria, Australia
Southern Grampians Shire Council
Project 2018

Denton Corker Marshall was engaged to create a masterplan and business case for the new Hamilton Gallery.  The new Gallery will capitalise on its location between the Grampians and the Great Ocean Road to become a key anchor for a regional tourism, revitalising the town and surrounding region.

Scottish Parliament

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Scottish Office, Construction and Building Control Group
Competition 1998

Denton Corker Marshall was selected as one of five finalists in a two stage competition to design the new Scottish Parliament.

The city of Edinburgh is cradled among hills, with a granite outcrop in its midst, the Salisbury Crags.  The rugged hills, fluctuating light, soft mists and big sky establish Edinburgh’s sense of place.

The scheme alludes to both the urban form of the city and the presence of its hills.  The design incorporates traditional urban morphology of laneways, creating long narrow buildings with small frontages onto the main street.  The idea of the building is walls in the landscape.

The building’s walls are made from solid blocks of grey granite – Edinburgh Stone – making it part of the land and the city, and expressing a sense of traditional Scottish identity and values.  Sheer planes of metal and glass provide a visual and semantic counterpoint to this thick, rugged material.  The stainless steel expresses contemporaneity, modernity, strength and incorruptibility.  Glass signifies lightness, openness and clarity.

Federation Square

Melbourne, Australia
City of Melbourne; Major Projects Victoria
Competition 1997

A major civic and arts precinct on the principal ceremonial axis of Melbourne, created to celebrate the centenary of Australia’s Federation in 2001.

Denton Corker Marshall was one of five practices shortlisted to participate in the second stage of the international competition for a new complex at the edge of Melbourne’s distinctive city grid.  The design created four integrated areas – a new civic square, a modern wintergarden, performance and exhibition facilities, and a cinematic centre.

The centrepiece of the design was a 100 metre transparent steel and glass tilting tower.  A symbolic gesture containing only a viewing platform, it paid respect to the cathedral spire adjacent and the nearby tower of the Arts Centre.  It would become an urban icon / marker for Melbourne focussed on a narrative about the Federation of Australia.

Shanghai Museum East Competition

Shanghai, China
Competition 2016

Exhibition Centre Liverpool

Liverpool, United Kingdom
Project 2015

In association with Populous.

Courts of Justice, State of Qatar

Qatar, United Arab Emirates
International Design + Consultant Corporation
Competition 2013

Denton Corker Marshall was invited, along with two other international practices, to participate in a design competition for the new Courts of Justice in Qatar.

Located in Jelaiah, in the north of Doha near Qatar University, the Courts of Justice occupy a 2.95 hectare site.

The design aims to create a sense of openness and accessibility to public areas, coupled with well shaded enclosure to the courtrooms and judicial areas.  It is simple and legible in its primary forms, but rich and expressive in its internal detail.

The building has civic presence, and a powerful dignity appropriate to its role, yet maintains a sense of scale and humanity via a system of gardens integrated into the architectural disposition.  It is memorable and forward-looking while at the same time capturing the essence of time-honoured authority and respect found in the best civic architecture.

Gold Coast Cultural Precinct

Queensland, Australia
Gold Coast City Council
Competition 2013

The design for the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct takes inspiration from the water.

Like ripples created by pebbles dropped into a pond, ribbons spread out from the cultural precinct, sweeping through the landscape and across the water.  Formed from metal sheet and sculpted landform, the ribbons interweave built-form, landscape and water with art, performance and events.  They overlap and intertwine, enveloping existing buildings and forming new spaces, curving and diverging to define indoor volumes and outdoor spaces, inclining to create shade, shelter and pavilions in the park.

The buildings, ribbons and terrain form an armature that frames ‘whirlpool’ spaces woven through the site, overlapping at powerful junctions.  The amphitheatre and the key building entries converge at the Great Terrace.  This central space is the main centrifuge that draws from, and in turn contributes to, the surrounding elements.

Songshan Lake Contemporary Technology Exhibition Building

Dongguan, China
Competition 2013

SICEEP Convention Centre

Sydney, Australia
Project 2012

Docklands Community Academy

Melbourne, Australia
Project 2009

Centre for National Museum of Australia Collections Study

Canberra, Australia
Project 2009

Masdar Hotel + Convention Centre

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi Government
Competition 2008

A design competition entry for the town centre of Masdar City, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

The city aims to achieve zero emissions, zero waste, 100 per cent power generation through renewable energy sources and energy efficiency.

Town centre components include a 7,800m2 Convention Centre with a 140 guestroom, 5 Star hotel, extended stay hotel apartments, and a 30,000m² town centre retail building.

The design proposed creating comfortable enclosures within thermally modified environments via extensive shading devices, induced ventilation, integrated photovoltaics, night purging and hybrid systems maximising environmental performance.

Melbourne Docklands Study

Melbourne, Australia
Project 2008

Brisbane Convention + Exhibition Centre Expansion

Brisbane, Australia
Competition 2007

Criminal Courts Building Madrid

Madrid, Spain
Government of Spain, Ministry of Justice
Competition 2007

Denton Corker Marshall was the only non-Spanish finalist in the 75,000m² Criminal Courts Building design competition for the new Madrid Justice Campus.

The brief required a total of 121 courtrooms serving Criminal Courts, Magistrates’ Courts, Violence Towards Women Courts, Criminal Executionary Courts and Penitential Monitoring Courts as well as, public facilities, support offices, meeting rooms and archives.

The Campus masterplan required each of the buildings to be circular in plan, of a defined size, with a circular void at the centre – effectively a ‘doughnut’ shape with a maximum height restriction.

The circular void at the centre was developed as an eight-storey atrium space, acting as the arrival hall for staff and court attendees, and as the main orientation device.

Two green towers located in the centre of the atrium become focal points within the space and contain the main vertical circulation for the public.

Albany Entertainment Centre

Perth, Australia
Competition 2006

Post ’45 Conflicts Gallery, Australian War Memorial

Canberra, Australia
Project 2002 – 2007

Brisbane Square

Brisbane, Australia
Project 2001 – 2006

National Portrait Gallery Canberra

Canberra, Australia
Australian Government, Department of Finance
Competition 2005

Denton Corker Marshall was one of six finalists in the architectural competition to design the new National Portrait Gallery for Australia’s capital city.

The design draws on the sensibility of the Australian landscape: intercepted light, shade, permeability, austerity; and the Australian character: informal, open, welcoming, unpretentious, direct.

Beneath a sheltering, curved and perforated veil-like canopy, rests a series of simple timber blocks with the portrait galleries residing within.

Dongqianhu International Education Forum Complex

Ningbo, China
Competition 2005

Old Treasury Site

Perth, Australia
Competition 2005

National Museum of China

Beijing, China
National Museum of China
Competition 2004

Denton Corker Marshall was one of six international architectural practices short-listed for the National Museum of China competition.

The design sensitively expands the existing museum within the broader urban context of Tiananmen Square, the epicentre of historic and modern Beijing.

A new east wing was postulated as a significant and memorable work of contemporary architecture, with a simple yet bold form, in harmony with, but distinguished from, the existing museum.  The eight cubes of the east wing have a striking inlay pattern which has resonances in Chinese calligraphy, architecture, town planning and decorative arts.

The design creates a powerful image for a national museum with strong cultural references.  It employs details derived from Chinese culture, not copied, but interpreted into a new, abstract expression.

Sydney Convention + Exhibition Centre

Sydney, Australia
Competition 2003

Art Gallery of New South Wales, New Asian Gallery

Sydney, Australia
Project 1996 – 2003

Melbourne Film Studios Study

Melbourne, Australia
Project 2001

Queensland Gallery of Modern Art

Brisbane, Australia
Competition 2001

National Gallery of Australia

Canberra, Australia
Competition 2000

National Gallery of Victoria Redevelopment

Melbourne, Australia
Competition 1996

Melbourne Exhibition Centre Expansion

Melbourne, Australia
Project 1999 – 2000

Australian National Maritime Museum Exhibition Design

Sydney, Australia
Project 1988 – 1991

Moscow Performing Arts Theatre

Moscow, Russia
Competition 1990

Administration Building, Australian War Memorial

Canberra, Australia
Project 1985 – 1988

State Library Museum

Melbourne, Australia
Competition 1986

Russell Grimwade Gardens

Melbourne, Australia
Competition 1985

Parliament House

Canberra, Australia
Competition 1979 – 1980

Melbourne City Square

Melbourne, Australia
Competition 1976 | Project 1976 – 1980